Originally Posted by jgray91
Yeah, I finished my uni just last Monday. Now all that's left is the paperworks to officially end my time here in Moscow.
Congrats my friend! Are you going to work or apply for a masters somewhere?
Originally Posted by Silent One
Inside your cup, put what-e-v-e-r you like!
Agreed! I'd suggest some energetic darker tea with a party flavour.. :)
Originally Posted by mosshorn
This. Almost every language is simply remembering what words do what, what punctuations do what, etc.
The hard part is getting the logic down behind it, and being able to not only trace the functions of a program, but be able to make them in the most efficient method. It's weird, I can work with electrical schematics fairly easily, but the only time I'm able to code worth a crap is when I'm under the influence of things I'd rather not mention. Safe to say, I don't code anymore
Good to see you back btw Coq! On a positive note, you know what your diagnosis is, so that should be somewhat of a breath of relief. Also the fact you have all of us here to support you (I think if we ever did a diary meet, it would be the most intense party one could think of.)
A diary meet would be awesome, although a little difficult to make it happen since a lot of us really come from different parts of the world. We actually have, IIRC, almost every continent covered except for Africa - right?
Exactly, the logic is the hardest part. Luckily, we did have courses on discrete mathematics and logic, which actually helped us a great bit.
Originally Posted by jgray91
Whoops, missed this the first time around. Thanks for the suggestions. I'd be sure to check out some books about that.
Intense party of tea-drinking! Wait...
I have that book in digital format. I haven't read it, but if you want me to I can skim through it to see whether it's good or not. The thing about those particular books, the "Head First" series, is that they have a lot of pictures to explain what they mean (it almost looks like a kids book).
Originally Posted by ardgedee
Good old CS curricula tried to start students off with languages that were relatively unbound from complex OSes so that students could concentrate on principles and fundamentals; it becomes easier to understand how the software and hardware underneath the OS is running if you don't have waste time making your application interface with the visual user interface.
The best modern language to start learning in is probably Python; There are a couple good sites (Learn Python, Learn Python the Hard Way) which will not only teach you the language but also, along the way, enough of the rudiments of computer science to make it relatively easy to branch out to other languages.
Of course if you really want to rock it old school, do it MIT style and learn Scheme.
Over the years I've had to deal with a lot of university-level computer programming degree graduates who only understand programming in very rote ways (typically, due to curricula based primarily on learning Java, and extra semesters of courses in other languages more or less as afterthoughts), and can't really project their experiences and knowledge into new development environments.
Which is not that Java is evil, it's more that it seems very bound up in making programs that have to interact with the real world, rather than existing as an environment to play in, building ad-hoc logical edifices and fiddling with them.
Of course I can speak offhandedly about all of this: I'm a developer with a liberal arts degree and I'm mostly self-taught. It's fun!
We have a few scientists at my work that learned Scheme. It's rather interesting that they do code and program, but against datasets with SAS or R. I held a lecture for them on how to use SQL in SAS, which I think is rad. They greatly appreciated it. :)
Originally Posted by lee730
I'm actually (finally lol) about done with the Comp TIA A+ Certification Book. It's taken me much longer to complete than I'd personally like it to. Motivation is the hardest thing for me to keep these days. Stuff like this was nothing back then.... I'm finding myself having to psych myself up to do basic things. But I've only got like 3 chapters left then the practice tests. Once I'm getting 90% or better on those tests I'm ready. I've already paid for the exams so I can schedule them anytime. But I'm making sure I'm ready as I'm not so good under pressure these days :P. I remember back in school when I'd procrastinate just before a test/projects. Do a quick review/cram session and Ace things. Lost that magic sadly.
Anyways once I get my certification I'll also shoot for the Networking and Security certifications.
Hey., that's great my friend!
I read about the A+ cert via google, it says basic network stuff. Does it go through different topologies and protocols as well?
When you get to the security certs, you can always ask me for help. I had plenty IT-/infosec courses on the subject - it's pretty fun but it helps you to understand the basics of packets, protocols and such.
Originally Posted by a_recording
Y'arrrgh. *quickly skim reads last few pages*
@Warren The coolest, coolest thing about those headphones is that they fold up. Like, people will be carrying around these near top tier pricing full size headphones with them casually. A semi-philosophical question: does a headphone simply become a portable one when it folds up? Can this rightly be considered the ultra M-100? :D
@Coq de Combat It's so awesome to see you back! I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis but at least you have a name for the black bear now. Remember to stay connected! :o
@Veryron That sucks. What makes you so sure you actually just threw the XBA-3 away?
@Muppet I'm actually really not liking this trend towards hybrid designs right now. I'm not at all convinced that a single dynamic micro-driver can't perform wonderfully if optimised well. This all just smacks of overengineering, same as my experience with the Rhapsodio 2v1...
Thank you my friend. It's good to see everyone of you guys as well. Some still are missing though: music, maverick, is James still around?
Originally Posted by DigitalFreak
I remember first reading MF's review awhile back and laughing myself silly at the hurling a brick through T-Peo's office window comment, lol.
That one got to me as well. If something sounds so bad that I actually want to hurl a brick through their office, then it's probably pretty damn bad!