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The End is Near…

Hey All,

So it’s about that time of the school year. Where dead week is once again looming and finals are but a breath away. My last ASAM lecture was today, I was very impressed with the entire lecture series the whole quarter, Jim is a fantastic professor. This was my first year with a roommate that actually was quite awesome…..no laptop stealage…..no clothes left all over the floor….all was good. Fortunately, while everyone else contemplates when/how they are going to move, Jared and I can sleep well knowing that arduous task is not looming for at least another year.

On a side note, I haven’t really been taking too many photos as of late, nor have I gone on any epic motorcycle rides…..things are somewhat in a lull right now, but summer is around the corner and we’ll see what that brings! I’m hoping to line up some more freelance programming work like I did last summer, those odd jobs are always fun and great references for the future.

Lately I’ve been following Carlos Oliveira and his tutorials on how to become a better programmer. The first two articles were good reads, but I’m not so sure about the third. I mean it sounds like sound advice, but probably not something that I would take up any day soon. A recap of all his blog posts can be found here.

And this just in….as I was typing up this blog post my primary Samsung SyncMaster 204b just decided to die. It looks like there seem to be some issues with the capacitors in the thing from basic google searching, but I’ll have to take a deeper look at that.

Grearing up to go to Can-Jam this weekend with Jared and another friend that lives in the complex. While I’m certainly no where near the audiophile of Jared and our friend Fungi….I can still easily appreciate the intricacies of creating and designing amplifiers given my EE background.

Until next time…..laterz

Spring Quarter 2009

Hey All,

Well Spring 09 has arrived, it officially started today…Monday….thankfully I have no classes on Monday so I didn’t really do much of anything other than sleep. However, tomorrow I have to hit the ground running and do well on all my classes. This quarter should be interesting considering the gamut of ideas I have in store for Phiivo and the engineering courses I am taking.

Still not sure which direction I am going to take Phiivo in, consulting or web dev? Or both? Not entirely sure…..as for now I can only say that I have something relatively big brewing with dad. If this idea takes off this could mean good things =)

With that I need to further my knowledge on this AJAX boat I jumped on……it could prove to be a crucial skill for the future. Using frameworks makes quick work of doing things, but that still doesn’t deter from the time needed to learn said technologies. We’ll see how things go!

Until next time, l8rz!

February Update

Hey All,

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So turns out I missed my 1 year anniversary for my blog…..I’ve never been able to keep a blog up and going for more than a month or two so this is definitely an accomplishment for me! The anniversary of the Robert Report was actually on Feb 14th, 2008…..go figure!

For reference, here is a link to the first post: Clicky!

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Well again, I haven’t been keeping up with my blog….sorry about that! So this post should be fairly large in length in order to get up to speed on what’s been going on as of late.

Presidents Day Weekend – 2/14/09
I went snowboarding with some buddies of mine: Jared, Tuan and Diego. We went to mountain high…that was fun. The weather was perfect and there actually weren’t that many people! I hope to go again some time really soon especially since Jared got all new gear…I want to try that stuff out! =)

Random Ride – 2/21/09

So I finally managed to get back on my bike and head out for another motorcycle ride. Man was that way overdue! It was amazingly awesome by the way…..the ride started off a little chilly, but once I got up into the mountains and onto the other side (not overcast anymore) the weather was great, took off the jacket and strapped it to my backpack. As I started to get higher the snow from the previous rain started to emerge….that was exciting! I’ve never ridden in the snow, it was quite slippery but definitely fun! Hopefully I can get out on a long ride over Spring Break…..*crosses fingers*

Quarter Ending

So Winter quarter here at UCSB is drawing to a close and all my classes project due dates are approaching fast. I have a midterm later today that I should be studying for….hopefully that goes ok. I have a project due tomorrow that I totally forgot about, hopefully its not too long! I have another group project due next Tuesday, that should be ok….my group members are smart and responsible. Although I need to get a haircut on Friday to make myself somewhat presentable for the presentation I need to give for that….

SCO3

So with the Quarter drawing to a close the deadline for my project, now aptly named SCO3 or Service Center Online version 3, is approaching as well. I’m supposed to have this bad boy done before everyone comes back from spring break so I guess I’ll be doing some coding over the break. I am now experimenting with various AJAX requests and making it more Web 2.0-ey……but that might have to be put on hold for the next release while I polish up the interface and make it more usable/intuitive.

I think that’s it for now, as usual I’ll try to keep this updated more often….but hey I’ve had this thing for almost a year….holy crap I just realized I’ve had this for a year….*edit*

Phiivo? What’s that?

So based on a lot of thinking and a great deal of “mulling” as my friend Matt would say…..I’ve decided to step down as VP of eFireHost.com Limited, Inc. Instead I will be pursuing my own venture….Phiivo What that you might ask? Well as of right now….it’s just a registered domain name….however I have plans to turn it into a site that is dedicated to my web development work, OSS and Commercial. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time now…so we’ll see how it plays out! Any suggestions or comments are definately appreciated!

Until next time….Later!

Midterms?

Hey All,

Well as of next week hell begins, I start with a Midterm on wednesday and then the rest just pile on. Have I been studing this weekend? Not really…..but I’ll figure it out somehow someway haha. This weekend has been fun though, watched a few movies. Reformatted the HTPC and installed the new Raptor. I had some issues with the HD playback at full screen but through a flurry of google searching and forum reading I was able to correct the issue and we can now do 1080p streaming flawlessly again!

I also found a treasure trove of pictures that I just added to my gallery. They cover my Gorman trip in November of last year! Good stuff!

On another note, I found a new fun looking pastebin alternative called snipt I’ll be playing with that over the course of the next few days. It looks all flashy with the web 2.0-ness built in, but we’ll see how it fares in terms of functionality!

Thanks interwebz!

L8rz, Robert

Holidae Weekend

Thanks to everyone that made this a great weekend! It was the first holidae weekend of the year/quarter and it was spent sleeping, being highly unproductive and hosting plenty of movie nights. On Friday we had Nicole over for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, that was a good movie. On Saturday I went to study with a girl I met in class, she’s cute, quiet, and with my luck, most likely taken….oh well I got some work done which is good. Later that night we had Susan, partially Esther/Andy, over for Seven Pounds, that was a great movie. I loved putting together all the parts from that film. Not to mention engineer = win for something, I won’t spoil it 😉 Lastly, on Sunday night we had Jason, Kristin, Kristin’s friend (who’s name evades me right now) over for Pineapple Express and Slumdog Millionaire. That was another great movie (slumdog that is) Quite in depth and very suspenseful throughout. Hopefully we host more movie nights at our place as they are quite fun and I love getting together with other friends.

Laterz….