Monthly Archives: March 2010

That time again…

As I roll into day 2 of f’Unemployment, my inbox is quickly filling with auto-response emails thanking me for my application. As I am sure will occur in the coming weeks with increasing frequency, I find myself asking “how did I get here?”
I mean, sure, I remember going to school. I remember making the drive up in hopes of finding work in the big city. I remember starting and ending my most recent 2 positions. But how did I get here? How did I get to be an educated, unemployed 29 year old unsure of what I wanted to be when I grow up?
‘Go to a good school and get a good job’ is what they said. What defines a good school and a good job escapes me still today – to be honest, I think this is becoming an increasingly hard thing to define as college has become the equivalent of high school and traditional ‘careers’ become merely jobs.
As I wrestle with finding work and weigh this against incurring additional student loans in pursuit of my Masters, I have to ask – “Is there a better way?” Is there some as-of-yet unknown way that I can market my particular skills and find a rewarding career in the field that I love?
Ok. Enough fruitless life musings – time to try and find some real (paying) work… A career? I don’t know if those exist anymore…

Google Code University

Google Code UniversityI saw a posting about the Google Code University on Hacker News this morning.  A quick inspection of the site shows a nice set of tutorials on Python, C++, Java and Go.

I personally worked through  Google’s Python Class last night and found it to be easy to follow and relatively comprehensive on the basics – this one alone is enough for me to at least recommend a visit.

I really hope that there is more to come to the Code University in the near future!

Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Upgrade – 1000HE EeePC

So… I decided to bite the bullet and forge forward with the dist upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 last night… Ok, so let’s be honest – I let curiosity take control once again, allowing my cautious mind to be overridden: allowing the entry of ‘sudo update-manager -d’ in the terminal…
This was about 11PM last night – I awoke to about 90% completion about 6am… This in itself gave rise to concern with me – not that it actually ‘means’ anything in itself, but – well, I just know that a lot is being swapped out in this release and the removal of HAL alone has had me nervous (I understand the decision, but such changes can mean fun for early adopters).
I am however happy to say that everything seems to be working great after the upgrade to 10.04. I haven’t had time to put it through its paces properly, but all systems currently seem go and all seems to be functioning at least as well as before – always a welcome thing when moving to an Alpha release of Ubuntu.

Kudos, Ubuntu team! This Alpha upgrade has been the smoothest for me to date…

I will post back if I encounter anything – neat and new or newly broken…