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For anyone that has not talked to me in the past few weeks, I wanted to let you know that I officially accepted an offer to work for Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. I will be starting there this summer in June. I will be entering through the Cisco Choice Program as a Software Engineer which I will explain in a little more detail below.

Before starting work, Dad, William, and I will be taking a cross country road trip (similar to the one I took to get to California for my internship last summer) This time we will be taking the more southern route to get a different view along the way. Of course pictures of the trip and progress will be posted.

Now on to the details about Cisco Choice…

Cisco Choice for full time is very similar to the process of my internship in that I will get to select the department I wish to work with. The main difference this time is we are armed with a little more information. With the internship you are picking with a more limited view of the group based on a summary provided for each group participating. For full time the process is much more in depth.

It starts out with a week of introductions and presentations by the various groups and managers. Week 2 allows us to interview potential groups we are interested and get an idea of what some of the interesting projects they are working on. Finally you select the top several choices and after Week 3 you start working with that group.

Now all that is left is to finish one more semester at Purdue. Here is hoping that Senioritis doesnt kick in too early ;-)

Even my iPod wants to go back to California

As many of you may know, I am very eager to graduate and head back out to California. However, last night I discovered that my iPod seemed just as eager to do the same… I was playing with the new Google Earth application which features location detection. Basically, all you do is press a button and it zeroes in on your location. At first it worked as expected, followed by some interesting results

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Cisco Choice Choices

As I mentioned before in a post not so long ago, I was accepted into Cisco’s  Choice Program for an internship this summer in San Jose, CA. In this program I actually get to choose what department I want to work for during the summer. In order for them to place me into a department, I was asked to pick my top 3 departments:

1. ETG – Emerging Technology Group
Creates solutions in new and adjacent markets built around advanced video, voice, and data communications.

2. CDO Ops
Enhance productivity and operating efficiency in the CDO organization, improve hardware and software quality across Cisco products and systems

3. NMTG – Network Management Technology Group
Implements network management solutions capability for Cisco products and supporting key Cisco markets.

I am hoping for Emerging Technology as it sounds like they work with a diverse range of technologies and are always on the bleeding edge of development and technology.

Flex: Word Tools

I created a small utility in Flex designed to assist RA’s and others at Purdue when designing bulletin boards. This utility takes a string and returns a breakdown of all the characters contained therein. How is this useful you ask? Well, when it comes time to cut out letters it is very nice to easily calculate that you need 5 letter E’s, 4 letter C’s etc. Source and application will eventually be posted to my projects site.

Here is the application example embedded in the site:

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Note: This requires Flash Player 9 to run properly.