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Monthly Archives: April 2008

EEE PCI’ve been on the lookout for the eee pc since november and after playing with one in Singapore I decided I just had to get one. 4 gigs SSD storage, less than a kilogram in weight, 900 Mhz Celeron, 512meg RAM, 7″ (800×480) screen, wifi, built in SD card reader. It’s in my view the way a laptop should be and not something that could replace a desktop, because you have desktops for that…
So my parents bought me one for getting my bachelor. And it’s so friggin nice. Fellow warsower Chas bought one in Australia if I remember correctly and he’s been talking on his blog about how much he likes it. I’m not gonna do that! HA!
I’m gonna whine about the OS that’s on it, about how you have to do all kind of hacky things to get the full 4 gigs of HD. The difficulties in getting a decent torrent, IRC or IM client and the fact that you have to face Satan himself if you want to install compiz fusion. And of course, thanks to Linux, it is impossible to get it connected to the TU/e wifi…
But it’s great for doing my homework assignments, playing openttd, doing my blogging and some couch/bed/toilet-surfing. I think I’m going to install windows XP on it tho, because I really want to get it online at school. And use that 100Mbit together with my portable HD to get some proper leeching going on.

Wow, this has been a crazy week. So much information to process, people to meet, pictures to take.

Lectures and courses
I’ve been following so many lectures on so many papers. It’s been crazy. Subjects ranged from “A comparison between Heuristics Evalutation Methods” to “User Research using Mechanical Turk”. I’ve been trying to attend to a lot of usability lectures, some of which were really interesting and some of which were plain bad. It was nice to see the difference between academic work and corporate work.
On the general however, it’s just like school. A lot of people sitting and listening to a lecture. Some people taking notes on paper, some taking notes on their macbook pros and some just taking pictures of the projected slides. Read More »

Well… a conference. What the hell is something like that supposed to be like?

I had an extensive preparation prior to getting in Florence that consisted of booking a flight, getting accomodation and partying the night before departure with crazy exchange students in Eindhoven. Needless to say, the first day in Florence was hectic.

[singlepic id=56 w=320 h=240 float=left]I did make it to the apartment yesterday quite effortlesly (somewhat to my surprise). I did however completely misunderstood Karolien’s Belgian accent for Italian, which lead to me speaking English to someone who’s talking Dutch to me. And while writing this, I realize I haven’t explained that to her yet… But the apartment is way too nice for a shitty student like myself. I’m there together with 3 phd students from my faculty, who I don’t know that well. I think that this might be different when the week is over. I’ve got my own bedroom, with nice kingsize bed. And I’ve got my own bathroom, with bidet. We’re sharing a living room and kitchen, together with the conversations and thoughts that come naturally.
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