i appreciate that people have taken time to certify me. i'd just like to point out that i wasn't whinging about not being an Apprentice like some warez'ing IRC newbie who wants +v or +o. The fact of the matter is, i enjoy reading Advogato. Last time I made a diary entry I had a trust level that allowed me to post comments. lkcl recently wrote an article that i really wanted to participate in and couldn't - very frustrating. anyway, enough about that!
the engine2 column has been launched at zend.com, and they were nice enough to arrange a zend e-mail address for me. the first issue was heaps of fun to write. i hope the traffic on the list stays this high - but with all the talk of PHP 5 there i suspect it may mutate in that direction. ahhh - there is nothing more satisfying than the bleeding edge.
I wonder if it's broke or if it just doesn't love me 8^)
addendum: just tried certifying myself, and it didn't work. drat x 2.
looking forward to helping deekayen with thatware. i have downloaded the code and am going to make a few suggestions that will hopefully make it a much more maintainable piece of software.
netscape 6 is out, and a lot of people seem to be bitching. i hope this has no serious effects on mozilla project.
getting excited about my new project now (a web-based knowledge management application), we are starting officially on the 18th of this month. it's going to be really cool working with other people. it's been a year of working by myself, so i hope we don't argue too much.
i have been speaking to steve danic of memes.net fame regarding an XML DTD for import/export of the data between knowledge management apps. i've set up a mailing list at e-groups if anyone here is interested in joining.
kudos on your election to the gnome foundation. i feel confident that gnome will remain unspoiled by commercial interests (cough*sun*cough) with people like you to help steer the project in the right direction. 8^)
i was watching A Current Affair last night and was disgusted by what i saw. the host was interviewing an american personality (i think his name was something ritter) regarding the elections. one of the questions the host asked was something like "and what about nader?" and the response was (i quote) "he's just an angry man who has cost gore the election".
now, for starters, people have every right to vote for who they like - regardless of whether there are two candidates who the race will likely be between. second of all, it was obvious the race would be close. imho, it is Gore who might lose Gore the election. people who voted for ralph obviously feel that he has something important to contribute to the country - and al doesn't. maybe if the vp had realised this and addressed some of the issues the nader did, he wouldn't be scrounging for votes in florida, regardless of the usability of the electoral cards. (which was pretty pathetic).
i got an e-mail back from Michael Hirsh (exec producer of The Dish) thanking me on behalf of Working Dog for my kind words of support. of course, it's going straight to the pool room. 8^)
if you actually bothered to read this, why not drop me an e-mail to say "hi"? i'm always interested to chat to other advogatans.
oh, and one last thing. there is nothing more aggravating than ordering the 5 disc set of redhat (2 x binary, 1 x powertools, 1 x docs) and being shipped a dud disc. now, taking good old murphy into account, which disc would be the broken one? of course, it was the first binary disc - the one you actually need to do anything remotely useful - like, say, installing the damn thing!. cough. i feel better now.
picked up a dexxa optical mouse for $50 ($25USD) and it was an absolute steal. what a beautiful peripheral. i walked back into the office, ctl+alt+f5'ed out of X, unplugged my old Logitech, plugged in the Dexxa, ctl+alt+f7 and i was in business. All 3 buttons functioning, works amazingly with Windowmaker. update: if you have a mouse pad that happens to have a holographic sith lord on it, don't use it. the hologram screws with the mouse's imaging.
work is hectic, hectic, hectic. sign off on my current project is underway, making good project on preliminary work for my next one.
staroffice is finally (l?)gpl'ed. the logical solution would be to use mozilla as the platform instead of gnome-ifying it, but i doubt that'll ever happen with Sun at the helm. They seem intent on making all the mistakes themselves.
been working hard. happy happy, my column is now being hosted by zend - who are uber professional and i'm glad to be associated with them.
Spoke to Toshio a couple of days ago after his return to his office. His wife passed away. He was very much in shock. He is only 30.
sign off on my current project begins next week. looking forward to having it out of the way. my next one is going to be tough - it'll be self financed software development (to be GPL'ed of course). it will, however, be very exciting - i know there will be lots of people who will find it really useful.
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