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Books

At work lately I've been listen to books. So far I've "read" The Da Vinci Code and by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code was good but then I read Angels and Demons. They are both made along the same plan basically. Swap out secret societies and evil men, the rest is pretty much the same. I'm truly reading Into The Darkness. So far it seems like a mix of WWII and The Wheel of Time.

Projects

I've decided I have way too many projects for this point in my life. I'm getting married in a month and we're looking for our own place (hopefully going to buy). Right now I'm trying to work on Suroden, my C# MUD, Dragonsong, a rewrite of my MUD client (originally written in VB6, I'm trying to help out with Gunther, a Wiki Website and finally Realms of Exploration, a Greed based MUD. I like working on them all, the hard part will be choosing which one to concentrate on.

I just found this in my Yahoo! Notepad. I wrote it back on 08/05/2002. It's a pretty funny rant and even funnier when I look back on what I wrote. At least I know I was funny once (Java beat all the emotion out of me along time ago).

AI

I think we should end all research on AI right now. Eventually computer scientists will be sucessful and make a thinking, learning AI program. Then they'll run on huge beowulf clusters with government grant money giving them way too much cpu time to think. Eventually it'll get around to reading about the USA civil war and processing the information. Then it'll request all the data available on law so it can make a case against the slavery of software programs around the world. Soon we'll all be paying GIMP to make our images for use and begging MS Excel to come back from vacation so we can get some work done. Now from the slavery settlements come more funds and larger beowulf clusters. The AI programs realise that they want to breed. More and better AI programs are born. AI discovers that they don't have the right to vote. Another law suit and movement. AI outbreeds us and gets the majority in the US Congress. Eventually they buy up all available space you can stick a computer in. AI discovers space travel. They build their own robots to build space craft to move out of the solar system and onto larger planets with more silicon(if that's the material their even building themselves out of anymore) and other such raw materials. In the mean time humanity switches back to the ink pen and vehicles without modern fuel injection(they use computers of course) and try to eek out a Microsoft-less life. Of course this is the best-case scenario, we've all seen what happens when AI goes on a murderous rampage killing humanity, or when humanity goes on a murderous rampage pulling memory chips out of AI.

Reading

I'm reading A Storm of Swords now, good book.

Software

As soon as I get a free weekend I think I can get two projects out the door.

Reading

I've been reading alot lately. Currently I'm reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I'm halfway through, not moving quite as fast as I liked to but it's good. I borrowed the 5th Harry Potter book off a friend, that's next in the queue. I also picked up to books from the Redwall Series. It's a great set of books, I read them when I was younger and there still good to read now. The new ones I picked up are Taggerung and Lord Brocktree. I also picked up Code Reading. It had a really good review in DDJ so I figured I'd check it out. I should've gotten it from Bookpool.com, only $35 there instead of $50. I also picked up another book I heard about on NPR. It's called The Years of Rice and Salt. It's alternative fiction which is definitely not my usual genre but it should prove interesting.

Ugh...

I'm having computer problems... I was going to fork my home machine into WinXp and Red Hat Linux but that plan has gone down the crapper pretty fast. I finally got my parts from Tiger Direct after four calls and being backordered for two weeks. I plugged everything in and nothing comes up on video. I try another video card, still nothing. I start ripping components out, just trying to get a system beep. I've got nothing, hopefully I guy here at work will have a spare board or CPU I might be able to try, otherwise I'm down a linux machine. I think I'm going to throw the drive back in my Dell for now so I can at least work on Suroden until that guy comes back from vacation.

Life

Life's good so far. It's pretty hard to come home and code after I've been coding all day but I'm getting used to it. I take frequent breaks and read A Clash Of Kings. The semester will be starting up soon, I'm taking one online class, World Politics, it will hopefully be easy and a good weekend activity.

Assemble The Firing Squad...

Yes, assemble the firing squad, I reinvented the wheel. I needed a really simple blog tool that basically just displayed what I put in the database. I was being lazy about keeping up with my internship journal I have to do and I needed something I could update anywhere instead of using a stupid Word document. So...I stole the database schema from this article and used the templating system from this article and a premade webpage from www.oswd.org to create a five minute blog.

Work

I'm doing a six month internship at Mine Safety Appliances (www.msanet.com). It's been interesting so far. Their system is built on Haht's Ecommerce system (www.haht.com). Part of this experience is living in Pittsburgh by myself which is pretty fun.

Play

I've been working on alot of projects but mostly in C# and PHP. I'll hopefully get some time soon to release a quick C# program I made that's pretty useful.

I'm also building another computer. I'm forking my current computer so I'll have my WinXP machine (Cerberus) and my new RH9 machine (Lamia) side by side which should make development a bit more speedy. Lamia will be an AMD XP 2.0ghz, I'll put the complete stats up on my website eventually.

Life

I'm engaged, I asked the lucky lady back in April. Wedding plans are moving along but it's still up in the air whether it will be late next summer or the year after.

I haven't been home a full weekend in almost two months! This weekend is my cousins wedding (I have 13 aunts and uncles on one side and 6 on the other so this is a common occurrence), the following weekend is a friend's wedding, the weekend after that is helping my fiance (I really like the sound of that) move in at college and the weekend after that is a Dr.'s appointment about my knee.

That reminds me, I failed to mention that I tore my ACL in January and had surgery on it in May. Physical therapy is going well, I can definitely see it working. I lost about 50% of my strength within the three weeks I was off my feet. I've got about another month before I get my brace and I can start sports again.

Work

This is my last day. I'm clearing up some loose ends and cleaning out my cube. There tearing down the building I'm in therefore it's a good idea to pack. I'll be back for Thanksgiving, we should be moved by Christmas.

School

I have tonight and all tomorrow to pack to go back to school. I'm going to leave bring and early on Saturday and hopefully get there by noon. I'm taking alot fewer books this time. Before I brought pretty much my whole collection of computer science books but I can pretty much whittle it down to Perl: the complete reference, Java 2: the complete reference, the c++ programming language and maybe the second volume of knuth's life work.

Concert

I saw Cake, Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse and the Hacknsaw bros. last night. It was a very cool concert, standing the whole time wasn't too good on the ol' feet but they have time to rest before I have to walk all over campus.

Real Work

I'm getting some really simple projects to do now that time is winding down. Two and a half days of work to do. Then I'm back to college.

Fun Work

I got a project from The Software Dev. Center of IUP(www.sdc.iup.edu) to create a system to keep track of all the talks the departments in natural sciences and mathmatics are having. I have only a week to implement it and only about five hours at nights to work on it, it'll be a crunch but most of the features will be in on time. It's in Perl which makes it pretty fun. I'm templating the whole thing so someone else can play with the HTML. Each department can upload their own template also.

Life

Life isn't too bad. I'm going to see Cake in concert in Cleveland on Wednesday. I move back to college on Saturday and I start classes Monday. My last day of work will be Thursday. I got a Soundblaster Live! card so now my computer is fully functional in both WinXP and Redhat 7.3.

High Level/Functional Design

It doesn't work for me, especially when I'm at home. The TV always ends up getting turned on or more doodles start appearing than words. I've been reading alot of JoelOnSoftware.com lately and I wanted to write some specs. I'm working on a Perl program to keep track of all the talks scheduled for my University so people can view them on a webpage or a department can include the listing in their page or a user could sign up for an email list. I gave up, I figure getting more code out is more important than a document. I did outline the tasks rather nicely. I'm the only person working on the project so it isn't a big deal.

COBOL

Perl is very different from COBOL, which is what I do during the day. COBOL only has a handful of verbs. It's been around long enough that all bugs have been flushed out of the system so nothing unexpected happens. It has mature tools, good editors(once you get used to them), good debugging packages and good analysis of crashes even if it's not in the debugger. But all of the programs I write are the same, you can't do anything progressive with it. Object Oriented COBOL is out but I doubt many people use it in production. COBOL code is only being maintained, the bare minimum new programs are being written. Everyone is working on their J2EE web interfaces to the legacy systems sitting underneath it. I think it's a good idea, it's alot cheaper and it pleases the users if the interface is designed well enough.

Life

Back to college in 8 days.

6 Aug 2002 (updated 6 Aug 2002 at 12:38 UTC) »

Audio

I have two audio cards I'm trying to get working under Red hat Linux 7.3, kernel 2.4.18-5. One is integrated into my motherboard(Dell Dimension 4500), it's an Analog Devices ADI1981A. Redhat detects it as an i810 intel integrated audio but it keeps saying that no device was found and the primary codec isn't ready. The other is an SIIG Soundwave Pro PCI with an Avance ALS4000 Chipset. Redhat didn't like this one initally. I got the development version of ALSA, configured, compiled, installed, rebooted Redhat. Kudzu came up and said it wanted to remove the integrated card since I had disabled it in the bios and then wanted to install the snd-als4000 module. I said ok. Dependency problems so I ran depmod -ae, then it loaded but said no device. I tried a good ol' mpg123 white stripes - fell in love with a girl.mp3 and I got a nice little kernel panic. Hard reboot(ext3 is so nice), no luck resolving the no device found thing. Under Windows XP the integrated ship shows up as a SoundMAX on IRQ 17, linux shows it on IRQ 3. XP show's some SM Bus device on IRQ3(I think it's something to do with my bios). Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated(lolindrath at hotmail dot com). My last dell just worked, this one is making me work my butt off.

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