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Necesity is the mother of invention. Well, that's the case for now, but I still think it's a crock. I'm taking Spanish and I find that I can't remember all my words. So, I'm going to ressurect my ancient Pascal SpanishMaster program. It was written for DOS and had it's own input technique which was pretty dope at the time (simulated deadkeys.) Now I'm going to reincarnate it into Spanish Master TWO POINT OH! (echo, echo, echo) It will be written in wxWindows because I'd like to have a Windows version and 'cause I'm always learning. You'll soon realize that I like to learn something and then rarely if ever use it from that point on. For example, Motif. I can program Motif, but I dumpped it and went for GTK. Now I'm going for wxWindows.

Anyway, more on SM2. It will save a master list of words and let you look through it like a dictionary. It will also let you create quiz lists in preperation of unit quizzes. The program will (hopefully) remember which words you look up in dictionary mode and how often you get words right in the quiz so it can fine tune your tests. This will probably be the most difficult part to implement after wxWidnows. I'm also looking for a graphics designer to make a nice SM2 logo :) For once I actually care how my program is going to look.

I'm also getting back into Z80 assembly. I'm polishing off my Radical Reducer (as seen on ticalc.org) for the TI83. I wrote this like three years ago and found it to be extremely stupid in design. :) I found a TI-Basic program that did the same thing and going to use the algorithim used there and plug it into my assembly program. Why? Assembly is FASTER and it will look much nicer when you run it. So look forward to that as well.

Wow, I'm doing so much. I just hope I don't forget to do them in all this excitement. :)
Pues, mis amigos, ¡chao! (you gotta love those deadkeys)

23 Sep 2000 (updated 23 Sep 2000 at 19:14 UTC) »

Okay, I haven't been doing much since I've been going back to school. I've been swamped with homework and school just leaves me too wasted to program. :) It seems my sleeping habits need readjustment and that means no caffeine after school. :( I actually did manage to bang out two programs before school, Alarm and Pig. Alarm is usable, but for some reason the eSound process leaves a core file behind. Can someone fix that for me? Both programs were made for the heck of it, (but I acutally use alarm to remind myslef that the Invisible Man is playing on SCI-FI! Too bad I forgot to set an alarm yesterday.) I've decided NOT to make a FreeBSD ports manager because the fatures that I'd put in it were already provided w/ console commands, so making it would only be academic. I'm looking for programming projects peoples! Help me fight the boredom! For now I'll just be working on my webpage and maybe to a regular article on stuff I see in the news. *shrug*

My preliminary webpage is up (see url above.) I'm starting to learn GTK+ so I can possibly create a ports manager for FreeBSD. Hopefully I won't get bored or forget about it before I start. :)

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