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November 10th, 2007

we’re not Opsware anymore

Opsware, the company I work(ed) for, has been acquired by HP.

Posted by wmyers as news, work at 12:39 PM EST

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July 9th, 2007

a working vacation

The company I work for now, Opsware Inc, is headquartered in Sunnyvale CA. We have offices in Redmond WA, Cary NC, and overseas in London and Brisbane.

One of the handy things about my current role in the company, ie one of providing phone and email technical support to our customers, is that as long as I can be on the phone, I can work from almost anywhere. Typically I can’t work from home, which would be very handy, but I can work from Sunnyvale, rather than my normal Cary digs.

The past two weeks, I’ve been in San Francisco on vacation. However, I didn’t want to take any time off from work, so I arranged to work from the Sunnyvale office while I was out here.

So, it’s not quite WFH, but it’s a close-ish substitute.

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January 17th, 2007


This is my last week at Shodor. I am transitioning to a new job on Monday 22 Jan 2007 with Opsware in Cary as a support engineer.

Posted by wmyers as news, work, personal at 2:18 PM EST

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January 4th, 2007

end of school

I officially finished my degree from Elon on 12 Dec 2006. All final grades were submitted that week, and I am done with my BA in CIS (minor CS). Now I’m off to the ‘real’ world of job hunting.

Posted by wmyers as news, personal at 2:24 PM EST

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December 8th, 2006

updated lcgp class header

If you’re in the market for a pseudo-random number generator (prng) for your C++ development activities, I have just updated my linear congruential generator with perturbations (lcgp) class header. There is now a flag to account for adjusting the range of returned random numbers from 0..(modulus-1) to 1..modulus. The header is available here: lcgp.h.

And yes, I think this is fun.

Posted by wmyers as news, fun, personal at 11:44 AM EST

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October 28th, 2006

shodonix 1.04 redux

In generating Shodonix images, I did a lot of package alterations, and it turns out that Ghemical 2.01 had been updated to 2.10 - but in updating the package, a couple libraries updated that broke Intel i810 graphics chip support - which might not be too horrible, but many many educational institutions go for the educational specials when buying workstations, and they tend to have integrated graphics chips, and those are often the Intel i810 line. So, I had to back up to 1.03, then reupdate the CD, which this time included yanking Ghemical. It’s not a vital package, and frees-up space for other applications in the future.

So, in case you ever decide to customize a Knoppix CD, and you have a ‘normal’ PC with integrated Intel graphics, be sure you don’t break the support for the chip.

Posted by wmyers as news, work, projects at 3:31 PM EDT

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September 12th, 2006

shodonix 1.01

Right. So, it turns out that if you don’t unmount /proc while chrooted, the iso won’t compress properly, which is what happened to my first attempt. The second following attempt was done from a fresh expansion of Knoppix, and I made sure I unmounted /proc, and everything’s copasetic.

The last thing to get working is the offline edition of Interactivate to load correctly (and fit). I am currently 10M over the limit, and the launch shortcut is wrong, but we’re very close.

Posted by wmyers as news, work, projects at 6:10 PM EDT

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August 29th, 2006

boil in bag rice

the first edition of our custom cd is ready - now to test :)

Posted by wmyers as news, work, projects at 1:52 PM EDT


May 13th, 2006

back at Shodor

Yet another long pause in updating this site, for which I apologize. I’m working on a total redesign, based on PHP and ditching the tables-based approach I have used here since I started in October of 2003.

I will be working at Shodor this summer 1-2 days per week, with duties as yet not fully understood, or assigned, but it should be fun. I will also be working nearly full time at Elon with systems administration on a few large summer projects, which should get a lot of experience with ‘real’ administration tasks - beyond the typical escalated PC Support-type questions and creating/maintaining user accounts.

Since I am back at Shodor this summer, this site should receive a lot more attention than it has in the past several months. Feel free, also, to check out my homepage and xanga.

Posted by wmyers as news, personal at 2:08 PM EDT

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November 1st, 2005


I have just launched a new volunteer-run homework help site. Please check it out when you have a chance: Homework Help Question & Answer.

Posted by wmyers as news, projects, personal at 8:04 PM EST

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