Tuesday, September 13, 2011

dAy 1 oF AwEsOME cLAsS

i kind of liked my old blogger design.
 oh well. anyways,

so i signed up for this really really cool class. or so i thought. Linux device driver developement class.

 and i'm really excited to listen to lectures for a change.

 ofcourse i'm freshs back from Boston, so i OBviously have Jetlag. and i come to class at 6:15AM and be prepared to wait for 2 hours.

 all is well. or as they say in dutch alles goed. then the folks start trickling in.. and ppl slowly fill up all the empty spaces. class starts normally enough. in 10 minutes someone has a question...i'm prepared to listen with baited breath, these are some great minds of intel. surely they have insightful questions.


"is there a UI interface to format the thumbdrive ? my linux screwed up my thumbdrive and now i can't see it."
instructor is silent. he looks around. he asks quietly, "are you a windows programmer"
"yes" i see his face getting a little red.
and someone hastily jumps in. "you should install gparted, thats an easy UI interface for formating filesystems."
"how do i do that?" here let me show her. she is slowing down our class!
"uh oh, you don't have any network connection installed. but i have it in my virtualbox. how did you install this thing?"
"i don't know. i dont have shared folders , my thumbdrive is not detected, no network connection... windows is so much easier"
"DON'T SAY THAT" [ that's me unravelling a bit here ]
i must have startled her with my vehemence. she finally gets her thumbdrive formatted on a windows machine. [ she actually then swapped her hard disk to get a linux hard disk so she wouldn't have to deal with virtualbox!! ] so then she goes up to the instructor, and practically mumbles "windows is so much easier, i dont think i like linux as much"
"i HATE windows" [ that's me unravelling a little bit more ] " i'm a die hard linux fan"
instructor looks at me sympathetically, i guess he understands more than anyone else how i'm about to slap someone something fierce.

 anyways all that's done. she's quiet now. and probably warned by the look in my eye. the instructor continues.. and shows some of us how to untar a file , copy contents.
"can't i just use the UI for that? isn't there drag and drop?"
OMG U.F.M [ and incase you don't get it.. it's Unbelievable effing MORON ]

 aaaaaaaargh. stupid windows programmers who know nothing about nothing.

after a while on another topic the guy sitting to the right of me, suggested locking down pages in user space. i don't know what that means exactly, but the isntructor's jaw dropped, his face definitely turned purple and he said "NO, DON't EVER DO THAT". still that guy was pretty convinced he wanted to do it.

talking about system calls and the stack depth, someone else had an argument if it was 4 or 5. while this smartass [isn't there atleast ONE in every class ] chimes in " my GOD, you unix guys quibble over everything. registers are CHEAP, who cares how many arguments you pass and the stack depth. it DOESN't MAtter"

i left before i really slapped him.

alles NOT goed.


  1. why do such confetti
    geeky linux in the morn
    sleep dear sleep.

    -hiQ wryter

  2. you'r haiku is commendable
    though it needs a little work
    linux is my all time fav
    and it's my very own lil quirk

  3. Wonder what gives you so much time,
    to reply a haiku with a rhyme.
    Without a perk I do not work,
    smirk you nerdy jerk, smirk!