Since Encryption and network protocols, I wrote about Common network attacks and the shortcomings of standard network defences.

Apart from that, I've made some good progress using the classic MonoGame/XNA game tutorial which I manually reproduced a few weekends ago (https://github.com/stumathews/WindowsShooterGame).

I spent most of the day writing it up and trying to figure it out and I think its a great learning exercise. The fundamental concepts of which are to delegate as much detail to co-operating objects and then ask them to update() their states (or modify the world state) and draw themselves(). 

I've been trying to put into context some of the concepts I've learnt during the Computer Games Architectures course I'm doing too:

Recently we've touched on how to separate the architectural components into layers and how the organisation of components within a typical game engine is laid out. We've put together some theory about architectural design patterns and I'm quite enthused that my reading on the subject, pertain specifically to game development was used as a reference to  MVC. I wrote this a while ago before I decided to take the course: A simple game engine architecture. This tells me that I'm doing the right course. There is also some application of physics slowly coming into the course which is great.

I've also spent quite some time learning about digital sampling and the quantisation of analogue signals into digital ones and representing them mathematically.

This is part of the game development course and it goes through the physics of audio. Basic topics include investigating sampling frequencies, downsampling/aliasing, filters, Nyquist frequency, sine, triangle, triangle and sawtooth wave patterns including Envelope generators(ADSR).

I'm also finding the mathematics fascinating, particularly the representation and modelling of waves. I've enjoyed learning about the Fourier transform and as a result, an application of complex numbers - which is something new and therefore interesting.

Last weekend I spent it doing practicals for my Network Security course work. I set up various switches and routers and configuring firewalls and routes. Very interesting. Quite a time-consuming. Details of that setup are here: