This is where I will be saving all my projects that I do for free code camp.
March 7, 2018 at 03:51PM
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Over the year, I attended several events that allowed me to learn, and grow as an IT professional.
The first event I went to this year was in March, and was called. Orlando Code Camp, Which was hosted at my college, and covered a wide range of topics. It was a great opportunity to get exposure to new technologies and ideas. While I was there, it became apparent that I would need to get a better grasp of Azure services, as well as c++.net development. There is an archive that includes some of the talks over on Github.
In April, I had the opportunity to attend the Global Azure Bootcamp in downtown Orlando. This was an event hosted by Onetug, and went over lots of different ways to use azure services. They covered how to call APIs, and do voice recognition with IoT devices, among other things. I was still finding it hard to keep up with all these industry professionals though, as they all had at least a decade of experience on me. I am still glad to have had the opportunity to sit and learn with them, as I now have an Azure account, and can tinker with it when I have time to learn.
In October, I got to attend SQL Saturday. This was hosted at the college again, and was organized by Andy Warren, who has been doing SQL Saturday for the better part of a decade. This was a great experience, and was easier for me to follow than the previous ones, because I had taken a SQL class prior to this event. Also, I was attending a class on systems analysis and design at the time, which talked a lot about databases. After attending several of these talks, I saw that it didn’t seem too hard to deploy a SQL database using Azure cloud services, and later on, I went and did it for myself.
Later that same month, I attended Maker Faire Orlando. There were all sorts of cool things there that people like me had built. There were battle bots, and homemade go karts modeled after the Enterprise. It was a pretty wild time, and I got to come home with a few things that I made there. I enjoyed their soldering workshop, as it had been a little while since I had gotten to do that. My own, homemade designs usually stay on breadboards.
I finished out the year by getting on the President’s List at my college. I’m very proud of this, as all my classes were technical in nature, and it’s a step closer towards my goal of working as a developer. I look forward to the things I will learn in 2018.
On November 4th, I will be participating in a fundraiser to help children’s hospitals. I will be streaming at least one hour of Factorio gameplay, as it is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve never done this before, so I have no idea how well it will go, but any donations will be appreciated.
Wish me luck!
As many of my friends know, I have been an avid Mac user for years. Any of them who have bothered to ask why would have gotten the answer that I only use the best. For that reason, when I feel like something else is better, I switch.
For a few years, in middle school, I switched to Windows. This was because I had an interest in video games, and at the time, all the good games were Windows only. I really disliked all the system maintenance that came with it though, and around the time that boot camp was released by Apple, I switched back.
Lately however, Apple’s lost its mojo, and they keep making poor choices. They’ve done things like making saving screen shots go from a one step process to three steps, as well as changing airplane mode so it no longer turns off wi-fi and Bluetooth, which many people use as a power saving feature. Also, I’ve really gotten tired of the way they continually push their users to update their software. There isn’t even an option any more for “don’t update”. The only option is remind (read: nag) me later. These are just the examples that came to mind first, but I assure you, there are many others.
Another thing that bothers me about Apple lately, is that they are closing their doors. Not to new users, but to people who want out. It’s becoming an industry-wide trend really… Every large tech company seems to be closing their ecosystems. They are making it expensive, and complicated to switch to their competitors. While I understand why, from a business perspective, I don’t like it as a consumer. I don’t want to run the risk of becoming dependent upon a single company for all my communication and data.
Microsoft, on the other hand, isn’t much better. They of course have their malware issues, which is not entirely their fault, but that’s not what I’m faulting them for. They have ads. They are built into the operating system. It’s ridiculous. Also, they collect information from their users, in part so they can target those ads. Privacy is important to me, and while Microsoft may not use my information in nefarious ways, the simple fact that data collection is built into their operating system in this way means that it will be easier for hackers to compromise the system because of it.
Finally, I think it’s important to explain why I switched to a free and open source operating system. Linux has always been around, not really getting much attention from anyone other than super-nerds. I think part of the reason for this is that as free software, it doesn’t have a big marketing department to get the word out like Microsoft or Apple. The good news though, is that unlike Microsoft or Apple, the source code is not controlled be a single, very large company. There are no shareholders demanding profit, or year-over-year growth. Because of this, the software is able to be what it needs to be, and doesn’t have to add another 100+ features every six months for the next keynote.
It also has its own downsides though. It really isn’t user-friendly, and there isn’t any tech support to save you if things go wrong. I find it really hard to go an entire day without opening a terminal window for something. While this isn’t a big deal for me, the average user tends to greet that window with a blank stare and confusion, sometimes fear. I think this is really the main reason why most people will never use Linux at home. I’ve decided, however, to make it my goal to increase the usability, and therefore the accessibility, of Linux as a whole, and put it within the reach of an average user.