It is Wednesday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. My wife and I spent most of the morning dealing with health insurance. Hopefully all will be done in the next few days. I am in the process of changing health insurance companies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic everyone is using some type of video application to communicate. The proposed application was Zoom, but due to the security issues, we prefer using Jitsi. It did not take more than a minute to switch applications. It is interesting that video on Jitsi was working great but one of the participants decided to use our cell phones for voice because he did not have a camera or microphone on his computer. The cellular signals were not that great, but we managed. Continue reading “Using with in Python”
!!! UPDATE !!!
Sorry for the formatting issue on most screen captures. Not sure what happened. I went back and pasted the same text as before. It seems to be fine at this time. Not sure what is causing this to happen. Perhaps it is time to look for a better plugin :o(
Unless something changes in the next few days, MN should enter Phase One in the process of “Opening up America Again” next week. Hopefully all will go as planned.
I am not sure if there is something on my Windows computers, but one of the first things I do every day is to power each computer up and log on into Gmail. Most of the times I just click on my user name and my password and I am in Gmail. Now and then, I get prompted to enter a code which is sent as a message to my phone. I have a checkbox selected which should tell Google not to use 2FA on this computer, but it ignores my wishes and requests me to enter the code. Not sure why this is happening. It cannot be so difficult to Google to write such code. If you have comments on this subject please let me know. Continue reading “Object Oriented Programming in Python”
It is a rather cold spring day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I believe there is a winter storm warning for today all day. This morning when I got up, there was a thin coating of snow on roofs and lawns. The roads seem to just be wet. One way or the other my wife and I are not planning on going out. We are under lockdown due to the Wuhan virus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic.
Besides work I have been taking a few courses, reading technical documents, reading non-technical stuff and watching the news. As of today April 12, 2020 in Dakota County, MN (I live in the city of Apple Valley which is in Dakota County) the total number of deaths attributed to the pandemic in
Dakota County is 4 which represents 0.001% of the population. The previous count of 3 held for several weeks. In the USA the total number of deaths is 20,411 which represent 0.006% of the population of about 330 million. Seems like in this area we are doing well. No matter which city or country you live in, please keep social distancing and do not leave home unless it is needed. In order to beat the pandemic we all need to follow social distancing until a vaccine is available or until the CDC (do not trust unofficial sources) informs us that it is safe for people that have antibodies for them to resume normal activities. Continue reading “Compose Ranges”
It is another COVID-19 (Wuhan virus) pandemic day. Seems like the stats for Minnesota and Dakota Country, the county I live in, are not increasing out of control. As a matter of fact they might be in a plateau. As we speak Minnesota has 34 total deaths which represents .001% of the population, and Dakota County continues to have 3 deaths which represents .001%. Best wishes that things are getting better where ever you are.
Italy is already talking about different ways to get people back to work. Hopefully they can do it in the near future. The United States will hopefully also get back to normal in a month or two. Failure to get the economy up and running will have very bad repercussions. Let’s continue to keep social distance and slow down new COVID-19 cases. Continue reading “Contains Close Numbers”
The news is full of articles and posts about the corona virus. Before getting in panic mode, stop by the CDC “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” web page and get informed.
My wife and I follow and watch several YouTube channels. We are mostly interested in foods to prepare and consume and places to visit on our next holiday. Yesterday we watched a new episode on one channel that deals with food and travel in Sicily, Italy. The channel is hosted by a couple of Americans that have roots in Europe and Italy.
They had some interesting facts about how to make a disinfectant using alcohol, aloe vera and some scents. I was not going to mention the specific video, but as I am going over this post, I feel that it is missing. The video is named “SPECIAL EDITION: Coronavirus update from Sicily!”. Quite appropriate for the times we are living in. Continue reading “Sherlock and Anagrams”
Over the weekend I watched the YouTube video “Dealing with Negative Comments | AMA #3 – Ask Me Anything with Lex Fridman”. I have watched a few of his videos. I do enjoy them to the point that I have subscribed to them. There is one in which Lex interviews Donald Knuth and other where he interviews Andrew Ng. Both videos are over an hour so I will watch them over the weekend.
I picked the challenge “A or B” from HackerRank after receiving an email message. I guess that if you solve a few of their problems they like you to continue visiting their site and solving additional challenges. I like to work on one or two a week. I believe it is the only way to learn and / or refresh material. Continue reading “A or B”
A few minutes ago my wife called me up to the kitchen to help her. She needed Grand Maniere for an Italian nonna’s apple cake she was making. In addition to the apples, she likes to add raisins soaked in liquor. She decided to use Grand Maniere because she found a large bottle in the liquor cabinet. She could not remove the cork so she called me for help. As I was attempting to open the bottle I asked if she remembered when we got it. It seems that we bought the bottle when we lived in Maryland; that was many years ago.
The cork disintegrated when I was opening the bottle. The bottle was standing up and with the years the cork dried up. We keep our wines in an angle in our cellar, but the hard liquor in our cabinet is standing right side up. We seldom consume hard liquor. The Grand Maniere smelled fine and my wife was able to soak the raisins. Each time she fixes this dessert she tries to make it a little different. In my opinion, apples, raisins and walnuts go very well together. Will let you know in my next post how this cake turned out. Continue reading “Java Streams”
It is a Saturday in August in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and it is going to be a warm and humid day. My wife is out shopping with a friend and I am in my home office having fun with Binary Search Trees (BSTs).
This past week I was talking with a software engineer about coding interviews. I have mixed thoughts about them. Not sure about their value as far as finding out if a person is able to develop quality software. Allow me to describe the process which seems to be quite spread around the industry.
The candidate is interviewed by multiple technical people. The idea is to present the candidate with a set of one or more programming problems and expect working code written on a whiteboard. Typically the programming language of choice is up to the candidate. Continue reading “BST Search”
Last evening I read the article “Programmable Solid-State Storage in Future Cloud Datacenters” by Jaeyound Do, Sudipta Sengupta and Steven Swanson which appeared in volume 62 number 6 edition of Communications of the ACM. This morning I read it once again. As you might already know I am passionate about storage and have been working on it for a while. The article deal with SSD drives and how they can help improve performance by providing compute resources close to the data. Continue reading “Arrays Left Rotation”
It is a sunny but not so warm day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The high for today will be 68 F which is a few degrees below the average high for this time of the year. Looks like a perfect day for a walk. My wife and I will be out and about after work today.
This HackerRank challenge is quite simple. The reason I went for it is due to the fact that a few weeks ago I exchanged some messages with JAVAAID. He has a YouTube channel and solves HackerRank challenges. Continue reading “Simple Array Sum”