Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Well i've just got back from an extended weekend up in Winchester with Emma. I had a great time, and it was really good to have a break (even if I have only been back in Bournemouth a couple of weeks!) I'm blogging as a break from revision right now. I have an exam in Sound, Music, and Multimedia fundamentals tomorrow which is going to be fun! 40 Questions on various aspects of sound!
I have also realised that I have run out of food, so at some point today I will be venturing to ASDA to pick up the essentials. I've been working a fair bit recently, so surviving on whatever is at hand! I have made a promise to myself that i will attempt some more adventurous cooking this week. So I'm going to attempt Lasagne, and Toad in the hole in preparation for when Emma comes down in 10 days! I'll let you all know how i get on!
Anyway, that's about it from me for today
Back to revision I go...
Friday, January 16, 2009
The length of time i've had my Mac...
Now those of you who knew me about 3 or 4 years ago will know that for me to actually go out and by something made by 'Apple' of all people, is nothing short of a miracle. However, since i made the leap about 4 years ago and brought my first Apple product (a little iPod nano), my opinions have changed somewhat.
I have since brought a Macbook Pro and more recently an iPod Touch. I can honestly say that these are the two single greatest purchases in the arsenal that comprise my gadgets! Below is a screenshot of the mac interface, and how i have it set up...
It is perfect! There is no simpler way of describing it. The interface flows, the buttons do exactly what you expect them too, and everything is where you would expect it to be! I should explain, I have been a windows user since windows 3.1 at the age of 'very young' so 3 months, 16 days and a few hours ago I was completely new to the Mac interface. Now i feel like i've never used anything else!
As part of my course I am required to do C++ programming in Microsoft Visual Studio. This, being a Microsoft program, requires windows to run. Even on a Mac this isn't a problem anymore. I just run windows right inside leopard, and it runs just fine! Feels horrible and clunky to use though!
Now I'm not saying that Mac's are perfect. I'm saying that the software is very close to being perfect, but the hardware can be an issue. Now i have one of the older style MacBook Pro's (not the Unibody) and I can tell you that it runs exceedingly hot, upwards of 80 degrees centigrade when playing games! Other issues include the wireless card sometimes deciding that it doesn't exist and the slot loading disk drive occasionally rubbing against the case, making a small clicking noise. These are, of course, minor things that have done little to counteract the joy of owning such an easy to use, well designed laptop!
As for the iPod Touch, more on that next week...
Monday, January 12, 2009
Yep i'm back from skiing, and so is Emma. She got on really well for her first week managing confident parallel turns on blues, and even a red at the end of the week! The photo below pretty much sums up the holiday. Fantastic snow, blue skies, and lots of sunshine!
Well I arrived back at University yesterday, and have just finished the first day of my second term at Bournemouth! I have so much work to do, it is unreal. I have 3 assignments due in for the next 3 weeks, and an exam on the fourth week! I don't mind the work (hey, its why I'm paying near £10,000 a year) it's just the time it takes up!
My timetable has changed slightly for the second term, no more Monday lye in's for me. First lecture on Monday is now 10 - 11, i then have a 2 hour break, then a lecture 1 - 2, then another 2 hour break, then a lecture 4-5! But i am making a pledge that i will do work in those 4 hours, rather than visit the local student 'watering hole' otherwise known as Dylans bar!
It's a mixed feeling being back at Uni, I like choosing what, and when to eat. And i like deciding whether or not I can be bothered to make my bed! But there are some people from home I miss very much!
Anyway, i am really only procrastinating by writing this blog post. I'm off now to generate some random numbers in C++, Create 3 minutes of interesting radio content (without using the spoken work), Start a report on 'how a sound card works', and revise for a multimedia fundamentals exam...