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Feb. 5th, 2006 @ 09:34 pm
In case anyone was wondering, I am still alive and doing well. I have not posted anything in over a year not because nothing has happened in all that time, but because there has been too much. If I can't say enough to do it justice, I never find the motivation to say anything at all.

And in case anyone was worried, I don't intend to delete my journal. The whole point of a journal is to be able to look back and laugh at how naive we once were. I'm a chronic archivist who can't bear to lose any information to the ravages of time, no matter how I feel about it now. I suppose it's only fitting that I ended up working at a database software company.

Perhaps I will post more in the future. If anyone is interested, I can summarize the past year, but for myself I think I have said enough. I can still be reached by email and through comments, though I'm a bit slow to respond as some of you have noticed.

Current Mood: quixoticquixotic

Change is part of life Jun. 9th, 2004 @ 09:04 pm
Another successful school year concludes with tomorrow morning's 8:30 final. I may be changing jobs very soon, moving out of the book-shelving industry and into the computer industry. This is a very smart move for a Computer Science student like myself. And best of all, my experience with Linux and C/C++ will totally pay off. I was afraid for a while that I might end up somewhere like Microsoft and have to learn how to make drag-and-drop user interfaces in .NET. Or something.

All-in-all it's been a heck of a quarter. Spring quarter is always the worst, because you had already run out of incentive to work about halfway through Winter. That's why I plan to graduate a quarter early next year and just skip Spring quarter entirely. Well, that and I'll have enough credits, so why not; I mean, really, I only have 17 credits left to complete, but I would have to take about 5 or 6 senior-level CS courses at once to cram them into one quarter. So I'll spread it over 2 quarters and take it easy. Easy... yeah right.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a library to close. Vale!

Cats and dogs Apr. 27th, 2004 @ 04:24 pm
Arg! It's raining cats and dogs outside and I didn't bring even a jacket to school today. It was just so sunny and warm yesterday, and I couldn't find my jacket this morning... I'm doomed. Hopefully the bus isn't late today.

Tamirindo warning Mar. 23rd, 2004 @ 10:50 pm
If you ever happen to find yourself buying random flavours of Kool-Aid, do not buy tamarindo. Kool-Aid should not be dark brown like apple cider. Or smell like... bark. Or taste like... tamarind...

Consider yourself warned.

Spring quarter schedule Mar. 19th, 2004 @ 02:23 pm
Spring Quarter 2004 ScheduleCollapse )

Everything is very compact. :) There are no huge gaps like this last quarter, I don't have to get up until 10:00 most days, I only stay at school late 2 nights a week, and I get to do band. Now as long as I don't have everything due on Thursday mornings I should be fine.
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» Life
Finished my last final of the quarter just now. Waiting for the bus... Looks like I skated through 2nd quarter Latin pretty well (and it's the hardest of the three).

Programming languages was fairly easy. I now have a bit more of an understanding for the features that C lacks, and an appreciation for the features C does have that make it beautiful. Oh yeah, and C++'s template syntax still looks ugly to me. ML did it much better.

Operating systems was fun, but hard to take seriously. I didn't really learn anything I couldn't have thought out on my own, given enough time, but the professor was so knowledgable, with plenty of anecdotes, so the material seemed really interesting.

Theory of Computation was probably my hardest CS class (Latin trumps all classes). I learned all about these "Finite Automata" things which are really good at representing regular expressions (in a way, they are regular expressions). And then there are these "Push-Down Automata", which are a bit more powerful (they have a stack!). Finally there are Turring Machines, which can do anything we would label a "computation". Practically the only thing they can't tell you is whether or not another Turring machine is going to run forever. Pretty weird, huh?

Sadly, anime.fm went off the air some time ago due to lack of money. It was a very sad day for everyone. But I've found another internet radio station for all my J-pop needs: Japan-A-Radio. It'll do; I'm not picky.

I've switched to Linux full-time at home. I realized that the only thing I really needed to stay in Windows for was to keep Kazaa Lite running all the time ('cause I can't ever find any of the obscure files that I'm after on any other network). But now that I'm back on dial-up, it's a moot point. Plus there's giFT now.

So now I'm running Debian unstable with a few things pulled out of testing (like Subversion 1.0! w00t!). I like Debian very much, now that it's installed and running. If I had made my own distro, it would be much like Debian, so it's really easy to figure out how to do something -- just think about how I would do it... except that many of the utilities have cryptic names, but that's Linux. "apt-cache search" is my friend.

I haven't posted much this quarter. On one hand I've been busy, but on another, I have Lori now to share everything I do with. I guess I don't really need LiveJournal as much as I used to. This isn't goodbye or anything; I'm not deleting my journal and anybody can still contact me in one of many ways. I just have another life and it's winning right now. So,

See you, space cowboy...
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Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Lori, Libby, and I made truffles last night. They don't exactly look like truffles... but they sure taste good. And we had fun getting chocolate everywhere.
» Worst workday ever
I gain no solice when I turn out to be right after my judegement has been offensively called into question. I resent being put in a situation where I must solve problems which my superiors believe I am not able to handle, when in fact I am quite capable.

And I am sorry for the person who is stuck in a long line behind somebody who is taking a very long time to serve, because of a technical problem. But I will not tell that person that they must wait for you simply because your transaction will be faster. Not to their face. Shame on you for even asking.

Thanks everyone for letting me vent this.
» Jewelry that plays music
I saw somebody wearing a Rio player on a lanyard around their neck. Music players are getting so small now, I can imagine them being disguised as necklaces. The chain of the necklace can conceal the headphone cords up until either side of the neck. The player itself could be disguised as some sort of gaudy ornament.

I can see this becoming fasionable in the near future. (For guys and girls!) Just you watch.

On a totally unrelated note, I've been having spam problems lately. Somebody's been spoofing my sourceforge address and so I'm getting tons of returned spam, all in Russian. I've got it forwarding to my UW account now, which has excellent filtering, so I only see a few spam a day from there instead of hundreds.

The new W32/MyDoom-A virus has been flying everywhere on the campus networks. I even recieved a copy yesterday. I took a good look at the virus file in less before trashing it (someday I will pay for my complacency -- assuming that using UNIX to read my mail makes me immune to infection). There were some strings like ABCDEF... and 0123456789 in there, and a list of .dll's at the end, but mostly it just looked like binary garbage.

Today I got an automatic message from one of the campus servers telling me that this virus was recieved IN MAIL FROM ME (in caps even). Apparently the new virus .dat files have propogated now. Anyway, the headers indicated that it originated on Qwest's network (phone company -- they do DSL too). I don't use Qwest's internet service, so it wasn't from me. I hate spoofing.

What this needs is a brand new email protocol that (1) requires that you send mail through the server you expect to recieve responses at, (2) verifies the sending server's identity, and (3) requires SSL or future equivalent for all transactions. The first ensures that a mail server can hold its users accountable for the messages they send, the second ensures that other servers can hold the sending server accountable, and the third just makes sense now that we have such good encryption technology.

It would almost certainly have to break compatability with SMTP, but it would so be worth it. POP3 and IMAP would be unaffected.
» Google weirdness
Okay, so a few days ago I noticed that Google's homepage looked a little bit... different. All of the links at the top (Web, Images, Groups, etc) became more compact, and some of them were replaced with the text "more »". Have I stumbled upon some sort of "magic cookie" that makes everything appear more compact? Is Google discriminating based on my user-agent string, serving a slightly different page to Firebird users?

Has bitman finally gone crazy?

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I mean, it's not as though I mind; I like the compact interface much better. What bugs me is that I can't reproduce it anywhere but at home.


Okay, so I tracked it down to this seemingly innocent cookie:

.google.com TRUE / FALSE 2147368759 PREF ID=33e7cf87274a7184:TM=1033083790:LM=1033083790:S=hlSuDrbFAkmzbiIq

I still have no idea how I aquired this cookie. It's handy, though, so I think I'll hang onto it.
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