Monday, May 21, 2012

Quick update

I've been busy lately and haven't had time to update this blog. I have been working my way through Head First Java book slowly. I am really enjoying this book and the exercises it has. I haven't been able to do as much as I have wanted. The new job is taking up a lot of my time.

10,000 hour to mastery.    
10,000 - 105.25 = 9894.75 hours left   

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Android 4.0 on a tablet

   A couple of days ago I upgraded my Acer A100 tablet  to the new Ice cream sandwich otherwise known as Android 4.0. So far I am liking it and what it does. There is a subtle cosmetic change but the biggest change seems to be under the surface. Better screen touch, scroll, zoom and navigation. Seems to run better and smoother. I am sure that I have only seen a little of what Android 4 offers. I am just glad I was able to install it , now if I could update my phone.

10,000 hour to mastery.    
10,000 - 98 = 9902.0 hours left   

Monday, May 7, 2012

Don't break the chain

I came across a video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1nBYy38J9I
that has an interesting concept called "Don't break the chain".
 I like the idea and have decided to add it to my learning plan. Simply put it is this. If you want to accomplish something , writing for an example. You set the minimum amount you want to do per day. It could be time, lines, sentences, or paragraphs. That is up to you. Then every day that you do it after which  you check off that day on a calendar. You try to do it every day and not break the chain. A simple enough plan  which anyone could do. I have set two major accomplishments. One is Java / Android with at least one hour per day and the second is Spanish with a modest 7 words a week. This does not mean I only do that amount, just that I do at least that amount per day.

10,000 hour to mastery.    
10,000 - 94.75 = 9905.25 hours left   

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Head First Java Book

   I was in Barnes and Noble bookstore today and thought I would have a look at some computer books. I looked over books about Javascript, Apps for Apple and then looked at the Java section. There was a book that caught my eye "Head First Java" 2nd edition by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.
   It looked promising but then I noticed 2 other different books with the same title. One had the same cover as the first book I picked up but was thicker, the other had a different cover  and was the same thickness as the first. After scrutinizing each book  they appeared to be the same . I looked at the publishing dates and they all had the same copyright date. Then I noticed the thicker book  actually had thicker paper, other than that it was the same. I asked the sales clerk what was the difference and he had no idea. Finally I found something that told me. Next to the ISBN number about 3 pages in was something that looked like a date [1/10], the thicker book was [5/8] and the other book was [11/5]. So it was a toss up , do I take the heavier/ thicker book or the newer thinner book. Thicker paper has an advantage of highlighters not bleeding thru but a disadvantage of being heavy. So I went with the thinner paper version. Also there might be corrections in the newer one. All were the same price.

10,000 hour to mastery.    
10,000 - 87.75 = 9912.25 hours left