Not to much talk about. A lot of plans for the future. I’d really like to setup my own web page on my own server. I’d like to setup my own mail server. I’m also considering pursuing a degree in computer science, not engineering mind you, but computer science. The differences I am aware of and I have made my decision on which I like better. I haven’t really looked at schools much yet. Paying for school after getting my double degree her at Marshall is my biggest concern. I will have to find a suitable job. Everyone tells you “finding a job with a [insert degree here] will be easy” but I always somehow fail to put much faith in that statement. Computers are a career I have avoided most of life, never really believing I had any skill with them. The older I get though the less I care about how much skill I have as long as I enjoy doing it. That’s one thing my math degree has taught me. It doesn’t matter if your the best at it, as long as you put 110% into it. Truth be told I haven’t put 110% into math, but it has taught me what 110% percent means and how to do it. Now I just have to find out what to put 110% into. Computers looks like a nice alternative at this point. Finally, I would like to attend a school that is open source friendly. Marshall is, sadly, far from Open Source friendly. Everything here is “do it on Windows or die trying.” Granted we must have 20 computer labs, but only 2 are Mac labs. Our library (Drinko) is supposedly one of the most wired libraries in America and yet the only two non-Windows computers in there were taken out (both Macs). The only upside to Marshall is at least the Computer Science teachers here embrace open source. Well that recommend you compile your C++ on it, but that’s as far as it goes. They don’t exactly hand out links or iso-es. Something that probably stems from our contract with Microsoft.
On to things more Linux related though. My computer is running smooth and healthy. I’ve been contributing to the Gentoo Linux Wiki a lot lately. The idea of helping others not make the mistakes I’ve made with my system, or helping them recover from the mistakes I’ve made really drives me. I really enjoy it. I could do it for a living probably.
I’ve also been looking around at some web pages and I can’t swear it to it, but it seems like a lot of pages written using Ruby seem to load faster for me. Faster than say PHP websites. I can only speculate here, so don’t quote. It just feels like it. I know there must be a million factors that go into how fast a page loads but whether or not the page is image ridden or only text, it doesn’t seem matter.
I’ve also found a blog by another Gentoo user, Brian Carper. I know very little to nothing about him, but he has an excellent blog with a lot of useful Linux related information. I’m also sad to say he updates more often then I do, so if you read this on a regular basis, you’ll like him better. I actually check out his blog on a regular basis believe it or not.
Other than that things are going well. School is good. My computer(s) are good. Life is good. Enjoy the Penguins!