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Where have the days gone?

Monday, September 11th, 2006

So it’s been about a week since my last post.  Normally I would assume not much has gone by.  Well I’d usually say that because school has started up again so I’ve got to get back into the grind of it.  However despite having a full schedule of such fun classes as Accounting, and Writing in The Workplace, as well as a few others I have managed to work on a few extracurricular activites.

Last week I wrote a form application in C# that will simultaneously search all the US cities listed on the Craigslist frontpage for a given search term and criteria.  That’s proved to be quite a useful application.  I spent this past weekend doing a bit of freelance wordpress web design thanks to a few Craigslist posting I came across.  I think maybe I should brush up the resume to reflect the wordpress stuff I’ve been getting myself into?

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Feeds on Facebook

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Ok, so i’ve realized that i’m thoroughly upset with the addition of the mini-feed to the facebook layout.  Aside from the fact that it takes up a spot right near the center of the page, I don’t want it there.  I don’t want it period!  I never asked for this capability.

I make that comment because most news someone consumes on a feed is consumed because it is interesting or worth their time to look at.  While I do have a facebook account, and check it regularly, I don’t necessarily want the up to the minute details of my friend’s lives.

To be honest maybe I wouldn’t be so against this tool if it wasn’t right in the middle of the screen and maybe off to the side.  But for now, it makes me cringe.  Hopefully this foul taste which Facebook as just put in my mouth will go away, or maybe a great college networking site will be tarnished forever?

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Direct Correlation Between An Incline in Study Time and a Decrease in Time Spent Making Money

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Yeah, I said it. School’s started now, and as a result, I’m forced to work less hours putting forth fewer hours into both of my jobs. Eh. I need my education, but being successful is that damn desire which I possess possibly too much of. There is no proper balance between time spent between educational and commercial success. If you want good grades, study. If you want money, work. If I desire (and dammit i do) both a job which can send a decent amount of money my way and a degree, well I need to make the trade off. About two years left at Grand Valley, this year, and one more if I’m lucky.

 

My classes this semester to seem quite manageable; my GPA would appreciate a boost, which would mean I need to stay focused and spend ample time studying.

 

 

 

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Are UMPC’s Affordable? or The Vega UMPC and is it Right for Me?

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Ok first off this needs to be read in the mindset that I’m a college student and I don’t have the type of money to just go out and pre-order a new EO right when it comes out, just hand over the $1000 and be fine. Considering I’ve got to pay for rent, utilities, cell phone and put gas in my car I need to spend my money sparingly. Now while i’ve said since March when the UMPC’s started coming out that i’d get one, I still haven’t. The main thing, honestly holding me back is the price.

Finally the mysterious UMPC Vega has been spotted, thanks to Steve over at Carrypad. 🙂
(FYI: CarryPad is a great site, do spend some time there! They’ve got great bits of UMPC/Origami information.)
So on to the new goodies:

  • AMD Geode LX800 processor
  • Widows XP HOME operating system
  • 256MB of memory
  • 30GB hard disk
  • 4.3 inch LCD
  • measures 160 X 80 X 27.5mm and weighs 480g
  • wi-fi antenna
  • connector for GPS antenna
  • USB to connect remote keyboard
  • DMD reception again using USB
  • available in September
  • Cost of 70 Million Won/about $700

So here’s where I ask, does this little bugger with what I will call sub par UMPC specs (This is biased I’ve never held nor used one of these ever, and based just on paper matchups) be able to withstand the breadth of function currently capable of a UMPC? If so is it worth my money which is looking to be substancially lower than current models. Only time will tell, and once again, I’m interested and want to know.

In other news, I didn’t win the UMPC photo competition, however the winners were rather good. I thought i’d post my picture. Link here.

-MP

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