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This weeks ramblings (22/10/2007 08:47:16 PM)

Hi all,

It's been a long time since my last post, and yes I am still busy with work and uni, but uni should start to die down soon and hopefully a couple of jobs will come up over the holidays.

A few interesting topics have come up since my last post that I should address here:

New Laptop:

I brought an Acer Aspire 1650 after my IBM ThinkPad T40 taken its last breath a week or so ago, which is a shame - the machine was stable, sturdy and tolerated alot of damage that would have had any other normal laptop begging for mercy, but oh well, not much you can do about that. The reason I brought an Acer Laptop is not because I value Acer high on my preference list at all (infact, Acer is down there with HP/Compaq, Toshiba and Dell on quality), but the specifications in this one were too great to pass up the opportunity. Although not much of an upgrade, here is what they are versus my old thinkpad.

Acer: Intel Pentium-M 1.66GHz, 80GB HDD, 1024MB of RAM, 128MB ATI Radeon X300, DVD-RW, Intel 802.11G, 15.4" WXGA, 3-4 Hour Battery.
IBM: Intel Pentium-M 1.3GHz, 80GB, 1024MB of RAM, 32MB ATI Radeon 7500, DVD-ROM, Cisco 802.11B, 14.1" XGA, 3-4 Hour Battery.

New PC Parts:

For the first time in five years, I have purchased components to make a personal PC. My last proper PC purchase was back in 2002 when I brought an AMD Athlon 1800XP+ System, 256MB of RAM, 40GB HDD, Liteon CD-RW for $400. This time, I have an Intel E2160, 2048MB of RAM, 160GB HDD, DVD-RW for $320. So yeah, I now have a powerful PC again :)

Racism:

After a few random trips on buses to work, this is starting to get on my nerves. A few fundamentalists? have travelled on buses with me who try and explain to everyone how racist white Australians are. I was born and bred right here in Australia, and when I am told by non-white Australians that I do not deserve to be in this country, it ticks me off (as it would do with any one being told they don't deserve to live in their own country). I won't go into too much detail on this conversation as I understand these extremists tend to only speak for a small minority of their larger counterparts, but I might explode the next time some one tells me about how I don't deserve to be in this country!!!

CMS Version 3.0:

Yeah, I probably should be studying for exams more than I am (but I know most of the stuff already, reading over the same and boring jargon I already know just ... well ... is unnecessary.) I have been working on CMS Version 3 though, and in comparison to Version 2.x, the system currently looks brilliant (yeah, I'm being biased here), and functionality is about 100 times better. I have included a screenshot below of how it looks :)

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Ramblings (15/10/2007 10:19:36 AM)

Hi all,

The last week has been hectic without a working computer. Two assignments happened to be due within that week which is largely impossible to complete when your laptop dies, but somehow I managed to complete them.

My new Acer Aspire 1650 laptop is in aswell, and it's a typical non-IBM machine. That is; flimsy, wide screen, glossy screen, terrible keyboard, no trackpoint and runs substantially warmer than my ice cool IBM. But what can you do hey. I picked it up very cheap and it even has a decent video card in it (ATI Radeon x300 Dedicated), so most of the issues about it being flimsy are relatively void. Why? Well, if it lasts me one year - it's doing well...

Kuju Rail Simulator has just been released aswell, so I am just waiting for my import to come in so I can simulate ... er ... drive trains :) Preferably down a massive mountain so I can launch it into a tower hehehe...

RADIUS:

I spent most of today dealing with the implementation of RADIUS for my latest assignment, and I thought Linux's implementation was largely complex (until I read the FreeRADIUS website rather than the random HOWTO's on the net). Once I followed some basic structure, I was successful in setting up a full accounting server to work closely with my M0n0wall. In reality, it taken about 20 minutes to set up after I followed instructions.

Now, one would have thought that using Microsoft IAS would have been easier, but just like DHCP and DNS on Windows Server 2003, it is quite the opposite!!! I simply could NOT get anything working with it. I either got rejected or just simply ignored. So who'd use it :P

ASP.NET:

Simply sucks! Read other blog posts for more details hehehe... Seriously though, the concept of using DataGrids and DataSets is all fine and dandy in applications, but when an application is introduced to the internet? There's just something about random and pointless controls that I don't like in ASP.NET. I'll be glad to go back to PHP after this semester :)

So... ok, there's absolutely nothing of any importance posted here. Only another full week to go :) Stupid University and Work! 

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Fantastic Week and Recursion (06/10/2007 08:24:08 AM)

Yep... as the title suggests, I have had a great week. Between cars and computers, I don't know what the hell is going on. Most of you already know how the start of my week has been, but to top it off - I now have my IBM ThinkPad T40 yet again dead from the Video Card issue.

One thing I haven't done yet either that I figure I'll do now is post about Recursion in Java specifically. (Link Here)

 

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