James Cassell's Blog

Thursday, May 20, 2004

If you have been reading my blog, you probably have figured out that I am a procrastinator. This keeps getting me in trouble. I underestimated how long an assignment was going to be, and I start it tonight. I figure out that it is 6 pages of typing and 11 workbook pages. (This is Spanish homework:(( I just remembered that I have a half of a book to do for history also. :(( It is late. I just finished the six pages of spanish typing. Unrelated: I have the beta for Windows XP Service Pack 2. The security is very tight. You can manually loosen it up, but the service pack definitely needs to be debugged before the final release. One problem in particular is that web pages don't like to load. I keep pressing F5 until the page will load right, and even then, the graphics don't want to load. When the final release comes out, I will probably slipstream it with the original cd and reinstall Windows.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

TechTV | Dark Tip: KaZaA Lite K++ Edition Here is a link to download KaZaA Lite K++. It is pretty hard to find, but this link will probably be here almost indefinitely.

I am going on a mission trip to Dominica. There we will be going into schools and doing programs for the schools. We will also be doing work projects to help out at the church that we will be staying at. This weekend, I went over to one of the leader's house and we had a fun night, and we also discussed what we were going to get out of the trip. We will be leaving on Saturday the 22nd, and will be returning on the 29th of this month (my birthday!).

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

I was wondering if anyone acutally reads my blog. If you do, would you like me to update it more often? I obviously haven't updated it that much recently, but now that Blogger has added a comment feature, I can find out. By the way, I just found out that Blogger has some keyboard shortcuts.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Logged in to see what the new blogger looked like. I read in the news that there was a new version. I haven't played with it enough to know if I like it better than the old one yet.

Friday, May 07, 2004

My science project was on how computers could actually do useful operations with silicon and metal. I built a two bit adder out of transistors, diodes, and resistors. It is very tedious, as I have had to fix it every time I demonstrated it. If I had used pre-made gates, I could have done an adder and subtracter using the same circuit. It is late, and I have to go to bed now.

Last Friday, I went to the district science fair. It was at Word of Life school. This year was the first year that they had a science fair, and they were hosting the districe. The people from their school were very unprepared. Some people didn't even have thier papers. I did like my panel of judges. One of them was an engineer, another, an IT manager (or something like that), and the last was my computer teacher. I think that they liked my project mostly. When the results of the science fair were announced, the situation could be described with three words: unorganized, impersonal, and unprepared. They didn't write the names on the ribbon, you just went up and told what color ribbon you got, and they just gave it to you without question. They read the names off so fast that you could barely understand them. They didn't even have all of the results in when they announced them. I did get a superior blue ribbon.