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 used 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 around 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 am also working on my Masters. I’ve always wanted to get a Masters just couldn’t find the right program. It is going to be a lot of work so I wanted to make sure it covered material I wanted to know more about and could not learn on my own. When I saw this JMU Masters in InfoSec I realized I had finally found the right program. And it has turned out to be more work than I expected, and the blog had to take a back seat. I am one year away from finishing and start my thesis work soon. I hope to blog more over the summer and hopefully a little the next school year.
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 have learned. One of my co-workers is always saying the best way to learn is to teach. I am hoping that applies to blogging as well and by putting it in a blog hopefully it will also help someone else.