Friday, November 04, 2005

The Same Place

An entry from close to a year ago, would show you that I am pretty much up to the same things. Well, not really the same things, but sort of the same things. If anything you could say that the game is more interesting, and by more interesting, I mean both more interesting and more challenging.

Rather than trying to get Java classes to talk together, it is learning about type systems, push-down automatons and more things Linux than maybe I would care to know. This weekend, I need to get a simple shell program running. I am taking the night off, except for maybe some math analysis. Tomorrow will be entirely dedicated to the development of the shell.

I don't know what it is about Fall semesters, but they are always more difficult than Spring. November is always the hardest point. The classes are all into their most interesting material, which while being interesting, also means that they are difficult and that homework is generally not trivial. With something like six weeks left in the semester, I must ask how on earth it will all get done, but I have learned by now that I just have to put in the chair time and work hard.

I saw a little bit of payoff for my studying this week as I read about the Sony/BMG DRM snafu. These articles by Mark Russinovich, the man who discovered the problem were very interesting. It is amazing how much of it I understood thanks to my school work. I am by no means at his level with regard to the ability to diagnose and treat the problem, but I could follow his work. Fun stuff. As an editorial comment, I am very glad that I no longer purchase CD's. I know a lot of people have issues with Apple's DRM as well, but iTunes was one of the best things to happen to my PC.

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