Archive for September 2006

Gift cards and Storage

September 29, 2006

Well, nothing is really going on. JJC ran an online survey about their website and offered a random drawing for one of two $25 dollar gift cards. I won one. Decided it was time to move past my sad 12GB 5400RPM drive, to a fancy-shmancy 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Sata drive. It’ll be nice to have breathing room, plus a Linux install again. It did set me back $66.49 out-of-pocket, but when I get my laptop I can just put the HDD into an external enclosure (which I already own). In the end, I’m down to about 53% of the way to the laptop, but I’m hopoing that “Santa” will help me out this Christmas. Oh, yeah, I get walls for my bedroom tomorrow too. Kick ass, eh?

EDIT:

Some quick math showed that if you forget the $100-MIR , I’m about 58.2% of the way there, with only needing $373.18 .

The Adventures in Pascal : CIS 136 (and a laptop!)

September 27, 2006

So a part of me is hating learning to program before taking this class. It’s boring. Well, I shouldn’t say boring . I didn’t learn (Turbo) Pascal, so it does have that benefit, but the concepts are rather painful to go over after learning them already. I decided to put of actual class work to make a Gorillas clone in TP. Should be fun. I should get back to work on Py2P and ImageCloud, but that may have to wait for my lappy. I’m 6/9 ths the way there! Yes!

It has:

  • AMD Turion64 X2 Mobile TL-60 @ 2ghz (512K cache-per-core)
  • 1.0 GB DDR2 RAM (533mhz I think…)
  • nVidia GeForce Go 6150 (Shared, but I’ll make do. Anything with major graphics will get done on my desktop anyway…)
  • 40GB SATA Harddrive (I think 5200 RPM, but I’ll probably end up NewEgg-ing a bigger, faster, cheaper one 🙂 )
  • 15.4″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280×800)
  • 802.11 b/g (Broadcom chipset though, so linux’ll be a pain for wireless)
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
  • 12 Cell Battery (twice the explosive capabilities of the standard 6 Cell ! )

Apple, the iPod, and C programming

September 23, 2006

I like Apple. I REALLY do. They wouldn’t fix my iPod, citing accidental damage or abuse. Not too surprising, I am rather hard on my stuff. I did find a renewed interest in the homebrew mp3 player scene. Make magazine had a couple good examples (http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/08/open_source_mp3_player_kits.html), as is the EchoMP3 Player (http://www.techdesign.be/projects/020/020.htm). I’ll probably end up doing one of those. My iPod works up to the 20gig mark ( or there about) and my sister keeps telling me to just use less than that, but I can’t help fighting the urge to dissasemble it and see it’s guts.

Pascal Class and School in general

September 19, 2006

Why is it that classes feel compelled to assign homework, en masse, when I am just starting to think I can get some time off?  I had an arse-load of Pascal homework due (8 pages of questions, typed in Courier New, 10pt, single spaced, not including the answers) and a group presentation due in English. I was really hoping to get to work on ImageCloud (a gui would be nice…) and maybe try it in C. I am part of the way through Chapter 2 in my C book, and still remembering it all. Enum is the next topic. Can’t complain too much though. It’s nice to be back in school after two years. May not be IIT or UIUC, but it’s progress, and that’s what really matters, no? Oh, my check cleared so Apple is going to fix my iPod now. w00t.

Funny Images

September 17, 2006

I was surfing the internet and stubled onto my old site. I was happy to find my old code, and even more happy to find the following image:

growup

Ubuntu, ARG!

September 14, 2006

Okay. Does anyone else HATE Ubuntu? I’m so frakking tired of hearing about it. Everyone talks about it. It is always on Digg.com, and it irritates the hell out of me. It’s not that perfect. Oh, “Apt-Get/Synaptic is so great.” Um..  Debian anyone? It’s based off it. I’m just tired of people always talking about Ubuntu. There are SO many other distributions out there, that have so many great features that get over looked because of this Ubuntu cloud. I don’t really hate Ubuntu, I think it does help spread the idea and concept of Linux, but I don’t want people to be making Linux and Ubuntu synonymous. That scares me. The elegance of Linux comes from choice. Let’s keep that choice around.

Comics 0wnzrs..

September 10, 2006

http://xkcd.com/c138.html – It’s all I have to say 🙂