Job updates and Old Boys Weekend

It’s a bit of a busy time at the moment with the job hunt in full swing and Old Boys weekend in the near future I have lots to be thinking about.

Having spent the weekend on the Reed recruitment and monster websites I managed to apply for 75 different jobs. Most of these I don’t expect to get further than clicking the “Apply” button but I am hoping that a few will get back to me and ask me to come and be interviewed.

I also applied to a job at the Denman Group in Reigate which I had seen in the local paper and I went for an interview there on Monday of this week. The location was superb – a farm in rural surrey – and the job was doing what I find most interesting – supporting users.

A few weeks ago I completed an online test for a company called Wavex who are based in Holborn in London. Wavex came across as a very impressive company from their website and when I completed the test I felt I had not done well enough to get any further. A week or so later I received an email saying that I had done well at the test and they would like to have me back for a phone interview. I spoke with their Helpdesk manager at the end of last week and was told they would like me to come in for a face-face interview to further assess my suitability. Unfortunately they have currently scheduled a date for when I am unavailable so I am trying to get this rearranged.

Old Boys is looking like it’s going to be a good weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing all the current HB students who I haven’t seen for a while and the graduates who have left and are coming back to Durham again. It’s also going to be a good chance for me to come to terms with the situation between me and Kate. Since we split up in May I don’t think we have had a proper chance to spend time together. I think I need to use this weekend to fully sort my feelings and just get used to the fact we are just friends now.

I am slightly annoyed that the £1.50 pints that used to be a good “two-coiner” at the bar have gone up to £1.55 and as such I am going to have to buy a pint and pack of McCoy’s to spend a nice £2.00 at the Vernon.

Hopefully I will have a job by the start of November and will be able to start paying off my student loan and will have got my life back in order as well.

From graduand to graduate

Well, I am no longer a student. I graduated on Wednesday and shook Bill Bryson’s hand. The ceremony was interesting and there are a number of photos available on facebook (click here to view). There will be more appearing there and on my photo gallery when I get round to uploading them.

The day wasn’t without issue however. Things kept going wrong:

  • I upset Kate – I’m very sorry
  • I lost both graduation tickets for my parents
  • I forgot my pink slip to collect my robes with
  • I upset Kate again – see above

None of the hurt was meant to be there but it has now happened and there is nothing more I can do about it. After much chat with the University secretariat I managed to get 3 nave seats for the ceremony (you are only supposed to have 2 – tee hee heee) and I talked to Kate and we are still friends.

I am now back home and very much unsure what to do. Job hunting doesn’t start until post Kenya and I will hopefully get myself a job in IT support at some point.

Right… off to fit my new heatsink to my computer.

Graduation tomorrow

Tomorrow is my last day as a student of the University of Durham before I graduate. The Comp Sci party starts at 11:00am before the actual ceremony of Congregation, which starts at 4:00pm. After that I will be a graduate of the University with a 2:2 (Hons), making my full title Matthew White BSc. Hons (Dunelm). In the evening there is the Hild Bede graduation meal which I am going to with my parents, Kate, Nick, his parents and Hannah.

I am not looking forward to leaving Durham and I don’t think that it will fully sink in until I leave college for the final time.

Degree Complete

Well after 3 years and lots of boring modules and work my degree programme is completed. ASAM exam officially ends in 5 minutes but I left early as I had done all i could do.

Now all I need to do is wait for the AUT stuff to be resolved so I can get a mark for the year!

Overall i am HAPPY!!! that the degree is over and bring on 3 weeks of pissed drunkenness

Revision & Degree

Having paid the ITS £66.16 I am now +929 printer credits which seems a lot but.. I need to print off my lecture notes for the past term/year so that i can revise and pass my exams.

I had a meeting with the director of undergraduate studies in the department and he told me that at todays Senate there may be the possibility that I am allowed to graduate with honours. The system will definately be in place for next year and it is currently undecided as to whether or not to bring it in a year  early – lets hope they do!

Now I have that printing has finished (and I still have 671 printer credits) the task of actually doing some work before exams start in 9 days is on!

It’s Over

1st October to 2nd May was the official timeframe for my dissertation and project… The actual amount of time really spent on it was probably 20 march – 2 may!!!

Its done though and there is nothing that i can do to change that any more! i am now -850 printer credits with the ITS so I need to get that paid back before i graduate otherwise i wont graduate!

If you want to read the dissertation then its at

Dissertation deadline looming

It seems that all I am currently doing is writing up my dissertation and nothing else. I have spent the last week in the Techno Cafe in the Engineering Building. It’s a nice room to work in with little booths, laptops, tablets, smartboards and lots of spare network sockets and power to plug into. It has been my home from 9am – 5pm each day and has allowed me to actually get some work done.

I have now (i think) finished coding the system. Any further implementation just wont happen because I don’t have the time to finish the writeup as well as implement more stuff before 4:00pm tomorrow!

I have written chapter 1, most of chapter 3 and chapter 4. This does leave me with a Literature Survey which I am finding it increasingly hard to find anything useful for; a results/testing report and then conclusion and further work.

Once those are all written I still need to compile the whole report and hope that Microsoft Word doesnt want to fuck me about because that would possisbly be the most irritating thing possible.

For anyone who is interested in trying out the code feel free to download by default it extracts to c:Program Filesdissertation and then it runs Javaw -jar Dissertation.jar but feel free to do this however you feel. Don’t try to run it on a PDA because at the moment it is just raping memory and I have had errors throughout testing but it does run fine on my desktop machine.

Right – back to writing up the project – I will however post a pdf with all the writeup in it for you to read

Dissertation is now more cheery but still poo

OK… after a load of help from the Java legend that is Dave i have managed to get my dissertation back on track.

After last nights rage and almost complete destruction of all things electrical I have discovered that my JVM will not run JDOM as there are some bits and pieces in the SAXBuilder that are not supported on JRE 1.4.2 so I will have to find the older version and see if i can get this to work. However this is currently not a major issue as I can demonstrate working code on the tablet PC’s in the new Techno Cafe.

Over the course of the last 24 hrs I have managed to get not only the initial category displayed but also got the system to change between categories and start to display words. Tomorrow will hopefully see the system start to play different sounds to the user.

Dissertation in “Death March”


I think its finally time to admit that my dissertation is royally fucked. After spending this evening getting the first few bits of GUI working properly I have found that it is simply not running on the pda properly. It will run happily in eclipse but i receive lots of runtime errors on the PDA. I’m fairly sure its the VM and not the code but at the moment i may have to demo the software on the tablet pc’s in the techno cafe.

If someone can help me now is the time i need it most!