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I have changed my blog header from
"Don't assume that it's too late to get involved." -- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
"The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors." -- Voltaire
Slept at around 4:30am yesterday and am now seriously sleepy. Energy level is dropping to minimum. Think I will sleep early tonight.
The following problem was posed by Sun Tse 2000 years ago:

There are certain things whose number is unknown. Repeatedly divided by 3, the remainder is 2; by 5 the remainder is 3; and by 7 the remainder is 2. What will be the number?

This stupid theorem is going to stick with computer security.
My elder brother lost his wallet together with his IC, student matric card, student ezlink card, some cash, etc. Going to be very troublesome for him.
Really weird - there's no UNIX programming assignment for this week. Weird.
Have been studying Econs test the whole day since morning and there seems to have quite a lot left to cover. Lots of many many curves to remember and their patterns and derivation are very difficult to remember. This test weightage is 40% and it's going to kill me. Hope S/U option will be the correct choice for me.

Later I will have to allocate some time to do some research for my security project. Tomorrow, I will be attending another experiment by a HYP and this time I will get at least $15 from it. Immediately after the experiment, I will have to rush to Thomson for my security project discussion.

Another busy week for me.
I decided to opt for S/U option for both my GEM and breadth module.
GEM: US From Settlements to Superpower - No hesitation to opt for S/U.
Breadth: Principles of Economics - Initially intended to work hard and score but then realised this module isn't easy and plus there are many JC students who took Econs before during A Levels seems to know inside out even without listening to lectures, I think I better opt for S/U.

Hope to concentrate on my CS modules and try to maintain at least a B+ for all my modules (excl HCI since I got a B- for that).
Finally I am out of the stress period. What's left for me this week is just a Econs test. My Unix PE is again postponed because the other guy who missed the original stipulated PE cannot make it tomorrow. I actually feel quite happy when I received an email from my lecturer that the PE will not be conducted tomorrow unless both of us can make it and the date we can both make it will definitely be next week since that guy is not in Singapore.

This week will be a stress week for my gf. She has got a test on Fri and another on Sat and for both, she has yet to complete preparing for any. Hope she will be able to go through this ordeal.
An hour ago, I was told there's another one who is affected and will not sit for tonight's PE. And this means there will have one student to accompany me to sit for a make up next week :)

In my opinion, my Unix lecturer is a very lazy one. Lecture 1 to 5 slides are written by another lecturere and he simply used it for this course. Lecture 6 slides are taken from another University's website! This makes me wonder will he ever write any notes this semester for this course? I doubt so. Not only did he not write his own notes, he doesn't even bother to prepare to read them prior to every lecture. Just take today's lecture as an example - he had to spend some time reading each slide before he could deliver it to us. To make things worse, some of the codes are not working on my school's SunOS because of many versions of UNIX/Linux. This really irritates me as to which code are working and which aren't. Sometimes when examples get lengthy, he simply skips them. …
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is my update for my upcoming hell.
17th Sep '04 - GEK2000 Test.
17th Sep '04 - Supposedly having CS2281 PE too but then it clashes with my GEK test. As a result, I will have to sit for the PE alone, and most probably 1-to-1 with either the TA or the lecturer himself. As for the setup, I guess perhaps will be in my TA's office or lecturer's room. Sucks!
18th Sep '04 - Supposedly CS2281 programming assignment deadline but postponed in mercy of the PE.
19th Sep '04 - CS3266 Phase 1 Deadline.
20th Sep '04 - CS2281 new programming assignment deadline.
20th Sep '04 - 23rd Sep '04 - to complete CS3235 assignment 1.
25th Sep ''04 - EC1301 Test
30th Sep '04 - CS3235 Test
1st Oct '04 - CS3235 Assignment 1 deadline
The list can go on and on...

Argh!!! I going to take it a step at a time. This entry will serve as a reminder for myself.
24 hrs per day.
>=20 hrs of it is used for doing my 1 project, 1 test, 1 Practical Exam and 1 programming assignment which all are due this week.
Just woke up not long ago and here I am in front of my laptop again working on my project. That's my life for this semester.

Logged onto NUS IVLE forum and found some are discussing how come the stipulated workload for my 3MCs CS2281 module has doubled from what is printed in the faculty's site. ARGH!!! Another programming assignment to be handed in on the week where I have got my Practical Examination. That's a bit demanding for a 3MC module. If I am not wrong, other modules will not introduce any practical assignments on the week where there's a test. That policy applies to my CS2106 and also to some other modules which I am exempted from like CS1101 and CS1102.

I stayed overnight in school yesterday to accompany my gf for her to complete her project. Of course I brought my laptop along to do my project. The night was chilling cold but we managed go through it and took an early bus home.
Finally I am have re-coded the entire 500 over lines of coding which I lost it a day ago because my laptop hang. I was using the internet yesterday and because I need the USB port, I did a safely remove of the hardware but before the removal process was completed, I plugged out the port and nightmare came. System hung and I had no choice but to force reboot my laptop. I then realized the file which I had been working on for days was gone!

Worked through the night till 3am+ before I went for bed. I continued re-coding the entire file and finally completed it few minutes ago. Actually I was done with it by early evening but then when I tested it on school's Sun Solaris OS, one particular function just ain't working as expected. It worked fine on my Windows and Linux machine but I just couldn't figure out the reason for the difference. I took another 6 hours or so to re-code that particular function to make it work for all OS and thank god it was done before 1am. At least tod…
Posted a thread in EE and ask for interested parties for gmail account.
Going to invite a total of 6.
These few days I just don't have the motivation to write a lot. Anyway, I am just back from a chalet at Pasir Ris organized by my gf's sister. Regine's brother and his girlfriend, Regine's sister and her boyfriend, Regine herself and I were the only few who went for the chalet.
My history module is going to kill me. Read up till chapter 3 but then after a mere 4 lectures, the lecturer has covered chapter 12! Cannot imagine it. It seems I have got lots to catch up.
Trying to crack my brain to factorize some prime numbers and the smallest of them is of 77 digits. Going to be a challenge.
Still feeling very happy.. hehe..
Even though I am very stressed up this week..