1. What did you do this past week?

Last week, I turned in the Collatz assignment, I finished my multicore project and I took a linear algebra exam. It was pretty busy academically so I didn’t have a lot of free time. I’ve started getting into meal prepping which has been fun.

2. What’s in your way?

Not much, I just have to start working on things.

3. What will you do next week?

Next week, I want to get a head start on the upcoming software engineer and multicore os projects.

4. What was your experience of Project #1: Collatz?

It was surprisingly satisfying when I got my collatz implementation to be fast enough to pass the final test case. Overall I found the actual writing of Collatz to be straight forward. It helped that I already had some python expercience. The optimization was the tricky part. I spent a while writing a script to find the optimal eager cache size, but at the end I ended up going with a lazy cache because I couldn’t get the eager cache to be fast enough.

5. What made you happy this week?

My cybersecurity team competed at (SWCCDC) the South West Collegiate Cyber Defence Competition. It’s a competition where you have to defend a network against people who are trying to break into it. Oftentimes, the servers are in a pretty broken (misconfigured) state so part of the challenge is getting everything to be functional again. I also went to a friend’s pal-entines dinner and it was nice to reconnect with people I hadn’t seen in a while.

6. What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

My pick of the week is emacs. Emacs has been my go to editor for programming. It’s easily customizable and there are many themes to choose from. My emacs config has allowed me to be very productive. Emac’s killer feature is orgmode. Orgmode is a structured text file, like markdown, that streamlines the process of taking notes. Magit is an Emacs extension that provides a nice interface to git. Ibuffer lets you switch between files with just a couple of key strokes.