Posts tagged ‘computer’

July 3, 2008

Summer Session I ’08 is Finished

Tonight was my last class for DCOM 101 – Introduction to Data Communications. It was a fast, yet intense course since I took it for eight hours a week (two evening classes, 6 – 9:55 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays) for five weeks.

We were lucky to have an awesome teacher. I think that if someone else was teaching it to me, I probably would not have understood most of it, let alone gotten an A in the course (Actually, I got better than a 100 because of the extra credit I did).  He jokingly picked on me tonight because the first day he walked in the room, I raised my hand to ask a question and I interrupted myself. I said something like “Do we have to…. wait am I the only girl in this class? Oh wait, I see one other female. Hi!”…take the quiz online?” He’s like “Get used to it if you’re staying in this field”. (I am more than used to it. I’m a rock musician). So tonight, he was like “I’m going to miss you guys so much. You are such a good class. I’m gonna be sad. Are you guys sad? Everyone, ask Teresa for some tissues. You know she has some”. Hahaha. I’m going to have him again for at least one other course I take. So I told him to be careful what he wished for when he said he hoped to see some of us again. Computer networking involves a lot of math. Subnetting involves binary and applying that knowledge. Sure, in the real world you can just use a subnet calculator and a binary calculator to figure it out. But we had to show all the work to show we actually knew how to do it ourselves. At first when we were creating subnet masks, host IDs, ranges, and broadcast addresses, I was like !)(*@#$(*&@(%. But now I can do it without thinking much. =) Well, Class C addresses.

Moral of the above paragraph is that there are careers besides accounting that will require math. The math I used to apply to my programming course last semester and my networking class this semester wasn’t that difficult for me. I don’t think it was very advanced or anything. But there were a lot of students who could not move forward in the courses sucessfully because they did not understand the basic math that they were supposed to learn in high school, so they couldn’t apply that knowledge. I remember in high school, during various math classes, students would say “When will I ever need this crap? What job will require this?” And the teachers’ responses would be “You won’t actually use it but you are at least expanding your mind and the skills you use to memorize these problems will help you memorize things later in life”. This is all true, but to most teenagers they just think “Laaaame”. Teachers could actually answer it with this: “Like computers? Want to work in programming or networking? Well, you’re going to need it there”.

I am tempted to take a class during Summer Session II but I need to just take at least a little bit of time off, even if it’s not much. But I kind of feel like I’m in the zone and on a roll, so maybe I should keep it going and I will thank myself in five weeks. But in the end, I am saying Nay to that because I know that I have lots of other things I need to catch up on right now like working on some music, cleaning up the house, etc. And if I don’t take time off, it’s going to suck in the Fall when I go back.

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June 18, 2008

Zeroes and Ones

I just completed homework dealing with Binary Code. I had to take decimals and translate them into binary code and vice versa.

I’m now looking at everything in Os and 1s. Haha. Did you know that I’m 11010 years old?

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July 23, 2007

iMac G4 design vs. the iMac G5/Intel design

The first computer is an Apple iMac G4. The second one is the latest iMac available: it has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. (This looks almost the same as the iMac G5). 

I know the newer version is a much better computer.  I know that the newer version also takes up less space  and is more practical. But judging each computer strictly for its looks only, I like the G4 better. I think it’s a prettier piece of furniture. Does that sound weird? When I first saw the design of the G5, I was thinking “Wow, that’s amazing how they can fit the whole computer in such a small space.  But it doesn’ t look as cool”. 

In the end, that doesn’t matter, though. I’d much rather have the newer one.

July 20, 2007

Old Skool iPhone

I came across this by accident last night when I was doing a google search about something completely unrelated. I don’t know the accuracy or reputation of this site since most of it is written in a language which I don’t speak/read, but this is still an interesting article.

The very first iPhone

In late June, the iPhone hit the US market. Apple aficionados queued for days to be first in line to get their greedy little paws on the long awaited gadget. fudder-employee Marc Esslinger is an Apple-fan as well . also because he has a very special relationship to Apple. His father Hartmut Esslinger designed the famous Apple IIc, which was Apples first portable computer (1984). fudder presents Marc’s personal Apple-Story and a Photo-Gallery with partly never before seen Apple-Designs of the early 80s. For example: The very first iPhone from 1983.

Photo-Gallery: frog design

May 20, 2007

I finally have the internet again!

I haven’t had the internet on my own computer for a year. I’ve been using friend’s computers, my work computer, and library computers. But today, Comcast came. And I got lucky –  I actually got a tech who was great. He was kind and he hooked up the wires in the house the right way without me even having to explain what I wanted. (The main computer is far away from a cable jack).  I’ve had major problems with Comcast in the past, so I was happy. I didn’t even mind that he was 15 mins past the window of 12:30-4:30 they gave me since he was actually competent. The only reason I even have Comcast is because Verizon DSL doesn’t have service in the area I’m in just yet.

I’m living in Mount Washington now. I still have crap to clean up at my old apartment but I’m not staying at the Essex apartment anymore.

I go walking a lot for exercise and to help de-stress. I’ve taken hour long walks without problems.  So I didn’t think a few days ago that taking a walk in this neighborhood would be a big deal. Boy, was I wrong. Where I live now is full of hills and so for the next couple days afterwards, all these muscles I don’t think I’ve ever felt before were aching. There were muscles in my butt cheeks, my calves, and other parts of my legs that hurt. But I guess that’s a good thing because I’m getting better exercise now!

December 14, 2003

New Computer

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Well, my ’99 Blueberry iMac crashed a few nights ago. And I could not get it to start up again no matter what I did and with the tech support I got. So, I decided to get a new one. I’m brokety broke but I’m one of those people who "needs" a comp. And my new eMac totally rules!

We went to the studio this weekend and finished recording the disc. I’m so excited for this to finally come out and for the CD Release party! (Saturday, January 17 at Recher Theatre with Another Lincoln, Halfway Broken, and Leafless! All Ages, $5) Brad and Bryan are going to be on 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement with Matt Davis around 11 tonight. And then we’re playing Fletchers tomorrow/Monday with Great Mutant Skywheel, Slowloader, and Mustang Pleasure Club!!!!