I am James Dalton and this is my blog about computers and math. My love of math started in the 7th grade with pre-algebra. By the time I graduated high school I had taken every math class they offered. My first computer was a TI 99/4A in ’82. I would hook it up to the family TV and use a tape recorder to save the programs I copied out of magazines.
I earned a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Math from JMU in ’91. I had originally wanted that the other way round or a double major. Unfortunately math and I parted ways when the numbers disappeared from the book. I still love math, but advanced calculus was all about the theories and the proofs always seemed like circular logic to me. Never did understand it.
I’m also working on my Masters. I’ve always wanted to get a Masters just couldn’t find the right program. It’s going to be a lot of work so I wanted to make sure it covered material I wanted to know more about and couldn’t learn on my own. When I saw this JMU Masters in InfoSec I realized I had finally found the right program.
Why am I writing a blog? I would rather write in 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001. Part of it is I need to get used to writing again both for work and grad school. I also see it as a way to document what I’ve learned. One of my co-workers is always saying the best way to learn is to teach. I’m hoping that applies to blogging as well and by putting it in a blog hopefully it will also help someone else.