11 Nov 2001 shlomif   » (Master)

Freecell Solver

I got an idea for a re-facoring of the Freecell Solver code. It's documented in this message I sent to the discussion mailing list. Last time I checked there were 18 registered members there. Not bad, I'd say. Of course, I still make most of the posts.

I found out that Beleaguered Castle was actually a variation of Freecell without any freecells. I was able to add support for it and for two related games in Freecell Solver, just by adding three presets.

Another thing I'd like to do for the next release of Freecell Solver is to make the fc-solve program use the freecell_solver_user library instead of calling the more internal functions directly. This has several modularity and usability reasons for it, but it is also a derivative of the "eating your own dog food concept". If I accept third parties to use freecell_solver_user, I should also use it myself, so I know people have everything they can posssibly need.

The IP-Noise Project

Going pretty well. I spent part of the weekend writing a Perl/Gtk+ applet to load the arbitrator and display the configuration file and a description of it, for the final demonstration. Lavy said that the final report composes of 20% of the grade, and should have a similar amount of investment. We have a relatively large part of it written, but we need to document the code in more detail.

I discovered that the module works well with the older Linux 2.4 VM, but not with the newer VM by Andrea Archanagely. I haven't tested it with kernel 2.4.14 yet, so it might be fixed by now.

The Technion

The lecturers are still on strike. I met my former boss from Harmonic, Moshe Nazarthi, at the Digital Communications class and it turns out he is a lecturer in the parallel group. I encountered him before this semester, but I was not sure that was indeed him.


I decided to write the first Digital Communications assignment in Heb-LaTeX so Yesterday and today I spent quite a lot of time working on it. Even though it is better than Word, it seems to take much too long to be worth the effort. I can understand why people would use it for articles or books, but I think homework assignments can be left alone to be hand-written. But who is John Galt?

One of the things that interrupted me was that I had to lookup various commands and conventions using the LaTeX reference on the web. It usually did not take too long, but it accomulated to a large overhead.

Installing Linux

Yesterday's evening I installed Linux for Dudu, who is Eran's friend, this morning I installed it for Eran, and today I upgraded the IP-Noise computer to Mandrake 8.1. I think it's the first time I performed three installations in a 24-hours period, not counting insta-parties.

Which reminds me that tomorrow there is a lecture about Basic Linux Admin by Etzion.


I thought about hacking on Freecell Solver a little now, but it's a bit late, so maybe I'll turn into bed.

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