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I am sorry, jgg, I can't say if Microsoft ever gets emails like you guys do. I do know that we at webmaster@zope.org get similar mindboggelingly stupid stuff, although arguably in smaller volume.

(For those of you not familiar with Zope, it's an OSS Web Application Server, and both the default footer template and the default error message both contain a button linking to http://www.zope.org/. We get forwarded error reports from the oddest sites).

Just now however, I openened my webmaster@zope.org mailbox to find a real topper of weirdball email. The sender's identity has been obscured to protect the terminally "Dimwitted", spelling mistakes were not corrected:

Hi, my name is Jxxxxx Rxxxxx, and I just became a member of zope.org. I went to download the search ingine, and I did not receive anything! When I downloaded it, I went to open the compressed files, and nothing happened! I kept getting a red light on winzip. Now, my login does not work, so therefore, I would like to get credit back on my credit card.

Thank you,


I just know that Microsoft gets those. Does Debian?

I better get on with studying, if I ever want to make it across the atlantic by the end of this year...

Did I mention I don't like writing Use Cases?

Well, I don't. And for Zope Studio I am far behind. I was supposed to have them finished weeks ago, but they haunt me still.

With all the new architecture in Moz landed in the past two weeks, development has been somewhat hampered, and only in the last few days have I managed to get Zope Studio in a somewhat working condition again. This took a lot of time, and with me going into hiding for the coming week-and-a-half, this was somewhat of a priority. I now can dissapear for a while without having to worry that any contributions will have to rewritten, or won't be contributed at all because ZS isn't working. I am ready for M15.

Jay! Tamed the beast once again, and now have the minibrowser fully operational, Cap'n. And choosing a metatype to filter on dynamically changes the minibrowser template rules. This is what MVC is all about, minimal effort and maximum result.

Except that finding what minimal effort is needed still takes some sweat and tears. Mozzie isn't too forward with error messages. I need a Javascript debugger! Oh, and remeber to always have a second opinion from an external XML parser on your XUL. Forgetting to declare a namspace is a pain to debug otherwise, especially when the CEO is about to step into the Lizzards den for a demo of what we'e doing. Auch, that still hurts.

Oh dear, I still have those Use Cases to finish. Bother.

I have been neglecting this a bit. Hey, I was busy writing code!

All's well that ends well.

Although my daughter looks a fright with her big black eye and all the scabs and scrapes, she's home safe and well. No more medical treatment is necessary, the hairline fracture in her skull should heal quickly and easily.

We did buy bike helmets today though. We've been lucky this time, but next time we might not be.

What a day...

I was woken up by the telephone, and my wife, on the phone, told me she had had an accident on the bike. Never before did I get up so fast.

She was alright, and so my oldest, but my baby daughter has had a nasty fall, and now has a small skull fracture. The whole right-hand side of her face is now irrecognizable because of a big blue eye and other assorted bruises and scrapes. She has to stay in hospital overnight for observation, and my wife is staying with her.

Luckily, when I left tonight, she was all her normal bright self again, playing peek-a-boo with her big brother and her mummy...

Now, some sleep.

Note: I am living in March 9th already. This is CET.

Urgh. My youngest (8 months) is having teething problems, and keeps me up half the night. Then my oldest (2 1/2) gets up at 6:15.... |(

My wife is taking him to playschool. I am going back to bed.

That's better.
My pet project, and Zope, both added to the Projects page. On with scanning! (my wife ordered a batch of photos to be done for her email friends..)

Here we go,

Got my scanner to work today, so's I can send my boss the bill for it <g>. Oh, and the bill for the customs duty that had delayed it. It's a HP ScanJet 3300 and works "as advertized.". Now on with the real work.

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