Monthly Archives: February 2009

A little side project

To prepare myself a bit more for my FYP, and give myself a better idea of how project development actually goes, I’m going to start working on a side-project that goes through the full development cycle before (and while) I begin coding it.

One thing I’ve always had trouble is organising my workload to decide when I should try doing what tasks.  Sites like Remember the Milk do a pretty good job, but don’t offer exactly what I want, so rather than using a program that doesn’t really do everyone I want to do, the more practical solution is to just make one that does.

The general idea of it is to have a program which will allow you to set up your workload based on how many hours of free time you have to devote to work on a given day of the week.  It’ll then choose a selection of tasks based on the number of hours you have free and how long you think it’ll take for each task.  The plan is to make an interface which doesn’t bog down the user with ever more complex options and keep it as simple as possible.

I’m planning for work under most operating systems (especially portable one such as Windows Mobile) and synchronises with a central database so that tasks can be either checked online or updated on any machine that has the program installed on it.

I’m not sure how much time I’ll be able to devote to it yet as my assignments have just cropped up, but the plan is to make some progress to the project on a daily basis, even if it’s only a little.  Since I’m busy for this weekend though, I’ll likely be starting this on Monday.

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Posted by on February 13, 2009 in Ramblings


First post!

Well I’ve been active on the web for a good 10 years, so I think it’s finally time to start my own blog.  I don’t have any particular theme in mind, so this’ll be one those blogs that cover pretty much whatever, but it won’t end up being a whining post.

I’ll fill out the about section later, but if you don’t already know me this should sum things up.

My name’s Ben and I’m currently a part-time Computing Science student at university.  I’m nearing the end finally with just 1 and a bit short years left before I get to finally enter the real world of full time employment and taxes.I spend most of my free time following the usual round of geeky persuits like video games, roleplaying games, comics, etc.

I tend to be very much stuck on old things, so I’m often more likely to be playing the older Mega Man games or Terranigma than I am Final Fantasy XIII or whatever it is the cool kids are playing these days.  Same goes for TV series and I’m currently going through the very early episodes of Thundercats, which I saw just enough of as a kid to be completely hooked without getting too used to seeing it around.

I’ll tidy the site up as I go along but for now, it works and that’s what’s important.

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Posted by on February 7, 2009 in Ramblings