5 Apr 2001 claudio   » (Master)

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 time, that is.

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 little bit.

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 ensure full 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 :)

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