Thursday, January 20, 2005

Being Busy

I've been real busy for the past few weeks. Getting a magazine together. Teaching basic programming to other guys. Programming. Working on ReactOS in my spare time. Also I'm getting ready to move to a new city, over 600km from the city I'm currently living in. Trying to pull my sorry life together. I'll keep you posted (like anyone actually READS this stuff).

ReactOS

A while ago, while lurking around in the MenuetOS forums, I came across a very interesting project called ReactOS. Basically it's an in-progress open source clone of Windows. I'll give you a few seconds for that to sink in. Open Source. Windows. Free software. Complete compatibility. Got it? YEEAAAH!!
When I stumbled across it, it was in it's very early stages (It was definately before 0.2.0, but I don't remember the exact version number). I checked it out, then forgot about it. Then, on the fifth of January of 2005, I decided to google it. Unbeknownst to me, on that exact day, exactly 53 minutes before entered the site, Version 0.2.5 was released and presto! I found it waiting to be downloaded. Talk about coincidence. Anyway, I tried it, and found it was a great improvement (you can get it at their site). It could run lots of progs, and had a nice 'windozy' look and feel. Version 0.3.0 is now in development. Hopefully, version 1.0 will be a completely functional (and perhaps even more functional) clone of Windows NT 4.0.


It holds much promise, but we will have to wait and see if it's going to finally be completed. I am currently studying it's source, and am working on it's subsystems, mainly the gdi and DOS. I strongly recommend checking it's site out!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

It's been a long time

Ok, first of all, I'm just a brainwashed idiot who has spent too much time trying to figure out the universe and has consequently dissolved into a pure greyish mass of quantum foam, moving at light speed toward The Place with No Beggining, End, or Middle. I'm not moving, you say? Huh, that's just what you think, because I'm stuck in an infinite gravity loophole, and I appear stationary to you because that's what Relativity says you should see. And if you don't know who relativity is, calm down. No one does.


So, just like reading a book, let's start at the end, and finish at the beginning. Let me introduce myself. I am a random assortment of various molecules composed mainly of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, designed to interact in ways so simple that people compose difficult solutions and methods to interpret it just out of boredom.


I can type on this keyboard, but that is just the aligned movement of molecules releasing their energy into other molecules and expanding in random ways in the process. What I type is not legible, but since you are also an irrational being like me, you can understand it.


I can speak, but that is just the result of air moving around in my inner cavities because of me randomly shifting them in ways that make no sense. Do you think we are talking to each other? No way, we are just pouring gibberish we don't understand and make various interpretations of depending on the situation.


I think, or at least I think I can think, because I am thinking this right now, and If I couldn't think, I don't think I would have been able to think I can think, So don't think that I don't know what you think I think you think.
Or at least I think so.


Ok, so now that we have moved all the details out of the way, let's focus on the big picture, or at least what's left of it.


You cross me in the street. You pretend I'm not there. Even though your every nerve is tingling with my presence (and how to make me get lost) you look calm. You act calm. You pass. Not a single look, not a single gaze. I move into your short term memory and I am deleted within minutes. I am dead. How could I be alive, when the only existence I have is a bunch of disorganized, pulsating, random, chaotic buffeting of protons, neutrons, and electrons?


You never paid any attention to me, but then, you didn't have a chance, did you? Two seconds is more than enough to get to know somebody.


I am dead, you are dead. Are we all dead? No. Interesting paradox, huh? Think about it.


Ok, enough of this blaBbing. I have to go and insert some more juice into mY brain. E.