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Monday

University
So it seems I did get away with it. Not sure how good it will actually turn out to be, but I think it's enough. The Computer Architecture assignment is almost sorted and the 3rd and last test is on wednesday morning (pipelining, caches and virtual memory).

Championship Manager
Well, the pile of work to do gets bigger and bigger. I don't think SI is realistically expecting the european translations to be out for the set release date (Feb 28th). Anyway, planning to devote pretty much of my time to this cause from thursday on to sunday and see how much I can cut.

Cold
It's f*cking cold! It seems there's a cold wave going through Portugal these days, supposed to get warmer by wednesday. I damn hope so, I'm sick of having my feet freezing cold, not too much how it fscks my nose and throat.

Sunday

University
Problematic. There's a test in T minus 12 hours and I haven't revised much for it. I'm not overworried but I reckon it's been too few revising and an extra day or two would've come in really handy. Well, nothing I can do about it now except to spend a couple of hours grasping it the best I can.

(No, I'm not inclined to be up all night revising for it the hope of grasping it all and actually getting away with it. I do believe a good night's sleep, or an as good as possible night's sleep, is much more important before a test than 6 hours of late revising.)

So after this Data Structures I have another the Computer Architecture next wednesday alongside with an assingment on the same course. Not good. The plan is to spend monday afternoon/evening and tuesday revising for the test and perhaps also wednesday for the assignment. Like I said in the previous entry, I'll release a *big* sigh when these are out of the way, on way or another.

Championship Manager
This is getting silly. SI keeps adding new strings for translation while the deadline holds. Needless to say, it's like trying to hit a moving target. Or sort of. I'll just have to do my best, can't do much more than can I?

Vruuum!
So the good bit this week seems to be a go-kart race next wednesday night. Perhaps a good way to let my mind go off the trouble half week before that. I'm just a bit worried about the (cold) temperature that is likely to be there at night.

And now, off to Data Structures revising! I'll let you know how I got away with it tomorrow ;)

Thursday

University
Can't say things are hotting up. Things are damn hot as it is. I'll release a big sigh when things start to go out of my way (read: tests get done and assignments get handed in). Anyway, I guess it could always be worse and I'll just try to both a) plan my schedule carefully and b) try and keep breathing. If all goes to plan I'll be home free for the time being by the end of January (30th to be more precise) even if the semester is over next wednesday.

Championship Manager
It finally got fixed. Turns out the problem with the master database was due to power outages at the office. Hmm.. Anyway, there's a boatload of translation to be done and it seems the deadline is Jan 20th. Hmm...

Linux kernel
Unfortunately I can't focus on the kernel development as much as I'd like to, though I still read linux-kernel regularly. The good news is that the so called Nvidia thread is finally getting more and more quiet. I still can't properly use the radeonfb under 2.5 kernels and James Simmons, the fbdev guy, hasn't replied to my email to the list. There's still a long way to go until 2.6 and I don't have many issues with 2.5 to get rid off, so things are looking good.

Real life type stuff
Oh yes, my DVDs from amazon.co.uk have arrived. In case you don't know, amazon are selling several DVDs 50% off, so I just took the chance and bought both Apocalypse Now Redux and Heat. I've seen the original AN from 1979 and felt like having the Redux version on DVD would be perfect. As for Heat, I've seen it back when it was out but I honestly don't remember any of it. Considering I've been told it's a damn great movie and it was £7.99 on amazon...

Bad thing: my TODO keeps enlarging instead of shrinking. Not good. Not good at all. Must invert the flux of things.

3 Jan 2003 (updated 3 Jan 2003 at 20:35 UTC) »

Friday.

Hmm..

University
Finally the second Data Structures assignment is finished, report written, wrapped up and sent professorswards. Just so I don't have a minute to catch my breath the specification for the third (and last) project is already online. This one is due by the end of the month.

On the Computer Architecture's front, there's another project to turn in. It's supposed to be written in MIPS assembly which is a pain, not the kind of thing I'm looking forward to do right now. The project in itself is extremely simplistic, just so you know I got it working in around 10 minutes but... in C. Need to read some papers and spend some time on this to make it run as efficiently as possible which of course is one of the things to look for when writing in assembly.

So all in all, January brings two tests (data structures and computer architecture), two exams (algebra and probability, though the latter is unlikely that I'll actually go) and two assignments (one data strucutes and one architecture). On my signal, unleash hell...

Championship Manager
Work on the translation has grinded to a halt. After Sports Interactive upgraded the translation database (adding more tables and strings to translate) I haven't been able to update accordingly on my end and that sucks. There's still an awful lot of work to be done and I feel tied up being unable to do it. Emailed them but got no reply. That sucks too. I wonder if they email actually found its way to London... so I'm left with the only chance of downloading this 20MB file which is newer than the one I got on my system in the vague hope that it will magically solve my issues and let me work again. Hmmm, needless to say it's agonizingly slow to see the ftp transfer considering I'm on a 56k dialup (and to add insult to injury, the dialup provider is sucking hard these days). As Frank Costanza would say.. "serenety now!"

Linux kernel
Did I tell you how sick I am of the everyday Nvidia-sucks-dead-goats-cuz-they-dont-release-their-drivers-as-GPL threads? Well, I sure am. Once again, some weenie troll decided to post on linux-kernel regarding this and, obviously, it's total mayhem. I started reading it when it popped up but honestly I can't take it anymore.

BUT! But, never fear, because there's always good hidden deep down. Richard Stallman himself decided it was a lovely day to get bashed once again so he just posted the newest iteration if his lovely GNU/Linux rant. Sorry but I can only laugh. Some things never change.

Social life
Went to see The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers yesterday. I'm impressed. Being a fan of tLotR and having read the book I was a bit skeptical about the movies. The Fellowship of the Ring didn't impress me much (at least not as much as to the majority of people who totally freaked out with it) but this new installment is actually quite thrilling. I was especially impressed with Gollum. It's very well done. Now let's just wait yet another year ;)

Thursday

Long day again. An ininteligble Mathematical Analysis class and two rather nice Architecture classes to make up for it. We're mostly talking about performance these days. Saw Taxi Driver tonight with a couple of fellas. Weird movie and going to imdb.com helped me understand it better. And I'm knackered really. Not making much sense. So I'll just shut up.

10 Oct 2002 (updated 10 Oct 2002 at 01:08 UTC) »

Wednesday

So the Architecture class was canceled too. This is getting to be a habit, really. Turns out the professor messed up his laptop resolution while tinkering with XFree 4.2.1 and now it doesn't suit the datashow or something. Oh well, postponed for tomorrow anyway.

And this was a non-day. Didn't do much except for building up a small page in the university's CS department server with a little info about myself and a list of test/exam dates for the different subjects I'm into this semester. You can check it out here. Mind you that only the home page is written in english.

On a different note, let me rant a little bit about something that's bothering me. As some of you may know there's a Best Of Nirvana album scheduled for release somewhere next November. As even fewer of you know I'm a die hard Nirvana fanatic. Unfortunately, the music industry, which is so bothered about mp3 trading, peer-to-peer systems and so on and so forth, does nothing but stabbing the true fans in the back while spoon fedding the sadly ignorant kids out there. I mean, I've seen the track list for the upcoming album and I can only wonder why, oh why, it's just the Singles box plus the 'new' "You Know Your Right" song. Also, as a friend pointed out, its release date is somewhat intriguing. Or maybe not! Afterall, xmas is just around the corner so let's just release an album in November. Just in time for xmas frenzy.

I mean, honestly, this is everything that NIRVANA and Kurt Cobain always fought against. And it's just too sad that people behind this are now stabbing him in the back this many years after he left this earth. I mean, almost none of his favourite songs are listed, for Christ sake. Drain You, School, Negative Creep... the list goes on. Ah well, welcome to big corporate whatever!

Tuesday

Up at 9:30. Stayed in until mid afternoon. Tried to figure out how to properly print under Linux with no full success yet. Linux wasn't figuring out what's in the paralel port but that was my fault, I hadn't compiled the proper support into the kernel. That being done it does print but the formatting is all messed up. Gotta fiddle a bit more with it sometime soon.

On the other hand, spent quite some time fighting with linux modules, trying to compile them. I was unaware of the MODULE_LICENSE macro and so I kept getting tainted kernel warnings. Also, I wasn't using the correct headers so there was some version mismatch. Fixed. Then later a stupid return statement missing was driving me nuts. Ah, it sucks being a newbie. Or should I say an apprentice? Anyhow now I can play a bit more with modules having `Linux Device Drivers' nearby.

Classes got magically canceled in the afternoon. Well, one got canceled and the other isn't supposed to happen... yet. Looking forward for tomorrow and the two architecture classes, hooray for MIPS.

Monday

Loooong day. Things are a wee bit brighter though. Not too much anyway. Up at 8:00, off to university for my first Data Structures class this semester, analyzing algorithm complexity (constant, linear, logaritmic, quadratic, cubic and so on). Came home to have lunch and again off for a further two classes, Math Analysis and Algebra. It did go quite well but I'm a bit knackered as a side effect.

Back home at 18:00 and today was mostly a non-technical day. Nothing really important going on so I just stuck around organizing my cds which were in a bit of mess as of lately. No kernel hacking, no reading, no nothing *sigh*

And tomorrow is a new day.

Sunday

Didn't do a whole lot. Same problems as before. This is supposed to get easier to deal with but it isn't. Saying farewell to our loved ones is such a difficult and painful task especially when we know it's a one way trip. And the anxiety of waiting for the final moment disconcerts me.

Anyway, even if the mood is far from ideal, read a bit of `The Scar'. Otherwise didn't do a lot. Had to write up my CV so I can send it for some job openings I'm looking for.

The weekend is over so back to the apartment, arrived less than half an hour ago. Well, it's the beginning of another week but honestly I don't know what to expect. I'll have to be prepared for the moment when the phone rings. It's just the way things are, I guess.

Saturday

Very rough day. No need to mention what's troubling me. It wouldn't do any good. Wouldn't help either. For all it's worth, the only thing I'd like to point out is that Portugal's health system sucks. Enough said. So I'll just resort to my friend's hint: "the trick is to keep breathing".

That's exactly what I'll try to do.

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