Thursday, March 28, 2002

One more night dammit, just one more! This is it - two reports are due tomorrow.. when I get these completed and out of the way, just a couple more days and I can start studying for final examinations.

Don't get me wrong, I don't especially *enjoy* studying for finals. I mean, who does? At least I know that no new material will be presented between now and the examination - which is a good thing. I can finally see the whole thing in the big picture.. it really helps with studying!

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Just when I thought my late nights in the lab is over, here I am again in the lab. Little did I realize that by devoting my life to operating systems, I have neglected the other five subjects I am undertaking this term. It often makes me wonder how other people manage to get through effortlessly. Funny, perhaps I am not smart enough to be here?

A 10-page report on an embedded system design, a small report on the operating systems design, two electronic circuits labs to complete.. when this is all over, I think I'll need a vacation!

Friday, March 22, 2002

T minus 100..

We finally got it working with a certain sense of stability (of course, at 6am, anything is stable when it doesn't start crashing down and telling us there are 'Format Errors' or 'Illegal Operation of Bus Read'). I have been running some rigourous test cases.. and now I'm sitting back, taking a break, hoping for the best during the demonstration. I mean, it is 15% of my final mark at stake here. Not exactly something that I like to toy around with.

There is quite a strong blizzard outside - perhaps its a sign that it will be peace and quiet in the laboratory during the demonstration? That we won't be slaughtered by the TAs, asking us next-to-impossible questions?

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

In approximately 36 hours, it will probably be one of the very few 'life-or-death' situations in my life. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I'll be demonstrating the operating system that I've been working on for weeks to the TAs. Which explains why I am still in the lab at this hour of the day. Hopefully things will go well :)

On to other parts of my life.. oh wait, school _IS_ my life during these four months of a school semester. Nevermind :)

I slept for 12 hours straight last night - oops, there was a quiz today on random variables and probability processes. Oh well, failed that. Moving on to bigger things - Operating Systems. We have a little less than 48 hours left to completely implement the entire system. Kinda scary when you think about it. I have spent _way_ too much time at this, and I should be at home studying for other courses. Instead, I'm here blogging and probably going to be here until tomorrow morning, when I deicide to go home, pick up my books, and come back for classes. *sigh* I have already pulled three all-nighters for this..

Monday, March 18, 2002

This is my daily blog.. I haven't slept in two days. Due to my size and the nature of my looks, I can be literally classified as a panda.

Sometimes I wish things didn't have to screw up the way they do.


Sunday, March 17, 2002

You know what would be funny? If everybody decided to ditch classes from this point forward, and devote 150% of their time to the Operating Systems project, maybe they will finally realize how we are all losing sleep over this. I have *never* seen so many people in the lab at 6am, let alone all working towards a common goal - to get it over and done with.

Think I should take a break sometime between now and when everybody decides to show up at the lab.. :)
Blech.. I feel so wired but absolutely drained out. Been up since 10am, working on.. you know what. Operating system, that's what. I sometimes wonder why I put myself through this, I mean, I could have *easily* gone to another school and probably finished my degree in no time. Instead, I choose to be here and suffer through all the extreme deadlines and the incredible amount of work. I mean, even the _real world_ don't require you to write an operating system in a fully functional sense in three weeks. You crazy? They pay people BIG BUCKS for doing this. Oh right, I forgot, I'm also *PAYING* to be tortured. Not to mention their 15% increase of tuition next term.

Yes, I said it correctly, FIFTEEN PERCENT. What kind of school is this, a private American snobby rich school? If I want to pay $8k every year to receive an education, I would have applied to the US. I still remember when I started (seems so long ago now), the tuition was a little less than $6k a year. This is simply getting ridiculous - deregulation of tuition really sucks.

Alright, enough of me complaining. Time to hit the coding once again and hope to survive until Thursday - when this whole thing *SHOULD* be over.

Saturday, March 16, 2002

You don't need to be a psychic to guess where I am right now. I mean, who would be really bloggin at 1am on a Friday night.. ahem.. Saturday morning. This is going to be *THE* crunch weekend! Looks like I'll be breaking my own record of 36.5 hours without sleep. Perhaps I'll go for 40, but 48 seems really tempting. It is possible - just that it would take me a good week to get back in shape for the finals. Hmm.. maybe if I stop blogging and actually start working, I would get more work done. But you know me, I am known for my procrstination..

So my friends are enjoying themselves. Oh if you haven't noticed, on the left bottom of my blog page I have links to ppl all over the world. My friend in Germany is going on a roadtrip in a Porsche, and my friend in the US headed to NYC for the weekend. What about me? I'm stuck in the Waterhole suffering. Sometimes I wish life was fair :P

Friday, March 15, 2002

Whoohoo! More lab time for me! I am getting really sick of this - and my eating schedule is screwing up big time. I had one meal today, namely, dinner. I spent all day today in class/in lab, with several minutes in between to walk between buildings. One thing I am DEFINITELY getting this summer is a nice pair of walkers - no boots, no runners. WALKERS. I don't even know if that's what they call it, but I think they should make it if they don't. I mean, you want to look trendy and sophisticated, but at the same time, you want to be able to sprint (I mean it, literally) from one building to the next without your feet swelling up afterwards. Wearing runners just don't cut it for me - besides, why wreck a nice pair of runners? It's only school! So as you can see, I'm once again procrastinating on blogging. Not that there's anything wrong with it, since if you have been following my blog, you will have noticed that I tend to blog a LOT when I have major projects/assignments due. Such as my work term report, which may I add, I already got back about a month ago and got a half decent mark for it. Come to think of it, it took me two days to write that thing. Just merely two days of effort and I get excellent results. Now that's what I call efficiency :P

Anyway, should stop talking now and get back to more serial interfacing and timer interrupts. I mean, I want my processes to get services once in a while. :)

If you haven't noticed, I'm not making much sense anymore.

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Lab lab lab.. I'm stuck in lab.

RTOS = Really Tedious Operating System

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

So they lost my last blog. Lovely. Just when I thought I could rant forever and nobody could take it away from me, poof, there it goes. I've been litereally *living* in the computer lab for the past four days. Yes, this horrible project.. Operating Systems. Now how do they expect us to write an entire operating system in two months, is beyond my comprehension. What I know is that I better finish it by next week, because this makes me or breaks me. Okay, it doesn't make me at all. It just breaks me if I don't finish.

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Wow, been a while since I posted. Let me reiterate one point - being a third year computer engineering student is not a fun thing. Especially when there is this big (and when I say big, I mean big) project due in two weeks, and I know for a fact that it would take many all-nighters just to finish it.. *sigh* It could be worse.. oh wait, it happened. This morning my hard drive crashed on me, literally. You can _HEAR_ the drive head scraping the surface of the media.. not good. So I lost about five years worth of work. Oh well. What can I say? I have been having HORRIBLE luck ever since the semester started. Maybe this is retribution for something I have done in the past.. now let's see, what have I done to deserve this?