Recent blog entries for Ricdude

Look ma, esd is on Slashdot! Only 22 responses, though. Here's mine. If I interpret apathy as tacit approval, that's not doing too bad. One of these days, I really should rewrite the server, at least. I have some ideas about what should be done at the base level, but as always, time is hard to come by. It'll definitely have to wait until I get moved into the new house at least (6 to 8 weeks). Probably try to pick it up again next year, new year's resolution, etc. Strange, I recently ranted at gnome-hackers about esound. Coincidence? (insert medley of Twilight Zone, X-Files, and FreakyLinks themes) Also got a nice email from a technical guy at Real requesting synch support. Kind of hard to do with the current socket based IPC, but wouldn't be too hard with a shared memory transport layer. Be a heck of a lot easier, at least. Next year...

Whew!

Big demo at work out of the way. It's nice to be able to breathe again after six months of furious hacking and tweaking. Got to integrate two disparate satellite control systems using CORBA. It was actually a lot of fun. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling any time I see one process controlling stuff in another one. Maybe because of the huge battle to get the initial communications down when our company first started using Orbix three years ago. I much prefer our current choice of the Free orb, TAO. It Rocks(tm). CORBA is a *really* useful tool for distributed client/server applications. Cross-platform, language-agnostic, lots of other cool buzzwords. I can't praise it highly enough.

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