Automated form 40As

Automated form 40As

Recently, I had to produce form 40A’s in order to claim military leave. As a computer scientist, I found the process to be horrific and felt compelled to share my solution. I didn’t get much help with UTAPSWEB FOR IMAs CHEAT SHEET VERSION 101210. That document is filled with unhelpful and unprofessional statements like: Changes […]

How much do IMA reservists make?

How much do IMA reservists make?

It is not easy to quickly decipher military pay tables for us IMAs. In order to do some recent financial planning, I had to calculate my pay. I’m an O-4 with between 14 and 16 years of service. Here is what I did. IDTsYou can find the official military pay tables from the DoD comptroller […]

Readiness Codes for USAF IMA Reservists

Readiness Codes for USAF IMA Reservists

One of the more frustrating things about the reserves: obscure codes like those above. I find it incredible how poor reserve support is, and unnecessary obscurity shouldn’t be tolerated. For those who wonder what these codes actually mean: Readiness Codes Full course title DOD IA DoD IAA CyberAwareness Challenge V2.0 (ZZ133098) FP Force Protection (ZZ133079) […]

Provenance (in Computer Science)

Provenance (in Computer Science)

Provenance is the ability to record the history of data and its place of origin. In general, it is the ability to determine the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of any object. The primary purpose of tracing the provenance of an object or entity is often to provide contextual and circumstantial evidence for […]

What was the most Geeky Event in History?

What was the most Geeky Event in History?

While I can’t get into the background here, I was recently asked to describe the most geeky event in history. Something like this is hard to bound and as I asked those around me I got lots of answers from moment the zero was invented (“without that, you got nothing”) to the first demo of […]

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Halt!

Halt!

You can’t work long in computer science until you have to understand the halting problem. The halting problem is concerned with determining whether a program will finish running or continue to run forever. It has a storied history. In 1936, Alan Turing proved that a general algorithm to solve the halting problem for all possible […]

Family Photo Management

Family Photo Management

Post still in workOur family pictures were scattered over several computers, each with a unique photo management application. In an effort to get a good backup in place. I moved all my pictures to one computer where I accidentally deleted them. (Long story.) I was able to recover them all, but I had numerous duplicates […]

Caging the Demon

Caging the Demon

As computers become powerful and solve more problems, the possibility that computers could evolve into a capability that could rise up against us and pose an existential threat is of increasing concern. After reading a recent book on artificial intelligence (AI), Superintelligence, Elon Musk recently said: I think we should be very careful about artificial […]

Evolution, Faith and Modernity

Evolution, Faith and Modernity

Tonight, I just finished Francis Collins’ book “The Language of God” where he lays out the basic facts of genetics and the human genome, denounces Creationism and rejects Intelligent Design theory, rebukes Richard Dawkins, and generally sets a tone for reasonableness between Christians and scientists.This is a lot of disjoint topics, and while he covers […]

Amana 7200TW Door Latch Replacement

Amana 7200TW Door Latch Replacement

Quick post, just to help others who might find themselves in a similar situation regarding a front-end loader washer with a door latch that doesn’t close Big trouble . . . door latch broke on our amana front end loader. First thing I do when I need to fix something is look for ownership so […]