5 Apr 2001
(updated 5 Apr 2001 at 18:47 UTC) »
Finished my M.Sc. thesis, presented it. MagicPoint did a
great job allowing me to embed the dynamics simulation
window directly into the slide. The algorithms performed
quite well, and I'll probably use them in a hack for
jwz's xscreensaver. When I get
My advisor was quite pleased to know that I had everything
ready for presentation a several weeks before the
deadline, and that I praticed it until it was perfect and
all. Well. Actually I prepared the slides the night before
the presentation :) That's
the way it works, if you know what you're talking about.
Lots of things in my todo list. First of all, I'm resuming
my work with USB in the linux kernel. I've been away from
the usb-devel list for some time, and now I'm trying to
get in sync with the current state of the project.
Previously I did some work on Mark McClelland's OV511
camera driver, and hacked the parallel quickcam driver a
In the apt front, it seems that the byte vs. kbyte bug in
the progress indicator is there again. It doesn't affect
apt-get too much (except for the wrong values reported),
but aptitude gets very unhappy with this problem. I
believe this will be very easy to fix.
A very nice parallel service manager was written by
epx, and I'm tweaking it to
compatibility with traditional SysV initialization and at
the same time get advantage from threading. People who
think their systems take too much to initialize probably
will like it.
Some technical papers and articles are patiently sitting
on my filesystem, waiting for completion.
I also think it's time for me to buy a handheld such as a
Palm or Visor. I used to make notes in pieces of paper,
post-its, old tickets and the like. The Visor Edge looks
like a nice unit, with its 33Mhz DragonBall and thin
design. Too bad it's not for sale in Brazil :( Also in my
wishlist is a digital camera -- perhaps a Sony Cybershot?
Well, I'll try to find a Visor or Palm first. My primary
target is a fast BW handheld, but a color unit would
be a nice platform to port the Sierra AGI interpreter to!
Also must talk to my MSc advisor to buy his old P133 mobo
and processor, to replace my P100-based DSL firewall. Not
a big deal in the CPU itself, but I certainly will see the
difference between my current 20Mb of RAM to 64Mb.
And, just to finish this entry with my favourite phrase,
Brasil Telecom employees are idiots :)