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it is important that you know when I dream about coding

Where have I been the last few days? Well, I’ve been working on two projects: One for the AI class, and another mostly to get it done.

Over the last three days, I’ve spent (with my project partner) a total of about 55 man-hours working on the AI project. Last night I was dreaming about code to implement decision trees. Finally, though, we have just over 40k of code which seems to mostly work. There’s still some debugging to do, as one of the routines generates an infinite loop (one which checks for loops in the node structure, in fact), but it’s close enough to being done that I’m not nearly as worried about it as I was before. Add this to the fact that the professor just gave everyone a day’s extension, and I feel like I can spare the time to work on my other project.

My other project is to set up the new computer. I picked it up yesterday, and started working on it today. Unfortunately, I have to do a bit more than just string an ethernet cable between the two machines and copy the files I want; there are a few things which just didn’t come with the new machine, like a 3.5″ drive. The plan I’m going to try is to stuff everything I want to keep onto the second hard drive, and migrate that entirely onto the new machine.

After I get the hardware set up, my understanding is that I’ll have to reinstall XP (which came with the new machine, and doesn’t let you easily switch to, say, 2K) because the hardware profile will have changed significantly. Luckily, the school has a site license for XP Pro, so I have access to an access code and a less privacy-invading version of the software. Then, I’m going to be doing a bunch of simple configuration, installing programs that I like to use, etc.

At any rate, it’s been a while since I’ve poked about within hardware, so it’s going to be interesting fixing all this stuff up. Mostly, though, it’s just very nice to have a working machine.

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