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post-meridian, EST

[No, that's not the anyone-can-play plumbing of the depths of Loch Ness.] Woo-hoo! Released spackle's first alpha to-day! It'll probably break any CVS repository to which it's applied, but that's why it's an alpha and not a beta. :-)

very post-meridian, EST

mjcox invited me to rant on Apache Week every now and then. Heh-heh. Well, he asked for it. I've rambled a couple of times so far..

Got some motivation to do a bunch of work on Spackle to-day. The ./configure at least does something useful, even if not complete. Should be ready for a 0.1 release in a few more hours' work..

post-meridian, EDT

Well, I'm on the slate to yackity-yack at NordU2002 in Helsinki in February. I'm gonna talk about Synergy in Open Commercialism or some such; at any rate, the middle ground between closed/proprietary software and the militant openness of the GPL.

Made some progress on Spackle; added the ability to direct the CVS commit messages to different addresses based on a regex match of the files/modules changed. There's still a weirdness interacting with SourceForge's default CVS configuration; there are.. issues.. with a project that frobs the CVS admin files when the repository is on someone else's server. :-D

About the article about ESR.. oh, never mind. :-/

jacobo, should I tell you about my misadventures with an automobile battery? Like the one that permanently edited my eyebrows, and involved an oxyacetylene torch? Or would you rather not know? :-)

We've selected the management company for our ApacheCon events and are working on a contract now. Stay tuned to the announcement list if you care..

Don't worry, I won't say anything about it. :-)

definitely post-meridian, EDT

At the urging of someone over on the Jikes (not here on Advogato, I don't think) I finally got around to creating a SourceForge project for the CVSROOT enhancements I've been making. The project is called Spackle, for 'CVS ACLs' -- sideways. Sort of. SourceForge rejected the initial project request within hours, but it took several days for them to get around to telling me why. In fact, they never did -- they just reviewed the additional info I put in my 'why?' request and determined they had enough to approve the project -- which they did.

State of the Union
I'm keeping my thoughts about the U.S. President's address to myself -- except to not that he didn't inventalise any words during it.

post meridian, EDT

yack! and Phoon
How about yak? Multi-leveled, as in your original 'hurl', and also a take-off on 'gnu'. (Note: I do not think the meanings are related at all!)

Uh, duh..
I was going to mention something hackish, but I forget what it was. D'oh!

To _(), perchance to gettext()..
Some of the language purists over in PHP-land have just discovered to their horror that _() is in PHP (and has been since 3.0.7) as an alias for gettext(). And whether it makes the language leper-outcast-unclean is in debate. I threw in my 0.02 Euro (hey, the chocolate coins last Winter were Euros!) but I do not think it will make any difference. I have little to no patience with elegance in place of useability.. particularly when sacrificing the latter for the former, even eventually, will break existing users and applications.. So I am not popular; what else is gnu? :-)

Virtual monkeyshines
When my new laptop arrives I am going to try running Linux as the base system with VMware to get W2K as well. If that will not work, I will reverse the order -- but I would prefer the first option. I would almost rather have a separate Windows laptop (as I do now) than to subjugate Linux under Windows..

post meridian, EDT

Happiness is geek toys
Only about one week left before my new laptop is supposed to arrive: a ThinkPad T21, 20GB, DVD. I took advantage of a special 'double the base memory for free' offer; the base memory was 128MB, and I ordered an additional 256MB, so now the total is 512MB. Unfortunately, there are only two memory slots, and apparently I am going to receive one 256MB DIMM and two 128MB DIMMs. Anyone want to trade a 256MB for two 128MBs? :-)

Making excellent progress on my Apache Module Development in C book. Funny thing; it was going very slowly when I was working on it with rbb, but when he got fed up with the slow pace and dropped out, I got motivated. I guess I am just not a good collaborator when it comes to writing..

Progress is also being made on my Apache Cookbook (for O'Reilly), but it is slow. Every time I think I have a handle on everything I want to include on a particular topic, two or three more crop up. I need to put a stake in the ground, before Nat (my editor) puts one in my heart..

7 Sep 2001 (updated 7 Sep 2001 at 16:37 UTC) »

ante meridian, EDT (edited post meridian, EDT)

Some people...
Just a verbum sapienti: I personally highly recommend against ever trying to have any sort of relationship with Remote Communications, Inc. other than as a user of their products (such as mod_gzip). I am speaking personally, and not wearing any hat except that and my Apache (and open-source) developer beanie.

I have moved the full rant off Advogato to my own site.

Why do I bother posting this? Primarily because I want to set the record straight before someone tries to cockeye it. Secondarily, so that other developers may not have to undergo the same crap I did in coming to these conclusions.

post-meridian, EDT

My Software Livre trip report..
..is now online. In other news: the Apache Software Foundation is looking for a new conference producer (see the RFP); I did a poor hack on mutt; I have started working on Versionary (more later); I have a bunch of cool ideas for Apache modules; and my health has taken a hit.

nearly meridian, EDT +0100 (Pôrto Alegre, Brasil)

Rio Grande do Sul on fire
Pôrto Alegre is currently hosting the Software Livre 2001 conference, and it is bubbling with fervour about open/free software. Maybe two thousand people here.. possibly a trip report later. The State now mandates that governmental software solutions must be open ones. Very cool!

ante-meridian, EDT

long time no Advogato
Back again.. In the time since my last posting the main accomplishment was ApacheCon 2001 in Santa Clara, California, USA. maddog Hall and David Brin are excellent keynoters, btw.

advances into autotooling
I finally got around to making some enhancments to autoresponder and mklicence -- namely, wrapping them with an autoconf ./configure script to look for prerequisites and install them in the right places. Slimy yet satisfying.

No other news at this point, although I am assembling the CONSUMERMAN Files, writing four articles, two books, and editing another. Busy busy busy..

Check out KeenSpot for some excellent Web comics. (None mine. :-)

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