One down, three to go. I have one tomorrow, and then two more the week after that. After that I’m free.

Just spent a really fun (not) 10 minutes trying to work out why the SQL queries behind this page weren’t working. Discovered you don’t do:

Quote: SQL
insert into foo values (thing='this',that='123);

you do:

insert into foo set thing='this',that='123';

Oh great, my modem just timed out, I’ll now have to wait several years for our wonderful phonelines to clear themselves (I get a connection, but sometimes the line is so bad the modem just gives up). Right, It’s alive again. I’ll just open another Netscap… ah, it just hung up. And now diald has decided it’s not worth reconnecting. I hate modems.

I’ve been having fun with the festival speech synthesis program. I’ve also been insulted several times by MegaHal. Now to join the two…

This is a test

I’ve now split my diary into two pieces – the general diary of random things, and this, the announcement list. On here you’ll find things such as:

new! Announcement list created!

And other (possibly) important things. This is what you will see when this site first loads (conveniently removing the need for an introduction page).

Testing… Can now edit this stuff…


Looks like my diary works again now. It wouldn’t let me post messages the last time I tried.

I really should re-write this site, it’s held together with spit and string. Well-written spit-and-string mind you, but this code is over a year old and now have some free time to fiddle. I just wish there was something more interesting than the overused Slashdot-style site layout. Maybe I’ll have a flash of inspiration and invent the Next Big Thing (or, since I can’t create nice looking sites to save my life, probably fail and make something bright red on green 🙂

Oh, and I’ve finished University! I’ve got four exams to do, and that’s it. No more… ever. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! My group project has been written up (it isn’t funny running out of printer paper at 5:30am, nor is it funny having to print your 70 page report out twice because the University want two copies).

If you’re a member of The LBC mailing list hello! I know someone there has looked at this page before 🙂

One down, two to go

Finished my Software Engineering Measurement assignment (and managed to get a ‘B’ in my last one! – this is the one I deleted and had to recover from my Palm using nothing more than ‘pi-getram’ and vi).

I’m going to the new(ish) IMAX cinema in Manchester today.

Some new code has been added to my ‘code’ page. There’s an el-torito boot image ripper, and the remains of my Neural Nets assignment (which I couldn’t finish).

Off to the US again for easter. This should be fun, what with us having foot and mouth and everything.

New site layout! …will be coming soon 🙂 I’ve decided on some new things to add to this site (some of it admin, which you can’t see) and might remove that crappy front page that has no purpose.


It must be national ‘dead hardware’ day. Both my diskdrive and my network card went to Silicon Heaven.

I also had the misfortune of watching ‘Mission To Mars’. It’s not very good.

I’m writing this on my Palm! I’ve got it connected to my firewall through a Hotsync cable. AvantGO’s browser works as an online browser, too. I’ll put up some documentation about this soon.

One down, three to go

I’ve finished my HCI assignment. I’m now going to veg out and play Sonic The Hedgehog for a few hours… Once I’ve recovered I’ll continue with my group assignment.

Does anyone who reads this have problems connecting to www.piku.org.uk? I don’t mean stuff like ‘404: page not found’, but DNS errors. If you do, and you’ve got some sort of log entry, email it to me.

All I want is a decent text editor

I do… That’s it… Something that lets me have more than one open file, a little tree-view of the current directory, and syntax highlighting.

The best I’ve found is GnotePad+. It doesn’t do syntax highlighting, and the document window doesn’t show every file I have, but it is at least fast (in that screen redraws don’t take more than a second, and you don’t have to watch the menus draw themselves).

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

My neural networks assignment is due in next Friday. It’s not finished yet. I have created a program that makes a network, links all the nodes together, and will even run the thing.

I’ve screwed up the input file though, and haven’t finished the calculations that need to be done. That’s what this weekend is for.

Once this program is finished and working, I need to actually use it and produce some useful output.

I’ll put the finished code up here once the hand-in date has expired.