Class Report: Operating Systems (CS 344)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Operating Systems, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Is Oregon State's Post-Bacc Computer Science Program Worth It?

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Every once in a while, people email me to ask whether Oregon State’s post-baccalaureate computer science program is worth it. Now that I’m nearing the end (I’ll graduate at the end of winter term), I feel like I can provide an answer. This post will serve as a long-form explanation of my answer, which is yes (with some caveats).

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Idara at Two and a Quarter

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If you wondered whether or not I’d continue writing these updates every three months, well, here’s your answer. In fact, you can look forward to reading about Idara at six and a half, at ten and three-quarters, and probably even at fourteen (which I’m sure will be a great read).

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Road Trip to the Alvord

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Rachael and Idara and I recently returned from a five day trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert. In lieu of a full writeup, here are a few pictures we took along the way, plus captions.

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Idara at Two

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Shortly after Idara was born, she received a a stuffed, knit doll as a gift from one of Gordy and Suellen's friends. It sat around the house for a long time, more decoration than plaything. A couple months ago, Idara decided that this doll was a part of the family.

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Read: The Last Child in the Woods

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I recently finished one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in the past few years. I often write down notes after I finish a book. Rather than keep them to myself, though, I think it would be nice to share them here. This book seems like a good place to start.

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Insitu: Weeks Eight, Nine, and Ten

The last time I sat down to write about my internship, I was struggling through a lot of new concepts and information and trying to make sense of it all. Thankfully, that tide is beginning to turn.

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Building a Submersible ROV at SuperQuest

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On Monday and Tuesday of last week, I skipped work to attend a SuperQuest conference in The Dalles. The goal? Build a submersible ROV and test it out at a local pool.

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Tracking Wildfire Smoke

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When smoke started to descend on White Salmon a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but wonder where it was coming from. There weren't any fires burning nearby, but there were several burning in Washington, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. So which fire was supplying the smoke?

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Insitu: Weeks Six and Seven

I’m now passed the halfway point of my internship and realizing how quickly time is passing. I’ll finish up here in mid-September and then start school again the week after that. Here are some random, loosely organized thoughts on what I’ve learned.

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