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Open Source Technology Center Conference 07

The OSTC is putting on a conference next week to help out software engineers and developers “seeking new job opportunities, considering new ventures, and open for new ideas in IT.”  A big thanks to Shauna for putting this together.  There are going to be several great presenters at this event.  I was going to name some of the, but figured it would be easier to send you over to the website Home Runs in IT to check out the agenda.

The event is on December 6th, so hurry up and signing on the website. This will also be a great networking event.  So for a low $35, or free for user groups, ex/Novell employees, and local schools this is a great deal!  If you below to one of these groups,

please contact me at sshaw at decriptor dot com

To register, click on the Home Runs in IT link above.

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Novell: A little too late

As I was typing this I thought about the title. It could be taken several different ways, but in this case, its just their timing getting back to me…

So, on my first day of work at my new job, Novell emailed me to offer me a job. This job was with the super lab guys working on their software. It would have been some good experience, but I think I’ll end up being much happier where I am now. Plus Novell has the policy of lay off interns first. Not a place that will attract tons of students. I’m not sure how many from UVSC there were, but there were several.

The word has gone around that Novell isn’t the place to work as an intern. Not that I or other have spread the word or made negative comments towards Novell, but that tons of CS students saw their friends all get laid off at once. Just about the time that they were planning on laying all of us off, they were talking with schools in the area to improve their intern program??? Doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever. It would be different if you aren’t told that in order to get the internship that you have to work through the semester.

Anyways, I’m not bitter or even upset at all. In my case, my boss had to make a really tough, yet easy decision. A decision that I agree with and will ultimately help out the XEN a bunch. This also gave me a chance to move onto a new company that seems really cool and where I could work for a long time.

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So much for getting Ahead

I just found out that UEN (Utah Education Network) was doing an update or some maintenance. The end result was the lose of all my work. :/ For one reason or another they had to roll back to last Tuesday’s data. This just isn’t a good thing for the end of the semester. This means that I can’t download a test that I have to do by Monday and I’ve lost the last 6 chapter quizzes and tests that I took this week. :/

Now this might not seem that bad, although how’s going to cover me for my lost time, but there are a lot of schools on the system and it nearing the end of the semester. It affects 15 different groups of which just about all, but maybe 1 or 2 are colleges. So no thanks to blackboard vista and Oracle.

And if anyone want to read the explanation, read on.

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My new job @ Vantage Controls

Yesterday was my first day at Vantage Controls. I enjoyed my break from work and the time that I had to work more on my school work. Between family, school, and work there just isn’t a ton of time left over. So its been great catching up. Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I started my new job. I’m really excited about this job as I will be able to work on things that interest me a lot.

At vantage controls I will be working on writing device drivers for the various audio/visual equipment so that we can interface with these devices. If you are interested in looking at the controller that I’m working with, here it is. As I learn more about what I’m doing I’ll post about it.

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Linux Fall Release Install Party

I’m at the Linux Distro Release party right now and testing out the new ubuntu 7.10. Don’t worry fellow opensuse users, just because Novell laid me off doesn’t mean I’m going to move to ubuntu. So far we’ve had a great turn out and we’re still installing. We have had everything from opensuse to ubuntu to fedora to mac osx 10.5 to openbsd. That’s what we have had people bring.

So with my attempt to install ubuntu 7.10 on my mac book pro I ended up killing my boot information. For some reason refit didn’t work right (or more likely I didn’t know what I was doing) and now I need to go back and try and fix that. Back to the install fest. Hopefully pictures to follow.

A thanks to Herlo for helping put this together and Open Source Technology Center @ Novell for providing space.

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Smokin’ Buds

Today I finally bought some new head phones.  This is probably the first pair in maybe 10 years.  The thing that probably pushed me into buying a pair was school.  There are some that feel it necessary to be loud and share their conversation with everyone.  The pair that I bought were made by skull candy and no I didn’t just buy them for the name, although they do have a really cool name.  One of my friends recommended them, so I bought a pair.  They work really well so far.  They also are rumored to be a local company and their products are good and look good, so they get my money.