New Xbox 360 Hack

For those of us who can’t seem to find the Removable Hard drive anywhere.

I tried to use my portable hard drive with the XBOX360 and it wasn’t recognized or anything. . I didn’t know what the problem could be. After reading this article I think my problem is that I need to reformat my drive to be FAT32, since it is NTFS. I’ll have to give it a try, but I’m hoping it works. :)

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Intense Indoor Soccer

Campus Rec indoor soccer is the Christmas break right now for me. To summarize the season so far, I think my team has done well. We have 3 wins, 2 loses, and 1 tie. We have come a long way, and I’m sure we will make the playoffs. I have done a good job at contributing to the goal scoring this season. Last game we played, I scored 5 goals in a 10 to 1 win. I had a good game kicking the ball hard and accurately. The start of the game I was a little worried though. We didn’t get our first goal until at least 10 minutes into the game. After that first goal they all kept rolling in. I can’t wait to get back at it after the break. Although the second half will be more difficult since we will be playing the more difficult teams in our pool :( Oh well, if we try hard I’m sure we will do well.

New Card

I finally went and got myself a new student card today. My old card wouldn’t scan at the gym and I was being continually lazy and not getting it replaced. I finally had enough energy to goto the PAC office to get them to sign a form saying it wouldn’t scan. Then I had to walk to the Ridell center to get them to make me a new card. It didn’t take too long and I’m just happy it is free. If the card was worn out, broken, or lost I would have to pay $10 for a new one. With the new card I will be able to go to gym now and not have to worry about not getting in. :)

Hypnotize

Back last week, System of a Down’s new cd Hypnotize came out (Nov 22). That means a new cd for me to buy. I don’t many cd’s but I make sure to buy every System of a Down cd. This new cd is actually designed as a part 2 to Mesmerize (a really great cd). Everything was thought out and the cd cases are designed so that they can be put together to make a bigger double sized case. I bought the dual disc version so I also get the cd in a dvd format with some bonus video footage. I thought that the video was interesting and the music videos were great. Now all they have to do is release a concert dvd and I’m set.

Tracklisting:
1. Attack (***) 3:06
2. Dreaming (****) 3:59
3. Kill Rock ‘N Roll (****) 2:27
4. Hypnotize (*****) 3:09
5. Stealing Society (****) 2:57
6. Tentative (*****) 3:36
7. U-Fig (****) 2:54
8. Holy Mountains (****) 5:28
9. Vicinity of Obscenity (****) 2:51
10. She’s like Heroin (****) 2:43
11. Lonely Day (*****) 2:47
12. Soldier Side (*****) 3:39
Total track length 39:36

Grey Cup

Since the title of the post mentions the Grey Cup, that probably means I didn’t do any homework and instead watched the football game today. Alright, so I didn’t get much homework done this weekend oh well. The Grey Cup game was very close. I missed the first half since I was still at work but the second half was back and forth. When the game ended up going into overtime I wasn’t sure what to think. I’m not really a fan of this style of overtime. . I would have preffered two mini halves first since I like it when a team is able to come back from a mistake. I wasn’t really cheering for anybody since I’m not a fan of either team. I think Edmonton played a good game but I don’t agree with the decision of making Ricky Ray the MVP. To me, he didn’t really do much out there today. His receivers saved him on a couple throws and he was sacked and had that fumble that almost cost them. Overall though, the second half was exciting football and I’m happy to have seen it.

Back to homework though! I have an English essay due next week and I’m still working on the book. I hope that I can finish reading it soon so that I can move onto writing a really good essay. I want to have a really good essay before the final to give my mark a big boost. In other homework news, I have barely started the CS330 project part 2. . good thing for that extension, that is going to save me. Also, around the corner are finals. I hope that I am able to set myself up well enough so that I can go into the finals confident about getting good marks. This probably means more hard work and determination to set my sights on studying! I guess that means I should probably stop typing and get back to work.

Weekend

It’s the weekend but that just means that the work is going to get going tough. Tonight I am going to Nick’s birthday, it should be a lot of fun. Then on Saturday I am working from 3:30-9 and on Sunday I am working 10:30 – 6. Now someplace in this schedule I have to find the time to finish a Computer Science 330 project that is due on Monday. This could be tough! –> Then I decide to check out my University email account and I see a very relieving email. It basically says I have another week to finish and the project is due December 2nd. That is such a relief off my shoulders. I will still try to get as much done during the weekend though. Finals are fast approaching and I want to make sure I have plenty of time to study and review all this material.

Picture Contest

Sunrise on Taishan The Faculty of Business Administration held a picture contest last week to promote their International Education Week. Nova, my CS330 lab instructor forwarded me the email and suggested that I should enter one of my pictures. I submitted one of my pictures that I took of the sunrise on Taishan. I thought the picture was really good and thought I should have a good chance at winning. Today on the way to school I got a call from my mom informing me that I won. The prize for winning is a gift certificate to an international restaurant in Regina. I think that this prize is awesome since I like to eat food.

Winter 2006 Semester

Today is Tuesday Nov. 21. AKA the day I get to choose classes for the Winter 2006 semester of school. Next semester I planned on choosing classes I am required to take with only a couple of electives. I was worried that the classes I wanted would end up being full so I made sure to wake up early so I could register at 9am. I ended up choosing CS290AF (elective), CS306, CS340, Econ 202(elective) and Chinese 100(elective). So I guess it turns out I’m taking 3 electives but the CS elective is related so it could be considered a part of my major. I like Economics so I’m taking another Econ class. This Economics class is going to be about Macroeconomics. Finally, I registered for Chinese 100. This class should be really easy and I just hope they don’t think I’m too knowledgeable for it. It might require me playing stupid the first few classes so I don’t look suspicious.

IT Salary Guide for 2006

Starting salaries for IT professionals and trends and developments expected to affect the field according to the Robert Half Technology. Direct link to the 28-page PDF report http://www.roberthalftechnology.com/html/downloads/rht2006sg.pdf

I always find these type of articles interesting. Since I will be in this industry someday it is always insightful to take a look at what I could expect to be making. Looking over these numbers seems to indicate that I will be able to make a decent living. I just hope the positive trend in salaries continues so that once I graduate I will be earning more!!

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Monday

“Sounds like somebody has a case of the monday’s” –Office Space
That quote is from a very funny movie called Office Space. It is a little older now but it is still very relevent to anyone who ever has to work at an office job. The movie was made by Mike Judge, aka the guy who made Beavis and Butt-Head. The movie itself is very memorable with plenty of quoteable characters. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I would definitely recommend it.

Back to my Monday though. I finished my assignments for CS330 and CS350. I don’t really know how well I did on them but this late in the year I am not too concerned. My goal was to finish as much as I could as well as I could. While I was working on them I felt so tired, in the afternoon my older brother made me drink a large can of Jolt, and I had a slurpee, so I had plenty of caffeine. I think I just needed to get some sleep. Then on the way to going to sleep I decided to take a detour and watch some movies with my brothers before they went back to Alberta. We watched Over the Top, a very funny movie. The movie is suppose to be serious but it’s hard not to laugh. It is a movie about armwrestling and the top prize for world champion is a semi. Sylvester Stalone is the main character and he does a good job as an unintelligent but strong armwrestler/trucker. After this movie had finished we started up Naked Gun 33 1/3. I didn’t watch the whole movie since I had to goto sleep since I had school. This is actually suppose to be a funny movie.

The week is looking like it will be long, the next thing due will be my CS330 project.

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