OK, it's definitely happening -- the final week-and-a-half crunch. Ouch!
On the plate:
- 3 issues of notes for Type Directed Compilation - Filesystem implementation for OS - Software Engineering slides and - Grading and administration for 15211 - Registration issues - Housing-for-next-year issues - Getting started on summer research project
So I really shouldn't be working on non-school projects for a week or two. Bummer, since I have a new experimental q3a level, some enhancements for snoot.org, stuff for typhoid, and other more fun stuff in the works.
Actually, while I was at it I added a few real new songs, digitized for the first time. This included "Theme from Java" and "Theme from SML" -- I think these songs are a great metaphor for these two languages. Compare the hokey, broken melody of Theme From Java to the somber elegance of Theme From SML. Note that SML delivers its ultimate punch with softness...
Link: Vorbis (MP3 workalike)
(09 Apr 2000 at 16:34)
Vorbis is a cool MP3 workalike, unencumbered by software patents (currently you have to pay someone if you want to write MP3 encoders). This is a pretty exciting project... it would be good to use this to write an efficient internet phone.
I got a Rio 500 today. If anyone was thinking about buying one of these things but concerned that it might suck/have problems, go ahead because it doesn't.
The USB interface works quickly and flawlessly on my 98 computer and my 98SE laptop. It recognizes ID3 tags and displays them on the nice-looking LCD. It's smaller and lighter than I thought it would be. I like it!
My roommate Don and I have started work on a project to make an adventure game out of his bizarre comic. We're using Standard ML (an advanced language of the sort I am wont to use since becoming a programming language snob) and SDL (a cross-platform graphics+sound library). We'll have a web page up as soon as our project is approved for Sourceforge!
The name of this project is "Typhoid", like the fever.