Andrew's Stuff

An Update


Well wtbw has been pestering me to update again. Pahhh! :P Of course the whole reason why I haven't been updating is that I haven't really had anything to post about. Nothing of the scale of "Access Sucks" like my last post, at least ;)

Anyway, I've made a couple of changes to this site since I last posted. They're all in the Comments page, namely that the name you enter will now be remembered with a little cookie for 365 days and clicking a 'reply' link will populate the "Title" field with "Re: <title of post you're replying to>". I was getting fed up with typing it all the time so as usual the only reason for me coding something is pure laziness on my part.

MS Access Sucks


This is now the second time that I'm writing this as the flat mains power sockets only, it seems, have died. The oven and lights seem to be working still. That'll teach me not to save stuff regularly and/or stop writing stuff on my desktop via RDC.

Anyway, I'll try to remember what I had typed previously.

Long Time no Post


So... It's been ages since my last post, I know. I'm sorry :p

What's happened between then and now? We've (my flatmates and I, plus Dave - Yana's boyfriend) gone bowling twice. First time I lost (i.e. Came last), the second time I won and totally thrashed everyone else. The others now believe that I spent every waking hour at the bowling centre between the two sessions. It's a lie. I'm just good sometimes and bad others.

Belated Post


Long time no post... I blame the fact that I really haven't been doing much. I ordered a nice wireless access point on Thursday evening for delivery next Thursday but it seems that Initial City Link already have it in their possession for delivery on Monday. A certain friend of mine says that they'll keep it in their warehouse until Thursday but I am hoping that they'll deliver it on Monday, since their website says that the scheduled delivery date is Monday. We shall see who is correct.

Also my room fridge arrived on Friday. It's pretty cool (pun not intented) and worryingly it's not much smaller than the one in our kitchen so I'm keeping the vast majority of my cold stuff in it now. It's even got a mini ice box thing where I can keep a couple of packs of rolls since they won't fit in our far-too-small freezer.
Front view of the fridge.
Inside view of it.

Java Is Bizarre


Started actually learning Java today. It's not majorly hard, though I am still getting confused with the 'default' code that the IDE gives us when we start new classes. That said I managed to complete the work for the next three weeks in under an hour - half of our two-hour tutorial - so I just spent the rest of the lesson playing around to see what else I could make it do. I determined that for loops work in the same way I'd expect them to (I'd say the same as PHP, but it's not quite the same since PHP is typless so PHP's for ($i=0; $i<10; $i++) becomes (int i=0; i<10; i++) in Java), switch statements worked just as I expected, too, though unfortunately they only accept integers (C-style) while PHP quite happily accepts strings for switch statements. I then started playing around with creating an interface (i.e. a GUI). I didn't really achieve much there, though, and was just able to create a 'frame' with a progress bar. I could happily change the value of that progress bar, but I couldn't get it to loop with a slight delay to give it a nice "Hello World"-for-progress-bars effect (instead I ended up creating an infinite loop that crashed the IDE). In retrospect I should have given the frame a text box and a button as well to allow the user (me) to enter a number between 1 and 100, press the button and then had the progress bar set itself to that length. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow or next week :p

Other lessons were boring... Completed this week's and next week's work for Computer Systems & Internet Technology in today's tutorial so it'll be back to entertaining myself next week, and Professional & Business Skills was dull, as predicted. I really have no intention of talking about CVs and Transferrable Personal Skills.