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September 06, 2021

A New Season: Algorithms

A New Season

Last month, I decided to work in a company as an SDET (rundown of my initial thoughts: link). That means ‘Software Developer in Test.’ However, as I went through the training, there were some issues presented to me: I found incorrect training parameters. In the 1st 3 weeks, it was mostly review: I literally only learned 1 new concept and 2 new lines of code, and I was expected to interview for a professional role in early October, 2021. I did not believe I could give my client a superior service. At this point, I wish them well, but I am pursuing other goals. 

Now that the old season is done, a new sustainable app: Algorithms.

More recently, I started attempting EN.605.621, Foundations of Algorithms. Much of the training data is technical: as it should be. But as second World War’s participants proved, Computer Scientists, today, need more than technical skill: they need righteous ethics. On Bit Jet Kit media, I, Bit Jet Kit, try my best to integrate faith with reason. My goal is to prove the courage and grit generations of leaders at every level of society have proven improves lives: it is purpose-driven. So, today, in the morning on September the 6th, 2021, I started a new Android app: Algorithms. 

Read on the technical specifications.

This app will run on devices running Android versions as early as 5.0, Lollipop. Its offerings will range from tutorials on the fundamentals of algorithms, the history of algorithms from the latest research on ethics, to eventually an in-app Java IDE that shall allow the user to implement algorithms, and then tests to evaluate your knowledge of Computer Science related to this content. 

This is a reflection on ancient history.

In ancient Philippi, the brothers of the Christian Apostle Paul of Tarsus received a letter from him. To Paul’s brothers, Paul (KJV) stated, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil, 4:8). As the Nazis proved, science is not pure: it can be corrupted. Science’s mathematical forms are the highest ideal non-ethical statements can be aspired to display. But ordering scientific inquiry to help your fellow man by government, hospital, university, or school is the art we can all instill the next generation’s hope with, today. 

I hope you check back, occasionally.

August 02, 2021

The Next Phase of my Career: Test Automation Development

In recent weeks, I have sought a new employer, but I did not look in vain. Within a couple days of updating my resume, I was recruited to a new Information Technology position. But I also applied. So, it was standard process. The company is Quintrix Solutions, a Mindlance Company. Actually, I gave Mindlance my resume through Indeed. The representatives approved my initial interest, but they required I pass a technical assessment. Since I had recently worked on a Pi app, gaining a multi-threading understanding, I felt confident. So, I took the assessment without preparation. But it was a hard reality check.

So, I only passed by ~20 points over the failure rate, so I think it was like a B or B-. If I had not dedicated most of my effort to the quantitative assessment, I would have been declined this job opportunity. In the test, the hardest parts were the simple interest calculations because I normally work on series and sequences regarding things I already know. But the simple interest formula is not a model I use, regularly. There were a couple other sections requiring fairly advanced abilities: a coding assessment, an SQL assessment. The coding assessment had a prompt to solution format: it was simple enough. But its main challenge was understanding data structures and algorithms. Let me put it this way: if you have not completed a formal course on this subject, you would have to be a whiz kid or an experienced professional. But enough about that. The remaining challenge was the SQL prompt section. That was fairly straightforward. So, you have to know your stuff in order to pass the basics. Since the were no SQL standardization requirements, someone with PL/SQL experience could not be preferred over ANSI-SQL.

That said, training is starting today. The job entails Java, MySQL, Selenium 3.0, WebDriver, Cucumber, Jenkins, and Mavin. But also important is the soft skills training I will be undergoing. Like it or not: technical aptitude without professionalism is not hacking skills intersecting substantive expertise; rather it is a hacker’s paradise because you will not have a job, but your education’s security will degrade giving ample room for pirates to take your hard-earned training then post it as a single video on YouTube (with ads). Since my employer has experienced professionals working for them, they understand that like any skill, soft skills are built over time.

Regarding building understanding, the Prophet Isaiah discussed the importance of pacing. According to the Prophet Isaiah (KJV), “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10). The Prophet Isaiah IS saying study, practice, and teaching must be ordered in small pieces. For many have the capability to contribute to great movements. But like a flock of birds can synchronize their flight pattern to appear as a single large bird against predators in what is called a murmuration, many precepts, lines, a little here, but there a little can imitate God as the body of Christ is called to do.

May 31, 2021

Resuming Pace: I Shall Not Be Pursuing a Second Bachelor's Degree

On May the 5th, 2021, I used a strong position deciding my pursuit of a second Bachelor’s degree: my choice was the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC, link), but I decided to resume my Master’s program, by itself. 

Let me explain with Scripture: the Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Matthew, specifically.

In ancient times, records of a man called Jesus the Christ were written. Among these records was a Gospel, According to Matthew, of Jesus Christ. According to legend, Jesus Christ stated, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth (KJV, Matthew 5:5, link).” Jesus the Christ was saying those who are submissive shall inherit the earth rather than those who are brash. 

In my attempt at starting a second Bachelor’s program, I eventually realized I had been too pushy: I wanted the May 19th start date, and I wanted the admission process expedited, I wanted ease of access between majors, I wanted advantages to the application process because of what UMGC (I was granted an application fee waiver). 

But this was not submissive: even though the admissions representatives agreed to work on my behalf ,rapidly, they became increasingly burdened with those rapid requests. With a decision, I was faced: go into that program simply using people, or take a step back and count my blessings. After a little while, I called my UMGC point of contact, and I declined to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree with her university, at this time.

Instead, I shall resume my Master of Science in Computer Science program at the Johns Hopkins University in the Fall of 2021. I shall explain this.

Reconsidering my Johns Hopkins University application with the same rigor I reviewed my UMGC application, I realized my desire to learn from university guides rather than strong demand to get into the program probably earned me a place at this great institution. In my application essay, I did express my history of successes in academia, but my main focus is stretching my limits to their optimized realizations. This cannot be accomplished brashly; discipline requires ranking and filing. 

Therefore, on August 30, 2021, I shall resume climbing the stairs where the wisdom of God and man and the foolishness of God and man might be understood with great rigor rather than quit.

May 10, 2021

A God of Forces: JEDI, Weighed Against Ending its Cloud Project because of Amazon

During early Eastern Standard Time hours, today, the Wall Street Journal’s John D. McKinnon wrote Pentagon Weighs Ending JEDI Cloud Project Amid Amazon Court Fight (link).

McKinnon wrote on Washington, District of Columbia soil, Pentagon professionals considered ending the JEDI cloud-computing project (in Software Engineering lingo, it is really a program, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure): it is because Inc. has pushed litigation against it, and lawmakers are increasing their unfriendliness toward it.

According to McKinnon, in 2019, Microsoft Corp. received the JEDI contract award, but Amazon contested this on court soil since then.

On the Wall Street Journal, McKinnon continued: in April 2021, a federal judge refused the Pentagon’s demand to dismiss Amazon’s case, but the legal reasoning is unclear (link). Following this, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks stated the Pentagon would review JEDI, wrote McKinnon. McKinnon stated Hicks’ statement was on April 30, 2021.

But McKinnon stated the Pentagon had already begun a reconsideration of the JEDI program, altogether. On January 28, 2021, the Pentagon released a Congressional report, stating, “The prospect of such a lengthy litigation process might bring the future of the JEDI Cloud procurement into question” (the Pentagon, Jan. 28, 2021), said McKinnon.

According to Hicks and other Pentagon officials, there is an increasing need to develop a cloud program that serves the majority of its branches and departments, McKinnon wrote. The JEDI contract is valued at a maximum $10 billion throughout 10 years: it shall consolidate the Pentagon’s isolated data systems, give defense professionals increased access to real-time information, and place the Defense Department in a more strategic position with artificial intelligence development seen as vital future capabilities, McKinnon provided.

McKinnon also stated some lawmakers and government-contract experts asserted JEDI should have been scuttled (think an Agile Sprint and implemented with short quick steps) as JEDI is a single-vendor, 1-winner approach; but this is inappropriate and not modular enough for great enterprises like the Department of Defense.

McKinnon said these very lawmakers and government contract experts claimed the Pentagon ought to have shifted to offering JEDI to collaborative builders with multiple company participants. Furthermore, McKinnon reported these professionals claimed, in addition, disseminating the work mitigates legal challenges excluded companies might need to bring.

According to McKinnon, last week, Rep. Steve Womack (R., Ark) demanded the Pentagon renew their efforts with a new contract-bidding implementation, and this would enable best-in-grade performance by priority: it is for the ongoing competition a cloud environment can proliferate.

McKinnon’s final comment was this: if the Pentagon believes they ought to make JEDI a quick application, the government could further patch a new cloud program beside its several available Department information-technology contracts, stated executive director of the IT Acquisition Advisory Council, John Weiler, of a public-private business intelligence system advising government and industry on technology-acquisition best actions to take, who has for a long time criticized the JEDI program.

Scripture on a God of Forces

In ancient literature called the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, probably a Prophet named Daniel recorded a message of a prophecy he experienced. In this book, called Daniel, there is a message of a king who was to magnify himself above every god, and this man was to speak things worth marvelling against: for it is against the God of gods whom this man was prophesied to speak (KJV, Dan. 11:36). 

In equal estrangement, this king was to not regard the God of his kinsmen, nor regard the desire of any women, nor was he to have regard for any god: as he was to magnify himself above all (Dan. 11:37). However, in his estate, this king was to honor the God of forces: and a god whom his kinsmen did not know, he was to honor with gold, silver, precious stones, and pleasant stuff (Dan. 11:38). 

On Star Wars, Daniel's Prophecy Realized

In conspiracy literature, some say the Star Wars brand's Jedi power source, a mysterious phenomena called the Force, with the light-side force powers and the dark-side force powers forces is the God of Forces. And as Christ is god manifested in the flesh, Anakin Skywalker is the force manifested in the flesh. Thus, in serious fiction, the God of forces could be called Emperor Palpatine, able to raise Darth Vader as a ruler of a galaxy, but bring him low, as Darth Vader is a genocidal murderer on life-support for most of his adult life, yet he continues his brutalizations of living entities. 

Darth Vader honors his God of forces, also called Darth Sidious, by supporting the destruction of an inhabitated world: for a planet to support life, she probably needs gold to absorb its local star’s radiation, the immunities benefitting her inhabitants is boosted by a planet against external dangers instead of a satellite existence like silver boosts the immune system (among many other life-improving uses: link), in a galaxy-fairing civilization precious stones probably are existing on a populating planet, and pleasant things are also probably existing on a populating planet. As practically king of the Star Wars galaxy, Darth Vader honors his God, Darth Sidious. 

But this is the ugliness of sin. For Darth Sidious is a permanently scarring, evil man, who can zap the life out of an enemy, and Darth Vader is missing a hand, has no legs knees-down, and experiences severe volcano burning who also honors his God who his kinsmen do not know with precious stones from the Jedi he murders in lightsaber combat, a form of battle using precious stones that focus and color the light emitting from electronic hilts.

This is the legacy the Pentagon wants. But the Jedi are the ‘good’ guys, right? Let us examine this using technicalities and ethics.

As stated earlier, the Pentagon’s JEDI program stands for this: the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. This means it is a large-scale, collaborative and non-aggressive critical system (the infrastructure). But beyond that, why name it after a group of entities whose greatest legend is the force manifested in the flesh, Anakin Skywalker, and we now understand how this religion is concluding: in evil ways (yes, he repents in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, but the Jedi religion already fails and Darth Vader does not inherit the kingdom of heaven)?

Consider the technical problems.

Since we have already reviewed the legal standard and the theology regarding this, let us now look at this from a technical perspective. Microsoft is historically known for offering its Operating System, Windows, currently in the form Windows 10, at an affordable rate. But then, Microsoft offers other programs such as Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Azure, at subscription rates as well. However, since graduating in December 2018, I have applied to over 500 Software-related jobs a year, including all of the Microsoft-related jobs: the jobs pay more because Microsoft technologies more sophisticated than Office have a steep learning curve. Thus, contrasted from, say, Linux, there are objectively and relatively fewer Microsoft professionals. The Pentagon wanting highly skilled professionals is an admirable objective, but the results are not worth the effort nor are feasible against the bar Microsoft technologies sets. 

In contrast, Amazon Web Services are easier to learn because of their versatility (Ubuntu 18.04 Server, for example). A server is easily accessible with a readily available guide, and it can use SHA-256 encryption. For most transaction securities, SHA-256 is sufficient because it cannot be easily hacked by brute force or guessed by an experienced hacker. Thus, AWS has a lower entry level by maintaining high security standards. An unfortunate consequence of the Pentagon choosing Microsoft is blunt ageism: after all of the white, male Microsoft professionals retire, nobody else shall be able to use their information  systems. This is serious. 

Thus, with Microsoft, the Pentagon might as well be worshipping a decrepit old man who has red and yellow eyes, shoots lightning out of his hands, and dies by his number 2, also an evildoer, throwing him off a bridge.

Consider the ethical problems.

Historically, Microsoft was built when (as now), most Software Engineers were white and male. In recent times have you read the Wikipedia article on NP-Completeness or P versus NP Problem? They are nightmares. Even though efforts are being made by Oracle, locally, in Nashville, to diversify their workforce to include more black people and women (link), due to many experienced Software Engineering circles excluding black people and women, and their associated learning curves, and with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ association with the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison,  Jeffrey Epstein (link), this is clear: Microsoft is not the right choice for a longstanding, sustainable, and scalable American defense program.

A Picture of the Pentagon

May 06, 2021

Donald Trump's YouTube Ban: Live with It

Today, on the Wall Street Journal, Tripp Mickle wrote Trump Is Still Banned on YouTube. Now the Clock Is Ticking. But Mickle wrote, “With Donald Trump’s return to Facebook in limbo, YouTube has emerged as the former president’s best chance to return to social media in the near future” (link). Mickle believes former United States president Donald Trump has a clear path back to the spotlight. But why?

Trump Incited the January 6, 2021 Insurrection

Even though millions of Americans believe otherwise, approximately 100 million (link), I shall contend with this: because of Donald Trump, the insurrection. On January 6, 2021, I watched it transpire from my hotel room in Brentwood, Tennessee: it was an atrocity. President Trump goaded his crowd of supporters over and again, but he was not alone. He repeatedly told his audience to fight. In America, the English word, fight, means the same thing it does in other parts of the world where English is spoken: it is a serious word that is related to battle. And so Trump’s supporters fought. But it was not a battle: 5 people were killed. Dozens of Capitol Police officers and dozens of Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured, and over a dozen police officers were hospitalized. Who knows how many rioters were injured? But the US Capitol has required $30+ million for repairs and securities. More than 400 entities were charged with related crimes. But if not Trump, then who is responsible? 

The fault is not with YouTube, but with Trump.

As legend states, the Christ is the head of each man, and the man is the head of the woman, and the head of Jesus Christ is God, each body has its head (KJV, 1 Corinthians 11:3). At 1st, I had cautious doubt: a president committing sedition is as treasonous as United States civilian mistreatment of another person can get. But then I reviewed 1 part, and that confirmed my caution: when President Trump’s aggressive supporters chanted-- TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP--his sternness became visible, and he nodded in angry agreement. When a leader has great control over a crowd, that leader’s small body movements can send a great message to the crowd. Think about a popular musician controlling a crowd singing along with him or her, pausing to let that crowd fill in the lyrics and guide the stadium experience: it is the same thing.

Consider serious fiction.

In serious fiction, consider the story of Cronos and Rhea: So paranoid of prophecy against him, Cronos swallowed his own children while they are born, and is so convinced his plan is working, he swallows a rock Rhea is representing as her child. Cronos made the same mistake Sisyphus later makes: while the rock is rolling down the hill, or in this case, sliding down Cronos’ esophagus, he is content with an eternally damning event. Eventually, something is coming out: but in the case of the insurrection, it was the Confederate flag Trump’s supporters flew over the US Capitol. 

I shall say it plain. President Trump generated interest in the insurrection, and then he let it happen under his supervision. Do not blame YouTube: in the strangely named Information Age (civilization has historically operated on information from ancient times), they are effectively protecting the United States from further disintegration into chaos. 

Do not curse your neighbor, but bless your neighbor.

For all of you with friends who believe in Trump and are disinterested in Big Media, let me tell you this: Donald Trump had potential to actually be the greatest American president in history. But he failed to live up to the expectations of the common man who by hard work has distinguished himself as a man of decent rank and decent stature. And as today progresses, he has left distinguished and common men apart fail against the Law and the Prophets. President Trump was raised Christian, but he did not bless his enemies, but rather cursed them even when his enemies bared fruit. That is unacceptable. While I do not expect Alphabet Inc. to love their enemies, I do expect the forensic evidence gathered shall prevent President Trump’s return to Big Media on any of Alphabet’s major platforms.

May 05, 2021

Changing Pace: Pursuing a 2nd Bachelor's Degree

In higher education, nothing sets the standard for entry level jobs like a Bachelor's degree. Learners often seek an Associate's degree, according to the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), 49 percent of the United States population (link). But they also often progress to a Bachelor's level degree, us being 39 percent of the United States population according to NCES. Thus, there is a 10 percent difference in population regarding who has an Associate's degree versus who has a Bachelor's degree. Even greater, the NCES reported 9 percent of the United States population has a Master's or Doctorate degree: I am working toward a Master's degree. But I recently decided to try for something I wanted, years ago: a 2nd Bachelor's degree. Let me explain.

Standards Are High

In my current university, the Johns Hopkins University, the standard is raised high: basically, I need a B- or better for every class (I can earn a degree with 1 C-range grade, but who wants that?). I need consistent and earned understanding for my entire program. Every course builds on another, and I study Enterprise and Web Development. Thus, I shall understand the latest front and back-end technologies. But this has caused moderate stress. I need a significant change of pace. I am still working, but I need more learning. I do not need another 4-year program, and I need my finances managed. And I want more Computer Networks and Cybersecurity skills; I studied a couple undergraduate courses on this subject. Therefore, I have decided this: to enroll in a 2nd Bachelor's degree program. 

A Learning Branch to Master

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) offers this subject, Computer Networks and Cybersecurity. In global Cybersecurity competitions, UMGC has consistently ranked high, internationally. Furthermore, I can study online, and it does not cost beyond my budget. Also, I am undergoing a few job screenings: I can probably pay a portion out of pocket. In addition, I can earn some industry certifications: Regent University partially prepared me for certifications including CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+, but I graduated in December 2018, and I have not tried those exams, since then. 

Consider an old proverb.

In ancient times, an old proverb was probably given by Solomon, King of Israel. Solomon (KJV) wrote, "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding" (Pro 23:23). In the New Testament church, Jesus the Christ came to save many people alive, he is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, and he freely gave himself (Luke 19:10, John 14:6, Romans 6:23). Even though I cannot buy the truth, saving calling another man instructor or Master, I can buy wisdom and understanding. And this seems like a good idea to beef up my resume: I shall try it, but I shall remain enrolled in my JHU Master's program for safekeeping.

May 04, 2021

On Tech Industry Divorces: How They Should Not Have Happened and What Could Have Been

On the Wall Street Journal, today, Paul Ziobro, updated an article, Bill and Melinda Gates to Divorce After 27 Years. Ziobro headlined his article this way: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bills Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, who is co-chair of their philanthropic foundation, are ending their 27-year marriage, according to a statement posted on both their verified Twitter accounts (link)

Divorce is Often Happening in the Tech Industry’s Leadership

Furthermore, Ziobro mentioned the official divorce petition was filed by this couple on May 3, 2021 in King County Superior Court within Washington state (Ziobro, 2021). They have some asset separation agreement with their division in mind. Next, Bill and Melinda Gates are parents to 3 children. Also, this couple formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together: it is a billion-dollar charity Bill and Melinda Gates have invested their fortune for needy communities. 

Other billionaire technology couples including Google’s Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, (link) and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott, have divorced. But in American society, there is a well known connection between marriage and responsibility. Take a brief look at this Prager University lesson:

The Legendary Light Bearing Savior

According to legend, Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ, claimed the Law and the Prophets were totally against divorce. Against a man giving his wife a writing of divorcement, probably Matthew wrote Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery” (KJV, Matthew 5:32). Thus, divorce must not be a matter of convenience or expedience, but a last resort against poverty, something loving pleasure (fornication’s purpose, Peter Singer and John Piper) brings on a household. 

This is about a sense of decency.

In contrast to contemporary senses of decency, I believe this: as Jesus Christ said, unless the reason for a marriage dispute is a wife’s fornication, or by a husband’s own measurement, his own fornication, the marriage dispute ought to end with the marriage intact. This is for social reasons, 1st of all: marriage often protects family members from emotional and intellectual development going wrong. But unfortunately, with fornication so rampant in society, today, going wrong is seen as a niche. There is also the financial defense: poverty and many of its challenges are directly strategized against during marriage by the husband and wife, and this is passed to the next generation. But technology leaders have added incentives for continuing their marriages due to good pay and low unemployment: philanthropic legacies and generational employment. In philanthropy, entire communities make efforts to improve social conditions like raising a child. And in a company where leaders have their children work their ways up the ranks, fairly, we can look forward to families staying safe and flourishing even in tough times due to middle class and higher wealth securities. 

Image is everything.

In almost every case, divorce is the opposite of financial wisdom: it brings uncertainty, confusion, and unnecessary stress on a family. Readers, if you ever want to marry, do not do it because of convenience or expedience, nor end it for these reasons. For each reader, your significant other shall thank you.

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