Polaris began its beta testing on February 22, 2017. Over the past two weeks, over 250 students, duty crew members, duty administrators (DA), and weekend coordinators have started using Polaris. From such as diverse group of users, I have received much valuable feedback and made adjustments to Polaris accordingly. In this week’s blog post, I will detail some of the user responses and how they are addressed.
A lot of people have asked me about Polaris since its launch. The question is usually brought up during brief conversations:
A person would ask, “Hey Kevin, how’s Polaris going?”
My reply is always very terse: “Pretty well!”
“Good! When is it going to be available?”
Over the past week, I have been working very closely with the technology office to deploy Polaris. To my surprise, my first week’s work has turned out to be very challenging. I have encountered numerous problems with both the server and Polaris itself. In this blog post, I will be discussing some of these problems as well as the lessons I learned from them.
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania — January 20, 2017 — The Polaris Team today announced Polaris, a revolutionary departure management system designed specifically for the Weekend Program at Westtown School. Polaris replaces the current SignUpGenius®, an event organizer, and offers a responsive design, Google® integration, Alchemy℠, manageability optimizations, data analytics along with many other features.
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Exams. They are something all of us as students have to deal with, and something most of us never like to do. They are a lot of work and a lot of stress, mostly because they are often a huge percentage of our final grades. And of course, we normally have to take them back-to-back, which only makes the whole experience that much worse. Continue reading
Time runs fast this year and I still haven’t done all I need to do for the semester. Senior year has been quite busy for me with all college applications, class load, and projects. But the good thing is, the two projects I include in this semester’s independent seminar keep themselves in the good shape so far and keep progressing. Since this is the last blog before the final presentation, I’d like to wrap up what I’ve gotten right now. Continue reading
I hope you aren’t counting on another computer science blog this week; because this won’t be one. I’m here to talk about totally unrelated things and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. I promise you, at least I hope, it will makes sense.
Instead of writing a routine update, I’d like to dedicate this blog to a reflection on the work I have done for the past eight weeks. I will first discuss what I have learned from the project. Then, I will identify, if not address, the problems I have encountered over the course of this quarter. Finally, I will plan for further projects and establish a set of more attainable goals.
So far, my independent project has been a fascinating and instructive experience. I’ve learned so much about decision making which is really what game theory is all about. When studying dominated strategies, I learned about the idea of a strictly wrong choice. Through Nash Equilibrium I learned about the existence of a no regret choice for all players. And I’ve also learned about how outside factors can effect a Nash Equilibrium. Continue reading