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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: 2014: The state of open CS or IT, CIS, DBA, GIS, etc courseware?

xyourfacekillerx writes: Not long ago, /. readers answered a question for someone seeking to finish a BS in CS online. I am in a similar situation with a different question. I am a US citizen in Colorado, I have spent five years frivolously studying philosophy at a very expensive university, and now I want to start towards an Asssociates then perhaps Bachelor's in CS (I want to program for a living, I write code daily anyways). After four hours of combing through google ads, I turn to slashdot myself. Problem 1: I am out of money and I have an 8 to 5, so on campus enrollment somewhere is not an option. Problem 2: and I have *very* little to transfer due to the specificity of my prior studies: I don't even have my core English/Language or even math cores to transfer. After about four hours of searching, I can't answer the questions: 1) Just where *are* the open CS courseware? Who offers it in a way it's more than just lecture notes posts online? 2) Can any of it help or hinder me getting a degree (i.e. does any of it transfer, potentially? is it a waste of time? These two questions will help me understand the state of CS courseware that was supposed to be the next big thing, and inform me what to do with my summer. Additionally, any tips about accredited online universities (preferrably self-paced) where I can start to get my associates and/or bachelor's in CS at low cost would be useful. I intend to be enrolled to some online somewhere by Fall, and I am starting my own search among colorado junior colleges who don't demand on-campus presence like most 4 years do. Slashdot, please help me.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 158

Not only that, he's asking the wrong forum. If you have questions about all these Microsoft technologies, why not go to the experts at Microsoft and ask them? That's what you're paying all that money for with that MSDN account. I'm sure they'll be happy to advise you on how to proceed.

If you can't afford an MSDN account, then you really have no business doing MS development work. If you're working with MS technologies at work, they're supposed to provide that stuff for you.

Well, they gave all that stuff away for free when I was in college. I had every thing I could ever want and fully functional software and immense support from MS reps and faculty, and now it's been a few years and I don't have all that.

I don't see the harm in asking how other people configure a development environment in their home. I couldn't make up my mind, so I couldn't act. Reading the responses will inevitably bias me to favor one option over another. This is the perfect forum to get that information, however ignorant or primitive or unprofessional my question is. I know I'm stupid. I know I should know how to do this and be able to do this. Hence ask Slashdot.

Comment Re:haha what? (Score 1) 158

The problem is that when you start installing dev tools, you end up with system services installed.

If you're using a computer for any significant music production you should probably make sure that it's only used for that. You don't want some bullshit printer driver or Java trying to run an update while you're recording & ruining the take.

Right. Getting the machine set up for music production was enough trouble the first time around.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment on a Shared Workstation?

xyourfacekillerx writes: After a long hiatus of developing (ASP.NET), I decided to pick it up again. I need to learn .NET and SQL for my new job (GIS tech using ESRI software). Down the road they need a PHP website, tons of automation tasks, some serious data consolidation, they want mobile apps in theory. This is not my job description, but I'm sure I can do it. Long story short, I need to setup a development environment on my home desktop, so I can do all this in my spare time. Trouble is, I share the machine (Win 8.1, 2.7 dual core pentium something or other, with virtualization support.) I want to avoid affecting the other users profiles. I currently use my profile for music production (Reason) and photography (Photoshop, et al) so it's already resource intensive with ram, cpu and vmm. I'll be needing to install all of your basic Microsoft developer suites, IIS, SQl Server, ANdroid SDK, Java SDK, device emulators, etc. etc. Plus AMP and finally GIS software. There will obviously be a lot of services running, long build times, and so on. To wit, I wouldn't be able to use my desktop for my other purposes like the music editing. So I need some advice. Would it help to setup all these tools under a different account on the same Win 8.1 install? Or should I virtualize my development environment (and how?), and run the virtual machine side by side? Or should I add a hdd or secondary partition and boot to that when I intend to develop? I am poor atm, but is there a cheap very mini PC I can place next to my desktop and run all my development software off that, remote desktop into it? I've done a lot of googling the last week and haven't turned up anything, so I turn to Slashdot. Please help me get organized so I can start coding again.

Comment Has this been done before? (Score 0) 323

Why does Slashdot marvel at this? The technology to create these tunnels is nothing new, in fact, Slashdot has featured all kinds of stories in the past concerning Mexican cartels involving no impressive technological acheivement, so... why does Slashdot keep running these stories? What is so worthy of news here? What are the cartels doing that hasn't already been done and why does slashdot pay them so much attention for doing it??

How about this: Run a story about the technology being developed to thwart these maniacs, eh? I only got spied on today. The cartels only just killed some innocent mother's young son, and two dozen more like him today. Murder is their technology. Surely the good guys deserve some press here as well, Slashdot?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Free and Portable Virtualization for Dummies 1

xyourfacekillerx writes: I do contract work as a developer, and I work from home when I can. I run Windows 8.1 natively on a fine computer, Virtual PC and VirtualBox/QEMU when the time calls for it. There have been times when I had to pull out my server and use LAN for SQL Server, but enough of that. Recent clients like me to be present more often than not. So, I bought a 2TB external hdd 3.0 usb and started loading it up with portable versions of my favorite apps. Then I ran into a problem when I had to bring my virtualized disks to the unmounted volumes where I hide that stuff. The problem is this: If the machine I work on, on site, cannot virtualize, I cannot run my solutions. So I am forced to boot straight to the desired Linux install. Except I don't have Linux partitions per se. and if I did, how can I make my virtual installs identical to my physical installs? Does that make sense? Basically, I want to set it up so I can say "Can this machine virtualize? No, then I will boot straight to the Linux I need, and that Linux needs exactly the same resources I configured it to use when it was virtualize.". If the machine CAN virtualize, then I get my portableapps loader and all the windows fix-ins and specialized programs I'm used to with my portable drive. Has anyone come to an elegant solution or should I just admit to defeat and reserve some portion of the external hdd for Linux only non-virtualized work?

Comment And nobody is concerned with theoretical science? (Score 1) 316

You know, the field that verifies theories without experiments? How many experiment designs are published that conclude the only outcome of the experiment, hypothetically speaking, without real world results? Photons that split into alternate dimensions (carrying energy with them) and also send messages backwards in time, it's all on paper and considered fact, but no experiments have been done to prove it... does that now sound like craziness to anyone but me?

Comment Re:Just downgraded something to .NET 2.0 (Score 1) 198

Sometimes our clients are mom and pop shops. Right now I'm working with the county whose budget for software alone is $800 this fiscal year, $4,000 for hardware. That's the budget for the county department I'm with. Fortunately the consulting budget is any dollars, so I can offset the cost of upgrading their software with that, but still.... Not everyone you work with understands the benefit of running an up to date setup.

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