What I’m Learning
This week I had the opportunity of working with various individuals that really expanded a few technical aspects of my life. I was included in a few meetings at NREL in which the main discussion was purchase orders for new equipment and ATO (authority to operate) procedures. This was especially eye-opening because it broadened my view on how important proposals and documentation is when investing time and monetary resources. There are multiple groups working on implementing these new systems over a huge time span, so that’s pretty interesting to see.
On a more technical note, I really immersed myself in the world of dev-ops and end-to-end communication between software stacks. I challenged myself to create a visual representation of one computer pinging another over the network in real-time. Initially, the task seems straight forward and simple, but to have an effective representation of the process takes a bit of technical prowess to complete.
Creating An End-to-End Packet Capture Visualization
In addition to my various web-dev projects, I’ve engulfed myself in intrusion detection systems (IDS). The main system that I’ve been using is formally known as Bro, but more recently referred to as Zeek. I won’t go too far into detail, however, the main object that I’ve been slaving over for weeks is creating special rules that will filter VERY specific values – not a fun time. Nonetheless, I’m hoping that this seemingly impossible task will lead to a pretty cool publication by the end of my summer internship.
Other than that, I have – of course – been super involved with developing my React web application which is coming along quite nicely. The primary improvements include Heroku deployment, better CSS styling, and cool Material-ui add-ons.
Overall, It’s been a decently productive week. I honestly can’t wait for that juicy paycheck on Friday! Stay tuned for more exciting things to come!