All Construct – Tabulation

Good day!!! Hope your day is going well. The day started relatively cold at 58F with relative humidity around 93%. The weather, according to my iPhone, was fair. My wife and I did our daily morning walk as soon as we were done with breakfast. On my way back I usually water the plans, but due to the weather conditions, I decided to skip. I will water them tomorrow morning.

In my previous post Can Construct – Tabulation I was not please with the telephone support provided by Delta Airlines. They offer a callback when you are waiting to speak with a representative. For example, a callback was promised while being informed that the wait was about 3-hours long. The callback would be received about 12 hours latter; sometimes in the middle of the night.

It is a fact that airlines were hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them (never generalize) let go a large part of their staff. In the past few weeks things are starting to return to normal with customer service at Delta. Earlier this week I placed a call to change several things on a reservation. There was a delay of about two hours (2:15). I requested a callback and as usual wrote the time I expected a representative to call me. About two hours later, Ronda from Delta called. She was very pleasant. She spent a lot of time (15 minutes or so) to make all the changes I requested. Not only that, but she suggested alternatives that could save me some money and make the travelling experience better. Felt like service was back to pre COVID-19 pandemic. Great job Ronda!!!

You probably have heard of competitive programming. It seems that software engineers need to solve a problem as soon as possible. Sounds good, but imagine if you go for a surgery and the surgeon wants to perform the procedure in the least amount of time. Not sure about you, but I would prefer someone with experience that takes its time and wants to produce the best results, not just finish faster than others. Seems to me like a compromise between quality and time. That said; I will try my first competition on Saturday. Will let you know my findings. Perhaps I will change my opinion. Continue reading “All Construct – Tabulation”

Count Construct – Tabulation

Earlier today I read an article commenting about how the high temperatures are rising all over the USA. In Arizona and Nevada the forecasted highs should be about 115F and 112F respectively. The average temperature for a human adult is around 98F. That is quite warm if you ask me.

Today in the suburb in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul where I reside, we woke up with 72F. At some point we might be getting some rain. The high is forecasted to be 91F and we are still in spring 2021.

My wife and I have breakfast and then head out for a walk. We like to get the workout in first thing in the morning. After returning home, I watered some plants that were replaced outside a week or so ago. I have been informed that I need to water them 3 to 4 days a week for a month or so until the plants adapt to their current location; so far, so good. We do need some rain. The lawns in our area are starting to show some brown spots. We can see and hear the sprinklers in the morning, but seems that laws need additional water. A few good down pours each month would take care of the brown spots. Based on NOAA’s forecast, it is going to be a dry and hot summer for most parts in the USA.

Yesterday I mentioned that I requested a callback from a Delta agent. Based on the information at hand, I was expecting the callback in about two hours. I did receive the call. At that time I had performed enough searches on the web that I had solved the issue before talking with the agent. All is well at this time. Continue reading “Count Construct – Tabulation”

How Sum – Tabulation

Good day gals and guys. It is a nice Monday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Believe it or not but the high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s F that we have been getting for the past two weeks this Spring has changed in the forecast for the last 10 days of Spring 2021. The forecast call for highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s F which represents on average a 20F degree reduction. One way or the other, unless it is raining, my wife and I are planning of getting up before 06:00 AM, having breakfast and then heading out for a daily walk. It seems that every day there are more people out and about early in order to avoid the heat in the afternoon.

Our weekend was uneventful. We walked, chatted with people, and prepared food in the grill. Yesterday we made fish and chips in the grill. We want to master the technique because frying potatoes and fish indoors unnecessarily heats the house and leaves food odors that tend to last for a couple hours after we are done consuming lunch. That said, at work and personal life, the only way to learn and become efficient with different tasks is to read, practice, get feedback, make modifications and repeat! In addition you must like what you do; otherwise it is very difficult to improve.

I continue to install applications on my new iPhone. Hopefully this week I will be done installing some Google apps and hopefully getting the data into the iPhone. Continue reading “How Sum – Tabulation”

Counting Bits

It is Friday and not a hot as it has been in the couple last weeks. The forecast calls for a high around 88F. We will see if the forecast matches the observed temperatures for the day.

The cleaning lady and crew are expected today. Apparently last week she had some issues which ended in a no show.

Due to the fact that I usually talk on Fridays at 07:00 AM with a friend that we met while attending elementary school, my wife and I decided to postpone our daily walk to around lunch. It turns out that my friend had to get up quite early today and travel for business for about two hours. We both are morning people but getting up around 03:00 AM to chat is not acceptable.

Since the cleaning crew will be leaving around lunch time, and my wife and I will go out for a walk, she will not have time to cook lunch which is our main meal of the day. On our way back I will pick up a bag of Asian food from Trader Joe’s which we keep in the outside fridge. Hopefully it will be Kung Pao Chicken. It is our favorite. That said; we typically alter the meal to our taste by adding different things (i.e., chicken broth, unsalted peanuts).

Yesterday I read a very interesting article on IEEE SPECTRUM titled How Software Is Eating the Car. The complexity of software and the amount of features depending on it is growing exponentially. I have had the opportunity to owning several German made cars and have experienced the increase of features and hardware referenced in the article.

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Can Sum – Tabulation

Hope you are having a wonderful day! The temperature in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul continues to be way above normal. Today is going to be another spring day with temperatures in the upper 90Fs. My wife and I continue to walk after breakfast. The days are sunny so it is very nice to get our daily walk out of the way early.

Yesterday we had a short thunderstorm with heavy rain. The rain lasted about 30 minutes. It was good for the plants. Tomorrow we also expect some rain.

Something that we have noted in the past couple weeks is that there are more insects. We had to swat a couple flies and a couple bugs in our place. We can also see a few of mosquitoes and wasps. I guess that is to be expected when the weather gets warmer than average. Hope all is going well with farmers. Their crops feed livestock and us. This weekend my wife and I will go to a couple Farmers Markets. On Saturday we will stop by the one in Apple Valley and on Sunday the one in St. Paul. Will let you know our findings next week. Continue reading “Can Sum – Tabulation”

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”

All Construct

It is Saturday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. According to the forecast today is going to be a scorcher. The temperature will rise to 97F. I live in a suburb of the Twin Cities. Typically the city of Minneapolis gets at least a couple more degrees higher.

Yesterday my wife and I went to the Mall of America which is located in the city of Bloomington. On our way back home the temperature was 102F.

Given the hot spell we are experiencing in this part of the country, this morning my wife and I had breakfast and headed out for a walk. When we got back I was perspiring. After a nice shower I headed down to my office to get in a 2-hour block of work.

Tomorrow Sunday presidential elections will be held in Peru. There are two candidates. One is an open communist and terrorist and the other is pro democracy. Hopefully the elections will favor the right. Politically and economically South America is slowly falling to communism and the economies of most (never generalize) are getting worse by the day. Will see what happens tomorrow during election day. Continue reading “All Construct”

Can Sum?

Today is a cold and dark day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It has been raining all day. The forecast matched the day. Hopefully tomorrow it will be nicer.

Yesterday evening my wife and I were sitting in the living room watching YouTube videos. All was working as expected. At some point I decided to look for a video to watch so I picked up my phone that was sitting next to me on the couch. The phone was dead. I tried powering it up at no avail. I thought the battery might have discharged. Strange because when I picked it up from the wireless charger the phone was about 100% charged.

I tried pressing button sequences to restart the phone. That did not work.

I pulled my cell phone out of the OtterBox case. The phone looks like new. I decided not to open the actual phone thinking I might cause an additional problem. I put my phone back into the OtterBox case.

I then decided to put the phone to charge on a wireless charger. After half hour or so later I tried to power up the phone. It was not able to power up. I then tried with a regular plug-in charger. Half hour later the phone was still completely dead. Decided to take my Pixel 4 phone to T-Mobile and see if they can diagnose and hopefully fix the issue. We will find more about it today after work…

…Later in the day I took my cell phone to the T-Mobile store closest to home. They were able to rest the phone. All is back to normal. I did ask if T-Mobile would carry the Pixel 5 phone. Apparently they have no plans to do so. My wife and I might switch to Apple for the first time when our Pixel phones need to be replaced. Continue reading “Can Sum?”

Fibonacci Revisited

Good day! Hope your day is winding down nicely. We were expecting thunderstorms today in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but we just got some rain in an almost sunny and warm day. It seems that this summer is going to be warmer than usual.

I decided to watch Dynamic Programming – Learn to Solve Algorithmic Problems & Coding Challenges which is slightly over 5 hours long. The idea is to watch and experiment as you go. The code on the video is implemented in JavaScript. I decided to use Java.

It is going to take me a few days to watch the entire video and experiment with the code.

On a separate note I am in the process of setting up .NET on a different machine. I want to do so experimentation using the VSCode IDE. I have the same setup on a different machine but I am using Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. More on this as soon as I complete and verify the installation. Continue reading “Fibonacci Revisited”

Efficient Graph Search

It is a spring Monday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The weather forecast calls for humid and overcast day with the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. In general, I try to shutdown my computers at home as soon as I hear thunder. So far all is good. Hopefully the storms will start later in the day after my workday is over!

The weekend was rather nice. It was humid and warm. It seems that the weather has changed more than usual this year. In Lima Peru, there are no storms or any considerable rain. Apparently earlier today some lightning and associate thunder passed by the coastal city. As far as I know this is a first. Continue reading “Efficient Graph Search”