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Posted by Michael Patterson on December 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

As a member of the church, the principles of “honesty”, “responsibility”, “duty” have been drilled in my head for years. Primary, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Young Men, Missionary Service…Marriage! the list goes on, all have taught with one resounding voice that we must seek to be good ethical people. The challenge becomes to somehow hold these standards wherever I am asked to stand; The business world included. Many think that in order to be successful, ...

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Position VLOG

Posted by Michael Patterson on December 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (1)

We live in a changing world. The two articles in question were written in 2001, over 13 years ago. One statement began with: “If you choose to connect to the internet…”. This statement shocked me. Internet access has made a steady transition from luxury to necessity over the last decade. Previous guidance to keep computers in public areas has also changed dramatically. What was once easy with a desktop has become near impossible with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and now ev...

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Digital Media

Posted by Michael Patterson on November 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (4)

As a computer scientist the digital world is part of my real world. At least thats what I tell myself. The articles in the reading were very relevant to me. As a computer person, they immediately put me on the defensive. After reading them with forced humility, I found very valid points in them. One being: “Do you find yourself checking the same sites repeatedly within a short period of time”. Admittedly, Yes, too often. I’ve always held the position that digital media is ok...

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Book Post: Reality is Broken

Posted by Michael Patterson on November 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (2)

The book I read was called Reality is Broken, I obtained permission to read this book from Professor Dougal although it was not on the book list given to us. 

Every day the world collectively plays millions of hours of video games. The virtual soldiers piloted by the gamers of the world outnumber any of the collective armies on planet Earth. Jane McGonigal in her book “Reality is Broken” studies the positive effects of video games on humans and how we...

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Constructive Laziness

Posted by Michael Patterson on November 11, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (1)

While I don't claim to be a great programmer, I try to imitate one. An important trait of the great ones is constructive laziness.

-The Cathedral and the Bazaar


For those that don’t understand coding, it essentially breaks the rules. In coding, borrowing code, whether your own, or others is not only okay, its recommended. One of the first skills coders learn is h...

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Where are the Women?

Posted by Michael Patterson on November 6, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As usual there is a great woman behind every idiot.

-John Lennon

I always noticed that there are much less women in my computer science classes than in my other classes. Some basic statistics from my life include: 0 female CS Professors at BYU, 0 female developers at my current job, 1 female dev over the course of all my CS jobs, and less than 10 percent female students in any of my CS classes. I honestly don't know why there aren't more women in my field ...

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Thank You Google

Posted by Michael Patterson on October 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (3)

"Yes, Bank of America took my home. Yes, Taco Bell gave me diarrhea. And sure, GM tried to kill me. But Time Warner [Cable] and Comcast are the worst. They are the worst." - John Oliver


Early this summer John Oliver spoke on evils of the cable company. This year however has brought wonderful changes in the internet. Google got bored and decided to offer internet that is 100 times faster than what Comcast is currentl...

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Going Cuckoo

Posted by Michael Patterson on October 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Clif Stoll did a fantastic job recounting his experience chasing a hacker. Through his book he presented the frustration of perpetually going nowhere. The reader is put through a similar experience as they anticipate for nearly 200 pages for an anticlimatic finish. At around the 50 page mark I remember thinking there would be no way the author could stay on the same routine for the rest of the book. I was wrong. Cliff somehow stretched his story out nearly as far as the hacker danced around h...

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Windows wakes up

Posted by Michael Patterson on October 2, 2014 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The anticipated announcement of the next Windows OS has finally arrived, and with big news. Microsoft is skipping Windows 9 and releasing Windows 10 next fall. As the users have requested for nearly 2 years the "start menu" will return better than ever before. A surprising development is that the beta for the new operating system starts immediately. I am really impressed with this bold move. Distancing themse...

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Genealogy Lines

Posted by Michael Patterson on September 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Geneaogy has always had a special place in my family. My great-grandfather passionately believed that in order to usher in the second coming, the saints needed to hasten the work for the dead. He lived with this conviction. The last 20 years of his life in retirement were spent immersed in the world of genealogy. In increments of 2 to 3 hours at a time, Glen Patterson would spend between 8-10 hours daily doing name extraction. Shortly prior to his death he received an award for his outstandin...

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