30 September 2015

CST300 Week 5

Support and Comment on Teammates' Goals
Aerin: I understand the difficulty finding the General Education requirements at a Junior College (or even harder finding them online). Luckily I have taken most of my classes beyond this (all but 4). You may want to talk to Claudia Carter about locating any missing classes (she found my needed OS class online for me). I agree that setting detailed long term goals is a waste of time (**it happens). That being said, as you move forward I would continue to set these detailed goals as short term goals. Good luck and talk to you soon.
Lady Mozzarella: I'm a little jealous you get to focus on this class (withdrawal from Philosophy). Investing in a home is a noble cause and a solid investment. I would start looking for dream jobs that interest you now. They will not be available by the time you graduate, but they will show what you need to be qualified for them. I call it window shopping for jobs. Good luck and talk to you soon.

Possible Capstone Ideas
  • Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook (could be useful at my work)
    • Custom Android OS build required
    • Using intranet facing database
    • Requires extensive audit trail (21 CFR Part 11 compliance)
  • Restaurant Menu/Ordering System (like Ziosk but for small restaurants)
    • Custom Android OS build required (possible custom hardware)
    • Integrated system to not just take orders, but to also show them to kitchen
    • Using intranet facing database
  • Security Guard Reporting App (actually have a client that might pay for this)
    • Android User Interface
    • Using web facing database
    • Requires use of GPS, voice recognition, phone integration
  • Custom In-Store Ordering App (for Mobile Living)
    • Android User Interface
    • Using intranet facing database
  • Open Source Textbooks (not completely CS)
    • Tired of seeing book publishers ripping off schools and students?
    • Non-Profit (501(c)(3))
    • Cost of books would be means based (for both schools and students)
    • Does require qualified authors
    • Difficult to get past corrupt textbook selection committees
    • This is most likely too large of a project for a capstone (requires a large team)
Keep Up With Your Learning Journal
I found the researching of Masters Programs quite interesting. I spoke with some of my PhD and MS colleagues and they agreed that the drawbacks of a Post-Graduate degree are very burdensome. The biggest problems are overspecialization and being overqualified. But they had to admit that if they had to do over again, they would. I am not interested in working in research or academia, so will most likely not pursue this. As far as internships, this is a definate possibility. A friend of mine (Zishan) just finished a summer internship with Intel and they hired him this fall. They were so impressed by him that they paid to relocate him and even flew him on a private jet to start his new job. I already have 20 years experience in Information Technology and am also a little old for an internship.

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