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Day 24 in the RGU Library…

Kirsty is sitting at a table: Beats(r) on her head; thesis under her nose, for the second last day before she finally gets to submit it.

Lewis is at the same table…suffering from so much stress, his blood pressure is through the roof and he resembles something a little like this:

Yes, I think the stress has caused my hair to grow to this length in the space of an afternoon...

Not only that, when I do coursework, apparently I need two laptops, an iPad and an iPhone at my side.

Seriously, I think half my problem is the fact I’m surrounded by so much technology. However, Cisco don’t feel the need to make their network simulation software Mac compatibly, so I require a Windows machine to do the main element of my CCNA coursework. Of course, if I was geeky enough to understand how to compile a .tar file in order to virtually map the Ethernet interface on my own laptop into GNS3, I’d be able to use it as a virtual terminal, and perform the various tests I need to on the network I built in there.

Unfortunately, I’m not geeky enough for that, and as a result have spent the last three hours with my head in my hands unable to do any work…

Uni, I give in. Keep your honours degree. It’s taken half my hair and 6lbs of body fat to get me this far, and I’m not even half way there yet. Based on that, and through entirely vain reasons, I cannot afford to complete this coursework.

…my honours project has been far easier than this… Ironically, I’ve been through assignments like this before!

I’ll see you on the other side. It might be a few years, because I really do mean the other side.

In the words of Christina Mackaill, FML…

Lewis
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Please leave a comment, I need some form of sympathy to get me through the rest of this afternoon!

Back at uni a week, thesis topic chosen and proposal written, wrap your eyes around this:

A study of the role of mobile communications devices in modern society, their effect on mobile communications infrastructure in the UK and a recommendation on the technology which should be implemented as part of the new ‘Fourth Generation’ of mobile networking.”

No, that’s not my introductory paragraph, that’s the title.

We’ve been given no real guidance on what we have to do our thesis’ on this year, it really is an open ended assignment and I have to say that it’s making me feel somewhat insecure having a complete lack of guidance like this.

Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into this. You all know I love my gadgets, and this gives me a great excuse to sit in the library at uni doing my ‘literature review’ by sitting on the Apple website and reading articles on Engadet. This doesn’t really differ all that much from my usual internet activity, and like I said before, Facebook = social network. I’m doing Computer Networking. That’s the same thing…right?

This is going to go one of two ways: I’m either going to really enjoy designing my own research project, centred around something I have a great deal of personal interest in and can make a good degree out of OR I’m going to have a total meltdown as I try and cover too many things within the word limit, don’t go into enough technical detail and spend too much time on Facebook when I should be reading.

I think we all know which of the two is more likely, which only strengthens my resolve to make a good attempt at this.

After all, proving people wrong is only half the satisfaction of earning yourself a first class honours…

Wish me luck folks, I think I’m off to hit the bottle now. Mmm, rioja…

Lewis
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Today, I made the executive decision to hit the library after work for some much-needed placement report writing time. I’ve been neglecting it somewhat the last few weeks, but my waking thought on New Years day (as my bedroom spun around me  was “Shit, I’ve got HALF MY HONOURS DEGREE to submit in just under three weeks!”

Being that my house has a minimum of 7 occupants, four of whom bark every time the wind blows the wrong way, it can be difficult to focus on something that you really would rather not be doing. Procrastination is really my full-time occupation, finding it far easier than most to avoid doing what I really should. Having an On Demand TV service, which has recently started offering Lost seasons 1-6, also doesn’t help.

Surprisingly, I’m still yet to find out exactly how that saga ends…draw your pistols at dawn if you will, as I realise what a travesty this is. However, if you do I’ll never actually find out how it finishes. At least then I can blame someone however…

So, spot the fatal mistake I made this evening. I left the house at 6.30, arrived at the library a mere 10 minutes later. Opened my laptop and connected it to the internet.

I should point out that I’m writing this from said library…

Now, spot the fatal mistake, being that you have all the facts.

NOT ONLY THAT, I can’t take advantage of the fact my phone gets no signal down here, having connected it to the WiFi so I can be iMessaged or Whatsapped or even be alerted to Facebook notifications, despite the fact it’s open in Safari in a tab next to this one…

Yes, you can say it, and I’ll admit it: I’m a social networking addict. When I hit publish on this, it will be advertised on my Facebook (twice) and on Twitter (the resulting tweet appearing on my ‘Timeline’ on Facebook, hence the double notification on there.)

I can only hope, that as my degree has the word ‘networking’ in the title, future employers will look kindly upon my obvious skill and be queuing up to hire me. That, or I’ll go against everything I believe in and become the next Perez Hilton.

…on second thoughts, I think I’ll scrap writing placement report stuff tonight and fire my CV out to another 10 companies. First stop, Apple. 🙂

Lewis
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