I took this screenshot some time last year, but just found it again today. This is a 100% un-doctored message from Windows Update. It's funny how much of a difference a missing word or two can make...!
In my attempt to be more blog, I added an experimental RSS feed to my weblog software. This is, I guess, for those busy folks who want all their weblog news showin' up on some news aggregator page. If anyone uses this or knows that I'm doing something wrong, let me know!
I finally released midimml, my software for converting regular ol' MIDI files into the text-based MML format that's used to make Nintend Sound Format (NSF) files. You can use this to make your own NSFs without typing a lot of notes into a text file!
My entries from Famicompo are up on that page, too.
3 nice new pictures from camping in the photo gallery, and a whole bunch of other camping photos in my more indiscrimiate photo dump. You can now comment on the photos, so make sure you give my brother a good hazing on his collection of pictures of himself.
I decided that I am going to do my presentations from now on in Flash instead of Powerpoint. While I was looking around trying to figure out how to do this, I found a great Flash game/animation. This is far better than those ones with the bouncing around heads and singing in other languages, but it's good in a totally different way...
UPD: Illustrated Notes from Computer Science
(09 Aug 2003 at 19:30)
Well, I spent the better part of the day (actually, I think it was the worse part, to tell you the truth) scanning and uploading and photoshopping the last year's worth of notebooks for my online Illustrated Notes from Computer Science. I also covertly snuck in a "lost episode" cobbled together with a few pages I found from my time in undergrad.
For my brother's server I updated mlftpd to switch group id and secondary group memberships correctly on login. There sure is a lot of stuff you have to do in order to switch users in Unix. Anyway, that is probably the last work I will do on it until I decide to port it to the new SML 2002 Basis, which has network stuff built in.
If you run an x86 linux box and run wu_ftpd or some shit like that, you should think about using my server instead! (It won't have any buffer overflows or other remote root holes) More useful daemons (sshd, named) coming as soon as I get some more free time...
My brother Mike moved in with me earlier this summer so he could pursue a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at CMU, and now he has a new web site up on his computer. I helped him set it up so it uses all my stupid software. So, he has Mike Radar and Mike Photo Gallery. You can find all that stuff off his Mike Main Page.
Micro-review: Space Quest 0: Replicated
(04 Aug 2003 at 23:39)
I really enjoyed playing an unofficial prequel to Space Quest called Space Quest 0: Replicated. It's got EGA graphics, 2-channel bleep music, and was even written with the for Sierra AGI language (though it runs in a modern port of that). It was a little short by modern standards, but it could have easily been a real Space Quest game in 1988...
It's been a good few weeks for people quitting our government. Poindexter announced his resignation last week, and now Fritz Hollings is retiring, too. Fritz is the guy who proposed legislation to put digital "rights" management hardware in every personal computer (and television, radio, etc.) to keep you from sharing music, pictures, and movies with your friends. (And probably make it a bit more expensive for you to make and distribute your own music, pictures, and movies.) Good riddance!
At the beginning of the month I always struggle to come up with something to stick here, since my weblog looks so dumb when there are no entries at all. (I keep meaning to make it display some of last month's entries, but, well, I keep meaning to do a lot of things.) Actually, this month I accidentally hit enter while looking for the 'A' key (as in August) and so there's an empty entry right there already making the weblog look even dumber. But I think that's pretty funny so it's staying.
Well, the entry that I was actually going to post is that I made an icon for Chris Colohan's kzephyr program, which I don't use, but I am a nice guy so why not. The icon is dancing around at the Tom 7 Ultimate Icon Emporium in its 16-color animated glory.
I am almost at a demo point for my Hemlock ML compiler for school. At this point it is fun to hack on because it actually does stuff.