Learning C++

Since I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, I’m reading a C++ tutorial. While I have an idea of programming in C++, I have never really sat down to learn all the basics. In reading the tutorial, I’ve noticed that in C++ there are 10 ways to do everything. My favorite examples are:
int a (5) is the same as int a = 5

a = 2 + (b = 5); is the same as
b = 5;
a = 2 + b;

I think that this is one of the reasons C++ code is always so much harder for me to read than Java. I personally think that Java’s syntax seems more consistant, but they do have their inconsistancies also. For example:

word.length(); //Checks the size of the String word.
array.length; //Checks the size of array.
arrayList.size(); //Checks the size of the ArrayList arrayList.

The Future Of Cellphones

The future of cellphones seems to be music phones.
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Things Are Hot In Haiti

Unfortunately, things have been very hot in Haiti these past weeks. My mom has been in numorous shootings and “kouri”, and now my sister has witnessed shootings today.
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Google Maps

Google introduced Google Maps a couple of weeks ago. It was sleek and fast. Recently, they added a satellite view to Google Maps, which is extremely cool. Someone even took the time of linking to some of the most popular places.

Anyway, here is Port-au-Prince, Haiti. That long strip in the top right corner is the airport. Something I’ve noticed is that there are more clouds over the Dominican Republic than there are over Haiti, that seems weird, but it might just because of that day. This isn’t a live view afterall.

Filing Taxes

This year is my first year filing taxes and, in the spirit of being a good American (I’m not American), I filed taxes 5 days before they are due. I haven’t sent the form yet, I’ll do that tomorrow, so technically, I filed taxes 4 days before they are due.

This reminds me of that “The Simpsons” episode where Homer noticed that taxes were due in a couple of hours, He filled everything up real quickly, tapped everything together in a ball-type shape. When it got to the IRS Center, his package accidentally fell in the place for extreme cases. You can kinda guess the rest. Homer gets in deep trouble with the IRS.

Installing Gentoo

I’m installing the Gentoo 2005.0 release on a test machine. It’s been two and a half hours since the start of the installation.
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All Roads Lead To MSN

I like MSN Messenger and I use it everyday. I just downloaded MSN 7.0 which came out of beta a couple of hours ago. I really like this version as it fixes a lot of things and adds many new features.
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Is This Love?

I’m someone who likes to have a fast PC. If my PC is sluggish then I will get frustrated. If I get frustrated then bad things will happen to the people around me (or not).
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Setting Up A Server

For quite a while now, I’ve been thinking of setting my own server at home by buying one of those cheap Dell desktops and installing Linux on there.
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Gmail Now Has 2 GB+

When Gmail announced yesterday that they were adding 2 GB, they added a nifty counter on the homepage. That counter keeps on going even thought it passed the 2 GB. This is in sync with what Georges Harik told CNET on Thursday. I took a peek at the JavaScript code for the counter, and found out that the quota is increased by 1 MB every 24,912 seconds or every 6 hours 55 minutes and 12 seconds. The next milestone, 2075 MB, will happen on Saturday, April 9th 2005, 16:00:00 (GMT). If the quota keeps increasing at that rate, we should reach 3000 MB in about 23,666,400 seconds which corresponds to Sunday, January 1st 2006, 9:00:00 (GMT) :).

Mutant Strawberry

Yesterday, I went to Albertson’s and saw this strawberry:

A Mutant Strawberry

I get weirded out all the time by the food here in the U.S. I already blogged about the bread here.