30 Mar 2000 chema   » (Master)

amazon.com

I started a list with amazon.com with comments on my recent purchases here . There are not many comments for now and they are in spanish. I will rewrite them in English, since most of my friends here in Mexico, that would be intrested, can read English. I also sent feedback@amazon.com and Jeff Bezos an email ( please note is NOT e-mail, see below ... ) telling them that because of the patent stupidity I will not purchase from them anymore. I am just bluffing, since I love amazon and I can't help it.

Donald E. Knuth

I have not heard anything about this guy, but I read most of his webpage. I enjoyed the reading, if you haven't read about him visit his here . He seems like THE Computer Science guru, he created TeX and published a set of books called "The art of computer programming", they seem to be like the bible of Computer Science. I also learn that using the word "e-mail" will tend to be replaced in the future. Form his webpage :

"A note on email versus e-mail Newly coined nonce words are often spelled with a hyphen, but the hyphen disappears when the words become widely used. For example, people used to write ``non-zero'' and ``soft-ware'' instead of ``nonzero'' and ``software''; the same trend has occurred for hundreds of other words. Thus it's high time for everybody to stop using the archaic spelling ``e-mail''. Think of how many keystrokes you will save in your lifetime if you stop now! The form ``email'' has been well established in England for several years, so I am amazed to see Americans being overly conservative in this regard. (Of course, ``email'' has been a familiar word in France much longer than in England --- but for an entirely different reason.)"

School

Schools sucks. I do not want to go to school anymore. But what the heck, I am in 8th semester with only 1 1/2 semesters to go. I wish I could spend the time I WASTE in school doing some hacking activity. My mayor is in Electronic Engineer but I don't want to deal with Electronics or Circuits for the following 10 years. It was a nice hobby but not my mission in life !

Althou :

  • the math
  • signal processing
  • linear systems
  • video/audio compression
  • microprocesors / microcontrolers
had proven _very_ usefull and intresting.

GNOME

No gnome hacking for this week ( see below ... )

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