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An “accident” during my final defense

August 12, 2008

[This is my diary post to record what I had done during my PhD life.]

You cannot be always aware of something is coming. In my case, I got a shot during my Ph.D final defense. The question was thrown out by my friend, a Ph.D student, let’s call him A, as the first question after my presentation. His question was about the “critical state soil mechanics” and its discussion about the settlement caused by liquefaction.

Well, I admitted that I had no idea, totally blank in my head, about this question. I 100% forgot the meaning of critical state soil mechanics. I believed that my face turned pale in few seconds. My advisor and other committee members tried to recall me the definition of critical state soil mechanics and guided me through the point my friend A was interested.

I finally remembered the detail and interacted with my advisor to answer the question. Whoooooooo. It was close, and I was kind of lucky. Because this question cost almost 45 minutes, not much time was left for other questions. Therefore, I didn’t encounter any more serious “accidents” in the meeting. God bless me!

Although my friend made me worry about the defense at some degree, I really appreciated for his support and the effects of his shot. Thank you, A.

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Say Hello to my PhD

August 12, 2008

[This is my diary post to record what I had done during my PhD life.]

It was a great moment when I was told that I passed my final examination for doctoral degree. It was Friday, July 18, 2008. After almost three hours of presentation and Q & A, I achieved my final goal. Yes, I became a Doctor of Philosophy since then.

Actually I was not as nervous as I expected. I had rehearsed my presentation three times with my advisor. I was worried about my timing of presentation because I spent too much time during my rehearsals. However, it was miracle, as my advisor said later, that I spoke fluently and presented my slides smoothly like a movie. Yeah, I was kind of proud of this. This is my precious memory of a graduate student in UW.

I would like to share the glory moment with my family, especially my wife. Without their support and believing in me, I wouldn’t overcome so many difficulties and achieve my goal. I Love You All, FOREVER!

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iPhone: Dev-Team Pwnage Tool RELEASED!!

April 3, 2008

Great news! Dev-team had released their long-waited Pwnage tool, a brand new way to unlock iPhone. Read news at iPlus Pwns and Dev-Team’s Pwnage Announcement.

Pwnage Tool is really a powerful tool for unlocking iPhone. It uses iTunes to unlock iPhone. Yeah, you read it right. Pwnage Tool uses modified *.ipsw file (firmware) and restore your iPhone with the “hacked” *.ipsw file via iTunes. When restoring finished, you get a jailbroken/activated/unlocked iPhone. Oh, Yeah!

Tutorials for Pwnage Tool can be found at

Enjoy~

[posted with ecto]

Unlock 1.1.4 iPhone

March 22, 2008

Ihave an OTB 1.1.2 iPhone and I had upgraded it to 1.1.4 and unlock it without any problem. I found several GREAT websites with detail tutorials and useful tools to help iPhone Lovers to unlock their iPhones. Here is the list of websites I usually visit.

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My iPhone !!

February 3, 2008

[This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

I bought my first iPhone last November. I really like this shiny elegant gadget. I think every Mac user should have one iPhone to “complete” his/her collections. I had spent a lot of time on my new toy. How to jailbreak it, how to download new apps, how to upgrade to new firmware,…etc. I am really addicted to iPhone. I wrote a lot of posts about iPhone at iPhone 4 Taiwan under the name of “Niner”. Visit it if you can read Chinese.

Anyway, I will keep working on tuning my iPhone. I love it so much. Go Apple! Go iPhone!

[posted with ecto]

Say Hello to Leopard !!

October 28, 2007

I just upgraded my Macbook Pro from Tiger to Leopard. Super Great!! Leopard is the latest Mac OS X released by Apple on Oct. 26, 2007. I really like the change brought by Leopard. The working flow speeds up a lot. It makes my daily work more easier and efficient. Now I plan to boost up my RAM to 4GB. Then I should drive the Leopard in full excitement. Oh, Yeah ~

Complaint: VB.Net’s lack of statistical computation

June 18, 2007

[This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

I use VB.Net to program my liquefaction-related seismic hazards evaluation system. I use statistical computation a lot. I found that VB.Net cannot perform statistical estimation directly, such as computations of normal and lognormal distribution. I have to find the mathematical expressions, then try to compute them by VB.Net. There are many well-built third-party softwares providing excellent accuracy and efficiency of statistical calculation for VB.Net. But, they are expensive too. As a student, I can’t afford it. These commonly used statistical computations can be found as functions in Excel. I wonder how Excel computes these statistics and so fast. I wish I can dig out the VB scripts Excel uses for statistics. It is not hard to perform statistical computation in VB.Net, is it?

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This weekend: June 16 – 17

June 17, 2007

[This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

This past Saturday, June 16, was my birthday. Ya, happy birthday to me. This was a lonely birthday, because my family was not with me. I am alone in America now. It’s OK. I can focus more on my research and get it finished as soon as possible. So, what I did in Saturday? Nothing was special. I went for shopping with my friend, Robert, at Costco and Uwajmaya, a Japanese supermarket located in Seattle downtown. We had lunch of burgers bought from Kid’s Valley, drank Guiness beer, and watched baseball game. After lunch, I stayed at my studying room watching a Taiwan competition show (超級星光大道) on YouTube. I liked the show so much, and it is so hot in Taiwan. Everybody is talking about it.

Sunday, I wake up nearly at noon. I did the laundry, pre-ordered Harry Porter #7 at Brnes & Noble, and had a soy-milk Mocha while reading the magazine of Mac Life on the couch. Nice and relaxing time it was. Then, I am writing this post.

That’s it, so far. I plan to dig into my Visual Basic codes tonight for my liquefaction-related project. I hope it would be a sunny day tomorrow.

Update: My general exam

June 17, 2007

[This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

Finally, my general exam was held on Thursday, May 31. As I expected, the oral presentation of my general exam went through smoothly, after my three to four times of rehearsal with my boss. One thing needed to be noted that there was one committee member missing because of an unchangeable schedule conflict. Well, it was not my fault, and we still had sufficient professors attending the meeting. I felt very nervous, of course, when I stood in front of audience. Sooner, I felt nothing about my nervousness when I concentrated myself on the presentation. The whole meeting went on in the atmosphere of satisfaction. I didn’t get any critical question to my PhD proposal. I can say that I pass the exam with “soft landing”.

Anyway, I passed the exam, which is really a great thing in my PhD life.

Great News

May 17, 2007

[This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

Oh, ya~ I just finished my general proposal. There are five chapters in my proposal. My boss had reviewed most of them, and I revised them chapter by chapter. The first four chapters are about literature reviews. The last one is my scope of work. The reason my general proposal is completed so late is because I had been gone for past two weeks.

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