I went to the University of Hertfordshire’s postgraduate open day today – a couple of strange feelings about the trip for political reasons – the one previous time I had been on the campus was when I had a not every pleasant encounter with the Revolutionary Socialist League/Militant Tendency controlled student Labour club of what… Read More University of Hertfordshire
My first exam in the second year of the (part-time) MSc is tomorrow and I guess I am writing this blog partly as a way of avoiding more revision, but partly also because if last year’s experience is any guide, that exam will knock the stuffing out of any optimism I have, so I shall… Read More What’s next?
…what is the project itself going to be like? I started work last night on writing up a very early draft of my project proposal. For several reasons it was a lot more difficult than I had expected. Firstly, and typically, I let the technology of the writing tool get in the way of the… Read More If writing the MSc project proposal is this hard…
I stumbled across the site XMLSucks.com just now when reading a comment on slashdot about the idea that there was an FBI mandated “backdoor” in OpenBSD. Right now I am working on some coursework with XML and so the site has my sympathy. For sure, XML has its uses – SVG seems like a pretty good… Read More XML: any use?
This is the first “normal” – not abroad or just back, not jet lagged and so on – weekend I’ve been able to have at home in a month and it has also been the first time in that period where I have been able to expend some time to looking further at my proposed… Read More Rediscovering enthusiasm
The one thing that my MSc course has taught me is that things I thought were simple – such as SQL – are in fact fiendishly difficult in the hands of an examiner and with a clock ticking against you. Simple queries like SELECT Name FROM ListOfNames just are not where it is at. Here… Read More Making the easy look difficult or is it the other way round