With the onslaught of these micro-blogging sites I just can’t think of writing anything more than 140 characters. I’ve tried posting a digest of the same in the blog every week just to keep it going here but it does not look so neat. The Lifestream plug-in, now in action at one of my pages, keeps track of most of the 2.0 updates while I try to bring myself back to posting proper web logs.
With the model exams over, I have about a month’s holidays to prepare for the 6th semester exams. Too much time, probably cause I listen in the classes. This semester was pretty good compared to the five before since it had two programming and one cryptography topic accompanied with some mathematics to keep the dullness taking over. I don’t know what they’ve chosen as electives for the next semester, but I do know that learning Compilers and related topics at college has nil possibility now. I can learn things myself but I don’t always have that discipline required, hence the sadness of not being taught.
I’ve decided to merge here, the PyQt blog I have running over at WordPress.com. I’ve not posted much there, and think that it will be better off at my own blog. Will be posting the existing posts one at a time. Qt 4.5 brings in quite a lot of performance boosts and their blog is very active these days with new concepts/features being put up almost every week. Thank you Nokia!
I also upgraded my Ubuntu from 8.10 to 9.04 flawlessly. The updater’s config-file diff warning notices need to have more options since it blocks the update process; an editor should do well. Jaunty Jackalope, as it is called this time, has good updates like OpenOffice.org 3 (Took long enough), Qt 4.5 (Wonder how KDE4 would perform on this one), Python 2.6 (Deprecation warnings, yum). A lot of other updates are present too, I just mentioned the ones I cared about.
One of my cabinet fans started making very loud droning noises and it made my temper flare quite a few times. I literally punched it, hard. The everlasting dust issue also started to seek attention again and I had no choice but to sit down, yet again, and clean the CPU off its dust. The graphic card had quite a lot of dust collected upon it this time, and that was the reason why the computer whined when I played a graphic-intensive game. After cleaning off the cabinet using an air-blower, I detached the side fans and after discovering that they had a secret compartment beneath the sticker I gave it some oiling.
It does not make much noises now, except for a few audible scratches when my Prescott is really hot trying to run the VisualBoy Advance at 400% throttle. Peace in my small room, at last. I’m losing patience on this 4 year old machine and I have probably mentioned that a hundred times. Yet I can’t seem to take a decision and buy a newer PC, and I don’t know why. The only things am sure about right now is on getting a 22-inch monitor and half a terabyte of secondary storage with two or four gigabytes of primary memory thrown in. The processor and the motherboard, however, are still delaying my decision with new ones coming in every other month. I’m dying to dive into the upgrade pool.
Having, at least, three weeks of free time I decided to get myself the Spider-Man’s Web of Shadows game. It does lack in performance but has some cool moves, like the last movie game did. I also want to play the Broken Sword series again but I don’t think I’ll find time to do that. For now, let’s just swing with the symbiotic.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve done in the past three days. More as they come.