Find Peek Element

Good day! Hope you are doing well. Today is July 13th, 2021. We are approaching midsummer. Not sure where time is going.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I attempted some daily problems posted by LeetCode. At this time I am somewhat busy so I have missed a few. Hopefully in a month or two I will have enough time to work on a problem a day; at least the easy and medium. The others may take a couple days. Continue reading “Find Peek Element”

Red John is back

It is another warm Tuesday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. When the COVID-19 pandemic started my wife and I stopped walking on a daily schedule. A couple weeks ago we started walking. Slowly we are trying to get to 10,000 steps a day. Currently we are around 6,500 steps. In addition after every 2-hour block of work I get on a stationary bike and pedal fast and furious for 5 minutes. I tend to get 4 to 5 short sessions per day. My wife decided to skip the bike. That said; we both are starting to feel the benefits of exercising once again. We love it!

On a separate note my best friend sent me a message that he was starting to test ProtonMail for personal and potentially commercial use. I replied that I have been experimenting with it on my defunct Pixel 4 cell phone. After it died with less than two years of use a couple weeks ago, I switched for the first time to an iPhone. I am still installing applications. Today I will install ProtonMail and will continue testing the service. About three months ago I mentioned ProtonMail on my post Largest Triple Products – Revisited. I like the encryption and the fact that they do not use or sell your personal information. Continue reading “Red John is back”

How Sum

Once again it is Friday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This coming weekend is Memorial Day 2021. My wife and I will be heading out after work to visit our younger son. It is about a three-hour drive. Today in the Twin Cities is rather cold. As we reach our destination it might be raining. At least that is what the weather forecast call for today. While driving the temperature is not much of a concern. Rain on the highway is OK as long as we do not encounter thunderstorms. Yesterday evening we filled up the SUV so we are ready to leave at the end of the workday today.

I kept on watching the Dynamic Programming – Learn to Solve Algorithmic Problems & Coding Challenges video on YouTube. I am around the 2nd hour into the video and to be honest with you I am enjoying it.

My wife and I drove back after spending a couple days with our son and family. We have not visit with them in person for the past year and a half. The boys are growing like weeds. We are planning on visiting them before the yearend holidays. They are planning on a trip with friends around Christmas 2021.

On a side note my Pixel 4 cell phone died again while we were out of town. Tried pressing and holding the different buttons but nothing happened. Back home, I tried charging the phone for an hour or so to get some juice in the battery. After repeating the process the phone continues to be dead. Today we have other plans. Will stop by T-Mobile tomorrow and see if they can revive the phone once again. The issue appears to be battery related. Now a day who knows? It might be a virus. One way of the other we are done with Google phones. We are moving to Apple. Will let you know my first impressions as soon as I get the new phone configured to a point I can have what I consider basic configuration. Continue reading “How Sum”

Grid Traveler or Unique Paths

The weather is acting somewhat erratic. Today the forecasted high in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be 20F lower than yesterday. Tomorrow it should be 10F lower than today and should be raining. The water level in pond in my backyard is very low. Some rain should help. I noticed that a couple of cranes have made their home for summer the pond. Not sure if they are the same that return every year or they are an offspring of the ones from last year. I do not know much about cranes.

Since the weather will be nice today; my wife and I will go for a walk after the end of the workday. Not sure what we will do tomorrow. Perhaps we will go to the Mall of America.

On a different note, as you might know, I work in 2-hour blocks. After each block I go up and get something to drink. A few minutes later I head back to work. A few weeks ago I moved a stationary bike from a utility room and set it up in the lower level living room. I started biking for 5 minutes after completing a 2-hour block. That is working very well. I get between 20 to 25 minutes biking each workday. Since the bike is indoors I can do it year round. Continue reading “Grid Traveler or Unique Paths”

Find Minimum in Rotated Sorted Array

It seems we are having another nice spring day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The sun is shining and the temperature is forecasted to reach the low 60s. On Saturday we are expecting high in the low 80s. That will be a record day. Will see when it arrives.

My wife and I are planning on grilling on Saturday and Sunday. For one reason and the other we have not enjoyed an “adult beverage” in a couple months. Grilling steaks while having a beer or two on a sunny and warm day is something worthwhile to do on a weekend. Will provide more info on Sunday if I am able to complete a problem and post it. Continue reading “Find Minimum in Rotated Sorted Array”

Remove Duplicates from Sorted Array in Java

Good day. Hope you are doing well. Seems like many companies, businesses and schools are starting to plan on how to conduct business after the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. It seems like we are getting closer to be able to return to a new normal. I believe that use of masks in public will be required until we achieve herd immunity in different locations. Hope the same is happening in your neck of the woods. Continue reading “Remove Duplicates from Sorted Array in Java”

Best Time to Buy and Sell Stock – Revisited

It is once again Sunday. Time seems to keep passing on faster. I assume this has to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since most of us are limiting our social activities, the days and weeks seem to be much of a replay. The good news is that people are starting to get vaccinated and spring is just around the corner.

After chatting with a software development manager I decided to revisit LeetCode 121. Best Time to Buy and Sell Stock which is ranked as Easy by LeetCode. Continue reading “Best Time to Buy and Sell Stock – Revisited”

Alien Dictionary

It is Thursday morning and it has been a long week at work. Apparently we have been experiencing lots of issues with our cloud platform. It seems that the storage server works fine when running on bare metal, but it experiences network related issues when running on virtual machines. We are currently looking at what might be causing the issues with the stack in VMs.

Before we start dealing with the problem at hand, I want to mention that I have a few books on algorithms. Like most people, I like to avoid spending money when I can get the same or similar results by doing a web search and reading the resulting material. I am a member of the ACM. I have access some of O’Reilly materials on-line. I believe both the books and videos have helped me locate quality information and are planning on continuing to use it. Continue reading “Alien Dictionary”

Odd Occurring Number in Array

It is Sunday again, seems like last week came and went by faster than usual.

When I browse YouTube videos on my phone, I tend to run into some that I would like to watch and if possible experiment with the subject. This post is associated with a video by Irfan Baqui. It is nice to get a challenge, understand what it is required, solve it and see how a fellow developer comes to the same solution using a different and in some cases the same approach. Continue reading “Odd Occurring Number in Array”

Valid Parentheses

I have not solved a LeetCode challenge in a couple weeks. Went to the site and the system suggested the Valid Parentheses using the following URL:  https://leetcode.com/problems/valid-parentheses/

The idea is to determine if a sequence of parentheses in a string are properly matched. Please take a look at the actual challenge using the previous URL.

Following is a screen capture of the console on my Eclipse IDE: Continue reading “Valid Parentheses”