February 18,2019

First and foremost, my apologies for the delay in updating this blog. I'm not even sure what my readership might be at this point, but I'm betting it is damn near zero. Anyway, suffice it to say that I have been busy. School and work have been a nonstop affair lately.

My resolution on the first post of this blog has completely gone to shit. I have not come anywhere close to sticking to the #100daysofcode challenge. In fact, it has been much more like #100daysofnotcoding at all. Here and there I have finished up the HTML and CSS sections of the Udemy class I have been taking and now I am moving on to JS. What I am 100% sure of is that it will require much more dedication & determination, and I am fully committed.

Finally, I have been doing some serious distro hopping in the mean time. Jumping from Ubuntu 18.10, to Manjaro, to Arch, and finally settling in on Ubuntu 19.04 on my laptop. My desktop stays on Ubuntu 18.04 because I need stability there and it runs a few applications that I need to work rain or shine. It is also where I have my local copies of all of my personal files that I need access to on any given day. Arch was a great distro, however, I don't have the time right now to spare that it requires to fully setup, customize, and maintain. As much as I would like to have a functional Tiling WM on my laptop, I do not have the experience setting it up nor do I have the time to figure it out. Add that for the "things to do, when things slow down," list.

If you are able, download the daily Ubuntu 19.04 image and give it a go. The performance increase on 19.04 is VERY noticable in Gnome and really everywhere else. As I am typing this post, everything just feels "snappier" and for an update to an OS to have human perceivable improvements, I believe, is really saying something. Until next time, be good or be good at it.

J. Holt

January 11, 2019

Over the past few days I have been working on tying up some loose ends before school starts next week.

On the top of my priority list has been to fully convert this site over to Bootstrap 4. Today, I can say it is officially done! For those of you still using Bootstrap 3, or using something else, give it a look. It is super easy to work with AND the language and classes JUST MAKE SENSE. With some other frameworks, the naming and syntax seem to have you digging forever to find what you are looking for.

So, I want to give a huge thank you to the Bootstrap team for all of their hard work and for making much of the styling and layout on this site, really easy! Check them out over at GetBootstrap.com.

J. Holt

January 2, 2019

Today, I got a full dose of the ridiculous bureaucracy that is the secondary education system in the United States. For all of my life, save from May of 2014 to October 2018, I have lived in the great state of Georgia. During the years prior, I went to school at the same school which I am now attending. I lived at the same address, where I am now living. Then, moved away for a few years, only to come RUNNING back. Let's just say that the grass is indeed NOT greener in the state of Florida.

I did not attend any school while living out of state, or anything of the sort. So, over the past few months I have once again re-registered for classes for the upcoming semester. Upon completing all of the requirements for admittance back to my old school, I received a glorious letter from them. The letter stated that I was now considered an "out-of-state" student, and as such would be paying a different rate of tuition. A significantly higher rate of tuition.

Today I met with an advisor, after their unusually long, I am sure paid vacation. They advised me that indeed because of my not living in the state of Georgia for the prior 12 whole months, I am not an "in-state" student. What about my whole life as a resident of the state of Georgia? What about the fact that 31 of my almost 35 years on this planet have been spent as a resident of this state? I completed high school here, worked here, paid taxes here, etc. Furthermore, I am ineligible for any type of state funded financial aid. WTF?! They did offer me a couple recommendations for some student loan companies.

Fortunately for me, I do have the ability to cover my tuition at this heavily inflated rate. But I do wonder, what if I could not? What if I had been planning on paying the rate for "in-state" students like anyone in my position would have planned on, and had no way of covering the difference? I would be screwed, out of all the time, effort, and money already spent. It would have been for nothing, and I would probably feel so downtrodden about the whole thing that I would not complete the educational goals which I have set for myself. The American education system is broken and as a country we need to figure out how to fix it. In fact, why in the world are there 2 different rates of tuition? Aren't we all citizens of The United States of America as a whole?

J. Holt

January 1, 2019

What better way to start the new year than to start with a my first blog entry.

So I have officially started the #100DaysOfCode Challenge. For me, it is a little late, being that I have been learning html, and css for about a month now. I am just beginning to learn javascript and will do my best to post my progress, struggles, and solutions here as best I can.

For the record, I am also a full-time "student" working on obtaining my CDL. All the while, doing my best to pay the bills driving for Instacart. I am certainly not going to get rich, but it does provide, at least, some income with which I can feed myself and pay the few bills which I do have. Thanks for stopping by, hopefully this will become eihter really interesting or really funny.

J. Holt