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Being unemployed has its pluses and minuses. At least I live in the City now; if I do nothing else during the day I have plenty of time to wander around marveling at all the interesting stuff within three blocks of my apartment.

And that's nearly all I've been doing in the past two weeks; a couple of interviews and other things, none of which have yet born fruit, but I'm hopeful. I'm enjoying the time off, anyway. I did order a new toy the other day; I'm getting one of the new iBooks. It's the first Mac laptop since the Duos that's small enough to satisfy my need for a tiny notebook. BTW, if anyone wants a Sony VAIO SR17 for a reasonable price, let me know.

I did manage to fix my ancient Powerbook, finally; after $75 for a new SCSI cable and a new logic board, it turned out that I had just blown out the memory expansion card. When I took that out, it booted just fine. In fact, the screen problems which I had observed previously were gone; other than the fact that it only has 4MB RAM and a broken floppy drive, the thing is now as good as new. So I now can grab all those files which I don't really need, but which will help satisfy my pack-rat nature.

It's official, as a billion other people have noted. I'm more relieved at this point than sad; it was a real roller-coaster ride and it's kinda nice to have some resolution, even if it wasn't what I was hoping for.

So here I am in a coffee shop in San Francisco, just a block from my apartment, with nice fast 802.11b access thanks to Surf 'n' Sip, and an indefinite vacation punctuated by job interviews. Hopefully I can make the vacation last long enough to get the apartment unpacked and maybe even do some writing -- prose and music. And find a trumpet teacher. And hack some code. And solve world hunger.

Ok, maybe not the last one. If one of the first couple of things I'm looking at pans out, I'll be really happy, and if the vacation ends up a little longer that's okay too.

Whee! Today I am a Real Free Software Developer. Got on Freshmeat & everything.

Now to actually document the code & tighten it up so that other people might actually be interested in using it...:)

Sigh, I feel dumb. I had my old Powerbook 145B up and running, and had it copying files to an emulated Mac running under Basilisk II on my laptop. Then it crashed, then the Powerbook failed to boot; I know those unhappy-Mac tones all too well. The drive wasn't spinning up at all.

Then I tried to unplug the SCSI cable connecting the HD to the motherboard, and RIPPED the damn thing. I am such an idiot.

Fortunately, a quick Google search turned up a place that actually sells old Powerbook accessories, including said HD cable. So I have it on order, it should be aWt the office in a couple of days. 'Course, that still doesn't mean the HD is going to spin up.

The truly stupid thing is that I had finished the copy about halfway earlier, then crashed the powerbook trying to plug in a battery. I then ended up _deleting_ the disk image with the copied files on the laptop. Figured I'd get a clean start. AUGH!

Oh well. The garage sale went well over the weekend; we got rid of what we needed to, and made a few bucks in the process, which will help in the moving process. And in software news, I got my DOM-based SOAP/SDL handler working today and should have WSDL sometime tomorrow (it's actually working, but there's a problem in the response handling). Hopefully I'll be able to commit this to Reef sometime tomorrow (need to get a couple of dependency issues figured out first).

So I finally decided that since I've been committing actual code to Reef that I can finally consider myself a "real" open-source developer and therefore create myself an Advogato account. Yay! (yakk notes that I probably could've felt justified much sooner, but hey...:)

So Reef now has SDL/.NET support for Python. WSDL support should only take another day or two, although interoperability with other SOAP servers might be, well, somewhat trickier. Gotta love standards.

Preparations for my big move to San Francisco are proceeding apace; the living room is filled with boxes (mostly my roommate's), the garage is mostly cleaned out, and we went up to the condo to take measurements. Forgot to check whether the couch will fit up the stairs, though, so probably need to go up again next week.

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