MOTD::Archive::Fall 1999 (31 December 1999)
|Summer 1999 MOTD|
This is exciting... we enter year 2000. Finally, Y2K is upon us. The 21st century has been entered by New Zealand and Australia. Currently, everything is a-okay.
[31 Dec 1999 (Sun breaking, Overcast & 46° @ 7:10 AM), top]
Yet Another ThurmBit
From Greg Kiech of CSC285 comes a ThurmBit about linkrot.
Course websites for Spring 2000 are initialized.
This gives me plenty of time to "play" around with ThurmUnit. I need to implement an archive feature to the Internet Observer. Plus, I'm looking forward to terminating the Y2K Digest. I wonder how long into year 2000 will this logger exist?
Speaking of Y2K...
Wall Street doesn't appeared worried. It will be interesting to watch how the markets trade during the last week of the 1900's.
[26 Dec 1999 (Dark & Mild 54° @ 6:20 AM), top]
|Winter break notes... I'm posting status reports to the http://www.inficad.com/gdt/breaks/ directory.|
[22 Dec 1999 (Dark 54° @ 5:45 AM), top]
When I did these self-reviews, I always focused on the things I did wrong. Why did we error? Did we learn something? What are the chances of it happening again? Demonstrate that you have a plan and that you are not afraid to implement it.
It is easy to get into the "I did this, and I did that" mentality. I like the "I didn't do this, and I didn't do that." I know I should have done them, but didn't. Avoid making excuses. An excuse works once or twice, but after that they can be ignored.
In a couple of classes this semester I asked students to only tell me what was not good about the course. Give me feedback so I can improve the classes the next time around. [I'm lucky that I get to go through the material again, this time in more detail.]
Going down the class rosters was fun for me this semester. I've gotten good effort from a lot of students. I thank you for this. I was mean to a couple of you because I think you need to extend yourself a bit more. You have to get excited about this stuff in order to do it well.
Route 66/Mojave Desert pictures
[17 Dec 1999 (65° getting dark @ 5:36 PM), top]
|Yikes... a Thursday posting. I've started a CSC298 projects list.|
[16 Dec 1999 (Sunny 63° afternoon @ 2:00 PM), top]
|Yikes... a Wednesday posting. I've just finished ThurmSpeaks About Reputation (And Being Easy).|
[15 Dec 1999 (A COLD, but sunny 37° morning @ 7:56 AM), top]
Yikes... a Monday posting. I'll be in my office on
Tuesday at 12:00 (noon). I'll stay for at least an hour.
What timing... the
[13 Dec 1999 (A cool, but sunny 62° afternoon @ 4:54 PM), top]
Week Ending 10 Dec 1999 Posting
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Phoenix.techies.com shares this interesting job with us... being a SysAdmin at the South Pole.
ThurmFood has experienced great growth over the semester. The total number of recipes increased from 10 to 18. Plus, thanks to the CSC285 class, I have a bunch of "Recipe Submit Forms." Plus, Bander Snatch Brew and Pub and Harlow's Cafe were added to my favorite restaurant list. Most recent recipe posting: Best Brownies Ever.
Enjoy the holiday(s) (if that is what you do). If you are learning about computing, then you can't take the entire winter break off. "Use it, or lose it." If you are coming back next semester, then do some reading and studying when you have unscheduled time. I will be available, via email, most of the break to answer any questions you may have. If you want to buy me breakfast at Harlow's Cafe, then don't hesitate to ask.
[11 Dec 1999 (Dark and Cold 41° Morning @ 6:02 AM), top]
System.out.println("03 Dec 1999\n")
// java code
The SCC CSC Newsletter for December, 1999 has been posted to the website. We rant about the program, review the Spring 2000 course offerings, and recommend caution when shopping online.
Eight computers are going to be used to help decide the college football champion. The eight computers together are one of four criteria that factor into the selection (record, schedule, and polls are the other criteria used). From WiredNews::Culture comes Football's a Complicated Game.
|We are starting to acquire a lot of student generated materials on csZerO: Learning About Computing. If we can increase the pace, then this system can evolve into a useful resource for those of us interested in learning about computing.|
From the AZIPA mailing list comes
the following invitation:
Join us for the first Techie Tuesday in Downtown Tempe, 6 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 7 at Mill Avenue Beer Company, 605 S. Mill Ave. What is a Techie Tuesday? It's a chance to get together with friends and colleagues, talk business, talk trash, whatever you like . . . The first Techie Tuesdays is brought to you by Integrated Information Systems (IIS) and the Downtown Tempe Community. IIS is a leader in Internet-based services and recently announced a 72,000 square foot expansion in downtown Tempe. The Downtown Tempe Community is a private, non-profit downtown management and marketing association.
Four weeks ago I was anxious for this semester to be over, but now the end of the semester has amazingly caught me by surprise. We still have so much to learn -- we can't be done. In my case, I'm going to rewind each course and do it again. This may sound boring, but it isn't. With each pass my notes improve in quality, depth, and quantity. Plus, my knowledge of the subject matter expands. Having no new courses this Spring will enable me to allocate more time to learning new topics such as PHP, mySQL, XML, ksh, and so on). If I can learn this stuff, then so can you.
I am very pleased [and I don't use the word very in my writing] with the efforts that I have gotten from numerous students this semester. Thank you.
[03 Dec 1999 (Dark and Cold 39° Morning @ 6:15 AM), top]
echo "Items for the week ending 26 Nov 1999"
# shell script
Here's an ITEM
Here's an ITEM
Here's an ITEM
[26 Nov 1999 (Sunny, but chilly 46° Day at 9:00 AM), top]
printf("Stuff for the week ending 19 Nov 1999\n\n");
/* C and C++ code */
Stuff: When you think RedHat
you may think
Linux and an atmospheric stock price.
However, RedHat is also committed to the Open
Source movement. Wide Open News
is a new resource provided by RedHat and they have published an
Wide Open Manifesto.
Stuff: Tim O'Reilly,
founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, has published
an article that summarizes how Microsoft's efforts to control
the server-side of the Internet was stunted by the
Apache Open Source product. Visit the
Technology section of
salon.com and read
How the Web Was Almost Won.
[19 Nov 1999 (Sunny 77° Day at 3:22 PM), top]
Here is an
array of elements for
the week ending 12 Nov 1999:
Is Linux the Real Remedy? from Salon Technology is a good article about the Microsoft ruling (Nasdaq: MSFT) and how it compares to the break up of AT&T (NYSE: T) . Legal mumbo-jumbo -- It's the Law -- is an interview with Judge Bork .
Seinfeld' Computer Virus Emerges is an article from Mercury Center. [ThurmFoo] My one word opinion on this virus? Yuck. [Side-bar] Mercury Center is a San Jose newspaper that uses the motto: "Covering the Birthplace of Buzz".
This seems weird. Use the web and your credit card to support our government's debt by purchasing U.S. Savings Bonds Online.
[12 Nov 1999 (Sunny 91° Day at 4:00 PM), top]
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Sun Nov 7 15:57:01 MST 1999]
Mojave Desert Phone Booth
Hello and happy EOTW (End Of The Week). Tyler and I are on the road again. This time we are off to do some Route 66 in search of the Mojave Desert Phone Booth.
sizeof()the ThurmUnit website. I am in the process of accumulating lots of stuff. In "C" you would write the following:
Silicon Valley Humor Man walks into a Silicon Valley pet shop to buy a monkey. He has three choices:
csZerO: Learning About Computing has a new homepage. I've spent hours and hours on this webpage. Please be sure to check it out when you have some free time. [Free time... What's that?]
Due to laziness, I did not complete CPSR Report #2. [I didn't even start it.] Hopefully we will have this report written in time for next week's MOTD posting.
Spring 2000 Class Schedule is on-line. There are some errors with it.
The CSC program at SCC is lucky to be adding Audree and Jennifer to our team. Move over Yankees!
The December 1999 issue of the ThurmNewsletter will discuss the SCC course offerings in detail. If you have questions before then, send me an email, or visit me during an office hour in room LS-110, or you can call me at 480-423-6110.
Hello! Here is stuff for the week ending 22 Oct 1999.
Spoken by a software programmer: "I've finally figured out why this whole Year 2000 problem is causing so much trouble. Fixing it depends on programmers finding a date. This isn't exactly one of our classic strengths."
Have safe and easy weekend.[22 Oct 1999, top]
Tidbits for the week ending 15 October 1999.
Risks Digest is a running log of the various and sundry problems that happen to computer-based systems. The list is compiled and moderated by Peter Neumann.
CPSR Report #0 is my first report from the CPSR conference. It covers a talk given by Dr. Gray Bechin who studies and writes about the history and ecology of California. Beware: I was in a feisty mood when I typed in CPSR Report #0.
Learning About Computing is tough! Over the summer I wrote an article about this topic and as we approach the middle of the semester, I felt it appropriate to suggest you read Thurman Speaks About Learning About Computing.
Stub Homepages have been created on the new CSC computers. CSC294 students continue to work on csNeT: Learning About the Internet and csDeV: Learning About Software Development[08 Oct 1999, top]
Darn... I've escaped from the Hotel California. I will be producing a document about the CPSR conference, but it will be done in bits and pieces. Overall, I thought the conference was good and I am glad I attended. In fact, if I can get off my lazy butt, I may try to establish a CPSR Chapter here in Phoenix. [ThurmFoo] Conference attendees were primarily older white males. I haven't seen so many balding men with pony-tails and facial hair since my last Willie Nelson concert. [04 Oct 1999, top]
Here are tidbits for the week ending 24 Sep 1999:
"Any idea on when the next ThurmInterview will appear? I found all of your current interviews valuable. Surprising to me, I found Bjarne Stroustrup's FAQ to be the most enlightening one of all."I agree with Sean. Here is a table of available ThurmInterviews.
Here are some tidbits for the week ending 17 Sep 1999:
Here are few more items...
09 Sep 1999 (9/9/99) was a concern for many people in the computer
industry. If a date is stored using four digits, then this date would
be 9999. On some computers and programs (particularly older ones), 9999
is a sentinel value that is used to terminate a program, indicate
the end of a stream of data, cause a machine to halt, and so forth. As
A hyperlink to the Importance of Being Wrong article was originally posted to the MOTD on 16 Apr 1999. I've decided to share the hyperlink again because I like and agree with David Weinberger's opinion. Please read the Importance of Being Wrong.
"Why is it that everywhere you go you are reminded that we live in a world full of dog lovers. I go to Petsmart and they always have treats out for dogs but none for cats. They gave me the excuse that the cat treats dry out...can't say I believe that since the ingredients are similar. And you always see people bringing in their dogs but you never see cats. Then I saw that you only had a recipe for dog treats on your ThurmFood pages...I don't hold you responsible for this since people usually send the recipes to you...so I found some cat treat recipes that I know my cats would enjoy."
Here are some items from the
week ending 03 September 1999.
Here are some items from the week ending 27 August 1999.
From Politech listserver comes
news of a serious MS Windows bug that lets an attacker
seize a computer via email. Excellent news account from
Wired News. As of |