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Thursday 15th January 2004: 7.14am. Heh, strange to read my thoughts this time last year. Yes, it's the annual end of year review - so what do I think were my most important achievements of 2003? But before that, as regular readers will have noticed, my frequency of posts has diminished still further in 2003 and so it's more or less a month since my last post - therefore, happy christmas everyone and may you have a prosperous new year - feliz navidad y un prospero año nuevo!
It's been a funny year. I left Spain, spent some months sleeping on floors around London and eventually returned back to the casa nostra in Cork where, amazingly enough seven months have now elapsed, just like that. And here, today I am now twenty-six years old (happy birthday to me!) - getting ever closer to thirty. Now would be the time to pull a rabbit from the hat.
And well, so I theoretically am - just rather slowly. I reimplemented the core of the Tornado data stream transport to use the as yet unreleased TnFOX v0.6 IPC framework and was absolutely astonished to increase sustained disc i/o from 3.5Mb/sec under the Tornado as at precisely one year ago to no less than 23Mb/sec under the new one. Since my system can do about 45Mb/sec you're getting a penalty of around 50% which is superb. As the Mythical Man Month says, doing software the second time round makes a huge difference as to its quality (the new code is far better able to handle error conditions too).
So, hopefully, things are on track there. They won't be sufficiently done before the end of April when I must decide finally about university, but I should be at a good stage by the time I start there. And well, I guess you get a fair bit of free time at uni. Hopefully.
Right, let's get to it:
And that's basically my year. In the end, I didn't actually do very much but I think I've said that in every single yearly review now since the beginning. No matter. What matters is how you did it, and I've worked harder this past year than any in my life so far, so that's gotta count for something. See, I said this would happen in this diary - I get over a woman, I go into a remarkable period of productivity - and then I get involved with one again. This cycle's productive phase I need to last just a little bit longer ... let me achieve at least one of my life's aims.
Ok, bedtime now. Catch a few hours sleep then meeting with start-a-new-business advisors who will tell me that because I can't prove my ideas aren't whack, they can't help me. Proves how anything truly innovative has everything stacked against it. A challenge!