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It’s been a long time since my last post, in that time I have moved house, done summer school and started full time work. And that goodness for that last point I am so sick of study. Only one more exam tomorrow to go yey.

Anyway today I came across such a great article that I just have to share it with the no readers I have here :P. Software Engineering, Not Computer Science it talks about how Software Development should really be thought as engineering and not a science or an art so much.

Lucky for me I am now a qualified Software Engineer however with the decline in numbers my Course at Swinburne will no longer be offered. And such a relevant course to do o well alot of maths isn’t for everyone.

Summer School

Well today I started summer school, o yey, doing Professional Issues in Information Technology and as most people who read this would know the first lecture consists of watch i, robot and writing an essay on it. But lucky me with the accelerated course doesn’t get the week to write the essay I get just one day so before I go off and start to write the next masterpiece I thought it was time for a bit of procrastination.

I have finished work for the year since this summer school stuff will just be too much work to even think about working in the afternoons and on top of that we are moving Thursday week so the house is a mess and you know that moving is a stress in itself at any time in your life.

We also finally upgraded our digital camera the other day. We went out and got a Canon S2 IS, which doesn’t have any RAW format but that is my only gripe about the camera it takes images and video and stores it fast which is a nice change from my previous camera, my trusty Kodak DC215 which in it’s time was the first cheap camera with optical zoom. But it just doesn’t cut it today anyway here is pic of me sized down from the giant 5MP which is just a bit too much to put on a blog :P.

I am also now working on a piece of software for my wife, scratching an itch as always however it is hers not mine. It is a teachers journal program for keeping track of different aspects of students and teaching. I am hoping to have a working alpha for her when school goes back in the new year but we will see. Software Development always takes longer than expected. It is written in Java of course but this time round I am going to use SWT instead of Swing which is a bit of an adventure. I will keep you posted, maybe a few screenshots when I get something working and a link to the site once it is release, open source of course.

Till the sands of time do we meet again, “Keep on truckin’”

Motivation

Motivation is quite a strange beast. I can have unlimited motivation for say… Software Testing and Reliabilty which I have failed once already I have none, and stay up till all hours of the morning finishing an assignment the night before it is due?

But even worse than that is when you are at home and there is a million and one things to do in terms of cleaning and all I can do is spend my day coding :P. Or pointlessly writing in a blog.

O well….

I have just upgraded to the RC of Ubuntu for “Breezy Badger” and the improvements are vast but most impressive is the graphical boot looks to be a frame buffer and also a side note the post install has a frame buffer giving a percentage complete which is much nicer than before which was just pages of apt scrolling by…. anyway back to coding…. mmmm coding.

C# crazy

Hmmm I haven’t blogged in ages maybe it’s because I am busy or maybe just maybe nothing much interesting is happening in my life at the moment….. It’s probably the latter.

Well my sister in law had a baby boy yey.

I’m doing Advanced .NET Programming at uni this semester and I spend about 20 hours working on a assignment that is worth all of 1%. And along with Network Administration I am feeling a lot of “Bill love” as I call it. Just a tad too much MS(Microsoft) stuff for me but hey if it gets me out the uni door who cares.

Hmm that’s about it really really boring….

ep0in

For weeks now my computer, in Ubuntu of course, has been having trouble with ep0in at every boot my messages have been filled with:

Jun 14 08:36:45 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: hald timed out on ep0in

Which has in turn stopped hal from working properly so mounting my usb key most of the time just wouldn’t happen.

However last night we (My wife and I) moved the house around, moved the computer from the lounge room to the spare bedroom, and I noticed that our scanner, a old HP Scanject 4100c, was warm. So I thought in the interest of energy conservation I would hook it up to a separate power outlet since we don’t use it often at all.

This morning when I powered up Linux just went which was great! So after months of checking the Ubuntu forums and playing around with boot parameters I have a fully functional Linux system again :)! So in the end it wasn’t a buggy bios or USB drivers it was just an old scanner that I could turn off. Yey for Linux.

Well I should study for my exam that I have this afternoon.

Study

You know what one of the hardest things to do after a year off (I was on IBL for a year at VSL) is STUDY.

I was trying all of last week, I got a little bit done but really not enough. After last year when I could come home and forget about work to this year being back on 24/7 with everything really sucks. So what did I do I started coding… Probably not the best idea but it has been fun.

I’m working on a program I call “TimeTracker” which is really a task timer for work so that at the end of the week I know where my 7.5 hours a day go at work. It is mainly based on TimeTool for Windows. It’s written in Java of course and is a lot of fun to get back into the coding side so here is a pre-alpha screenshot of TimeTracker.

Pre-Alpa screenshot of TimeTracker

Hack Hack Hack

Well after over a month I am sitting down again writing an entry. I have been very busy with the Final Year Project, iteration 1 was a success and we are off on 2, 3 and 4.

Funny thing is that one of my friends was asked if she had a blog in an interview. Which she didn’t and promptly said on return that they needed someone more geeky someone like me :P. She ended up starting a blog though so that if it comes up again she could say YES.

And boy am I out of habit here I had to look up how to do an emphasis in textile very shabby indeed.

Anyhow time to hack some more.

Crazy Daze

Well my life is all but quiet at the moment. Last Friday I started back at Vision Systems one day a week a bit of casual work. Teaming up with the 85 hours I have already spent on the final year project. I’m a wrek :P.

Oh well just keep on going and going and going.

Time Passing

Well it’s been quite a while since my last post I’ve been keeping myself quite busy with work on the Final year project for my BSE it looks like it will be quite an exciting project however it is going to take a lot of my time up.

Currently I have been playing around the Technical side getting websites up and running such as eGroupware and viewCVS which is all well and good. Probably the greatest surprise on returning to Swinburne is that we now have Linux labs running CentOS 3 and the project room too is running the OS, except for one Windows machine for the Windows junkies.

So things are looking up I hope I can keep up wit the posting on status but we will see how we go.

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