Saturday, April 28, 2007


I just finished writing my formula sheet for CS320. I decided that instead of memorizing anything, it might save time if I just try to squeeze a semester of course work onto a single A4 piece of paper. Well... I ran out of room :(. It is now 1am and there are 11 hours left until the final. I better get back to studying.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Motivational Comics

Calvin offers his views on the world of academia:

... yes, I should really be studying right now since I have three exams within the next four days. Instead I find myself reading Calvin and Hobbes and learning how to play Go. I am actually proud of my progress learning Go since I can now beat the GNU Go artificial intelligence on its hardest difficulty level. I find that procrastination actually makes me more productive (except, of course, on the task I am procrastinating).

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Riddle

Since there was relatively low participation for my last riddle, the first person to correctly decode my Easter egg will win a mystery prize!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Laptop Theft

I found out yesterday that Nath's laptop and passport were stolen while he was on the overnight bus from Banda Aceh to Medan. In an attempt to identify the thief, I decided that it would be helpful if I could log an IP address when the laptop connects to the Internet. The laptop is set to automatically log on to MSN, so I set up a buddy pounce to send a message as soon as the laptop connects. I don't think it is possible to trace an IP address directly through MSN because the packets travel through the MSN servers before heading towards their destination, so I set up the buddy pounce to send an irresistible URL to a webpage with a web tracker instead.

Today the thief actually logged onto MSN. The buddy pounce sent the link, and then he/she logged off a few seconds later. Unfortunately the thief did not take the bait, and didn't click on the link. I set up another buddy pounce just in case he/she decides to log on to MSN again, although I think that would be extremely unlikely. If I had succeeded in getting the IP address it probably would have been possible to track down the location of the connection... oh well :(