July 2002

Restored iPAQ

July 11, 2002 - Categories: geek

Good karma: Restored WinCE on the iPAQ so that she could use
it. Procedure was pretty uneventful and not as scary as I thought it
would be.

Wearables

July 11, 2002 - Categories: geek

Apparently the mini banana plugs for my wearable display battery are
quite rare. CE guys are looking for it.

Slowly finding other wearable enthusiasts and sharing resources. We
may yet see a research group here.

Kathy’ll be off to Africa RSN

July 11, 2002 - Categories: family

My middle sister Kathy is leaving for Africa Real Soon Now. Nice!

Theology oops, classes — school

July 11, 2002 - Categories: school

Bad karma: Didn’t do too well on my Theology test because I hadn’t read the assigned readings. How embarrassing.

No classes last Monday and Tuesday because of typhoons. My only class tomorrow is a free cut because the teacher needs to be somewhere else. No classes next Monday and Tuesday because of some elections.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Borging out — wearables

July 23, 2002 - Categories: geek

Richi and my mom started bugging me about my journal. Here it is!

The CE guys came through with my battery power supply, so I have been walking around with my M1.

I am Borg. =D

I showed it to some CS teachers waiting outside the department. Everyone was, like, “Oh my God. This is sooo cool.”

People walk up to me and ask me what it is. I show them the display. They think it’s cool.

I like being able to read my mail or check my messages. I like being able to read my history notes or dash off a quick note. I like this.

No accidents yet. Good thing. I don’t read while crossing the street, and I can pay attention to the real world well enoguh.

I’ve also freaked out some of my students. I asked for someone’s ID number, pulled up my records, and started rattling off full name, contact info, project submissions…

Life is good.

Glossary: CE – Computer Engineering M1 – head-mounted display available from www.tekgear.ca Borg – short for cyborg. Also term made popular by Star Trek, a television series.

Laptop got scared

July 26, 2002 - Categories: geek

Yes, it’s me.

Apparently my laptop got scared and is cooperating again. I’ve backed
up the rest of my data and should manage to survive nuclear fallout
and the like.

Still considering going for a real wearable…

Online submission system

July 26, 2002 - Categories: geek

The online submission system I was hacking together works, and I’m now
just fiddling around with ideas for the next one.

Cool mom and Linux

July 29, 2002 - Categories: family, geek

Ooh! And I tried walking my mom through the process of getting the Linux box at home on the Net and ssh’able – they turned it off last night and I’d forgotten to tell it to automatically run ssh and ddclient. I love my mom. It takes a really special mom to have to deal with all of those cryptic Linux commands…

I hadn’t quite gotten it to work – guess I forgot something pretty major – but hey, it was really wonderful of her to try.

I can’t wait to actually get it working. =)

I’m actually tempted to set up one of those shared screen things….

So tough luck, guys, I win the coolest mom contest. ;)

Special thanks go to my parents, who have been incredibly supportive not just during this time of crisis but all throughout my life. =)