Where did the time go?
Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.
Nostrums! Snake Oil!
Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.
As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.
Something a little more drastic must be done.
Later is the New 'Now'
It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some
excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.
So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.
I was sitting and typing up another blog post earlier today, and I was interrupted rudely by a fellow student who decided it was completely up to me to fix her (or his) specific problem in their code. Being the pushover that I am, I lent a hand, only to find that this person was way over her (or his) head.
I don’t want to call names, or cite specific examples, so I’ll talk in really broad terms about why some people may need to rethink their career path when they make it to college, and find the work to be way over their heads.
I’ve talked before about how the higher education system is becoming a joke, and how the value of a Computer Science degree is ever decreasing. In fact, the other post that I was writing was about a similar subject. My opinions are certainly just that–opinions. Please take them as such, and don’t think that I am bashing any specific person or group of people with this post.
The fact is that some people aren’t cut out to be programmers.
I’ve been kicking back and forth whether or not to write this article, but this concept has been weighing on my conscience for far too long. Being a student in Computer Science, I am beginning to notice the students around me more, and their level of competency when it comes to the narrow topics that are being discussed in class. For the most part, everyone tries their best and gets things done, and as adults tend to actually attempt to understand all of the material.
But there are a select few students that either are just not getting it, or are relying on the “No Child Left Behind” mentality to simply skate through the college experience and earn their degrees. One problem with this set of students is that they are going to be completely shocked and overwhelmed when they reach a real work environment, and not all requirements and steps are set in stone and handed to them on a silver plate.
This is where my problem with the state of higher education stems.
In the last entry of this series, I discussed the true cost of owning a Windows-based computer. Although the one-time upfront fee may sound like a great deal, in order to keep your computer running for years to come, you must invest a large amount of time, money and effort.
In this entry, I would like to discuss an alternative to the Windows operating system: Linux.
So, I received my Adobe CS4 Design Premium, and finally got a chance today to do the installation. After 48 minutes of exciting installation time, where I was not allowed to use Firefox, it’s finally installed, and after the jump, you can see the results. Continue reading
This is Part 2 of “The Fear of Using Windows.” Please read Part 1 if you have not already.
There is a lot more to owning and maintaining a PC than just picking one up from the store and plugging it into the wall. I think the overall lifetime cost of a PC should be considered when purchasing new hardware. Continue reading
I’ve harped heavily here before about how Windows doesn’t work well for people who are just starting out with computers. I’d like to go into a bit more detail about thoughts I’ve had recently and give a little background to what I’m talking about.
Hot on the heals of my new post initiative, Software Spotlight, I would like to introduce a new featured article segment that will be appearing for a few weeks while I flesh out some ideas that I have for some software products. Each and every one of these “Project Visions” has an origin story, some details fleshed out, and some commentary about how/if the project is possible. Please enjoy what I have to write, and if you feel so inclined, leave me feedback about the ideas for each.
So, just what, exactly is iGoverness? iGoverness is a project that I outlined about a year ago, which has received no further attention past the early brainstorming phase.
In order to understand what iGoverness is, why don’t we take a look at the definition of a governess:
A governess is a female employee of a family who teaches children within their home. In contrast to a nanny (formerly called a nurse) or a babysitter, she concentrates on teaching children, not their physical needs. Her charges are of school age, not babies. [source: Wikipedia]
So, iGoverness is a project aimed at bringing that personal one-to-one relationship of a governess to a pupil into the modern age, using modern technology. Continue reading