Thursday, January 3, 2008

typical procastinator?

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okay, so now, school has officially started. although, the traces of vacation hangover is still ever present...

for today, ive got the following deadlines set:
1) finish debugging the firmware for logging data. so you see, i have been having trouble converting an unsigned integer to its respective unsigned character array...i know...there already exists a function to do that thing. (itoa). but i have been stubborn telling myself not to succumb to using it. although, in all fairness to me, the compiler i am using does not support it....but after 3 trials of different algorithms that i have thought of to implement the said function, i have finally let that stubbornness crumble. i have decided to use - not the whole itoa function - but only parts of it necessary - this is out of desperation and all.

i have left that problem that needed debugging - hmm, i dont know - since december erm ... 18? i think that's about right. that night was the maskipaps of engg week....

so now, i have made progress. but, i have to admit - it is a tad bit too late. well, not according to my gantt chart it isnt. but you see, because of that procrastination, i may have just let myself lose 1 week worth of advancement..but hey, i know myself well enough to say that i could have spoiled my vacation if i had let myself continue working. 

as proof of that assertion, im currently high - not because of some recreative drug - but because of lack of sleep and the sudden effect of sugar rush after drowning a can of coke light (my favored drink - not because of its no calories ad but more on its taste. lol. i like it because it doesn't give the "air" that i get from other carbonated drinks - so as i like to call it - it's kind of soft compared to other beverages.

so anyway, yeah, more on the debugging, after making use of certain parts of the itoa function, i may have made up for lost time - well not the whole week worth but maybe half of it. the only thing left to attend to is address the fact that what im storing is the reverse of what i should actually store. 

the matter being clearer: i should store 6560 but what im storing right now is there. that needs working on. but that's a small problem compared to other bigger things - one being to incorporate the firmware that my groupmates have created so far (with success  - as my compliment to their efforts and perseverance - great work guys!)

2) finish the requirements set by toshiba. this one is a bit more tricky considering the fact that i have not started on it yet. but, to say the least, i have not totally neglected it. i have already formed a sort of strategy to address that problem. they need me to send them a copy of my code (being worked upon as of the moment), an abstract of our thesis (to be edited to focus more on my part) and finally a powerpoint presentation to detail the work - which i have ready - 'cept for further edits to, again, focus the topic more on my part.

hahaha. look what intoxication can give you. a whole entry is less than 5 minutes. lol.

anyway - i just have to correct the previous entry. i may not be getting a psp after all. with much consideration on the pros and cons of things, yes the psp is a great handheld device - but the problem i have with that is that i am not a big fan of repeating games. i have been a follower of sony since its ps1 until ps2 (ps3 - hmm...i'll get to that if i have settled in - hmm. like my brother who has his - he even boasts to me now that buying pirated games is jologs hahaha. - well forgive me! im not in the third world for nothing - hehehe - no offense to anyone there - hehehe there's no risk of getting caught with pirated games here - - - - although - the places where i use to buy those said games seem to have stopped selling the games) so - yes. i am not getting a psp now...but ... a nintendo ds! hmm. although i am not sure exactly what my mom told my aunt to buy. but she did mention blue as the case so i guess it's the ds not the ds lite. upon research - there are no blue ds lites around - only pink, black and white. so, with proper deduction you'll find that it most likely will be a ds.

edit:  it's confirmed. my aunt just called. i will be getting a ds lite - i chose dark blue. maybe it was a quick assumption regarding color limitations of the ds and ds lite. and a plus to this, my worries regarding it have been totally erased. the said unit is already converted or modified and it already has the necessary hardware to allow me to just download games easy. hmm... which reminds me, i may need to start my utorrent downloading games...=) 

also - on to other things. i am beginning to feel the panic of not attending to our ece 113 machine problem. hahaha. we have left it unattended! hmm. but i have a feeling that sir pj may extend the deadline. although, the boards are ready (finished fabricating them) - what's left is to stuff them, create the variable gain part of the project and then debug. kudos to chester and his groupmates for the huge help they've bestowed upon our group. hand me downs (of--- bleeep --- cough*M*cough*P*cough*s*) are kind of a trend. well, i guess they are okay because those hand me downs were hand me downs as well. from what root did it originate - well, i don't know. but, yes, that matter is a great help - BUT - don't think that just doing what has been done is okay. you have to, of course, do your share in the research and do what's necessary or right, and that is - to understand what you are doing and not go rush into things blindly.

if my previous entry sucked big time - which i acknowledge because i was bored that time. inspiration seems lacking these days...well. i hope it won't be the trend for this year.

AGAIN, happy new year to everyone!
may this year be a great year - especially to UP students (it's our centennial year after all)
as well as - to the soon to be graduates - friends let's all do this well and push on forward - let's see each other on april 28 (i hope i got that date right)

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