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Semester Done

The semester is over. Had my CSE 421 final yesterday. I’m a true CSE major now. I really miss that class. It was an awesome experience. Got CUPS working on my FreeBSD machine. I can print to my Windows shared printer. I also have OpenOffice installed. Trying to get the CrossOver plugin to install Trillian. Leaving for California on the 19th. After that I leave for India on the 21st. Can’t wait…

I don’t want to leave!

I don’t want to leave… It’s back to CSE 421… I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over… I JUST GOT HERE!!! Crap…

Lab 9 Done

Lab 9 is DONE! Woohoo!

Working Code

Yes! My code works! Woohoo!

Intel, Lab 9

Just got a call from Intel today. Found out that I’ve been selected for an interview there. I’ll be doing the interview… and if I get both (!) then I’ll have to decide which one I want. It feels good to know that I’ve been selected…

Lab 9 is pretty interesting! It’s gonna be hella hard… but… interesting!

New DSL modem, a possiblity of Employment and not going to California

Qwest is sending me a Cisco 678. The 675 doesn’t work with our current line. Also, using the Intel Pro/DSL 3200 USB modem is a pain. It royally sucks. Plus, my FreeBSD machine doesn’t recognize it. If I get the 678, I can just hook it up to the uplink port of the hub and then plug all the other computers in. Also, I’m buying ip’s, so I can set up the XP and FreeBSD boxes as servers. I’ll be transferring all my stuff from Marc’s server to mine then. I’ll finally have my own webserver.

My professor just informed me that I apparently I am a selection at Motorola. However, the decision hasn’t been finalized yet, so it’s still in the air. It’s good to know though… I was beginning to wonder if I had made it.

I’m cancelling my trip to California for thanksgiving. Lab 9 is going to be hard, and I need to spend all my time on it. It sucks… but oh well. Michael and I are planning to have a little thanksgiving dinner at our place. It should be fun.

Lab looks like it works

My lab looks like it works. I think this has been completely unfair. I’ve been working on it for a week… and it’s as if I just started… Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t…

Interview + FreeBSD + 421 = Geek

I had an interview with Motorola on Friday. It went alright I think. I hope I get the job. It’s for an internship in spring. They asked me if I’d be interested in working through summer and fall, and I said yes. They were pretty impressed with my resume, which reminds me… I should update the HTML version. Well, anyway… There were four people interviewing me. Initially I thought it was intimidating. But they started off really well by asking me about stuff I had done… So I felt comfortable right away. They were looking for team experience and C code and Linux. I’ve done all that. One of the interviewers asked me what I used to do my code… what sort of GUI. I said “I use nothing but vi and the commandline”. He’s like “You’re my man! I’ve been waiting for someone to say that! No one else uses the commandline!”. So that was promising. I’ll be happy if I land this position.

I really like FreeBSD. I’ve broken my system a lot of times, but I learn something new each time. Right now it’s pretty neat. I’m having trouble playing DivX stuff and mplayer doesn’t work. I’m still new at all of this, so there’s a HUGE learning curve. Maintaining your own UNIX box is whole lot different from using a UNIX account. The latter helps, the former is a different animal. I like it though.

The assembly program that I’m currently testing and debugging is the most inefficient one to date. I’m too embarassed to say what the size is. Well… as long as it works. I’m insane and I’m planning to take CSE 521 next semester. For the final project, you write an OS for the M68000 microprocessor. I think that’s just kick ass. What a sad life I have…

Productive… Sort of…

I was sort of productive… I came up with an algorithm for Lab 8. Then after reinstalling FreeBSD like 10 million times (I hate those damned Write Transfer errors) I have finally got it set up… sort of… The sound doesn’t work. I can’t hear anything. I’ve got the box talking to my WinXP box, but I can’t use the ICS on the WinXP to talk to the rest of the world. I’ve got the XP box set up as a gateway, but there still seem to be issues. Through all of this madness, I learnt quite a bit about creating device drivers, recompiling the kernel and editing rc.conf… I like FreeBSD…


Halloween was okay. It didn’t start off good. My roommate Michael was in an accident on his way to work. Thankfully, he’s alright. But he doesn’t know if his jeep is going to make it. Which really sucks, coz his jeep is awesome, and it means a lot to him. Should have gone out on Mill… there were a lot of hot girls there… me and my buddy Suhrid went down there at about 1 in the morning. It was still fun.

For the hell of it, my buddy Omar and I (actually this was all Mustapha’s idea) went trick or treating to two houses with paper bags on our heads. Omar went first and the guy there was like “Aren’t you too old to be trick or treating?”. I went to this other house where the lady looked at me all wierd and asked “What are you supposed to be?” so I was like “Umm… Paper uhh… Bag Head Man.” It was pretty funny. However, the lady only gave me one lollipop. How lame is that? I have drill this weekend. My CSE421 homework is hard as hell and it is due on Monday…

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