Systems Intro and Binary Encodings

September 27, 2021

This week I’ve started Bradfield live instruction phase. The class is titled “Introduction to Computer Systems”. We’re doing two lectures weekly, and the two for this past week were the Intro lecture and “Binary Encodings of Data”.

Here are my unstructured notes, links and other various resources I’ve collected over the period of this week, mostly for my own reference, as I am Learning in Public.

Working on Go

Introduction - Fetch, Decode, Execute model of execution

still to do:

Binary Encodings of Data

hn reheated Various things I’ve enjoyed reading this week

Cramming Thoughtful organisation of work

I’ve initially had the idea of covering a wide variety of topics throughout the week. That is proving to be challenging and disorienting, even after the first week. The cost of context switching and the fact that some problems take way more than one evening to go through makes for a very jagged procedure.

I’m adjusting and correcting. To reduce context switching I’m going to attempt a different cadence. Since I have lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays, I can attend them + take notes and edit them on those days. Since every lecture requires preparation work and it will take at least one evening to prepare for each, that takes out Sunday and Wednesday evenings. That leaves me with 3 days - one I 100% devote to doing nothing, one of them to Skiena’s Lectures, and I’m left with one spare evening to work on whatever needs a bit more attention.

What I desire to work on concurrently is still math, data structures, and algorithms. Those three topic will require more diligent practice and time than other things I’m studying, therefore I want to make sure, mimicking natural patterns in ie. muscle growth, to exercise them over a long period of time with breaks in between.

The one super useful vim thing for the week I’ve learned is the use of # in normal mode to put the given word into the search buffer. neat. Didn’t hurt to review the Vim Cheatsheet a couple times either.

Generally, a lot of the ‘planning’ and scheduling of learning is not effective in my case, and I am unsure yet what will work. I’m constantly experimenting and reviewing methodologies and schedules. It’s been just a week, and I’m sure I will be pondering that constantly.

Written by Daniel Kaczmarczyk, a software engineer and educator. you can find me on twitter or email me at

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