As always ... there are consolation awards. Some folks actually
try and win these things - perhaps YOU will find your entry wins
one of these in the next POTM!
This is the award mail ... a tradition of the POTM has been to recognize
entries that may have fallen a bit short of the ultimate goal. Or have
fallen a LOT short of the ultimate goal. Or for any reason whatever.
In the meantime, thanks to ALL of YOU who participated. If you aren't
among the award-winners - the next POTM is coming up soon!
FASTEST ENTRY: was from the overall winner - Vince Goffin (odomatic).
Vince was the only one to break the 1 second mark for the 1000
final examples .... coupled with the fact that his entry was also
the third shortest entry (at 405 characters), it's easy to
see why he won! Which brings us to the:
SHORTEST ENTRY: is from Julius Collins. His entry (qcd) clocked in
at 372 characters. Honorable mention to James Yang (hcy) at
373 characters - beaten out with an 11th hour entry from Julius.
Julius set the pace in our weekly leader boards with an early
entry - but he is a previous winner and therefore can't win
again until I say it's OK.
Which brings me to my *L*E*S*S*O*N***L*E*A*R*N*E*D*: don't have any
tiebreakers that count characters of the source code - it makes
for very ugly entries. One could argue that the mere act of
code compression is a fine art, but perhaps one which is best
reserved for the obfuscated "C" contest. BUT, in honor of this
"last" time, we have the following award:
MOST COMPRESSED ENTRY: is from Palith Balakrishnabati. His program
(palith) made some clever use of #defines to expand from
536 characters to 1358 characters. Check out the first two
lines of palith.c :
#define _ define
#_ T 10000
Palith also wins the award for MOST ANONYMOUS PARTICIPANT ...
but we managed to track him down eventually!
At the other end of the spectrum is:
LEAST COMPRESSED ENTRY: from an early participant who (for obvious
reasons) wishes to remain anonymous! I have changed the name
of the entry to big_guy for obvious reasons:
-rw------- 1 fah xxx 3226884 Sep 25 16:40 big_guy.c
close to 41,000 lines of "answers". This was the reason I had
a tie-breaker that encouraged shorter programs - I had been
burned on an earlier POTM by someone who just coded up all the
possible answers ... but THAT was years ago and I am now older
and wiser (Scott) .... well, older for sure. Which brings us to:
EARLY BIRD AWARDS: to Gregg Wonderly (potm) and Steve Sommars (pumpkin)
who submitted entries on September 12. And of course:
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER AWARD: to Perin Jathavedam (olds) who waited
until October 30th to submit his first entry.
FAR AWAY FROM NEW JERSEY AWARD: goes to Warren Koontz (holland) who
spent the rainy Holland weekends thinking about odometers.
We also had entries from England and Mexico ... in fact, England
may be farther away than Holland ... but Holland "sounds" like
it should be farther away. Mailings are going as far away as
Japan... but no entries from the Far East yet!
BONEHEAD AWARD: goes to the POTM-master himself, Fred Hicinbothem.
Fred's entry (woody) managed to stay in the top ten right through
the final week. Unfortunately, when I picked the final 1000
problems - "woody" couldn't solve them all. Since I resisted the
urge to go back and fix up my entry, I figured I'd give myself
this award as consolation.
BEST ENTRY NAME: I liked "igottagodad" from Keith Vollherbst and
"odoretentive" from Tim Tjarks. The winner, "odomatic" was
pretty good too - but Vince had too many awards already.
BEST NON-AT&T ENTRY THAT I KNOW OF: is from David Jones of Ohio State.
His entry (osu_odo6) was the best one from outside the
uucp network ... apologies if there is someone I missed!
BEST NON-C STUFF I GOT TO WORK: was a Fortran entry from Ken Haruta
(hold_da_fort) and a perl entry (contest64) from Joe Kruskal.
Perl is a language distributed by the exptools folks.
Fortran is a language most of you are too young to know about.
Which brings us to:
BEST NON-C STUFF I DIDN'T GET TO WORK: goes to Greg Fiore who submitted
a Basic program he claimed worked - I hope Greg had some fun
with the problem, but unfortunately I didn't have any Basic
compilers available 8*( .... nor time enough to run the result
anyhow 8*) ...
AWARD TO ANYONE WHO READS THIS FAR: goes to YOU. You get to send me
some mail with your opinions on the next two questions:
1. Is the weekly leaderboard useful? Did it spur you on or
discourage you? How could it be improved? Should I
2. How do I make the POTM be more FUN? (After all, that's
the primary objective!)
3. Got any good contest ideas??? I promise you'll receive credit
for any that get used. I don't want full-blown definitions,
the germ of an idea is enough ... I figure I've got the
next two POTMs defined ... but beyond that??? Who knows?
Ideas can come from life, work, or anywhere - but try to
stay away from already published stuff ..... I'd really
appreciate some good ideas! (send them to homxb!fah)