extremely close

Posted by on Oct 25, 2009 in life | 0 comments

There are now officially 7 weeks left of classes until I have completed my bachelors degree.

I can’t help but wish that it would go faster…

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schedules and such

Posted by on Oct 18, 2009 in coop course | 0 comments

One little thing that I have picked up during my internship has been my preference for work schedule and work dress code.

As far as schedules go, when I was full time I pretty much only worked from 8 am until 4 pm.  Occasionally I would need to come in later or leave earlier, and that was just fine.  Sometimes I would even stay late one day so I could come in really late the next day.  This was just fine as well.  In fact, it didn’t really matter when I worked as long as I was there for my meetings, and my schedule didn’t interfere with getting work done.  I know that I would be able to do just fine at a company with a more rigid schedule, but I definitely prefer the loose system that I have now.

Now about dress codes; I think I would most prefer a completely relaxed dress code (aka jeans and t-shirt).  I can say with complete sincerity that I have had no problem with the business casual code that I have had at my internship.  Again, I think I could get used to a regular business standard dress code, but I think that I would prefer more relaxed.  This part has surprised me the most during my internship.  I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to stand not being able to just wear jeans and t-shirt to work.  Fortunately I have been able to discover that this is not the case.

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P.S. for those of you subscribed to my blog, I have been writing blog posts for a coop course that I am taking.  Feel free to ignore these…

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systems for systems

Posted by on Oct 11, 2009 in coop course | 0 comments

One thing that has been apparent the whole time I have been interning has been that large organizations have lots of systems.  I’m not just talking about the computers or servers, I’m talking about the methods and software used to control the interaction between individuals and groups.  There are systems for moving code from development to testing to production.  There are systems for getting access to new software or databases.  There’s a system for almost anything you can think of.

The amazing thing is that when you have a lot of people, these systems are ridiculously important.  The database administrators would be bogged down by requests if every single request was different.  They would have to interpret each request before they could even do the work.

The really interesting thing to think about is how important it is for a system to be setup correctly from the beginning.  I know that no system can be perfect from the beginning, but that first try is seriously important.  If it is really screwed up, it can take forever to get it to a good place, especially if it is not readily apparent where the problem lies.  With all the systems setup to safe-guard the other systems, it is very difficult to get something to change.  It just burns this thought in my head: a new system must be very well thought out before being implemented (this is of course assuming the system is within a large organization…)

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head in a spin

Posted by on Oct 4, 2009 in uncategorized | 1 comment

So much to do in so little time…

  • Senior Design project
  • Career Gallery
  • Independent study work
  • All my other classes

I just gotta think “this is the last semester”…

I just wish that would make me feel a little better.

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