Downloading MinGW

Well I’ve just been looking around on the net to see if I can find a decent IDE and I’m in the process of downloading the MinGW Developer Studio (23 Meg over dialup so a bit of a wait in store) which looks alright but I’ll have to wait and see. Am very tired, K’s at School still, its their Open Evening so she’ll be gone for a good while yet, its my turn next Thursday.

At work yesterday I had yet another set-back in trying to get the “Classroom in a box” working with Maths Alive, our ICT technician supplied me with the user name and password to access the site but it refused to work. So we’re still waiting 6 months after they arrived to use the laptops with a class. If I can get them working before next week, then I’ll have some out with the kids during Open Evening. But if there’s nothing to run on them then there’s no point. They did however come and measure my room in preparation for installing the Interactive Whiteboard and Projector.

I think I’ll have a play with C++ again later to get my eye in before I start at the Institute next week, and to have a go at this MinGW DS thing to see if its any good. I went to PC World on the way home tonight, they’re selling MS Visual C++.NET 2003 version for £99.99, but if you buy the Deluxe Learning Edition (advertised as containing the full version of Visual C++.NET) which is sold with a book, it’ll only cost you £86.95, bizarre or what.

Its my busy day tomorrow, I teach all day, and finish off with 8S, who so far don’t seem too bad. If I remember right I’m doing constructions with them so that’ll be fun, and I’ve threatened to keep behind any of them who don’t come properly equipped.

Anyway I’m going now as its time for me to sort out my tea.

Playing with Dasher

I went to the Institute last night for my induction. The first session of the evening was good as I finally got some details about the Modules I’m doing. The first one’s called Computer Environments, which seems to be a basic course about computers, and how they work. Whilst the second is called Programming and Design I, which seems to be a basic course in C++. Next semester I’m going to be doing the second part of the Programming and Design course along with one on Information Systems.

I spoke to a couple of the other blokes who are doing the same modules as me, they seemed pleasant enough though it’s early days yet. They gave us a couple of handouts to do with the course, which gives a list of Indicative Reading for each module, but the books listed may be out of date. Anyway the modules begin properly on Tuesday evening, next week so I’ll have more of an idea once we’re actually underway. After the initial Departmental Induction it was time for a visit to the library and resource centre where we all got logon details for the network and email addresses.

Finally we had a presentation by the Dean of Students which was alright but nothing I hadn’t heard before, basically she talked about all of the things which it might be useful to know as a new student in Bolton. The most relevant fact to me was probably the fact that the Institute is going to be renamed in the next few months as the University of Bolton unsurprisingly enough.

Most of the text for this entry was entered using Dasher, a bizarrely addictive text entry system, if you haven’t tried it yet give it a go, I’m trying to work out if there’s some way of using it in conjunction with the Interactive Whiteboard I’m due to get in my room at work, but I’m not sure how useful it’ll be.

I’m going to stop playing with C#, in the very near future I think, even though I really quite like it so that I can concentrate on C++, which is probably going to end up being my language of choice. Now I just need to find a non-M$ development environment to use on Windows and I’ll be laughing. At least if its as good as KDevelop or #Develop in terms of code completion etc.

Twenty Week Scan

Music currently playing: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus.

Well, it’s been a while since I actually added anything to this page. I make it seven months to be exact. What have I been doing in the meantime?

I’ve gotten married, we’re having a baby in January/February next year, I’m due to start part-time at the Institute, doing a degree in Computing tomorrow, and we spent a month in New Zealand for our honeymoon. So nothing major then.

On Friday night I went for a few drinks round at Dave’s, and I don’t remember anything past about 9.30pm, until I woke up in my own bed on Saturday morning. Then we had to go shopping at the Trafford Centre at about 10am, which was not fun. Although I did end up buying the new Nick Cave album, the Grateful Dead: Working Man’s Dead and a couple of computer magazines. Then it was off to Middlebrook to spend some of the money we got as Wedding Presents. We ended up getting a new washing machine, tumble dryer, widescreen TV and Sofa. So not much spending there.

Today after getting up, we went and did the weeks shopping, then met K’s Mum and Dad, and went for Sunday Lunch at the Wilton Arms. They’d been to a Rock and Roll Night last night in Manchester and were stopping off on the way back.

Since we got back from the Pub I’ve basically spent a couple of hours working and am about to have a play with C# again on the laptop.

Here’s the scan K had done a few weeks ago at the Hospital: