awfulhorrid: (Default)
We've been sharing some variation of the current flu bug around a bit. Last weekend Tara and I had planned some time out for our anniversary, but she came down sick on Saturday. We basically ended up just hanging out together at the hotel for the rest of Saturday, relaxing a bit and watching a few episodes of Twin Peaks. When I got home on Sunday, I managed to get into the house and "woof" weakly up at Fran before I had to make a dash to the bathroom.

first better then worse )

This entry originally posted to my dreamwidth account. (Not sure how this is going to work, but you should be able to reply in LJ or DW and I'll see it!)
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
I'm doing my homework for my CS240 - Software Development Lifecycle class. The unit is essentially project management lite, including topics such as risk management. I stick by my answers, but I may be bringing a bit too much real world experience into this!

(Game2D is a case study example we've been using in the book. It's an extremely simple two-player game.)


Names sources of human risk for Game2D.

Development Team

  • Productivity—team members may spend too much time playing “City of Heroes” instead of coding the project modules.

  • Experience—the vast complexity of Game2D may simply overwhelm the poor young developers.

  • Dedication—the development team may decide they’re wasting their coding talents on this game and go off to form their own software company.

End Users

  • Technical knowledge—the overwhelmingly complex game play may cause some users to disconnect their computers completely and take refuge in their basement bunkers.

  • Support for project—conversely, the potential users may just not care one whit for the game and it may languish unplayed until “Bob’s Farmville Clone” needs more server space.

awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
[ profile] bookwurm says I shouldn't use the term "cubical monkeys" in my PowerPoint presentation for my "Business Concepts for Application Developers" class. She suggested the alternate term "office workers." Can I compromise and say "Office drones?" I know the instructor is a fan of "The Office." (OK, so I'm going to use 'office workers ...')

Additional: Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!
awfulhorrid: (Kinky Goblin)
This week we could pick from two different assignments, either of which would deal with description or illustrative text. I picked this one:

You've noticed a recurring problem in your workplace and want to bring it to the attention of your boss, who is typically inattentive. Write a letter to your boss describing the problem. Your goal is not to provide solutions, but rather, to provide vivid description -- complete with sensory details -- so that your boss can no longer deny the problem.

This is my entry, with suitable acknowledgment to the massive amounts of fantasy literature I've read over the years and a tip of the hat to [ profile] mocha_mephooki for additional job-description inspiration.
Dear boss ... )
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
My GPA for the first quarter was 4.0. I intend to keep that up, but this is a bad way to start.

Today was supposed to be the start of my second quarter at ITT. I had perfect attendance for the last quarter, but I broke that today due to car trouble. I got about 2/3 of the way to school when the speedometer stopped working ... which was weird, but I could just watch the GPS and get my speed from there. About a minute later, the tachometer started fluctuating and also stopped working, followed by the radio and the windows. By this point, I was coasting to a stop at an intersection. I put it in park and tried the ignition, but it was completely dead. I got out and pushed it over to the side of the road. I checked the lights (none), the battery connection, and then gave up and called AAA, my instructor, the school, and [ profile] bookwurm in that order.

I had the tow truck drop the car and me off at Bristol Tire & Service, about two miles from home. They were able to fix my water pump a few months ago on the day I brought it in, so I'm hopeful that they'll be able to fix an alternator with a similar speed. This is, of course, assuming it's not something like the ECM Computer. Augh. At least the instructor knows me since I had him for the last quarter and knows that I'm not BSing him about this. He's leaving the worksheets and handouts in main building for me and I'll be able to pick it up tomorrow, but there's no way I can get the participation grade made up.
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
Quick update on school: Things are going really well, so far. I'm settling into a nice routine and aside from one homework assignment at the very start of a class, I haven't missed anything yet. (I wasn't the only one that missed that; the layout of the page made it look like part of a lab that we'd finished in class. Still, I feel like it was my responsibility to find it and do it, so I've resolved to not miss another one.) Of course a large part of getting homework done is having the right study buddy ...

Brace for the cute )
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
Last night I went to orientation, got my upcoming class schedule, and met some of the teachers. The teachers seem competent and like people with which I can get along. The fact that they're about my age and at least one of the ones I met has been working in IT for as long as I have went a long ways towards reassuring me.

More details ... )
awfulhorrid: (Bella on Computer)
I've been working in IT for about 17 years now, not counting 3 years in the USAF as a "Communications Computer Systems Operator." Despite this, I've never earned my degree. When I had stable employment (or even "enough" employment) it didn't seem that important. Now the economy is really crappy and while I'm starting to see more jobs listed, employers seem to be much less willing to take risks on someone who says they can do a job. I might have lots of experience in some specific areas, but I have nothing to prove to potential employers that I can program in C+ or rebuild a computer, for example. In some ways I've worked myself into a niche market and I really need a way to expand beyond that.

So I investigated ITT Technical Institute, specifically the Milwaukee (aka Greenfield) campus. The short version is that I liked the school and I think it's a good fit. My orientation is next week (09-JUN-10) where I'll get my class schedule, books, and all that. I'll admit it's a little daunting. First there's the numbers that were being thrown around during my financial aid meeting today. There's a part of me that's really somewhat horrified to realize how much I'm committing to pay back ... even if the interest rates are pretty good and won't start coming due until six months after I graduate. There's another part that's equally horrified about the fact that the Software Application Development Bachelor's Degree is a 15 quarter program. I turn 40 next week. That means even with a typical class schedule of a full-time student, I'll be over 44 when I graduate. That's a sobering thought, but there is the cliché that suggests if I don't do it I'll still be 44 ... and still lacking a degree.

This is also going to make coordinating visits from sweeties and other events interesting. I've requested evening classes and with their IT program that is almost assured. The financial aid covers the classes and some living expenses, but I'll still need to get at least a part time job. (Luckily they have placement services which should be able to help there.) That'll also cut into my time and scheduling.

Um. That's everything for now, I guess. I'm quite sure I'll post more about it as time goes on, but for now I'll list myself as hopeful ... if a wee bit overwhelmed.

February 2013



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