Complete

2015.06.18 Personal, Projects 2 Comments

Sorry for the lack of updates; basically the last stretch before graduation took over my life and I was spending most of my time on campus working on assignments. I’m all done now though, and I should be getting my diploma in the mail. I may or may not have a job already, but it’s not 100% for certain yet.

Anyway, this does mean I don’t have any more real distractions, so I’m going to be trying to get a schedule up for things I want to complete and also post about. I still need to work out some stuff before I make my senior project github repository public, but in the mean time I did start one public repo (a php webring script).

I’ll be working on that project and also do some related posts here, as a way to document my process. I still have a lot of nostalgia for those types of scripts, and a lot of the old ones are now no longer around. I doubt many people will use them, but it’ll be a good practice to write them anyway.

What OS are you running?

2015.05.16 Tutorials 7 Comments

Are you using Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux? And the second question I’d ask is, are you interested in learning basic programming?

If you’re using Linux, chances are, you already know some basic programming. If you’re using Mac OS X, which is Linux-based, you can easily code and compile your programs, too. If you’re using Windows though, you’ll have to jump through some hoops to accomplish the same thing, but it’s definitely doable.

I have a Windows desktop and a Macbook Pro. I code mostly on my Macbook Pro. And the biggest reason is the Terminal. Before I started studying Computer Science, command line stuff scared me, and I preferred doing everything through a graphical interface. Now that I’ve used a lot of command line stuff, for a lot of things I prefer running things command line instead of through a graphical user interface.

If you’re using Linux or OS X, you can easily code in C and C++, but if you’re running Windows, you might have to install some extra programs just to get that running.

I would prefer to do tutorials in C++, but most people probably would prefer PHP. It’s just C++ is easily transferable because so many other languages are based on C, so once you know the foundation, it’s easy to apply it. Another reason is C/C++ is more powerful than PHP and has strong data typing, which makes for better foundation than weak data typing in PHP.

So I guess what I’m getting at is if enough people have OS X, I’ll do tutorials in both PHP and C++, otherwise I’ll stick to PHP.

Balancing Act

2015.04.29 Personal 4 Comments

Oops, I let school and life take over a little too much. The short version is I’m on my last quarter of classes and I’ve got 3 weekly labs, homework, and 2 quizzes a week, and a senior project I’m kind of procrastinating on.

The computer science department usually gets its share of weird people, and most of them are fine, but being a tutor and having to deal with all of them can sometimes be a pain. Unfortunately the number of guys who smell funny is getting to me. And what’s more annoying are the people who put zero effort in learning how to code, but will go to the walk-in lab expecting tutors to write their homework for them…

It’s dealing with all that which can make you appreciate people who do take it seriously and learn and do well.

But in general, this all makes me think, “do these people think this will work out in the real world?” No one’s going to hold your hand if you’re not willing to put the effort in yourself. Worst yet are the people who straight up just copy and leech off people. Those losers who will sit close to you and literally copy every line of code you write, until you catch them and move to a different seat. If you need help, ask. Don’t just crane your neck over and spy off people’s computers.

What’s on my phone

2015.03.29 Hobbies and Crafts, Personal 12 Comments

Last December, I finally got my wish and upgraded to owning a smart phone. I’m still kind of in that “let me show you my baby” phase, so bear with me. Anyway, I’m always interested in seeing what people decorate their phones with. I get kind of crazy with custom icons, even on my PC.

I own a Samsung Galaxy S5 in white, with this pink case by Caseology. I’m using CM Locker for my custom lockscreen, Zooper Widget for the home screen clock, and LINE DECO for the icons. And my Kaworu charm is from here.

I’m a huge EXO fan, and my bias is D.O., so my lockscreen and home screen are both promo images of him from their new album EXODUS. Speaking of which, all the teaser trailers look really well-done. I really can’t wait for the full MV release. I already cracked and pre-ordered the album.

Apps I use a lot are: LINE Messenger, Any.do’s Cal, Instagram, Twitter, VSCO Cam, SwiftKey, and Textra as my SMS replacement.

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Yay custom theme

2015.03.28 Sitely Matters 7 Comments

Two months after my initial post about restarting this blog, I’ve finally made progress on that promise.

Now we’re finally sporting a completely custom and responsive theme. I’m getting better at using WordPress¬†API and this has definitely been a good learning experience. Hopefully with all the theme quirks worked out, I’ll start getting this blog rolling.

I’d really like to do regular posts on coding tutorials and teaching basic programming. I’ve been a tutor at our Computer Science department for a while now, and I think I’ve gotten the hang of teaching.

Hello world!

2015.01.25 Sitely Matters 4 Comments

If you’re wondering what happened to my old blog, I’ve basically decided to start from a completely clean slate. The new version will be launching very soon, with some (hopefully) better content. Cheers.