17 Sep 2000 Dodger   » (Journeyer)

2:07pm CDT

Well, it's been awhile since I last posted. I got my patch for the WaveLAN card and the z50 working perfectly. I've been working on database/php3 interface stuff lately. Most of it has been work outside of my day job, working on it at night. I'm finding it pretty easy to do most of the stuff that we want to. I wish I would have gotten into doing this sooner. The extra money won't hurt at all, either. :) I've been thinking about all these forms that I've been writing and wondering if anyone has come up with a way to describe forms in a generic way, using XML or something. It'd be nice if I could have one generic format and spit out HTML, Java, GTK, QT, whatever, interfaces for them. Then just plug-in the database backend stuff to whatever format I want. That would be cool. I may have to look into that when I have some free time(not anytime soon).

I've also renewed my interest in Ultima Online server/client emulation. Mostly, I've just been following the progress of UOX and Ultima Melange. I've been thinking about a UO client for Linux that uses SDL/OpenAL.

Another thing that I've been messing with in the last month or so is the image format of the 3Com USB HomeConnect Camera. I spent about 15 hours one weekend trying different image types with no success. I've finally given up on that, and have just decided to write a black and white(which is easily decoded from the image data) USB driver for Linux and then either let someone else figure out the format or try again, after I have the driver working. Man, what I wouldn't give to either not have to sleep, or a 40-hour day to work on all this stuff I want to work on. :)

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