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  1. In Topic: What are you working on today?

    Posted 22 Jul 2015

    Finished all of the training videos for my new job (well, actually, I finished them last night. It was about 12 hours worth of videos, but I did it in one day in hopes of getting to work on something more real today -- read: not training videos). Today I did get non-training video work to do, but I can't say it was overly interesting. I got to learn how to download code to servers and run tests. On the plus side I found that their virtual clusters are currently broken to the point of not working at all... Though I don't get to work on a fix... or probably see what the fix was unless I track it down in the revision history once it goes in. Outside of that, I got to run the regression suite against my local (unchanged) build, and try and figure out how to get mercurial to allow me to pull from multiple repositories (since they use a pseudo-github model where we fork a repository and work on that, and then eventually merge it back in to the release repository -- which isn't as easy as git makes it to actually pull the newest code from the release repo as I would have liked). The first time I wound up getting my repository into a state I wasn't sure how to recover from (they should be using git...) and wound up taking the easy approach: cloning it again from scratch. The second time I got it to work, but had to have a merge commit in there I didn't really want (they automatically create some commits for you when you fork a repository, meaning that you are forced to have a merge since apparently mercurial isn't as good about that as git is -- or I don't know what I am doing: quite possible).

    Hopefully tomorrow will have me start poking around the code.
  2. In Topic: What are you working on today?

    Posted 20 Jul 2015

    I agree fully. I have been on the keyboard I took with me today for, well, a day, and I can't stand it. The space bar is sticky in comparison to my MX Reds, and it overall feels... sloppier... Plus it uses a non-standard layout, so the \ key is beside the "enter" key, instead of above it. That lead me to a lot of fun this morning.

    Can't wait for my second K70 to arrive.
  3. In Topic: What are you working on today?

    Posted 20 Jul 2015

    For those interested, that is (in my estimate) a $2000+ machine. My home desktop (which I spent about that amount on) only has a 3.6GHz i7-3820 CPU, a nVidia Geforce GTX680 2GB (may be 1GB, I can't remember at the moment, nor can I seem to find it...) graphics card, and 16GB RAM (which is good enough for the moment, but I want to get it to 32+ GB eventually -- just need an OS that allows is, and sadly Windows 7 Home doesn't. If I didn't game I'd go Fedora all the way, but I do, so I can't).

    Now, I just need to order a second Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB for work... They gave me a $120 budget for mouse and keyboard, but I opted to purchase my own so I can keep it (primarily because their partner site didn't have any Cherry MX keyboards that I could find -- they were all rubber dome of some sort). Never mind that this would be my second mechanical keyboard and the first time I had ever had one at work :) I think I can spare the money for an almost identical experience between home and work. I already have the same headset between the two.
  4. In Topic: What are you working on today?

    Posted 20 Jul 2015

    Woot! Today was my first day at my new job (I was actually well on the way to looking while I was complaining about how bad they had made life a couple of weeks back :) )! It is pretty amazing. So nimble compared to what I am used to. My first day and I was able to get all of my accounts set up (well, the ones that I got around to setting up -- still have benefits and that sort of thing to complete), check out the codebase, and get it compiling on my machine (well, the build grid, which partially includes my machine -- as far as I can tell all development machines are a part of the build grid as well as some additional servers, but considering that there are a lot of developers, and the power of my machine, we get nice compile speeds). For comparison, at my old job it would take at least a week to be able to get this far.

    For those interested, the machine they gave me is as follows:
    3.9GHz six-core Intel Core i7
    nVidia Geforce GT6xx 2GB Graphics
    32GB 1600MHz memory
    700W Power Supply
    800GB Solid State Drive

    Running Ubuntu 12.04 (not my choice in version, or distro, but acceptable).

    They also gave me dual 30-inch monitors with larger resolutions than I have seen previously (not 4K, but still nice).

    So far I am thinking this is going to be a good move (you know, the pay increase and tools being more up to date helps out too ;) ).
  5. In Topic: Video Games Currently Working On

    Posted 10 Jul 2015

    Terraria came out with its 1.3 update about a week and a half ago, since then I have probably put in over 40 new hours to that game. It is a lot of fun, and they added a TON of new items/ monsters/ crafting/ biomes (well, only 2 major biomes that I have found, but a lot of sub-biomes which have cool little things in them). They also modified their house-generation algorithm for underground places which makes for a LOT more interesting abandoned houses.

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#include "soul.h"
24 years old
September 6, 1990
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Video games, programming, school.
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James Blades
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JavaScript, Java, C, C++, Actionscript 2, Actionscript 3, PHP, Python, Perl, C#

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    raghav.naganathan Icon

    25 Feb 2013 - 04:43
    Congrats on the 900 :) Perfect square :)
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    Nseiki102 Icon

    07 Oct 2011 - 08:59
    Thank You for your help. I greatly appreciate it.
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    BetaWar Icon

    15 Feb 2011 - 09:17
    No problem. I love JavaScript so it isn't anything terribly difficult. The hardest part is to come up with challenges that will get people interested and not scare everyone away until we at least are a bit more known :)
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    Dormilich Icon

    15 Feb 2011 - 00:42
    thanks for managing the JavaScript competition.
    best wishes, Dormi
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    Theaegd Icon

    28 Mar 2010 - 11:56
    I <3 opera
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    BetaWar Icon

    21 Feb 2010 - 11:21
    I think there are a few people who like IE, but we are the minority. I use it because I have grown up with it, it acts the most as I would expect it to (out of the major browsers) and I have grown accustom to its little quirks. Everyone talks about building things for FF then hacking for IE, but I find that Opera, IE, Chrome, and Sarafi normally work very close to the same, and FF is the outlier.
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    -=m0n1k3r=- Icon

    20 Feb 2010 - 21:11
    Serious Question(s): Are you the only user who prefers IE over all of the other browsers? I haven't seen anyone else with that marked...
    Also, why do you prefer it?
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