Archive for September 2007

Yeah well… My first week as a graduate student is over. Haven’t really done much (well, nothing at all to be honest) as it was the first week.

The title has a sad smiley… Well, actually its just… You know we students have to complain a lot. But the truth is… The program I’m enrolled in (Media and Visual Studies! yay!) is pretty fun. There are shitloads of reading to do though, which is around 200-250 pages of tough but fun theoratical articles to read.

I was thinking today, especially two of my undergraduate lecturers were pushing us like mad. Making us read tons of stuff and the other just made us write drafts over and over to make them better (the thing is, there is no such thing as perfect – only better). I was complaining then as any other student would do. Well, it’s more like complaining as “pff… anyway, let’s go back to work!” But apparently this will pay off!

Other than that, I love my new campus. I’ve been there loads of times to see friends and to make use of the library but being a student there is a new experience for me. My previous university just sucked when it came to campus-life: even no proper cafes to have proper food during the day. Now I go get my coffee, go in the office-like classroom in the mornings. While this may sound trivial, it’s really different – I finally feel like a university student.

Anyway, I got a few other stuff in mind to write about these days but let’s hope I won’t end up lazy again.


The title of this post is from a friend’s IM text, which read “Am I an M.A. student now?” It is sort of a rhetorical question, but also includes some personal surprise, indecision, etc.

Anyway, this week, I registered to my new university for M.A. (Master of Arts) in Media and Visual Studies. I also picked a few possible courses for this semester. I have only added two of those yet. Two more coming when I talk to the lecturers and get some detailed info other than course description.

So… Let’s see… :)

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Ok… I’ve been planning on transferring all my archive on CD’s and DVD’s to my harddisk for easier access and for safety (as those media don’t have much lifespan).

The internal capacity of my computer wasn’t helping so I needed a new hard disk. After some research, I went ahead and bought this external drive.  I came home with the drive, set it up and started transferring files. System hang… Ok, I reset and start again. Another hang. Is something wrong with the drive? So I did a slow format, etc. Again, another Windows freeze.

Then I remembered that there was a new BIOS for my mobo: “Fixed an issue where the system sometimes hangs when copying large files.” This might fix… So I made a backup of my current bios and then on with the update process. The ABIT online BIOS updater software was supposed to clear CMOS. I restarted the computer after update process.

WTF? No signal coming to my screen – computer isn’t booting! “Ok, take it easy…” Cleared CMOS and was able to boot finally. I loaded my previous settings that were saved to BIOS. No luck with the boot again. Recleared CMOS, changed some settings, and reboot.. Ok, everything seems fine.. What the heck? Ah, forgot to reset my RAID0 settings, so going back to BIOS. Uh, won’t boot again (because BIOS updated DMI? settings…).

So I clear CMOS again, unplug all the drives other than the RAID0 ones. Make all settings manually again (damn, that’s a lot of tuning). And it finally boots… And no more hangs while copying hitloads of files to the external drive.

God, I hate so much when the computer creates some stupid problem…

By the way, the drive seems to work fine and has satisfactory performance for a USB drive.

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