Well, I found out this morning that the PDEng course, which has been the bane of my existence for the last while had struck again. But it was very sneaky this time. Nevertheless, it infliceted maximum damage, as usual. Being the absolutely incompetent writer that I am (…) I failed the last couple modules because of this or that. Anyways, as a result I had to fix up the assignments accordingly and resubmit them. I’m a pretty careful guy, so I even read through the resubmissions guideline. There was no indication of where to submit these assignments to. Well, logically, I decided they should go back to the place I had originally submitted them. But lo and behold, I was denied access to that submission box (electronically, this is all online. Keep that in mind). So I went and found the only other place I knew of to submit my assignments, the late submissions folder. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I mean it was the only submission folder open. And since the resubmission guideline didn’t say anything, I decided I was safe.
Oh, but was I ever wrong.
I sort of got my first hint when my resubmissions still weren’t marked after several weeks. So I decided, today to ask a couple other co-ops about it. Well apparently that folder that I was denied access to was where I was supposed to be resubmitting. Since it hadn’t worked the first time, I’d been resubmitting all my assignments to the late submissions folder. Not the same thing you see. As a result, they were not marked and I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I sent my mentor an email, but as of right now, I haven’t gotten a response as to what’s going to happen. If they fail me for those assignments, someone’s going to get a piece of my mind. I sometimes wonder if it’s possible to sue for lost sleep and stress… I mean we weren’t notified that we’d have to take a course like this.
What else… Oh, today definitely felt like a Friday, especially the afternoon. For some reason, we got a Mac Mini at the office today. Well, needless to say we all crowded around and played with it for a good while. It was also the first time that I actually got to sit down and use a (new) Mac, ever. As difficult it is to admit it, I have to say I was definitely impressed with the overall ‘experience’ if you can call it that. I can definitely see why some people would like it. There’s definitely a lot of eye candy flying around there. The average Joe out there would probably love it. It was pretty sleek. It actually did so much that I really wanted to get a MacBook Pro or iMac right then and there. That’s probably how Apple gets you at their stores. You try it in all its glory and you just suddenly get that impulsive shopper feeling. It’s sort of like a drug really. And as I’ve said previously, with the possibility of running WinXP on the Mactels now, it’s awfully tempting. A Mac of some sort will definitely be on my next computer shopping list.
I’ll finish this one off with a classic picture. Remember all those AOL CDs you used to get in the mail? Well, I found a fancy metal casing that one of those CDs must have came in. The information presented on the front of it is absolutely impressive. Take a look.
The most curious part of the whole thing was the 1045 HOURS FREE! I knew this was quite a long bit of time and with the ‘for 45 days’ stipulation, well, I decided to see just how many hours are in 45 days. Do your quick 24h x 45d and you’ll see that there’s actually only a total of 1080 hours. So 1045 hours in 45 days means you’ll be using slightly more than 23 hours of internet per day. Okay, I love the internet and computers and all, but even that’s a little excessive for me. Don’t you think it’s a little excessive? 🙂
[tags]university of waterloo, pdeng, apple, aol[/tags]