2006 in review

Posted by Jerry Tue, Jan 02 '07

So, it’s time to stop the curly scrawl of 6’s in dates out of habit and make that a cool jagged 7. Time for a performance review! Okay… not so much performance, per se. Truth to be told, compared to the awesome software engineers that’ve been bringing us the best of Web Two-Point-Oh it’s not much… but hey, a guy can dream and write boastful words once a while 'aight? But I digress.

So. 4 things of 2006!

  1. University – I am now a graduate! University of Queensland, Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Computer Systems and Networks and Information Systems. Super-long-title double major, baby! Ok, it’s probably not that awesome, but do give me some credit for my study-plan-planning-fu. And hey, 6.44 CGPA! That’s something. ;)
  2. Final-year project – Our CSSE3004 closing presentation summed it up best: We were awesome. Without Ben, group F wouldn’t have stood for “Eff-in Fantastic”. Jono, your ub3r 1337 alg0rithm5 r0×0rs. Thomo, what could we have done without you our smooth-talkin’ group PR guy. Dave, group F wouldn’t have been the same without your smack talking of course. Davo, Jing, your enthusiasm and dedication to getting things done is what made our project shine. Thank you all. We earned our Project Excellence Award well.
  3. Linux convert – I’ve got a confession to make: I wanted to be a Linux-er for a long time. Kernel architectures in semester 1’s operating system studies was pretty interesting. (Yeah… I might’ve been one of the really rare attendees who found the Minix coding assignments fun… Hopelessly geek, I know. :p) I tried Fedora Core (3?) and Ubuntu Dapper (free CDs, as in beer!), but they didn’t quite seduce me enough into the dark side of FOSS, which was a shame. Later in November, I thought of giving Ubuntu Edgy a whirl and tried dist-upgrading… and the result blew me away! 3 months, loads of tweaking, but still going strong… but that will be another story to tell. ;)
  4. Family visit – My parents came over to Brisbane for Feng’s graduation over winter in July. Stayed with uncle in Sydney. Beautiful sunset. Freakin’ cold night. Girraween, hiking. Oysters at Anna Bay. Sea at Terrigal. Saw dolphins (Or whatever the pair of fins riding waves from a distance is). Dug sand at Gold Coast (Remind self to either sift it or throw it away…). Sushi. Mistook inari for unagi. $10 Hush Puppies.

'Twas a good year. Here’s to hoping a longer, fuller list in 12 months time!

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