Good Evening, Mr Murphy…

Hmmm,

Today started off so well, I was feeling good, and thought I might get some work done. Maybe even clear the elusive milestone I’m currently stuck on (damn utmp behaviour!!).

But no, recent DMA related errors with a FreeBSD 6 server acting as my broadband router escalated. Initially, a replacement disk looked like a solution, but much tinkering later and a few disks later, it seems the problem is the onboard IDE controller of the box instead, which has left me up the creak with no replacement available…

After much hair pulling, I’ve begrudgedly resorted to using my wireless AP as a router. No IPv6 connectivity, my nicely subnetted network is in disarray, and worst of all, I’m stuck using NAT. I feel dirty…
:|

Productivity…

So, what have I done in the last week?

I’ve made a little headway with the fyp, but nothing significant (in my mind). I’ll be happy when I’ve chalked up milstone 4 (distributed, GPG encrypted messaging) out of all 5 (milestone 4, with crazy ass IP Multicast stuff). Mainly because I’ll actually have something to show then.

I’ve also made various attempts to avoid work, including adding some commands to an existing Vim cheat sheet that are of interest to me. I’ve also dabbled briefly in making a self portrait (as inspired by an amusing gallery – kudos to Niall, it looks like his handy work), reading about PF Firewalling and various other non fyp related activities.

To aid the clear distinction between fyp related work and proper study, I’m escaping off to London for a few days shortly after I demonstrate my project. After all, I’ll need some much deserved R&R…

Other than college work, I’ve recently begun the proper job hunt. So far, potential employees applied to thus far are starting to become interested, so prospects are good.

I gave in today and bought myself a copy of GTD, since many of the RSS feeds I’ve begun to read on time management topics refer to it often. I’ve also been following the Inbox Zero tips on 43 Folders over the last week and a bit. Things seems to be getting better, but I’ve been resisting adopting certain tools, such as kGTD (I know I’ll end up using it, eventually…)

What's on my Desk?

So, after spending a considerable amount of time biltzing my room and clearing my desk, I’ve decided to show you how much/little I now have on my desk

My Desk, in preferred lighting

To work out what every thing is, there is a better lit, annoted version

Now that I have a comfortable work enviroment, I’m all set to be productive over the next 8 – 10 weeks. As a side project, for when I can’t resist the urge to tinker, I’m going to try and organise my mp3 collection somewhat. There are triplicate and quaduplicates of some things, which explains why my collection is currently weighing in at 118GB!

Suggestions for ID3 Tagging/Organising Tools for OS X (preferably) or Unix (CLI based) are welcome.

Socialite Extrodinaire…

So, yesterday was my last day of lectures, ever (cue: Alice Cooper). The day was interesting, primarily involved an extended drinking session which spanned 5 venues. The only one I’ve never visited before being aka, which has a nice food menu (at a very reasonable price) and Erdinger at the best rate I’ve ever found it in Ireland (€4 a pint). Overall, the session was fun, especially since I was never a fan of going out with my college class.

Today was supposed to be a “let’s tidy and clear my desk” kind of day. Instead it was a “I don’t feel like being energetic” day. This evening, I finally met up with my best friend for pints in our local (for the first time since Christmas Day) and had a very good session, partially due to a local band playing songs by The Eagles and Pink Floyd…

The next few weeks are going to be interesting. Until April 10th, my main focus is my project. From April 10th until Easter Sunday (April 16th), I’m taking the week off to sleep, relax, recooperate and escape the country for a short spell. After that, it’s solid study for my final exams.

Job applications for proper jobs have already begun. Some interviews are already scheduled, but it’s still early days yet…

Why am I not Surprised?

Vodafone Ireland Ends Roaming Charges for Customers Travelling to UK which is uncannily like O2 Ireland Business Roaming in the UK. I can’t complain though, it’s good news for me, who has more than one client calling me whenever I’m in London or other parts of the UK.

Now I’m hoping for price cuts to compete with the price plans from 3.

Roughly 8 weeks ago, I reviewed 6 months of my mobile usage, since I was planning to spin off my mobile into my own account (it has been managed by my employer for 5 years). Once I knew my general usage, I decided to stay with Vodafone over moving to O2, mainly based on the total no of minutes I could get in a month. And yes, I did discount 3, and Meteor from the start, I never thought Meteor were very good, and reports of 3 are less than inspiring.

Plus, I could only get the k750i, as previously pondered, on Vodafone and O2, since it is the only phone I actually liked. I guess my decision ultimately boiled down to better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t…

Proof of Life…

The last week as been rather uneventful. Submitted my last ever college assignment (excluding fyp) *sob* – Wait, maybe not. Next week is my last week of college lectures, ever. Woohoo!! :)

The fyp is going well, I have remote nodes passing strings together, so it’s coming together. Still a good bit to keep me out of mischief, so I’ll be focusing on it mostly this month.

This evening, I wandered off to Google, to hear Vint Cerf – the Father of the Internet, speak. The talk was very good, it was interesting, informative and witty. There was a bit of a HR presense there, but a few of us were busier oggling the Ben and Jerry’s freezer at the far side of the room…

And I see someone else has finally completed moving in, which involved updating their homebrew blog system to allow comments and even made an Atom feed.