[02/23] CS373 Spring 2020: Roger Zhong

What did you do this past week?

This past week has been busy for me. I turned in assignments for AI and Algorithms and took an Algorithms exam on top of that. I have also been working throughout the week to help my organization (ATX Science Olympiad) prepare all the materials and logistics needed to host a competition this Saturday. Saturday itself was extremely exhausting since I woke up with about 4 hours of sleep and kept going until I finally arrived back home at 10pm. Otherwise, I got to know my SWE group members, and we set up a slack channel to brainstorm ideas and schedule meetings.

What’s in your way?

I’ll need to find a way to keep up with my 3 CS courses and contribute to my SWE project. I’ll definitely have to read more about React, SQL, and AWS tools since I have no prior experience with them, but other than that, this week should be slightly more relaxing than last week.

What will you do next week?

I’ll need to meet frequently with my SWE team since we still have lots of work ahead of us. Since I don’t have Algo homework this week, I’ll have more time to work on both of my SWE and AI projects. If I have spare time, I can try to get ahead in my online marketing class just so I can ignore it for a few weeks.

What was your experience of iteration, AWS, and Chef Secure? (this question will vary, week to week)

Downing’s last lecture on iteration opened my eyes to the flexibility of Python that programmers can use to solve problems; however, us students must learn the rules of Python, which is different from some of the more traditional programming languages. I need to make sure I remember these rules since I had no exposure to them before. I have no prior experience of AWS, but I’ve heard good things from people regarding its functionality and ease of use, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with it a little this week. I have also not heard of Chef Secure before Friday, so I’ll do some research on that as well.

What made you happy this week?

The regional tournament my organization hosted ran very smoothly, and we were able to clean everything up and put our supplies back into storage before it got too late. Also, I finally had the window shutter in my apartment fixed.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

If you often use your laptop on battery, undervolting your CPU can be a good way to improve the battery life and operating temperatures of your laptop. Throttlestop is a good tool to use for such a thing. While not directly useful for anything, it still helps your quality of life a fair bit when you are working long hours on a project away from a power outlet. Do note that every CPU is different, and someone else’s results may not reflect your own.

Computer Science Student at UT Austin.