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Big Day at Work

My company is celebrating their 10 year anniversary today. The building is alive with energy; people moving about everywhere. There are more people here than usual because after work we're having a party. These other people come from our other sites in the area. Like Oktoberfest, they will be serving beer, and wine. What a good company :)

Also today, we got new badges, nicer than the old ones.

All fun aside, i guess i have work to do. I've made a deal with my boss. He doesn't know it yet, but there's a deal. I have about 5 items on my To Do list. When those items are done, i'm taking a few days off. Anything added to my To Do list now will have to wait.

People equate vacation with travelling. But i'll be spending it working on a project.

Conan, What is best in life?

Had a good yesterday. Found the bug in my project (at work) that's been driving the numbers off. This morning remembered to bring my gym clothes to work and remembered to stop by Marhsall HS on the way to work. You see, i thought i left my badge and favorite pen there in the auditorium. No luck...

So arriving at work i figured i'll just check under the seat. BAM, found my pen. But no badge. Looking around further i spot it in the passenger door pocket. And suddently i realized how it got there. I placed it on some CDs on the passenger seat and as i made a hard left they slid sinking the badge into the side pocket. Score.

Today i continue work on address matching, a project i had ohhh about a year ago. I'm taking postal addresses and normalizing them into proper form. Beyond that i'm connecting two datasets based on address.

Partners in Education

Last night FCPS held a ceremony for Partners in Education and MentorWorks. My company, Mitretek, won an award for Career Connections!

Here are some pictures of me in action.

This year is coming to a close. Next year will be even better as a 7th grader from this year will head up the team next year. I'm pulling him back from the dark side. He wants to get Linux running on an old machine, make it his web server, and host a web site for the club. He's learning PHP now.

Java Trap

I often get chided at work for preferring the Java programming language. My colleagues hold the opinion that it's not-free. Free here means open source. I disagree and recently read a Stallman "article" called Free But Shackled - The Java Trap.

The "article" basically says the license of the release is what matters, and not the dependencies of it. For example, in the history of GNU/Linux, there were times when there was no free kernel, or no free c library, or no free terminal software. Yet the applications that developers wrote were still considered free. Well it's the same with Java. There used to be a time when there were no free JVMs. Luckilly now there are.

This really pleases me. As most of you know, i use only open source software. Instead of using Sun Microsystems' release or Blackdown's release of Java, i'll use GCJ / GIJ or Kaffe.

These compliers and virtual machines are not as complete as Sun's, however there has been much improvement in recent years. A while back i remember getting Ant to run on GIJ. In the process, i found this bug which i hope is fixed by now.

Pictures of Tayo and Sushi

I uploaded some pictures to the gallery. There's a new album with Tayo's Wedding Celebration and my last two attempts at sushi making.

Promotion

Yesterday, my boss's boss comes into my office and closes the door. Right away my heart starts thumping. He proceeds to kindly tell me about some "changes" in the department. Finally he smiles and tells me they've been impressed with my work and i'm promoted. I'm now senior staff. I treated friends to Chinese food.