11 Jan 2003 Stevey   » (Master)

Jabber

 Many months ago I flirted quite heavily with Jabber, the open messaging system. I looked over the code to several clients, and the server 'jabberd'.

 At the time I was looking at replacing our companies reliance upon ICQ with an internal chatting system which would be more secure, and under our control.

 Setting up the internal testing server was fairly trivial, so much so that that test server became a live server in a matter of days.

 I spent a while writing maintainance scripts to automatically manage contacts - and then stopped touching it.

 Last week I received an e-mail from somebody who had spotted my old conversation logging patch. He wanted me to update it, tidy it up, and release it to him.

 Over the course of a couple of days worth of email exchanges I did that - and just found out that he's purchased a copy of the printed version of Open Source Development With CVS book from my wishlist.

 The Jabber patch will be released to the world once I've tidied it up some more.

Debian

 I've been doing a lot more Debian work recently, packaging up several small utility scripts into my own apt-get'able repository.

 In addition to that I've sorted out my Debian GPG key - adding identities to it, so that I can manage my debian duties more easily. (This mostly means that the 'skx @debian .org' address is being used for all the mailing lists, etc).

 I often feel that using GPG/PGP is akin to working magic. Theoretically I understand what is going on, but the details escape me.

 Editting keys, marking relationships as trusted, etc, are all scary counter-intuitive options.

 Maybe it's just me ...

Life

 I'm tidying my flat, in Edinburgh, in preparation to sell it and move to a bigger place.

 The valuations I have had performed suggest I'm gonna make a killing on the price I paid for the place ~3 years ago.

 Unfortunately the price rises have been pretty uniform throughout the city .. so I'm going to have to move further out to afford a decent sized place.

 The move is basically been prompted by my desire to get a big dog, (alsation/golden labrador/etc), now that my Tigger passed away.

 It might seem like overkill to move house to get a new pet - but the place would be a little too small for even a young dog, and I"d feel too guilty leaving for work in the morning...

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 Now .. I wonder what peoples reactions when they see a heavily pierced, skinhead bloke walking down the street with an Alsation! Probably not the reaction I'd like to see. *shrugs*

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