Updates

As you may have guessed, things got pretty hectic toward the end of the semester. I’ve been wanting to post, but just haven’t had the time. All-in-all, the students did pretty well this spring. And I made an ‘A’ in my class (Human Computer Interaction). But it got pretty busy there, for a while.

The Minecraft server (jram-mcs.ml) is still up and running,  but it seems as if interest in it is petering out. I’ll keep it up for a while. If there’s still little interest in another month, I’ll probably back it up (so I can restore it later if I feel like it) and tear the server down. At $40 a month, it’s a bit of a pricey passtime. The AWS billboard pictured in the last post was amazing, however. In the real world, it’d measure about 100 yards tall by 400 yards wide…

what're clouds made ofStill struggling to keep the Linux group alive. But it isn’t a problem with Linux – all the special interest groups suffer attrition as the semester progresses. Assignments start coming due, meeting times conflict with other classes…it’s difficult to accommodate everyone. When I was an undergrad here, the only special interest group was ACM. And we did all kinds of things together — Paintball, laser tag, LAN parties, picnics. You name it. Seems like a different world, now.

Anyway, I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my office PC to Windows 10. Much as I love working with Linux, I still came up in a Windows world and do most of my paying work using Windows. The installation wasn’t without pain, but I finally got it done. In years past, I’d just copy the ISO file to CD/DVD and burn it. It would automatically unpack it into an installation disk. This time, it didn’t work…just burned the ISO file to the disk without unpacking it. Microsoft advises to download their special installation/disk burning software, but it wanted to download the ISO again without giving me the option to use the one I’d already downloaded. At 4.4 GB, that’s a hefty download. Finally, I used 7-Zip to unpack the ISO into a Desktop folder, Then burned the installation files and folders to a DVD, which worked fine. Then I had to figure out why Win10 wasn’t detecting my second monitor. Then I had to reinstall all my applications – Chrome, Firefox, 7-Zip, PuTTY, FileZilla, Notepad++, Office, Packet Tracer, AND Office 365. There’s a nifty website called Ninite that automates the installation of open source applications, like most in the preceding list, if you weren’t aware of it. You pick the apps you want (from a big list), and it packages all of the current installation files into a single executable, which you download and run. Office 365, however, took most of an hour. But, yeah, it’s up and running fine now. I’m sure I’ll find other apps I need to install as time goes on. Brackets and PyCharm come to mind. But, for today, I’m spent.

Well, I’m off to lunch. Then have to decide whether or not I’m returning to the office today. Probably not. I got a lot of work done and was here early.

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