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).

University, and how to crack your own network

I have just finished a University assignment which has to be submitted as an HTML file. We have to hand in a floppy containing the file, and also FTP it to a University account.

I found a blank floppy, popped it in my PC, mounted it, and did an ‘rm *’ on it. I then copied the file and unmounted the floppy.

I get to University, put the floppy in a machine, mount it, and… the old contents of the floppy are still there! And I’m a 2hr bus ride away from home. In a fit of desperation I phone home and discover my sister. Sisters can be useful at times. Through years of training she can perform simple tasks. I got her to connect my firewall to the internet and tell me the IP address. I then telnetted into my firewall, FTP’d the file from my normal PC, used Netscape on this PC to put it on a floppy.

Try doing that with Windows 🙂