Showing posts from 2010

ChatGPT - How Long Till They Realize I’m a Robot?

I tried it first on December 2nd... ...and slowly the meaning of it started to sink in. It's January 1st and as the new year begins, my future has never felt so hazy. It helps me write code. At my new company I'm writing golang, which is new for me, and one day on a whim I think "hmmm maybe ChatGPT will give me some ideas about the library I need to use." Lo-and-behold it knew the library. It wrote example code. It explained each section in just enough detail. I'm excited....It assists my users. I got a question about Dockerfiles in my teams oncall channel. "Hmmm I don't know the answer to this either"....ChatGPT did. It knew the commands to run. It knew details of how it worked. It explained it better and faster than I could have. Now I'm nervous....It writes my code for me. Now I'm hearing how great Github Copilot is - and it's built by OpenAI too...ok I guess I should give it a shot. I install it, and within minutes it'

The Large Hadron Collider

The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project began to be thought up way back in the 1980's.  Though just these past couple of years have seen the first experiments conducted in the 27-kilometre long tube, the intellectual beginnings date back 2.5 decades. When fully functional, the LHC will accelerate a stream of particles to 99.99% the speed of light in one direction around the 27km long tube, and do the same to another stream of particles in the other direction.  When at full speed, the two stream will be made to intersect each other, and the particles will collide.  What happens after that is what scientists are anxious to find out. LHC experiments will address questions such as what gives matter its mass, what is the invisible 96% of the Universe made of, why does nature prefer matter to antimatter and how is matter evolved from the first instants of the Universe's existence. The Large Hadron Collider (The Hadrons are particles, the collider points to the fact that it coll

Promising Electric Cars

With the news always doing stories on global warming and the numbers that describe our unending thirst for oil, it seems like anything morally righteous these days has to do with being "green" in some way. Well, I decided to jump on the green band-wagon, and write about electric cars, which I find absolutely fascinating. Not so much the engine technology, as it seems much simpler than the usual internal combustion, but moreso the fact that they still haven't been adopted by the mainstream. Why? They're better in every way that counts! The only downside is range, but personally, I don't need more range than what is talked about, and if you take a look at the statistics, YOU almost certainly don't either. So let's introduce you to some interesting EV's... [NOTE:I've ordered things so that cars that I find the most intriguing come first] Tesla Model S This cherry flavoured beauty is the Tesla Model S.  Not only does it have the curves o

Top Ten Reasons NOT to get an iPhone 4

A lot of people are getting schoolgirl giddy about the new iPhone 4, but I decided to play devil's advocate and give you some good reasons to take a look at alternatives too. That said, here's the Top Ten Reasons NOT to get an iPhone 4. Leave some comments and let me know what you think about the list! 10.)You would lose most of your individuality, and become a zombie 9.)Video calls only work when both users are near Wifi, and only to other zombies 8.)You don't wanna sign on for another three years 7.)Reviewers reporting issues with the display, antenna and reception 6.)Apple products are way overpriced 5.)Steve Jobs disses good software companies like Adobe 4.)It's locked. Unlike Google Nexus One... 3.)Won't support Flash video, so many internet sites won't work 2.)Steve Jobs is a jerk 1.)It's 3G, NOT 4G !!! P.S. NO Google hasn't paid me anything to write this!!! I just like them, 'cause of all their free software. What did Apple

Absolute Java 3rd Edition Solutions!

Hey new Programmers, I learned Java last summer by teaching myself with the help of Absolute Java 3rd Edition, and I got up to chapter 11 before beginning my CPSC degree at University of Calgary in September. I was very thorough, and I completed almost every one of the Programming Projects (except for a few trivial problems) up to Chapter 11. Now, those solutions have been made available on a new page on this blog! Look to the right sidebar to find the link, or click here .

Science of motivation

I worked in door-to-door sales for a couple of years, where we were paid commission to sell services, and were constantly pushed to work harder, longer and faster. I've also been studying to work in IT, where I've been advised to take my time and work through classroom problems slowly, carefully and thoroughly to maximize the quality of final solutions. Though both experiences taught me essential skills that I'm deeply grateful to have learned, here's an argument for the latter.

Who I am

Okay, so it's been a while since I started this blog, and maybe it's time I told all ( of you out there who I am. The question is: what should I tell you... Okay, so I like computers, video games and in my spare time I try to stay active e.g. going to the gym, jogging, sports, etc. ...which I don't do enough of. There's other stuff but let's start with the 1st 3. Computers The 'idea' that's changed life around the world more than anything else in the past century is computing. It is the current revolution, and it's more than a keyboard and screen, it's a good idea. I like good ideas. Video Games They let me relax, yet they're stressful. It's fun, yet it's frustrating. Whatever they are, they have an exciting future, and I also think they have great potential. Here's a Tedtalk about gaming. Although I don't think the ideas (or games) that Ms. McGonigal displays here are very far into

The League of Extraordinary Dancers...?


Linked Data - Tim Berner-Lee's idea

In 2009, Tim Berner-Lee, creator of the internet :O did a talk about what he called "Linked Data", or the next internet. This is a short update on how those ideas are being put into motion.

Eye-popping use of graphs to show eye-popping information

If anyone's ever wanted to know if there was an awesome way to combine a love for graphics with a desire to understand poverty...

Some inspiration for the techies...

This is part of what inspires me to continue learning

Energetic student seeks warm summer employer

Hello World! So here's my very first chance to tell the world what I'm thinking. I like pie. To all those crazies out there who are still reading, congratulations! You've made it past that first awkward moment that everyone goes through when they meet me. Consider us bff's. So I'm really just starting this blog to let people know what's up with me in developer-wannabe-land, and yes, I'm a com-sci major, studying at University of Calgary in year #2, though it feels like it's been much longer..... ;P I'm looking for a job this summer in Toronto, so that I can continue taking classes there (since there's none at UofC I can take in Spring OR Summer session.....grrr!) at YorkU. If anyone out there knows any job leads, I'm interested in planning, analysis, design, implementation AND testing! I've got plenty of time left in my career to narrow it down from that. I'll be available in Toronto starting May 1, 2010 through the end of the su