30 Jul 2001 mishan   » (Journeyer)

Well, I haven't written in a long time..My last entry talks about AP Computer Science (APCS) final project. Well asusual we didn't quite finish it. We worked on it seriously the day before it wasdue and decided that we were out of time and dropped the SDL frontend. We had it working where 8 people could connect and move snakes around and decided to stop there. It was late and we were sleep deprived so we decided not to implement game functionality. I also had the AP test for Comp Sci, it was quite easy..I just got the results back recently and I got a 5 (the highest grade) =)

Life
So school is out now..Having quite a boring summer as usual. I have a job working at Euclid Computers, I'm writing Perl stuff for them like graphing orders/clicks and fun stuff like that ... My grandfather passed away yesterday.. I didn't know him too well; he came to the US when I was 5 and lived with us for a short while until he started living alone and his health was continously degrading. Last I saw him, he was a complete vegetable ..

Well, I finally got through the Debian NM process and I'm a Debian developer now. Yay..

I visited Europe a few weeks ago. We took a plane to Paris and immediately rented a car and took off to Waterloo, Belgium. We stayed there a night and visited nearby Brussels. We then went to Brugge, Belgium and stayed there a couple of nights. Afterwards, we stayed in Delft, Netherlands for a night and then we stayed in Amsterdam for three nights. Then we travelled to Koln, Germany and stayed a night there. After that, we went to Frankfurt and stayed there two nights. We then went to Munich and rested a night there. Then we stopped in Bazel, Switzerland for a night. Afterwards, we drove to an airport (forgot which) by Paris and stayed in a hotel there for a night and then we flew back to San Jose, CA. It was a pretty cool vacation..

GtkHx
GtkHx is now up to version 0.8.13 and a kind person has redesigned the GtkHx website. I haven't worked on it recently but I've got some cool ideas for it. Just need to overcome my unwillingness to work..

Hardware
My workstation recently started randomly locking up in X. I thought that my GeForce II MX finally decided to start dying on me so I bought a Radeon VE to replace it but it didn't fix the problem. When I was upgrading packages, my machine just restarted and it would restart everytime I ran apt-get dist-upgrade, each time damaging files. Someone on #debian-devel pointed out that the files might be damaged because I was using ReiserFS with kernel 2.4.4. Sure enough, that was the problem. I upgraded my kernel by sticking the drive into the server and building it there and then installing it on my machine. But X still locked up randomly with either card. I thought that perhaps my RAM was bad again (I've had experience where my RAM decided to stop functioning.) I bought replacement RAM, but it didn't solve the problem. So then, I thought it must either be my motherboard or CPU. Now my workstation has a Slot A AMD Athlon. Fry's no longer carries any Slot A boards/CPUs, so I had to get myself a completely new motherboard and CPU (1GHz AMD Thunderbird =) ) and now everything works well.

I also recently upgraded my server's 400MHz PII to a 550MHz PIII. The motherboard in the server was built before PIIIs even existed, but it seems to work fine.

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