Thursday, January 13, 2005

Started school back up

Well it was nice to have school off for a weeks over Christmas. I didn't really want school to start. I like to learn things on my own and during the semesters I don't always have that much time to do that. This will be my last full-time semester than I have to work on a project for my Masters degree. I'm not really sure what I am going to do the project on yet. Hopefully by Summer I will have some idea. I was thinking about doing a project on something involving distributed computing.

This semester I signed up for computer interfacing, computer algorithms and advanced networks. The classes seem like they will be good. I never had a formal class in algorithms, so I was looking forward to taking this one. Also, the computer interfacing class seems like it will be good. Hopefully we do some interesting projects in the class. I'm not all that good at programming in assembly language, so this should give me a chance to improve on that. I will probably never use asm after college but at least the class should give me an opportunity to learn more intricately the details of computers. I'm not sure really why U of M uses the 68000 to teach on. It seems like they should use something that students will be more likely to use in the real world. Maybe it is easier to learn on the 68000 assemebly language, compared to the assembly language for Intel based computers.

Friday, January 07, 2005

My First Post

Well, this is my first post to my weblog. I always thought that weblogs were kind of lame. Who would want to read a weblog from a person they don't know? I decided to give it a chance anyway. The worst that could happen is my writing skills could improve some. Over the past few months, I have been seeing more and more sites with weblogs on them. I even began to read some of them and found them to be enjoyable. Most of the weblogs I have started to read are from prominent technology figures. I will try to make it a point to post on my weblog about once a week.

What made me decide to create weblog. In the spring of 2004, I happen to come across the site IT Conversations. Before that I would look to try to find interesting audio through real networks and other means but I never really found anything interesting to listen. I am really into technology and what better way to find out about new things that are happening in technology then listen to podcasts. I like to read a lot so I can learn things, but there is only so much you can read at a time. I bought an Ipod as a result so I could listen to all the shows I like while on my way to school such as .NetRocks, Binary Revolution, Leo Laporte and the Linux Show to name a few. IT Conversations had a series of shows from the conference Bloggercon III. At first these didn't seem that interesting I was more into hearing people like Steve Wozniak and Tim O'Reilly speak. I gave them a try and as a result, I started to change my feeling towards weblogs.

I think over the next few years weblogs and podcasts will start to play and even large role in the Internet. People will be able to find whatever they are interested in and they won't have to rely on the typical media outlets to provide it to them. I used to watch Tech TV daily. Comcast really destroyed that station after they took it over. The station is pretty much unwatchable now. I'm not really sure what Comcast point was in acquiring Tech TV it kind of seems like they wanted the station to fail. I guess my point is that eventually people won't have to rely on companies like Comcast. In the near future, there will probably be a station like Tech TV that provides all of its content online and bypasses the cable companies.