The IT girl.

03/04/2010

Did you know that if you hit preview, it does not publish? I apparently did not.

Filed under: Thoughts —— eeverett @ 10:21 am

This week, as far as time goes, has been the craziest week ever.

We’re finally moving on in class to something I am actually good at, and something I actually like: HTML. But you wouldn’t have known that because again, for the third week in a row, I’ve been in all sorts of white rooms with very crinkle paper over the chair/lounger thingie you are supposed to sit on, being poked and prodded and ogled at like some sort of monkey test subject. As a result, I’ve had to miss a majority of my classes. I’m going to try and find a way for the insurance companies to pay my student loans off after this all blows over, I swear.

HTML is something I am very familiar with. When I was 14 years old I joined a web community, which at the time seemed very cool. Looking back www.melodramatic.com was a place for everyone who’s parents didn’t give them money for the Good Charlotte: Cut cut, stab stab, bleed, cry, and wear lots of eyeliner tour. (We’ve all got things in our past we regret.) But when I joined it was a simple blog site, and before you could edit your page you had to enter a certain number of entries, get enough friends and enough people to vote on your poll. So I spent hours taking quizzes, posting the results, spamming out people to take my poll (which at the time was “Who would win the fight? A.) Superman B.) Batman C.) Superman Icecream or D. Guano” Don’t ask me how I remember that,) and to generally be my friend.

After I unlocked the ability to decorate my page, I decked it out from head to toe. Generally because it was a “Goth/Emo” site, the pages were in mostly black with red or green as an accent color, but mine was a beautiful FF3399 background, box outlines in FFFF99, highlights and hover links in CC9900, to give it a luxurious, decadent Victoria’s Secret feel. And as I will remind the readers, I was 14 and thought Jude Law was God and that all men should wear eyeliner, I’m not proud of what I did, but there’s nothing I can do to change it now. At first I just used the color generator program that came with the site, you chose your color from a drop down color list and then specified where you wanted that color to be, and POOF! There it was. But, I craved something more. I started seeing pages that had glitter, and text that was all centered without caps and aligned to the right… It was magic! Some pages even had falling stars from the top of the page! It was beauty in it’s entirety and I was dying to find out how to make my page look like that. But, I knew nothing about it. I didn’t know how computers worked or software, I just knew that they did. To me it was the magic of the tape deck, the CD… it just poofed into existence and happened. That’s certainly not the case, but I digress.

So I became friends with a few people online and started asking them how to’s and looking up instructions online and finally after gathering as much information as I could, which for a 14 year old with an attention span not much lo—what? I started building my site decorum.

It was fabulous, as a misunderstood youth, I knew all about art, tragedy, and I assumed heart break since I cried myself to sleep at night known that Seth Green didn’t even know I existed, so my page transformed into a dark red background, white accents and gold “trimming” with black fluer de lis’s falling from the top of the page. When you hovered over a link it turned upside down, and I aligned everything center. After that I started coding for other pages, and created a “cult” which was the term given to a group, like a yahoo group, community, ect. Filled with my page designs, and I even encorporated HTML boxes with one click copy and paste below a screen shot of what the page would look like. Everyone started using them and In 2005 I was voted Miss Melo for my contributions to the site. It’s a great honor that to this day is the most impressive feat of strength.

If I truly felt like there was a calling in the world, and I’m sure there is, if you live in a hip, trendy metropolitan area, I would major in Web Design, but freelancery is not something I would feel good about. I quite enjoy having a steady paycheck (although after all this medical mayhem it’s not quite as steady as it was.) I enjoy creating. I love art. I would be an artist if I could, but again, you don’t get rich in that business until long after your dead and cut your ears off. I love computers, there’s lots of room to get rich there, but I have neither the patience nor desire to live a celibate life in my mother’s basement to go that route. But creating art with a computer, that’s truly a beautiful union. I could do that.

The problem I’m facing with my webpage right now, is that I’m wanting to do so much with it. And I can’t trim it down. It’s frustrating being put into a constraint. I hope it looks nice. I hope it works. I hope I can return to class. But as the old proverb goes “An HTML in the hand is worth two in the ‘Internal Application Error.’”

02/13/2010

Mental Disorderly Conduct.

Filed under: Thoughts —— eeverett @ 4:50 pm

This week, had been completely about the inner workings of things.

The inner workings of a program counter, of assembly language, of machine code.

Among other things in life that one must ponder, how in binary do we assign a specific integer to a RAM location, is probably the most common of all. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong but I sometimes get plagued and lie in bed at night freaking out that the general population of the world doesn’t know this.

I do apologize if I come off kind of sarcastic and crabby, but I certainly do not get this. I just got to understand binary in total, and now I have to start thinking more simplistically then originally before. I’m not one for thing in yes/no, true/false, 1/0. I like to think in “because” and “or”s and “if”s and “superific.” I like language, and I like comprehensive thought. I don’t like “read” “write” “Load” “store.” I believe we as humans were allowed to evolve from monkeys or cavemen or whatever for a reason. We weren’t supposed to be monosyllabic!

But on that note, about mentality and comprehensive thought, I missed a majority of class this week because I was in an out of specialists, doctors, and hostipal rooms, because everything that’s been wrong with me, has gotten exponentially worse. Where that ties in, are ideas and thoughts the precursors to physicality? Because we can think in long elaborate terms, we can be sick in long elaborate terms.

But, in a computer world, filled with stop, write, load, read, store, could we only be sick in terms of wound, infection, ect? Perhaps the computers had it a little bit better. Maybe they have the right idea.

Wow, that sounded really Carrie Bradshaw. Creepy. I should probably change the title of my blog to “Techs in the City.”

The bottom line is this, and I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: For the amazing things computers can do, it all breaks down into tiny little almost incoherent simple verbs, that translate eventually into comprehensive ideas that we as humans can understand. It’s exciting and it geeks me out, greatly. Even if it does frustrate me, because I don’t understand it and fail.

02/03/2010

The four elements to building life are fire, water, earth and air. A computer is not so simple.

Filed under: CSIT 1110,Thoughts —— eeverett @ 8:33 am

The grounding of our very human nature depends on those elements we, as species, rely on.

Unforunately, the technology association didn’t get that memo.

The aspect of building a computer excites the nerd in me, but getting down to the nitty gritty, the obsessive compulsive ever calculating and stressed out panic riden librarian stereotype is nervous.

The computers we are going to be building don’t have a specific purpose in mind. So I’m building a-money-is-no-object-all-encompassing-mega-game-a-tron Computer. I need it to play web based games, download and store mass amounts of music and play hi def movies, and I guess do a little homework. I will also need it to check up on people I may or may not be partial to on facebook.

First of all, I need to gather my ingredients.

My Case.

I chose this case because it’s kind of all encompassing.

Literally.

It comes with a hefty ammount of USB ports, a firewire port, 7 expansion slots and 2 fan ports. It’s got a standard power supply, so it will be easy to replace when the computer unexpectedly dies years down the line during finals week, and a good mounting configuration.  

Not to mention, it looks ÜBER cool!

Next we have the the fans

These fans are the perfect size, push out 90 cubic feet per minute of air, and feature 50,000 hours of life time.

For the motherboard,  I’m going with ASUS because I’m a big gamer, and this motherboard is only going to help my plights against the powers of Azeroth.  As well as functioning my computer at a level only true geeks would understand.

For the  processors.  I’m going with the illustrious Intel Core Quad. I like the 2.66GHz and 6MB cache. It’s not the fastest the world has to offer, but it will most certainly do the job. It comes with it’s own fan, which is nifty, more or less because it’s one less piece of hardware I have to research. 🙂

RAM. Arguably the most important part of a computer. Screwing this up, could prove catastrophic. I’m going with 2 sets of this product to give a maximum preformance of 8 GB. Also, it comes with a heat sink, which is cool because, as I mentioned before, less to research.

Now we get to the part of the computer, where heroes are made and conquered, where Victory is the only triumph. A place where epic battles are forever immortalized and burned into the retinas of the masses:

Video Card Mania!

This specific video card is a 1 gig NVIDIA GeForce, hi def video card. It’s enhanced operational functions will delight my eyes from Blu-Ray projection to Arthas’s glorious demise. It’s got a core/mem clock of 550/1000, which is not to shabby. I predict my eyes will be legitmately filled with tears when Chev Chelios falls from his helicopter and heads toward earth, every loose skin fold flapping in the wind, completely defined to the point of seeing the skin flakes go shooting away from his leathery, worn face. And this particular model comes complete with Dual Link, should later on a raiding scheduled conflict with the time a blog or some other school assignment is due in, now we won’t have to chose.

But what good is seeing so clearly and wonderfully and miraculously, if your sound is left in an analog state or has along of noise in the background?

Veni Vidi  Vici! Now not only will your eyeballs be seeing the amazing chorus of little birdies that resounds when you finally get to the scene where Wesley comes clawing out of the quicksand, Buttercup strapped to his back, and your heart cheers because “True love conquers all!”, but your earballs will be able to leap for joy in the emphatic sounding of the orchestra reiterating the triumph and beauty of all that is cinematic greatness. 5.1 is the only way to go, it gives one a theateresque experience but without the hassle of sticky floors and 12 dollar soft drinks.

Now, I’m a person who knows when to say no, and I think it’s very important to not over do things, but common, for your harddrive… You can’t skip out. And 5 internal hard drive bays… can cause alot of damage. Hence,  this little monster right here.

I’ll take one for all 5 slots, 7.5 TB of hard drive. You’ll never have to delete anything, ever. Until the end of time. That’s pretty much every song by every artist ever recorded, including all the different remixes of “Pants on the Ground.” And it’s SATA, and you know what they say, right? “SATA is better than beta!” Okay, so no one says that, but I digress.

And what do you do with all these files, that you never have to delete, when you are away from home?

Why you simply burn them! And take them with you anywhere!

Burn CDs up to 24x, DVDs up to 8x, and Even burn your hi def movies with the blu-ray burner up to 8x! And with the included LightScribe and LightScribe software dont need to worry about printers, additional software, ink and stickers that you can never line up just right… The LightScribe does it for you with laser etched images, and products in a wide array of colors to add fun and personality to your collection. Or rather, my collection.

Goodness, it’s easy to sound like a “Price is Right” announcer with this entry…

But I must first obtain those files, and the easiest way that I get my files, is iTunes.

To access iTunes, I need an internet connection though.

High Speed Internet from Comcast with downloads of up to 16Mbp/s and a doubled rate with speed boost? Check.

NIC? Check.

Now that we have most of the internal stuff covered, let’s move on to things a gal like me knows:

ACCESSORIES!

And if you’ll look to the left you’ll see the wonderful  keyboard complete with color matching backlight to keep the ambience of your raid going all night long. Most people prefer wireless devices, but for those of us who’ve been in the middle of battle only to find your batteries are dead and there aren’t any to be found anywhere, you know the importance of having a USB connection of power is. Another absolute necessity would be: The Gamer’s  Mouse. Trackball technology allows for seamless transition and course excursion on even the most brutal of battles and challenging quests.

Now as I’m sure any Nerd would tell you, LCD monitors are nice and all, and flatscreen is the wave of the future, but the fact of the matter is that old skool knows best. However, what’s the point of having a refresh rate that’s off the charts, if your Hi Def computer is using a piece of equipment manufactured before there even was such a thing as Hi-Def?

So, for all intensive purposes I’m going to go with a personal Brand favorite of mine, LG, and use this simple  monitor. A good 23 inch wide screen montior will take you up close and personal with some of the fiercest beasts in all of Norrath, but not so big as to spend all your time critiqueing the shoddy primitve computer graphics. A good 2 ms response time makes sure that the computer and what you are seeing are matching up, so at least if you lag, you can blame Comcast or Linksys and not your cheap off brand monitor’s communication time.

AS far as OS is concerned, I’m competent enough to run Cloud 9, but should there be a problem, I’ll have no idea how to fix and blast it all, Linux being completely userbased with no technical support to fix it, I’ll stick very nicely with  Windows 7 Ultimate.

So there ladies and gents, whoever you are, if anyone besides Dr. Brown is reading this, by the way, can I call you Dr. Brown?,  is my dream-money-is-no-object-all-encompassing-mega-game-a-tron Computer.

Now, to hook it all up. Anyone with a basic kindergarten education and who is not color blind can do it easily. The first step, is to rip everything out of the box and dump it into the floor, and gather up all the bags of screws and slaves and masters and put the motherboard, which is usually attached to the side of the case. This is usually the hardest part, since you need finger dexterity to maneuver screws so small. After that it’s a simple job of circle goes in circle, square goes in square, oddly shaped polygon with a doohickey goes in oddly shaped polygon with a doohickey, and red goes with red, blue goes with blue, mother of pearl goes with mother of pearl, and cobalt with irridescent chartruese flecks goes with cobalt with irridescent chartruese flecks. Attach RAM, CPU, heatsink, slaves and masters, (break for a cigarette after this step if you just so happen to be a kinkster, who gets into that sort of stuff.)  Plug into a working power outlet, and turn it on, install your software and start PWNing. Pew Pew! Pew Pew Pew!

TALES of NERDTREST

01/23/2010

In composition, after an introduction comes a comma. What happens after the introduction to class?

Filed under: CSIT 1110,Thoughts —— eeverett @ 10:01 am

So this week, we’ve been going from introductions and getting used to the classroom environment, and moving speedily and happily along to the nitty gritty work.

The anti procrastinator in me desperately wants to gun full speed ahead and dive right into homework, and assignments, and tests. There is a huge part of my brain that LIVES for knowledge and understanding concepts.

But the procrastinator in me… Well, she failed to the turn a response within the allotted time, but for the sake of argument, we’ll assume she’s quite content sticking with the introductions.

Statistics class has finally moved from “What is morally and ethically wrong with this equation” to numbers and has moved into numerics and equations. Living inside my head, numbers are wonderful. To quote a great movie, “You can count on them!” And since numbers are so wonderfully stable, my brain devours them.

Theathre class is proving to be a hassle. Which is ironic because I was born to be in the Theatre. I have been involved with every aspect of the theatre, I have been a professional actress, I have been the General Stagemanager and coordinating Haus Realisatuer for Theater Knoxville Downtown, and I have provided talent for many companies requiring some sort of theatrical expertise. But a simple little introductions class has me bested. I know all the aspects of the theatre, all the components, key and otherwise, and yet, I just can’t seem to get this.

Java class is going swimmingly. I was having alot of problems earlier, until I found out I had accidentally finished my homework and the next days. The power of overthinking is asstounding.

But on a lighter note, I’m finally starting to feel comfortable in class, and I even talked to a few people the past two days.

I finally got some funds, thanks to my wonderful grandparents, and I purchased by first laptop. I managed to get the one I wanted, with the software I need, under budget, so that I was able to buy a Sprint AirCard so that now, when Pellissippi sees fit to throw it in my face that smokers are to be punished to park 400 million lightyears away…. I digress. So that when Im in my car on an hour long break, I can continue to work on my assignments. I feel incredibly happy about it,

but with what we are taking about in Intro to IT, in 24 months max, my comp will be on the dead end outs list.

But I guess that’s how it goes, all things evolve into something better,

Video Killed the Radio Star.

But now to the main event: CSIT 1110: Binary and You!

Binary’s not a foreign concept to me. I had to learn enough of it to get the gist here at work. But, it will never cease to amaze me the concept that computers can do so much in terms of processing, executing, making coffee the perfect temperature, ect. ect. Computers can do a million times more than we can in any given second, and what’s more, they go about it in such a complex and different way.

You and I think in terms of, turn the coffee pot on, fill with water, add grounds, sit and stare, quickly remove coffee pot and place mug beneath stream, add cream, add sugar, blow on it because it’s too hot, complain about it because it’s too cold, repeat if necessary.

Computers think “01100101 01111000 01100101 01100011 01110101 01110100 01100101 00100000 01100011 01101111 01100110 01100110 01100101 01100101 00100000 01110000 01101111 01110100 00100000 01110000 01101111 01110111 01100101 01110010 00101100 00100000 01100011 01110010 01100101 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01100001 01110110 01100001 01101001 01101100 01100001 01100010 01101100 01100101 00100000 01110011 01101111 01110101 01110010 01100011 01100101 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01100100 01101001 01101000 01111001 01100100 01110010 01101111 01100111 01100101 01101110 00100000 01101101 01101111 01101110 01101111 01111000 01101001 01100100 01100101 00101100 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01110011 01110011 01110101 01110010 01101001 01111010 01100101 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01101000 01100101 01100001 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01100011 01100001 01110101 01110011 01100101 00100000 01100011 01101000 01100101 01101101 01101001 01100011 01100001 01101100 00100000 01110010 01100101 01100001 01100011 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100111 01110010 01101111 01110101 01101110 01100100 00100000 01110101 01110000 00100000 01100011 01101111 01100110 01100110 01100101 01100101 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100001 01101110 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110000 01100101 01110010 01100011 01110101 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110110 01100101 01110010 01111001 00100000 01110011 01101100 01101111 01110111 01101100 01111001 00101100 00100000 01110001 01110101 01101001 01100011 01101011 01101100 01111001 00100000 01110010 01100101 01101101 01101111 01110110 01100101 00100000 01100011 01101111 01100110 01100110 01100101 01100101 00100000 01110000 01101111 01110100 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01110000 01101100 01100001 01100011 01100101 00100000 01101101 01110101 01100111 00100000 01100010 01100101 01101110 01100101 01100001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01110011 01110100 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101101 00101100 00100000 01101001 01101110 01100011 01101100 01110101 01100100 01100101 00100000 01100100 01100001 01101001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01101001 01100110 00100000 01101110 01100101 01100011 01100101 01110011 01110011 01100001 01110010 01111001 00101100 00100000 01110011 01110111 01100101 01100101 01110100 01100101 01101110 00100000 01110101 01110011 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100001 01110010 01110100 01101001 01100110 01101001 01100011 01101001 01100001 01101100 00100000 01101111 01110010 00100000 01101110 01100001 01110100 01110101 01110010 01100001 01101100 00100000 01100011 01101000 01100101 01101101 01101001 01100011 01100001 01101100 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110100 01100001 01110011 01110100 01100101 00101100 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101110 01110110 01100101 01110010 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 00111001 00110111 00100000 01100100 01100101 01100111 01110010 01100101 01100101 01110011 00100000 01100110 01100001 01101000 01110010 01100101 01101110 01101000 01100101 01101001 01110100 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01100001 00100000 01100100 01101001 01100110 01100110 01100101 01110010 01100101 01101110 01110100 01101001 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 00110100 00100000 01100100 01100101 01100111 01110010 01100101 01100101 01110011 00100000 01101100 01100101 01100110 01110100 00100000 01101111 01110010 00100000 01110010 01101001 01100111 01101000 01110100 00101100 00100000 01110010 01100101 01110000 01100101 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101001 01100110 00100000 01101110 01100101 01100011 01100101 01110011 01110011 01100001 01110010 01111001 00101110 00100000 00001101 00001010”

For computers to be so smart and amazing, their language is relatively simple.

But I fear I might still have lots of problems understanding it.

As simple as it is (only 0s and 1s) it’s fairly complex. I would take a genius to be able to speak it fluently. (in my opinion at any rate)

In terms of languages, I think I would rather teach myself Russian from a Swahili (which I don’t speak either) to Russian dictionary. 

The concept of the binary system goes back to the principals of computers,

switches that are either on or off.

0 being off, 1 being on.

Each number constitutes for a byte, which is pretty impressive considering today’s technology with computers who have harddrives of 1 TB standard. That’s alot of 0s and/or 1s.

Whats interesting to note is that all technology and electronic devices use this same language.

A sound file is 0s and 1s. A picture is 0s and 1s. In essence at least.

It gives a little more weight to The Matrix.

Let’s see how the rest of the week pans out… Shall we?

01/16/2010

I’m the “it” girl and the IT girl.

Filed under: CSIT 1110,Thoughts —— eeverett @ 6:47 pm

My name is Emilie.

But everyone calls me Tebori, so please, whichever you prefer, formality is not a necessity that I require.

I am 21 years old, I have an amazing husband, 4 wonderful dogs, and a job that has shown me more or less that having goals in life is important.

I love to play video games, read fantasy/science fiction books, watch movies, dye my hair, and plan for the Zombie apocalypse. (And, I will tell you in advance, if you can’t hold your own, you’re best not to stick with me. If I even begin to think you’ve been bitten, I’ll do what I have to do. :))

My first true love was Mario, but I wound up with Luigi, and eventually Peach got involved, so we had to end the whole thing, but they all three will share a special place in my heart until the day I die.

Music is the only constant in my life, which is ironic because my play list is always changing. Any given day you will find me with Gidget, my iPod. I get into all music in a big way, all kinds, I choose not to discriminate.  My favorite bands are Green Day, Aqua, Hootie and the Blowfish, Rammstein, Simon and Milo, Lil Wayne, Two Points North, Senryu, Voltaire, Skindred, Toby Keith, KMFDM, Great Big Sea, Wolfsheim, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Sister Hazel, and too many more to name.

My favorite movies are Dil Chata Hai, eXistenZ, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Anchorman, Monty Python, Tank Girl, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Smokin’ Aces, BioDome, SLC Punk, MirrorMask, and too many more than with the music…

I love to play World of Warcraft, Bioshock, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Eve, Runes of Magic, and any and all puzzle games.

Harry Dresden is my hero. I also enjoy reading about the many adventures of Darren Shan and (Bel)Garion.

When I get a moment to watch tv, and much kudos to OnDemand, I love to watch Shin Chan, Little Britain, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy, King of the Hill, and The Mighty Boosh.

Currently I am trying to pursue a degree in programming. My dream in life would be to design software that is wholly interactive and with the use of compatible equipment teach the user how to play musical instruments. I want it to be something like a realistic RockBand.

My thirst for knowledge will never be satiated. I love to learn other languages, about different cultures, history, and about biology. Math is delicious, and I will be more than happy any given day to work some algebra or geometry problems, and maybe a few calculus as well.

I have patellofemoral syndrome, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome. I want human contact very much, I’m just pathetically clueless and terrified of it, and if you’re up a flight of stairs then it’s probably impossible for any kind of interaction to take place.

I’m not sure what else there is to say, other than I’m nervous and excited all at the same time to be at college now.

 

-Tebori.

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