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Another crappy blog no one reads

It’s a shake up

I’ve decided to make some changes to the blog…well one change. I’m giving a different theme a try. But of course that ment I had to fix up the Adsense stuff. Eventually I’ll have to start using this thing properly, but who cares really. It’s fun to play with.

On a completly different note, this week is “Reading week” (I’m sure they would call it spring break if it were anywhere near spring but it’s not so meh) and I had this huge list of things I wanted to do, as of this moment, with three day’s left in reading week — well really it’s one, I’d have the weekend off anyway so I’m not sure it counts — I’ve accomplished…none of those things. I’ve only managed to play some videogames, which I havn’t done in a while, but still big plans! I really need to get to those, someone mind kicking me a couple times ’till I get to work? Thanks.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on March 1st, 2007 | Filed under Personal | Comments Off

You can Call me Stephen

As in Colbert because I CALLED IT!

Ok, not so much that I called it but I told Google that their reader needed to play embeded videos and they listened to me. It wasn’t that long ago that I made my suggestions on how to make Google reader better and they have already implemented two of them…I think, those are the only two things on the list I remember anyway, I try not to live in the past.

The moral of the story is that if you want something fixed in your favorite piece of software you should tell me and I’ll complain about it in the space your looking at right now. You’ll wait about two months for web applications and four months for everything else but the change you requested will appear in your the software.

For the People who are going to say that this change was going to happen if I had asked for it or not and I’m deluding myself with false grandeur: put a lid on that jealously would ya, it’s not becoming of you. I know we can’t all have this amazing power and I’ll try to use it wisely but that doesn’t mean you need to be so petty.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on January 30th, 2007 | Filed under Tech | 1 Comment »

For the love of Errors

So I’m just about to start an assignment, it’s in C so I decide I’m going to start up Visual Studio. It’s good at what it does and I’m doing what it does, it all makes sense. Related to this I recently installed Vista, I had access to it and I figure as a good computer person I might as well give it a try, what kind of geek would I be if I couldn’t at least say I’ve used it?

Anyway I didn’t think twice about using Visual Studio because it’s a Microsoft product, if anything is going to work with Vista this should right? …apparently not. But that’s not even why I’m writing this!

You see Mircosoft has made this fancy new tool that tells you when a program isn’t compatible with Vista, of course this popped up for Visual Studio. The error message looked like so:

Incompatilble without detailes

Now I’d like to solve this problem, I figure I’m computer savvy, I can handle the details. Come on Vista give me those hard, cold details, I can take it.

With the details

Yes…quite…detailed. If these “Details” help anyone they are smarter then I am…and can read the minds of the people at Microsoft. But as far as I can tell this button is completely useless and just there to give people hope that they may be able to fix their own computer.

And for anyone that is wondering, no I haven’t finished the assignment yet and yes it is due tomorrow in the morning, I’ll do it eventually! Get off my back women!…sorry flash back.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on January 30th, 2007 | Filed under Programming, Tech | Comment now »

My new game

Well I don’t know if it’s a new game, but I’ve never seen it anywhere and I’ve been doing it for a while so I think of it as my game. I technically should be writing my assignment for 374 ( don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you, I don’t get it either.) but I feel like doing this instead.

The rules of the game are simple. You either hit the “Random Article” link on wikipedia or you find a link to some article on your own, read the article and then pick a random internal link in the article and follow it. You are not allowed to click on links to articles you have already read and any page that can reasonably referred to as a stub can be back out of. You keep this up until you reach an article that has no internal links that you have not yet read or you don’t feel like playing anymore. I have yet to start this game and actually end it by reaching a page with all read links.’

This game is oddly interesting, you can end up at the oddest places, normally in topics that have nothing to do with what you started on. You can also learn the oddest facts (like there are some really odd fetishes out there ) and some interesting things that you never knew about.

So if anyone wants to try this game I’ll provide a link: Backronym.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on January 16th, 2007 | Filed under Games, Personal | Comments Off

Nintendo I love you but…

You need to work on the “community” aspect of your system. Yes this is yet another open letter to a company that will never read it. But the last one worked so well I decided to do it again. But before I start I just want to say that I love the Wii, it’s quite possibly the greatest system ever made, it’s just that there are a few issues; lets address them here shall we?

Nintendo is selling the Wii as a system for getting people together, promoting it’s great multi player games both on one console and over the Wi-Fi connection. Just one problem, these games don’t exist…yet…and people have already pointed this out, so I don’t even need to bother. What I will talk about is the fact that Nintendo seems to want to stop people from actually using the wi-fi system when it finally is up.

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Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on December 22nd, 2006 | Filed under Nintendo, Personal, Tech | 1 Comment »

I Ask and I Receive

A little while ago I wrote an open letter list of complaints about Google reader. Well they obviously read this blog because today one of the changes I asked for has finally been implemented — these things take time so I’ll forgive them for taking so long — and I’m happy for it. I am of course talking about sorting posts by time. And even though I haven’t played with this feature yet — it was just pushed out and I wanted to write this post first — I want to thank Google for this, it’s a feature that a lot of people have wanted for a long time. I finally feel like I’m not really missing anything by not using a stand alone reader.

For anyone who’s wondering where the promised code is well there will be a post later tonight about that! This semester is almost over and I’m finally getting my initiative back.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on December 14th, 2006 | Filed under Tech | Comments Off

My brain is dead, long live my brain!

Ok, so my brain has officially quit and moved out. I can’t bring myself to get any work done for some reason, I just keep reading news about Wii and PS3 and playing games…I don’t know why. I can’t even think of things to write about on here. No interesting opinions to speak of rattling around my head. I’ve even resorted to writing about nothing just so people will have some reason to come here. In the end I’m asking anyone who happens to read this: Do you know any way to get my brain back to work? Any one have good ways to get yourself motivated again when you just don’t care about the things your supposed to be doing? There is more after the jump…but you probably don’t want to read it!

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Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on November 13th, 2006 | Filed under Personal | Comments Off

On the topic of Blogging

As you may, or may not, depending on how observant or your definition of blogging, I’ve recently taken up blogging. I’m not going to claim I’m good at it, to be honest I’m not even sure if anyone really reads this other then a couple friends of mine because, well I don’t really know why. In any case I’ve learned something important over the last dozen posts or so: finding things to write about is hard! I feel like I should write something new everyday, not really because I think anyone will read it but because I think I’ll become a better adequate writer eventually.

You see finding things to write about is difficult, mostly because I don’t want to just re-write someone else’s news unless I really have something to add to it. There is nothing wrong with being one of the sites that do repost news, they are very useful, I just don’t have the reader base to do that and I like using this site as a place to put what I think about things. Really I don’t think I’ve subjugated enough people to my crazy ideas in my everyday life and I need to do it on a global scale. Another thing that makes this a bit harder is that I don’t want to write about how my day was, and I’m to old to whine about “how much my parents fucking suck, they keep intruding in on MY fucking space” or what ever kids complain about these days — off topic, if you’re one of those kids: It’s not your space, your parents pay for it, they are just being nice enough to let you use it for free.

One day I’ll actually put something useful in this space, I’m not sure when that will be, but maybe soon. Anyway, I’m going to go watch Heroes, you should all do the same.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on November 6th, 2006 | Filed under Personal | Comments Off

Binary search is broken!?

Two posts in one day? Unheard of. I must be sick…or dying? I’m not dying am I? Nope I just found something interesting that I should have found a long time ago!
I recently discovered the Google Research blog for myself, and on there they have a very interesting article about how pretty much every binary search ever written is broken. That’s right, one of the oldest, best tested algorithms in computer science has a bug that’s been laying around for decades just to be found. I really found this interesting. It’s a good example of how programmers can’t just assume code is bug free because they have tested a few cases, or literally billions of cases as with binary searches, bugs can be anywhere and we always have to be on the look out. This bug for example managed to avoid detection because it only occurs in very large arrays, and only when the value being searched for is somewhere on the far side of the upper half. For reference a large array in this case has somewhere in the range of a billion elements, and I’m sure you all write a couple of those a week. Only recently have computers been made to keep arrays this large and so only recently have arrays this large been made.

So just remember, never assume something works. Always be ready for those bugs that you just never dreamed could happen.

Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on November 4th, 2006 | Filed under Programming | Comment now »

Ruby, more than just shiney

A friend of mine, Patrick, gave a very good lecture (seminar? I don’t really know the difference.) on the Ruby programming language. I looked a little into Ruby before I went to this but I didn’t really know much and I think Pat did a really good job at explaining the language and what it does. I’ll probably look into some more when I get a chance. As a supplement to the talk he put the slides he used up so everyone could/can follow along.

Now I said can there for a reason, I have had this odd habit of having very bare posts so I’ve decided to spice this one up with an actual flash embed…but I don’t want to have it on the main page. To be honest I don’t like that, if I want to see the video I can click an extra link, if I want to read the post I don’t want to have to load all that extra stuff that comes with an embed…wow I’m good at getting off topic… Sorry.

In any case I recommend you all watch the video, even if you know Ruby I think you might pick something up from this…”you all” I’m funny, I think a total of 4 people read this blog. But I thank all of you, please keep reading…or just looking at the ads if that’s what you’re here for. ;)

Oh and if any of you happen to have some good resources on Ruby I’d like to read them, leave a comment and you will have my thanks.

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Tomasz Kolodziejczyk on November 4th, 2006 | Filed under Programming | 1 Comment »