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Vectorbie Station => Introducing Yourself => Topic started by: BGillespie on January 06, 2008, 01:03:58 am

Title: Brief Introduction
Post by: BGillespie on January 06, 2008, 01:03:58 am
Good Evening,

I've never been much of a forum-goer in the past, but I've been having enough trouble with my current project that I thought it would be a good idea to consult with some veterans of the free software world.  I'm currently a college sophomore, and I've been dabbling in Linux for about a year and in free software for two.  I'm actually aiming at mathematics as a career, but programming and academic computer science have been an interest of mine for some time.  My hope is to eventually get involved in some open source projects, and right now I'm trying to acquaint myself with the landscape.

I appreciate the efforts of the more experienced users to provide a helpful resource to those of us who are new here.  Thanks in advance for any help that I receive, and I hope that I can eventually contribute to the community.

Yours,
B. Gillespie
Title: Re: Brief Introduction
Post by: rbistolfi on January 06, 2008, 05:55:06 am
Welcome to the Forum, B.
I hope you enjoy the ride. I am already curious about your project.
Do you play trumpet too?   ;D Forgive me, surely everybody says something like that  :-[
Title: Re: Brief Introduction
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 06, 2008, 10:03:42 am
I've never been much of a forum-goer in the past, but I've been having enough trouble with my current project that I thought it would be a good idea to consult with some veterans of the free software world.  I'm currently a college sophomore, and I've been dabbling in Linux for about a year and in free software for two.  I'm actually aiming at mathematics as a career, but programming and academic computer science have been an interest of mine for some time.  My hope is to eventually get involved in some open source projects, and right now I'm trying to acquaint myself with the landscape.

Var hälsad! Perhaps I'll have someone to turn to should I have any questions in my upcoming and eagerly anticipated Discrete Mathematics course this semester. Let us know about your problems...
Title: Re: Brief Introduction
Post by: BGillespie on January 06, 2008, 11:41:29 am
Do you play trumpet too?   ;D Forgive me, surely everybody says something like that  :-[

Heh, yeah, I do get that from time to time.  It doesn't bug me though, since I am a bit of a jazz aficionado.  I'm not on trumpet, but I do play the saxophone (alto and tenor).

I hope you enjoy the ride. I am already curious about your project.

It's already been an interesting trip.  I'll post a bit later so that I can get all of the facts down, but I'll say now that it's a puzzle involving Apache HTTP server.  Look for it in "Web & Internet".

Perhaps I'll have someone to turn to should I have any questions in my upcoming and eagerly anticipated Discrete Mathematics course this semester.

Discrete Math was a fun course.  Let me know if you have any questions on it.
Title: Re: Brief Introduction
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 06, 2008, 12:05:31 pm
Discrete Math was a fun course.  Let me know if you have any questions on it.

We'll see. I have some knowledge of abstract algebra—largely intuitive through programming—and I'm reading a book on elementary graph theory now, which I seem to enjoy. But if it turns out I have to take Calculus II again, I'll definitely have questions...I can say with certainty that I enjoy some topics far more than others, which will unfortunately make it impossible for me to major in mathematics...