Lost-Whisper

Yet another whisper lost.

On GitHub… Sortof.

I now have a GitHub Account.  It’s at http://github.com/kmwallio.

I should hopefully be posting some code this weekend.  The only issue is that GitHub switched servers and there’s some creation problems for new repositories.

One of my friends was able to convince me to start using GitHub.  He uses GitHub and loves it.  My current mode of managing code and previous versions is copying all the code onto an external hard drive and labeling it. Hopefully GitHub can help with that.

Yeah…  Hopefully I churn out some cool stuff.

Current projects include:

  • Sebastian - A Butler for remotely accessing my PC.  He has a small brain for holding conversations, but he mostly aids in getting files from your desktop, printing files (so they can be ready when you get back), and some other stuff.  It runs on Mac OS X and Linux.  I use it for college because it frees up some time (like if I need a document for class, it can be sitting in my printer waiting for me).  It just makes it easier for me because I don’t need to type out long commands.
  • KMChat - A P2P Chat system.  My friends and I use a lot of other chat things, but sometimes it’d be fun to play some games or something. That’s what’s on my plate for now.  Sebastian is almost done, just need to do some final touches.

Not That Fast…

So I received my Snow Leopard DVD today.

Snow Leopard seems awesome so far (except that not all of the software I use has been updated for it yet).

The issue I faced today was the installation times.  When I installed Tiger, it only took 1 hour.  Leopard installed in 45 minutes.  Snow Leopard took 32 minutes on my iMac (pretty quick I guess).  On my macBook, it took 1 hour and 37 minutes.  The times for Tiger and Leopard are for my macBook.  My iMac is new and Snow Leopard is the first major upgrade on it.  I was really shocked about the whole 1 hour and 37 minute thing.  People were posting that upgrades were as fast as 13 minutes and the longest I heard was about 50 minutes.  So I allocated a good hour to do this on my macBook.  Just shocked.

I’ll admit, the Finder and Preview run a lot faster on my macBook now.  There are some other applications that also run a bit snappier.  The boot time, shut down time, and connecting to a wireless network are also faster.  So it’s definitely worth the upgrade.  Disk eject is now a lot more intuitive.  The preview in Finder is a great improvement (Expecially when uploading videos and stuff).

My only complain is that the installer didn’t run as fast as it claimed it would.  I’ll admit, I’m probably an anomaly because I do have some custom compiled things and modifications…  But that’s on my iMac, not on the macBook.  So yeah…

Love using Snow Leopard, but let’s hope that if I ever need to reinstall, it’s a lot faster.  The installation itself was easy and simple, but the wait was killing me (out of eagerness to test).

Oh, and one quick questions.  Is anyone else (on a 13” macBook) experiencing issues with the Grid view of a Stack going out of screen?

2 Weeks In.

School has come yet again.  2 weeks have passed, and this Monday will mark the start of week #3.

This has got to be the most interesting semester of my college career so far, or at least the semester with the strangest professors I’ve had.  I have one teacher who appears to be on a “buzz” while lecturing.  It keeps things interesting, and his lessons become entertaining.  He does get the important things across to the students, so I guess that’s what matters.  It’s kindof funny.  Some of the other students say it’s like he’s on cocaine…  He’ll randomly yell and repeat himself.  He appears to be scattered brain, but he makes it through the lesson.

Another interesting teacher seems really dedicated to the subject.  He gets really into his lessons, acting out what he’s talking about.  He also incorporates jokes and humor into his lessons (but some of the humor isn’t “safe”).  He looks really old, but he acts a lot younger.  I believe he tries his best to keep the students interested in order for them to succeed.

Those are the 2 notable ones.  There are some other ones that are interesting, but they don’t have any shocking traits.

Oh yeah… If you’re wondering what Santa does when it’s not Christmas, he’s teaching classes at my school.

SIGGRAPH 2009…

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This is my $75 wrist band…

I got it at the hotel, but if I lose it, it’s $75 to replace.

SIGGRAPH has been interesting so far.  I’ve met a bunch of neat people, and I’ve listened to a couple of the sessions.  I’d prefer it if the people added some flare to their presentations, but I guess it’s not for display, but strictly learning?

Anyways, my hotel has wireless internet, but I’m on the 40th floor, and by the time I’m up there, I’m too lazy tired to go back down.

Hopefully tomorrow will be fun.  We’re going to try to get Quasi to sing for me…

Going to SIGGRAPH

I’m flying to New Orleans Louisiana tomorrow.

I’ll be volunteering at the SIGGRAPH Convention, 2009 edition.  It’s supposed to be thunderstorming all week, so hopefully things turn out fine.

I’ll post pictures (if I can take any), and update on what happens as the days go by.