MSDNAA seems to be the best kept secret in the Computer Science Department at my university because it’s been almost 3 years and I’ve found out about it just now. I think I know why too. The sys-admin has to manually burn each CD (yes, I said CD, not DVD). Windows Vista, which I will be getting through MSDNAA through my university, comes on a whopping 5 CDs. They need to setup a server with the ISO so that we can download and burn them ourselves.

Windows Live Messenger 8 Beta: A Piece Of Crap

On Thursday I received a beta invitation to Windows Live Messenger 8.0 Beta (aka MSN Messenger 8.0 Beta). At first I was excited about trying it out but I uninstalled it after 3 days.

Dell Inspiron 4000: R.I.P. 2001-2005

Early morning on December 31st 2005, my sister woke me up with these words: “Marvin, I screwed up big time.” When I looked at the screen, it was black and numerous hard drive failure warnings were printed on-screen. So I turned it off and asked her what she did to it. She had spilled water on it by mistake while trying to shut it down. I removed all of the modular parts (battery, DVD drive, wireless adapter…). Water was coming out of everywhere. So we let it sit a while and then we took it to BestBuy to have them dry it. The guy sprayed stuff and then tried turning it on. Nothing. So we returned home and let it dry for a day. I tried it again the next day. Nothing. Long story short, my laptop is dead. It served me well for over four and a half years. I upgraded the hardware on two occasions. I went from a 10 GB hard drive to a faster 40 GB one. I upgraded the system memory from 128 MB to 320 MB. I also went from Windows Me to Windows XP Professional.

Interestingly enough, I didn’t get mad. This is coming from someone who used to yell on people just for moving my precious laptop. It was precious to me because I paid a whole lotta money for it at the time. I liked it a lot. Anyway, here’s to my laptop that I could never live without. You will be missed.

Dell Inspiron 4000: R.I.P. 2001–2005


Lately a lot of my time has been dedicated to one thing: programming. But it started 4 years ago…

C++ Windowing Class

I’m going to hate myself for even writing about this because I’ll probably abandon this project soon. I’ll most likely lose interest in it like most of my projects. But here goes.

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.