If you've gotten here and need UNIX help, there are several UNIX/Internet resources
on the web here at DePaul that can help you. If you're still completely
stumped, then call the help
desk at extension 8765 (312-362-8765). Please email
me only as a last resort, as these resources can help you
quicker than I can.
Why this exists:
I have a personal
home page that I don't update with any regular frequency at MCSNet,
but that doesn't tell you what I do here at DePaul,
so that's what this page will do.
What I do:
I've been working for DePaul since 1994, and while I started as a Windows
application developer, I greatly prefer my current duties as the main UNIX
System Administrator and Systems Programmer, a position I share with Rick
What I like doing:
While working at DePaul, I've accomplished many things, and are fairly
proud of them. Some of my "neato" accomplishments include:
- Defining and writing policies for computing resources at DePaul
- Co-developed client-server Microsoft Access applications with Oracle as the back-end server
- Worked heavily with cross-platform video codecs, including real-time streaming video (video is cool)
- Installed and upgraded web servers, UNIX operating systems, and proprietary UNIX and Intel hardware (gotta love those mainframes... :-)
- Designed and implemented custom web applications (including two search engines) and layouts/schemes (fun, but not as important as the applications)
What I do anyway:
Of course, there's a lot of stuff that I do every single day/week/month
that isn't so neato (read: mundane), including:
- Learn mainframe commands, technologies, and procedures
- Fix and install printers and print queues
- Adding user accounts (do not confuse this with helping users, which I enjoy)
- Installing and maintaining Oracle databases
I have a good deal of fun working here most days. It's challenging,
but the rewards are usually worth it--helping people makes me feel good
Personal and Professional Opinions: (I'll try not to fall off my soapbox)
- No platform--Windows, Macintosh, UNIX--is any better than the other.
Microsoft is not evil, and Macs don't suck. They each have their place;
just don't misuse them. For example, you don't use Windows for action games
and you don't use a Mac for business software. And you don't use UNIX for
either purpose, but to be fair, how many simultaneous users does Windows
or System 7.5 support? (None. :-)
- When developing web pages, keep your target audience in mind.
Flashy graphics don't impress anyone if your target audience is home users
with modems and the page takes over a minute to download at 3K a second
(28,800 kbps modem). And if you want the widest possible audience,
try to stay away from goofy Netscape tags, like frame or embed;
frames just confuse people, and embed only works with Netscape--simply
providing a link to the file works and is much more compatible. This goes
for Java stuff too--it's actually much easier to play a sound file
with standard HTML than it is with JAVA (just include a link to the sound
file and let the client browser handle it, which is what you're supposed
to do anyway)! This page, for example, uses no Netscape tags whatsoever--not
even the <center> tag. Please note that I'm not anti-Netscape;
I just think it's stupid to limit your target audience needlessly.
- Try to use logical
styles instead of physical styles when creating web pages, because
logical styles can be personalized by the client browser, but physical
styles cannot. If you need more general info on what I'm talking about,
Guide to HTML can help you.
- When writing HTML, don't ever refer to the web page itself.
It is incredibly tacky to write things like "Click here
to download!". "Click" is not a verb. And using "here"
goes against every reason why the Web was created in the first place (hypertext
links to other documents). Think about it. It's either a web page,
or an application--not both.
Trivia about me:
and I have three cats in our apartment, as well as a cute little boy.
- I write demos
in Borland Pascal and assembly language. I've even won
3rd place in a competition with a demo called Explicit.
- I don't purchase records/tapes/CDs anymore; I instead download
all the music I listen to, sometimes making audio CD's out of the songs
- I actually use Lynx as a web browser from time to time. Speed city.
- Yes, this entire page was done by hand in VI. I don't use HTML "editors".
As jswearin says, "Power to the non-HTML-editor WWWpage developers!"
- I love old computers.
The opinions expressed on this page are not necessarily the views of
DePaul University, and DePaul cannot be held accountable from anything
resulting from information or opinions listed here.
Counters are useless, BTW.