Something I was working on about 15 years ago

Hi, my name is Vince Fumo. I’ve been in the video production business for over 7 years, but have been involved with computers and programming since I was a young boy. I’m currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Software Engineering at Drexel University. I have a 3.90 GPA with 10 courses completed. Even though I have no current work experience in software development, I am extremely qualified to work for Sun. I am an extremely fast learner and have a very high aptitude for programming in any language. I am a seriously devout reader of Wired magazine and every time I see an article about future technology, like Jini for example, I get very frustrated. Frustrated because I know I belong in that field doing future technology research and development. Two of my favorite people from Sun include Bill Joy and Bruce Tognazzini.

Below is just something I wrote one day. I feel that sometimes resumes can’t tell you everything about a person. In my case, that seems especially true because of my work experience. But I feel I have to somehow convey my knowledge and aptitude. The short essay below is a start.

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A Few Things I know…and don’t
By Vincent Fumo

I know the significance of 802.3. I know how to create a linked list in Pascal, C and C++. I know how to make a web page. I used to know how to program graphics on a DOS machine, but I know now that the new compilers won’t let me get to the interrupts I need. I know I’ll need DirectX to do it now. I know 3 different ways to translate an ER Diagram to a relational database. I know how to quit when I’m using vi. I know that the Data Link Layer is the coolest part of any network. I know the components of a URL. I know how to work with an Oracle database. I know the port number for email. I know that ATM cells are 53k. I know how to use UML to design a system. I used to know that the web was really fast. I know why it’s not anymore. I know that a good user interface is the key to making the users happy, but it’s hard to do right. I know getty is the first program called in Unix. I know how to program a window with and without MFC. I know what spanning tree routing is. I know the Internet was really cool before it got popular. I also know what I don’t know.

I don’t know a damn thing about Cobol other than the fact that making 200 grand a year with it does sound a tiny bit appealing. I don’t know what’s going to happen Jan 1, 2000, though I plan on being somewhere warm and safe just in case. I don’t know Windows programming as well as I could. I don’t know how to program a Cisco router, but I’d love to learn.

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