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Bobby Brady

MOOC junkie. IT professional. Junior DevOps. Interests in Data Science, Security Research and Cyber Law.

Bobby Brady

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Software Security

Written 3 years ago
Challenging course, goes beyond most security MOOC's by incorporating projects that have the student analyze and exploit test code. Some of the most detailed explanations of overflows i have seen in online learning.

Need a strong background in C and Assembly to be successful in at least the first half.

Dropped about halfway thru only because it was the same material I took in my Stanford security program.

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Bobby Brady dropped this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Survey of Forensics

Written 3 years ago
This course was self paced within the months it was available. Sections were very short, broad and lacking in detail. Gave a very high level overview a number of unrelated types of forensics such as genetics, crime scene, fingerprinting and digital. The material was so basic I finished the entire thing in a 24 hour period.

Felt more like an advertisement for Stevenson's Forensics Master's Degree than a MOOC.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

College Algebra

Written 3 years ago
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Bobby Brady audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story

Written 3 years ago
One of my all time favorite MOOC's. Introduced me to assembly, cyber crime research and was the motivation for my shift towards the information security industry.

Mostly theory and lecture with some x86 assembly, debugging and C sprinkled in. In order to get a verified certificate you had to analyze a file in a debugger to find a secret message.

Leonardo's work on the sinkholed Torpig botnet was an exciting and rare focus for the class and shouldn't be missed.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

CS188.1x: Artificial Intelligence

Written 3 years ago
I took this course after attempting the first iteration of Caltech's Learning From Data. I enjoyed the material and lectures immensely and consider it one of the best artificial intelligence courses available online. The quizzes effectively reinforced everything you learned and the programming project was an agent based pacman game. Brilliant. you absolutely need a solid foundation in probability, intelligent agents and expertise in at least one object oriented programming language.

Seriously hoping Dan Klein and company will resurrect this course for another run.
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Bobby Brady partially completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Computer Science 101

Written 3 years ago
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Surveillance Law

Written 3 years ago
Stanford professor Jonathan Mayer is one of the leading figures in privacy & surveillance law right now, and for that fact alone this course is worth its weight in gold.

The tone is very objective and avoids taking any sides. There is a lot of legal language and terms but Jonathan works thru it all slowly with you. He covers all of the controversial topics such as PRISM, bulk collection of emails and metadata, foreign surveillance etc. There are weekly quizzes with case law research and you need to get a 70% or higher for a certificate. Hardest part of the class was staying on task and completing before the deadlines.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Neural Networks for Machine Learning

Written 3 years ago
This is one of those chance in a lifetime courses you have to get to learn from the greats. Geoffrey Hinton was one of the most important and influential researchers to work on artificial intelligence and neural nets back in the 80's. Currently he is working with Google in their AI/deep learning initiatives.

The lectures are complex but Geoffrey does a really good job of providing detailed explanations. The course is mostly theory based and heavy on calculus and linear algebra with only a few programming exercises. I would categorize this within the same space as Yaser Abu-Mostafa's Learning From Data.

There were 15 total quizzes of which you only had 2 attempts. Since i was had very little experience with Calculus and was still cutting my teeth on Python i had to let this one go. I plan on taking this again at some point in the future, but it looks the course has been archived.
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Bobby Brady partially completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Learning From Data (Introductory Machine Learning)

Written 3 years ago
Groundbreaking course derived from the original CalTech telecourse, that introduces you to the theoretical and mathematical concepts behind many machine learning algorithms and models. Provides with you no background material, so you must be competent in your prerequisites before beginning. In addition to having a concrete understanding of Statistics, Probability, Linear Algebra & Calculus be prepared to effectively use at least one object oriented or functional programming language.

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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 11 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Intro to HTML and CSS

Written 2 years ago
The title is a tad incorrect, this course is not an Introduction to HTML and CSS. You must already know all your html tags, attributes, elements and css selectors. What it is really great at though, is providing the student with solid knowledge of topics not often covered in regular web design courses, such as responsive grid designs, media queries, google fonts and css frameworks. It's quick, to the point and gives you everything necessary to build a nice modern but simple web page with marketable tools.
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Bobby Brady completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Responsive Web Design Fundamentals

Written 2 years ago
This course offers up a lot of industry standard tips and tricks. Having played with responsive sites for a few years now, it really provided me with a surprising amount of information on DIPs, Viewports and the proper use of Media Queries. I have not seen content like this elsewhere as most courses simply iterate the syntax over and over again without explaining the why (think Code Academy). The in-browser tests used with Chrome Dev Tools for the mini quizzes was a fantastic addition that I hope to see used more often. To get the most out of this course you need a solid foundation of HTML & CSS to understand the concepts here.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Responsive Images

Written 2 years ago
Fantastic little course that is full of professional tidbits on image optimization, responsiveness, quality and web fonts. After completion I was able to create my own automated image optimization environment with Grunt and Image Magick. I still dont quite get the final section on using srcset, media queries and the picture polyfill together (where the browser chooses the image it thinks is best) never really worked out for me. At any rate it is very successful in introducing some advanced image rendering techniques and will encourage you to research more.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Full Stack Foundations

Written 2 years ago
This was a true disappointment. Riddled with errors that made completing the material impossible and an instructor who just copied and pasted code without explaining any of it. I spent all of my time teaching myself outside of Udacity how to use Flask & SQLAlchemy with multiple flavors of databases. This class was the reason I quit the Full Stack Nanodegree.
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Bobby Brady completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.