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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Ladies and gentlemen, I am official done. Despite being sick for the last week, I just took my last final today (Artificial Intelligence), and I KILLED IT! There is no doubt that I got an A on that test, YEA baby!!
So now I am officially done with my Masterís Degree from USC. My new title:

Masters of Science in Spacecraft Systems Architecting and Engineering.

I can now enjoy the finer things in life, full time, such as playing guitar hero, watching movies, and of course, writing more blog entries. Mostly I canít wait to come home from work and do.... NOTHING at all!!
Perhaps Iím being a bit boisterous, but hey - I earned it!

And yes, you may call me MASTER.

Saturday, December 15, 2007
it's baaack...
Ok, so Iím sick again. I havenít written about it in a while, because it simply hasnít happened! Thatís right, apparently, my surgery a while back was so successful, that I havenít had even one sick-spell in 8 months! Yea!
But I have one now. Boo. And it just happened to be SMACK in the middle of finals. Thatís also not good. I need all my concentration & energy to finish strong, and this bastard of a bug has decided to take vengeance.
It started off as a runny nose, then congestion, and now, day 3 its cough cough cough. Hopefully It will get better in the next two days so Iím good to go for my Artificial Intelligence final! Wish me luck!!

Monday, December 10, 2007
this little boy went to the store
The year was 1990. It was spring, and my dad took me shipping with him. Like any adventure, I was quite excited about it. And then the surprise Ė he took me to a store called CompUSA. I was amazed! At only eleven, this had to be one of the largest stores I had ever seen. Filled to the ceilings with neat things far beyond my comprehension, I was like a kid in a candy store Ė literally. Walking around, dazed and confused, I had nothing but respect for these 8-bit wizards surrounding me. And then I saw it. A salesman was standing next to a kiosk, and playing on that 386 PC was Prince of Persia.

I will never forget that day, because that is the day that I learned about two things: the power of computers, and the addiction they can bring. Of course my dad already knew about both of them, and refused to purchase the game for me. For the next few weeks, I could think of nothing else. I scrimped and I saved and finally had enough to buy it.
My parents had gone on vacation (I donít remember where) and a Polish swimmer by the name of Josh that my family was hosting had a car and offered to take me to the store. I jumped at the chance and a few hours later I was playing the game on our own top-of-the-line 386sx PC. Oh the excitement! I remember filling a large bowl with cereal & milk, putting on my favorite jammies, and curling up to the PC for the next TWO DAYS STRAIGHT. Of course the cereal got instantly soggy, and quickly turned into a disgusting version of cold gelatinous oatmeal, but that did not deter me from my game!
I eventually beat the game a few weeks later, but the thing I will never forget is the impression that wonderful store made in my head and in my life.

Which brings me to the point of this entry: CompUSA is closing. Thatís right folks, this giant of the past simply canít compete with the likes of Fryís & the World Wide Web, and had been sold off . It will close its doors forever sometime early next year.

Youíll be missed CompUSA. But the spark you ignited in that little boy seventeen years ago will live on forever. Viva la Computadores!!!!

HDD progress
50 years ago, IBM started production on a 5Mb hard drive. The thing was the size of a large refrigerator, and slow as sin. It's price back then? $3,200 - per month. 50 years later, there's not many people that aren't toting around a 4GB USB thumb drive on their key chain. Yea, that's a 6,000 x increase!!!
Oh, how far we've come! Check out the article.

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