It has been a while I got a chance to write things down. Past couple weeks have been a little hard on me emotionally and otherwise. It looked like nothing I did was coming along right. Whatever I tried to do was going down in the opposite direction.
To top it all my laptop died on me again. I have this vaio flip 13″ laptop. I love it. Its one of those tablet style ones with touchpad. Last time I updated the OS and rebooted it, it was on December, the touch stopped working. There was no way to redo the update. I was thinking in the next update it was going to be better. In the next update and subsequent attempts to revive the touch, all of the usb ports stopped working.
With all this I was going through another set of emotional roller coaster. There was nothing I could do to fix it. I tried to stay positive and nothing worked. Sometimes bad times take their sweet time to clear off the way. And by the valentines day weekend my laptop died on me. Coursera machine learning submission was on the next day. I borrowed my roommates laptop (I am indebted to her) and finished of the project from scratch by next day.
Peer evaluations in such sites are often a problem, most people take it lightly. With the new submission guidelines, I went ahead full on providing my repo url in a text document and all other documents in repo to avoid any mishaps. The funniest thing happened, after evaluating my peer sumissions, you are supposed to evaluate 4 before you could view your result, I saw my submission just received 50%. I would not have been disappointed if the marks were cut because my submission was not proper. But when reading through the feedbacks, I realised only two checked through my repo and project, the other two mentioned that I did not have any file on my repo. (I do realise git does not display files on mobile like in desktop, you got to click jump to code to.see that, but still I dont think that was checked)Before going full on the desperation mode, I did a last attempt at submitting again, this time just with my link url and explaining what happened the first time. By that time, I was fully sure that passing the course was beyond my control.
And today, after leaving to office I received mails from coursera congratulating me on completing the work and that my course certificate was ready. I was little surprised. And on checking my project page I found all my new evaluators gave me full marks. That was the best part of the day.
My laptop is still in the service center. It always had some problem or other. Started with the fan problem, mother board dying, charger sparking and now to the charging port and display problems. To anyone going for the flip model of vaio, please dont. Save yourself from the trouble. I think the flip model is discontinued and is rebranded. Not sure about it. Whatever it is save yourself the money from buying. I paid an macbook pro equivalent money on vaio and it screwed me over. I had my reasons then.
Long story short, dont ever give up. If I had given up before I could do that last resubmission I would not have completed it. And for those reviewers who took it so lightly, you made my week horrid. To people in search for laptops, check the reviews thoroughly and buy. Ask your friends, online and do a proper research.
Have a wonderful day.
Ps: please forgive the typos. Bit difficult on phone to type and read it all through.