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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.

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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.

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December 9th, 2006

the joy of the typo

I’ve been working on a programming project for a couple days, and updated my string library (strfuncs.h) to include some spiffy string cleaning functions. I now have a utility to strip all instances of a single character, or all instances of a string of characters from another string.

However, in writing the library yesterday, I failed to notice that I had typed a ‘c’ instead of ‘k’. Yep, that’s right - I broke the entire function by one character.

Gotta love the typo.

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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.

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October 3rd, 2006

shodonix 1.04 - or, how I found out I was maintaining a distro

Yep, another series of software updates have been called for, and Shodonix 1.04 is already out. We’re working on a new initial boot splash image, but otherwise, the CD is ready for workshop use.

My supervisor pointed out last week that “I bet you didn’t think you’d be maintaining a Linux distro when you started”, and he was right. Far from the initial idea I had to just stick all the requested tools on a CD (in Mac and Windows formats), and then bring the CD but run stuff from it using existing machines, the project morphed into “let’s customize a Knoppix iso”, and then into “let’s make this really cool, with custom graphics, lots of extra tools, and… oh yeah: document it so that we can continue to maintain it in the future”.

Nope, I hadn’t planned on maintaining a Linux distro when I started here, nor even when I started back this summer. Strange how things go sometimes. Admittedly, the distro is just to be used in-house, but it’s still pretty cool, and I can now do it for anyone that needs/wants a customized CD.

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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.

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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.

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September 3rd, 2004


I also wrote an array data type for C++, which you can download from me here. This little gem extends the concept of an array in C++ to a class. You can access every item in the list using array ([]) notation, but it checks to make sure you are not trying to access elements in the array that don’t (necessarily) exist. It also maintains its own size, and has a couple other feature I’ll let you discover. There’s a full interface reference listed at the top of the file, so you should have no problem figuring out how it works.

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