It is all over, but there’s a new chapter ahead!

After 2 1/2 years, it is finally over- I went back to school and actually finished it!  It has been a 10 year road from start to finish, but I am officially a college graduate from SUNY Oswego with a major in Information Science and a minor in Computer Science.  I learned so much during my time at Oswego and have grown so much as a person.  The field of CS definitely changed the way I think about things.  It enabled me to be a more effective problem solver and it equipped me with many skills that I am very grateful for including Android app development, PHP/MySQL web applications, as well as learning 5 languages in 1 semester (C, LISP, Scala, Prolog, Python)!

Am I completely done with school?  I don’t know.  I can’t throw out the possibility of one day getting my master’s degree, but for now that isn’t something I’m thinking about.  The notion of starting “life” (i.e. get a job, house, etc), is pretty scary.  One thing I know for sure is that I got an extremely quality education at SUNY Oswego.  If you’re reading this and thinking about attending SUNY Oswego in either Information or Computer Science, I can’t recommend it enough.  It is extremely challenging, but what you leave with is worth the stress.

The soon to be demolished Snygg Hall.
The soon to be demolished Snygg Hall.
Spring at SUNY Oswego
Spring at SUNY Oswego
I enjoyed my time at SUNY Oswego
I enjoyed my time at SUNY Oswego

So what is next?  After applying for multiple jobs in the arena of web development, I am extremely excited to say I received a job offer from Binghamton University as a full-time web developer.  My wife and I will be moving there as soon as we can find a place and we will start a new chapter of our lives.  Thank you SUNY Oswego and here I come, Binghamton!

Testing Websites In Different Versions of IE

As a web developer, older versions of IE can be a little tricky to work with. They require a little more time and attention than Chrome or Firefox. HTML and CSS rules are somehow different in IE than in other browsers so it’s important to make sure your site works in IE. The absolute best way would be to download a VM image of Windows XP and actually run IE6 and IE7 to test your site. But, if you’re not into installing a VM of XP, there’s something you can do: IETester.

I’ve used it a couple times and it seems to have a few bugs in it, but overall its a nice free tool to check what your site looks like in IE.

Free Online Computer Courses From Stanford University

The flow of information in this day and age is absolutely phenomenal.  Choose wisely how you use your time – the ONLY non-renewable resource.  I realized I spent a lot of my day consuming information dessert, instead of information that will actually help me to be a better person or help other people.

To make a long story short, I’m trimming my internet usage to consume more information vegetables instead of information dessert.  To know more about what I’m talking about, check out Justin Pots’ article called Eating Only Dessert: Why Your Information Diet Is Probably Terrible.  He makes the point that industrialization has taken over a lot of aspects of our society, and now it’s fully integrated into our media consumption.  The result?  Lots of cheap, unsubstantial information.  Lets face it, research and statistics are hard.  Why not just talk about a new laptop that’s coming out or how X celebrity is doing.

The bright side?  This is the internet!  As much garbage information is out there, there’s also a lot of useful information for self or societal betterment.  I just recently stumbled upon Stanford’s Open Classroom.

Ever wanted to learn how to program or wonder exactly what goes in to making a web application?  Or maybe look into algorithm design?  Check out Stanford’s Open Classroom for lots of awesome classroom information.  You can even get a signed certificate from the teacher after proving you’ve completed the course.

Innovative Selling Solutions Joins The Web

Innovative Selling Solutions, Inc. is a multi-specialty sales company focused on selling innovative biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and services to the healthcare community.

I just got done working with Mark at Innovative Selling Solutions and together we went from no idea about a website to a nicely polished one in a couple of weeks.  It was a fun project and I enjoyed working on it.  I did logo and web design for this project.

Thumbnail of the Innovative Selling Solutions Website. Click the thumbnail to check out the live website.

Protective Consulting Solutions Gets A New Look

An innovative training and consulting firm.

I’m happy to announce that Protective Consulting Solutions‘ new website is complete and live.  Protective Consulting Solutions is an innovative training and consulting firm leading a new paradigm in the management of aggressive behavior.  The new website was built using the WordPress publishing platform.  I created a new theme specifically for PCS.  I created the theme so their company would have a more professional web presence that reflected PCS as a company.