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Posted my much better looking homepage today after some trouble. This is an older version, since I still can't boot to OS/2. As soon as we are finished with Windows 2000, that piece of shit OS is never to be seen on my computer again. Never.

Me and a friend om mine have used my computer for comparing the web server speed of Windows 2000 against just about everything else. We expected Windows to loose big, which it did (of course). The results are not the least surprising or funny:

  • It swallowed 55MB of memory on startup, with all unneccessary services off and no pointless stuff like the shadow under the cursor
  • The speed was a total disaster, even when writing special DLL:s to handle stuff
  • It totally erased a partition of mine, the IBM Boot Manager
There is no way in hell I am going to keep this piece of crap on my computer. If this is the best Microsoft can do, they are in deep shit. Listen to me, kids: get Linux. Now.

Spent most of my day slowly making CoolCloset a reality. That is actually not the hard part. Finding a use for it, however, is much more difficult. There is probably a project lurking around the corner, begging for a database engine that more resembles a bad joke than something useful and working.

Just got one thing to say: Java is a damn great language. The more I use it, the more I start to appreciate this marvelous programming language. Of course, IBM:s heavily optimized JDK for OS/2 helps a lot when running a few heavy Java applications at once. Can't wait for JDK 1.3 and the speedup it is supposed to deliver...

Still haven't found a web host that provides cheap/free hosting without banners and reasonable service. Bad. I am not happy about that. Will probably spend some of my time today searching for an acceptable host. Damn web uploads!

Something that is definitively better is that I have now got a job at Thoreb ITVehicle, and will start working the fifth of June. The guys I will be working with are definitively more experienced than me, which I personally think is great. Since this is my first real job as a programmer, not counting all of the various small project I have been working on, it is good to know that someone recognizes my ideas that are just too wild to manage.

There few days have been pretty hectic. After analyzing the speed difference between pure ASP code, ASP&VB and ASP&C++, these are the early results and my conclusions...

  • ASP is not an acronym for Active Server Pages, it is more like Absolutely Severe Problems. Things like this is what really makes me appreciate PHP. Everyone claiming that ASP is superiour to just about everything are hereby sentenced to decapitation for life, not stopping until the toes are reached.
  • VB is actually not that bad - it is much worse, actually. Use it and cry.
  • String management in C++ is about 2000 times more effective than VB, even when using STL strings. Still, COM components in Windows are pretty strange. Not as strange as women, but what is?
The worst part is that I have to continue my tests tomorrow, now with a connection to an Access database. Somebody, please shoot me!

A first version with only backup functionality was created today. It will appear on my new webpage. Tebax is Swedish only for now, and will probably stay that way until I find out more about Windows programming. String tables or something like that should come in handy.

Finished the webpage. Will be uploaded to a new spot in the near future, since my old address will stop working once I quit studying at the university.

Started creating a new webpage.

Improved the automatic backup application quite a bit. It is now faster and contains far less bugs. Planning on moving to the BZ2 compression library. This app is still Windows only, though...

Other stuff
Tacos at the student hangout today. As much food as you can eat, plus a beer, for a price that is so cheap that it's almost silly.

Did not actually do anything useful. Useless day.

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