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Projects and EeePC

Getting stopped far more in the corridors of work now by the students all wanting help with their projects. There is a problem with some who have come in from a culture where they are used to having everything done for them, and therefore expect you (i.e. me) who is only a ‘mere technician’ (servant) to basically do everything for them such that all they need to do is to press a couple of buttons and get all their results. As far as I’m concerned, they can just FUCK OFF. It’s their project, they are required to research and develop it. I’ll do my bit to help, to talk about and to show alternative ways of doing things, to make suggestions and say how, if it was my project, I might go about doing it. But if they expect me to run around and do their work for them just because they are too up their own arses to get the work done, tough.

It’s nearly the end of November. In the city centre on Saturday and the place mobbed. Managed to get into my usual Starbucks for a coffee. While there some school kids came in and ended up sharing my table. I was using my EeePC 901, and that immediately got conversation going, especially as I was on YouTube. An unusually nice crowd of guys, so often the school kids that go in there are so immature and silly that it gets really annoying, it’s nice to meet a bit more of a switched-on group. Turned out that some of the people I follow on YouTube they follow too, so had a thoroughly nice 45 minutes of chat and running around on YouTube.

Sorted out the microphone problem I was having with my EeePC by downloading a slightly older (and simpler – no fancy 3-D pseudo-Dolby effects) set of drivers.

Semester start.

Well, Uni’s started again, and the place is full of the usual crowd of lost souls wandering around (cluttering up the corridors) trying to find their lecture rooms and the like.
The computer labs have filled up. Not much study mind you, but lots of on-line games and catching up on YouTube and BeBo. There’s always one ‘silly game’ which becomes the favourite for that year – by this time next week it should become apparent what it’ll be.
I guess I’ll have to admit that it’s kind of nice to see some familiar faces around, and find out their marks from the previous year’s projects, especially those that I was involved in.

I’ve found I can split the students into three distinct groups:-

A minority group who really should not be here. The amount of effort they put in is minimal, and expect everything to be done for them. They’re usually easily spotted – when they hit a problem they don’t understand, their reaction is to say something like “…but we haven’t been taught that…” No, or little effort to discover or to find out, just expect everything to be handed to them. Sorry, this is not a school with ‘teachers’, but a university where you are expected to get off you arse and do some research.
They also very rarely bother to say ‘thank-you’ when people help them. Most will get through the course and get their degree, but…. Oh well.

A majority middle group of good guys and girls who get on and get their stuff done. Generally an O.K. group to work with. They’ll get through their courses, probably with mixed marks – though usually in the mid to high area, and end up with some nice jobs. Good for them.

Then a final minority group who really do make the effort. They are usually, but not necessarily the brightest, but really do knuckle down and when they hit a problem they don’t understand, their reaction is to go and investigate it and sort it out themselves. When they do ask for assistance they usually want to know how to solve the problem, so they can then go and do it themselves, rather than just to be given the answer. This crowd, I must admit, is really good to work with, and from whom I learn lots. The sad thing is that they will end up with the same overall type of qualification as those who really made bugger-all effort, but got through the system. Such is life.