My "Digital Fundamentals" course for EET has been quite interesting. The first two classes, four hours each, have been largely devoted to conversion between binary, decimal, octal, hexadecimal, BCD, and gray code. Doing so takes me some time, yet it is rather enjoyable.

Windows 7 Stuff

Beginning steps in Microsoft Visual C++ Express 2010, which is working well. It reminds of JBuilder, what I think the IDE that I used for Java was called. My current course is for C programming, which I will likely enjoy. Writing, debugging, and tweaking until success can ultimately be quite satisfying.

As I run Windows on my MacBook's Boot Camp partition, I've had to buy some antivirus and firewall software. I also installed Apache OpenOffice, which I've used for years on the Mac. Yet it is awkward to run both OSes on one machine, especially when I wish to jump from one to the other.

Gloria in Cleveland

This afternoon, I called AT&T about my expiring promotional discount for their Uverse TV system. The expiring discount would nearly double the TV section of my AT&T bill. Considering how few of the 200 channels I actually watch, the price increase wasn't worth it; in fact, dropping to the lower Ufamily option would have resulted in a price increase for fewer channels; the bottom option of local TV only is $19.95, definitely not worth it. Thus I concluded that I would simply jettison the TV service, unless they AT&T would work with me.

The first person put me with someone in California who shifted me to Gloria in Cleveland, who was glorious! She answered all my questions and gave me a comparable deal. She was also very engaging, had a superb voice, and exemplified what personalized customer service is all about. I asked for her supervisor so I could leave a recommendation; Gloria said my offering to do so was enough, but I left a commending message all the same.

If ever I have some reason to call AT&T again, I will unhesitatingly ask for Gloria in Cleveland.

Fall 2012 Starts

Fall 2012 starts today and ends December 15. I'm taking 16 credits, the descriptions for which are taken from Ivy Tech's course descriptions.

  • PHYS 220, Mechanics: A calculus based physics course that provides a detailed analysis of uniform and accelerated motion; Newton’s laws; gravitation and planetary motion; energy;momentum; conservation principles; circular motion; angular momentum; dynamics of rotation; statics; hydrostatics and hydrodynamics; simple harmonic motion and wave motion. Includes lab.
  • CHEM 111, Chemistry: An introductory course that includes the science of chemistry and measurement, atomic theory and the periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, liquids and solids, gases and the ideal gas law, solutions, and acids and bases. Includes lab.
  • EETC 112, Digital Fundamentals: Introduces basic gate and flip-flop logic devices and their application in combinational and sequential digital circuits. Topics include decoders, displays, encoders,multiplexers, demultiplexers, registers, and counters. Logic circuit analysis, implementation of circuits using standard IC chips or programmable logic devices, circuit testing and troubleshooting are emphasized.
  • ENGR 263, Introduction to Programming for Electrical Engineering: Introduces basic concepts of computer programming with an emphasis on program decomposition and program structure. Focuses on structured problem-solving using the C high-level programming language. Covers number concepts fundamental in electrical engineering. Problems drawn from the field of electrical and computer engineering will require no prior engineering knowledge.

Boot Camp 4, Windows 7 Installation

Today I received my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. I had already printed out the Apple manual for Boot Camp, which allows me to create a Windows partition on my Intel Mac to boot into Windows as needed. Much of the software I'll need for engineering is Windows-only so I had no choice: Boot Camp or a second laptop; I have chosen Boot Camp for the time being.

How I went about installing Windows on my MacBook Pro:

  1. I backed up my Mac using SuperDuper!
  2. I ran Boot Camp Assistant and set my Windows partition to 100GB
  3. Using BCA, I downloaded the Windows Support files and burned them to a CDR within BCA--nice
  4. The Mac booted in Windows, so I fed in the Windows installer and ran it
  5. I ejected the Windows installer disk then installed the Windows Support files
  6. Finished installing Windows with few more restarts
  7. Windows 7 on my Mac!

So far, I have not yet tried to install anything third party, although Visual C++ Studio Express is downloading now.






By Music Shall They Know Ye

I recently read an article about music that defines a person. While I tend to view anything serving as quick-'n'-easy psychological profiles to be bunkum, it's still good fun. Thus my list for today, this moment:

  • First Bought: My first record was the 45 of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" but the first album was a collection of 1950s and 1960s novelty songs, which I ordered from the TV with my newspaper route earnings around age 12 or 13.
  • Always Dancing: I'm not big on dancing, so little comes to mind, but "Mighty Man" by Mungo Jerry is downright groovy.
  • Childhood: "The Raven" by Allan Parsons Project
  • Perfect Love Song: "That's My Weakness Now" by Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards)
  • Funeral Music: "Elegia" by New Order
  • Make you, you: "You Must Learn All Night Long" by Fantastic Plastic Machine, as it's Japanese and I've always been rather studious

Geddy the Kitty

My sister has a rapidly growing cat named Geddy; she is a Rush fan. Geddy is an attractive cat that fetches and retrieves toy mice. The other night I spent on a couch at my sister's. Geddy often came out to bat my hair, clamber on my chest, and purr near my face, all of which interrupted my sleep. However, even had I slept well, I know I would never come close to looking this adorable.


Volta & MacSpice

This evening I cracked the textbook, Digital Electronics: A Practical Approach with VHDL, for my coming EECT 112 Digital Fundamentals course. The course will require working with some Windows software, but I did a little seeking for Mac options. I found MacSpice and Volta, which is for analog circuit analysis. All I've done is download them, since it's late and I have work tomorrow morning.

If I can essentially do what I did with PSPICE, that would be neat.