Woke up at 6:00 AM today to reach my 8:00 AM ECE2031 lab and beat the rush hour traffic. I ended up getting there around 7:00 AM, so I killed the rest of the hour by surfing the Internet in the ECE computer labs.
The first lab was fairly busy, although not excessively so. The three hours were spent helping students with their questions, and signing off their check-off sheets. The students had to complete several introductory exercise with the Altera MAX+PLUS II design software, mainly using the graphical schemetic and VHDL/Verilog editor.
One of my Corsair 256 MB XMS2400 memory stocks went bad today. The good news is that Corsair has a lifetime warranty – I’ll replace the bad RAM as soon as I get a chance.
It’s Friday! The first week of classes are now done. Nicky, Adam, and I went to go see Triple X at AMC on Cobb Parkway. It was a refreshing change, although the movie itself was quite unimpressive. I also paid my Cingular phone bill.
I’m moved in. I drove over to Georgia Tech to write this message. This morning I made a quick run to Wal-Mart, and got a lamp, a shower curtain, and some basic bathroom supplies. Michael, the first of many roommates, will be arriving tonight.
I also drove around the neighborhood a little bit. There are lots of interesting places nearby. In particular, Hollywood Video is right down the street; I rented two movies, Ali and Vanilla Sky, from there yesterday. There is not much to do around the apartment without Internet access.
I got a cell phone from Cingular today. The phone is a Nokia 3360. Went to eat some excellent chinese carry-out with my friend Ryan at China Star. We then returned to his house and watched El Mariachi and Men of Honor. Sent in the Datek internal account transfer forms.
Got a call in the early morning while in the bathroom for federal loan consolidation. So of course, I’m very irritated, think it’s a money scam of some sort, and I get rid of the person on the other end as soon as possible. The person on the other end seemed very upset that I was refusing the offer. Most telemarketers aren’t like that. So I decided to actually check this thing out on the Internet – and lo and behold, federal loan consolidation is for real. So tomorrow I send in the paperwork for it with Citibank. Now I feel bad about being rude on the phone.
Called Wellington Point apartments today about the lease agreement. Everything seems to be pretty much settled. I will be moving in on Saturday. Wrote some billing routines in bash to e-mail invoices to roommates. GNUcash has a Scheme back-end, which should allow me to export account data automatically. Contacted Shell Energy and Georgia Power to set up services before I move in.
Converted all my Linux partitions to ReiserFS and ext3. Yummy. Worked with Wonderware’s SCADAlarm system today on the job – it’s quite possibly the most horrendous piece of software that I’ve ever seen. You would think that someone out there would be able to create a better alarm notification system for less than thousands of dollars.