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I migrated to livejournal. Sorry, I'll miss you advogato... but LJ lets you upload pictures :)

Damn!!!

As I was going up the hill to my house today, I spied the UPS truck going down. This looked like good news, since my 486 NAT box died for good yesterday, and I ordered a replacement about a week ago. Unfortunately, when I got home there was nobody there to collect the package if it was indeed my package. Now I'll never know! If only I was given the UPS tracking number...

Hooray! Today is my birthday, and all the planets are aligned :)

I'm not sure of the predominant age group around advogato, but some readers may be familiar with the facial blemish common of high school aged computer geeks known as the zit. Today, I applied a rather potent anti-blemish agent in the form of a viscous soap before leaving for skül. It has worked well in the past, so I didn't give it much thought.

When I arrived at school, a friend kindly suggested wiping the side of my face. Thinking there was some kind of residue from the soap, I grazed my face with my left hand. My left hand got nicely blooded. Well, that's never happened before :P

Today was a mediocre day, nothing much to report except that I had a bit of fun re-themeing with a combination of e.themes.org, gtk.themes.org, and desktopgirls.com :)

Yesterday, however, was great because I went into Deep Hack Mode. I came in Saturday morning with nothing to do, and the next thing I knew it was Sunday morning and I had written a whole lot of code. I love Deep Hack Mode, and I haven't done it in a while. I think this is because one of the conditions for my entering Deep Hack Mode is that I can't have anything else to do (i.e. school work, fixing stuff, etc.) that my concience might bother me about right in the middle of debugging a mean recursive function. Conclusion: I need less responsibilities and more free time.

Woo, I fixed my CPU fan! For the longest time, it hasn't been running. Every time I did something CPU intensive for a sustained period of time, the CPU would overheat and restart the machine. Half a bottle of WD-40 put an end to that! I was so satisfied with my new fan that I dug out the motherboard manual and tried my hand at some overclocking (I'm still running my trusty 233-MMX). It was to no avail, though. When I bought this box, it was clocked as high as it would go.

I spent the rest of my week off relaxing. I haven't gotten around to rewriting glZZT, but I did beat Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders for the first time -- and that's much more impressive :)

Oh well, it's back to school tomorrow <mumble type="low">i hate it soooooo much...</mumble>

I just got back from Pittsburgh where I had a tour of CMU. Neat place, CMU. I brought along my Palmpilot and modem attachment to keep up with email from the hotel. I used Topgun Postman to yoink the mail from pop-3 to the internal mail application, which worked except for 1) It doesn't use the .sig you spend 5 minutes typing into the mail app and 2) It doesn't have support for multiple pop-3 servers. This is all good, though.

My main complaint is that there are no good web browsers available. Palmscape is extremely buggy (and discontinued, I think) Proxiweb was great until they locked out Palm Pro users. Neither of these are free software. I think I'm going to have to write a free web browser for the pilot... I'll just toss that onto the list of "stuff I'm going to have to do", I guess.

Bleah, I'm at school. I'm supposed to be researching some holocaust dealie. But none of the blasted machines here can view the interviews 'cos they're all Acrobat documents. Technology is stupid.

I promised I'd make a release of libzzt, and I did! There were some really stupid bugs in there, mostly related to counting (I'm horrible at counting, and my code shows it :) The glZZT page on sourceforge has it as a downloadable module. Once the latest version of The GIMP finishes compiling, I'm going to design a page for glZZT and libzzt to put glzzt.sourceforge.net (instead of the ugly grey thing that's there now)

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