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Goodbye Blackberry

Posted by F1ak3r on Jan. 4, 2014, 3:14 a.m.

This is my 208th blog entry. My 32nd entry was written on my Blackberry 8800, shortly after I got that phone as a birthday present. Since then, I have owned two other Blackberries (a Curve 8520 and a Curve 9360). I went from being the only person I knew with …

Translators II

Posted by F1ak3r on Nov. 7, 2013, 5:50 a.m.

So I wrote the “24 hour examâ€? yesterday. The name is a little misleading – what actually happened was this:

On Tuesday morning (8am) we were given an exercise to complete: create a compiler that turns specifications with a given format into C# methods, in order to create a system …


Posted by F1ak3r on Oct. 8, 2013, 8:29 a.m.

My final undergraduate computer science course is on writing compilers/translators. It's kind of the legendary course everyone tells you to look forward to and how cool it is and how much work it is for the preceding three years. It's taken by a retired professor (former Dean of Science) and …

Water II

Posted by F1ak3r on Aug. 16, 2013, 3:38 a.m.

So we had that protest on Wednesday. Was pretty cool, now I get to check "attend a protest" off my list of stuff you're supposed to do at university.

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1:30 is the best part.

The mayor apologised and the municipality got themselves into gear and diverted a river …


Posted by F1ak3r on Aug. 14, 2013, 1:31 a.m.

So I posted about a water outage in my little university town earlier this year, and while that felt like a huge pain at the time, it pales in comparison to the current situation: today marks the ninth consecutive day my residence has been without municipal water.

It hasn't …

Game Maker Studio Impressions

Posted by F1ak3r on Aug. 4, 2013, 4:15 a.m.

So I bought GM Studio because YYG was offering it to GM7/8 users for around $10, and I've gotta say I'm quite happy with it. Thought I'd be more upset about all the deprecated functions and features, but good riddance to those horrible grey message boxes, and honestly most of …

64wrimo: Summit

Posted by F1ak3r on July 29, 2013, 4:08 a.m.

About three days left. I think we can start critiquing (and I'm planning to read everything just as soon as I can) now.

I've learnt that even with a vastly diminished wordcount goal, writing is difficult and time-consuming. I'm happy that I wrote as much as I did, but I …

64wrimo: Camp III

Posted by F1ak3r on July 22, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

Just over a week left. Whether you finish or not, regardless of how much you write or don't write this week, be pleased that you've started something. As for me, I'm back at university as of this week, so the work's going to pick up again shortly, but I'm still …

64wrimo: Camp II

Posted by F1ak3r on July 15, 2013, 3:10 p.m.

Today's the halfway point. I got distracted by Steam games, so my nice headstart has quietly slipped away, but maybe I can make it up. We'll have to see.

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64wrimo: Camp I

Posted by F1ak3r on July 9, 2013, 4:35 a.m.

And here we are at week two. Take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air and try not to fall off.

I grabbed some extra stuff off everyone's pages on the site because this blog didn't look meaty enough. Hope that's okay with y'all. Also, congrats to Kilin and …