July 5, 2004

“Searching for the Perfect OS”

July 5, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

Both Microsoft and Apple Computer are promoting technology that makes it
possible for users to search for information on their computer’s hard drive
regardless of what format it is in through their Longhorn and Tiger
offerings, respectively. MIT computer science professor and Haystack …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2004-6/0702f.html#item8

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Documentary: me using Emacs? ;)

July 5, 2004 - Categories: emacs

Andy Sy said:

Is there a film documentary available somewhere showing you how you
use Emacs? God knows I’ve tried and tried to get the hang of it and
still find myself heavily disliking Emacs.

I want to visually experience someone else using Emacs to see if it’s
really more efficient to do things like mail, news, web browsing
(??!? how do you do that without graphics?) in it.

I don’t see it displacing SciTE as my favorite editor anytime,
but perhaps Mozilla as my email/news client of choice…?

And in another post…

More like mind-numbing for me, because there are just too many keybindings
to remember and it is so annoying when you get them wrong. Anyway, I was
hoping someone would make a film documentary showing Sacha (or some other
Emacs guru) doing everday stuff under Emacs, to see how much of a speed
and efficiency advantage it has (if any) compared to using say, Mozilla
for browsing newsgroups/replying to email, and perhaps SciTE, for editing
programs.

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Lessons learned

July 5, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

- Argentina Beef Loaf tastes more like vienna sausages than like

SPAM. Eww. Doesn’t get nice and crisp, either. Vienna sausages are
nice, but the beef loaf was just… strange.

- Haven’t quite figured out how to freeze vegetables well. Must find

sustainable way to eat green vegetables.

- Three-cheese lasagna ingredients seem frightfully expensive. Must

check if I actually use up all the cheese in one or two
servings. (Probably not.)

Today: Unremarkable rice, beef loaf, egg.

Tomorrow: Make up for today by treating myself to a nice three-cheese
lasagna using the mini-sheets Mom got.

Class reflections

July 5, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

- CS21A: Walked through the GuessingGame and CrystalBall

exercises. It looked like everyone’s on track. Mentioned my decision
to my MIS class. Okay class session.

- CS110: Told the class what was going to happen. Reviewed chapter

  1. Reviewed arrays and linked lists. Discussed array and linked-list
    implementation of stacks by describing the behavior of a stack and
    asking them to define push and pop. Mixed success, but seemed like a
    good exercise. Next up: queues, deques, and sequences.

- CS139.3: Told the class what was going to happen. Had a fruitful

review session of the past five problems. Made sure everyone knew
how to read input. Promised to discuss Arbitrage and Kissing Cousins
on Wednesday. Okay class session, although small.

Family bonding in the time of Google

July 5, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

My eldest sister Ching just texted to ask if I wanted a Gmail invite.
She had a spare. I thanked her and told her I already had one. It was
nice of her to offer, though! =)

Ooooh, new toy!

July 5, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

In a fit of generosity, my parents got me a Sony Cybershot digital
camera. I can take lots of pictures now! Whee!

It has more features than I know how to use, so I’ll need to study it
a bit. Would be fun to post pics of places and people or whatnot.