Damn. The last diary entry was almost a year ago (I
will keep a diary, I will).
When I'm not doing real work (porting code to various
embedded chips, hacking on compilers) I am starting to play
around with the brand new GNOME 2 environment. It is so
much cooler than GNOME 1, and I am going to write a few
programs to learn the libraries:
- An apt-get wrapping Druid to automate the
tasks of updating my rather weird Debian APT setup.
- A blog editor — several of these exist already
am sure I saw one written for GNOME. I may just try the Mozilla one I saw
yesterday. However, a pluggable GTKHTML2 editor application
would be cool.
- The long–term goal is to produce a decent XML
looked very cool but is now dead. Pollo is also a
very nice Java tool — a merge of the two written in
GTK+ 2 would be good. Of course for now there is always
On a totally unrelated note I have been reading like mad
recently. A few months ago I started reading Terry
Pratchett's Discworld series from start to end.
I had read most of the books but reading them without a
break gave me much more insight into the characters —
there are far more cross-references than I even thought.
I have just started reading Arthur C. Clarke's
2001 series. Last week I read
2001, which proved to be far better than I
remembered (last time I read it was ~1995). Although
Kubrick's film is excellent, it is missing some magical omph
that the book has. Saturday just gone I started to read
2010 in the bath. Why oh why did ACC decide to
base 2010 on the film of 2001
instead of the book? The resulting confusion is pretty hard
to keep track off, I may have to watch the film again if I
have the time.
What else is going on? For Christmas I bought myself a
present: an IBM ThinkPad X22. What a toy! It's very handy
now that I don't live very close to work, and have a 90
minute commute to do. If anyone else has one of these (or
similar) and has got hiberation working, could you email me