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I've been working on a couple of bugs over the last couple of days. I sat down and rewrote the gdk event filter for mozilla since it was broken and causing some problems with grabbed windows. It now has copious comments so that some other poor soul can come along and support it. I've got some other code to check in, too but someone broke windows so I can't check in.

My wife and I finally got a couch at Ikea which should arrive at the house tomorrow. This means that we can have other people over and they don't have to lie on the floor to watch a movie.

I now know the meaning of the word Fear. What the hell?

I'm still digesting food from last night. We had good indian food on the new dinner table, courtesy of my wife. We managed to squeeze eight people around it. I was impressed.

Here's a great little column about patents and what they mean for the internet and business and your favorite search engine. It's funny, too. Read it.

I've been in Syracuse the last couple of days, visiting with friends and family. I've been using the chance to try and catch up on all the email lists that I'm on and haven't been reading.

1300 Messages in the xfree folder.
200 Messages in bugtraq.
500 Messages in SOAP.
20 folders later...

Great, now I'm behind on my Inbox.

LinuxPower ran my interview today. Then slashdot picked up on it and the site was unavailable for a while. It's a reasonable interview. The questions were well clued.

There was at one question at the bottom of the article that someone posted:

More and more pages can be read only if you have Internet Explorer, Netscape won't read them, because the page uses proprietary Microsoft technology. Will Mozilla read these pages?

The people building Mozilla are attempting to build a 100% standards complaint browser. If you build pages that are standards complaint then Mozilla should be able to read them. I don't think that there are any plans to add compatibility for those technologies. I think that it only encourages people to use them and that's what we want to get away from.

I'm pretty sure we would accept those compatibility layers if people felt like writing them, though.

I should have had the pork. And I'm vegetarian.

The night started out innocently enough. Zab, Jennifer, Shaver and I wanted to see a movie. We wanted something without substance. Without a plot. Without and purpose whatsoever. Something that was strictly for entertainment value. Brain candy. What we found was something far, far more sinister.

Reindeer Games.

Don't go see it. You don't get that two hours of your life back.

Read a lot of email today. Didn't get a lot of coding done but spent time trying to get a really nasty bug fixed.

Dave has been making a lot of noise about the amazon patent and probably has more links to other pages that cover the topic than anywhere else that I've seen. The only problem with Dave's site is, well, Dave. He's kind of self-rightous but he makes me laugh a lot of the time and the site usually has interesting links on it. It's the first place where I saw the Wu-Name site mentioned.

Hi, I'm the Sweaty Butcher. These are some of my friends:

...and so forth.

I went and picked up my truck today, since it was in the shop. The battery had been dying overnight because of some drain on it that was always on, even when the engine wasn't running.

It turns out that the rear window was always running, trying to put the window up and that was draining the battery. The comments from the tech on the work order are pretty amusing:

BACK WINDOW NOT WORKING REMOVED REAR DOOR TRIM PANEL FROM INSIDE AND FOUND POWER WINDOW MOTOR OVERHEATING DUE TO CONSTANT POWER FEED FROM WIRING SHORT REMOVED WIRING FROM REAR WINDOW CONTROL IN REAR 1/4 PANEL AND CHECKED ALL THROUGH TO WINDOW. NO SHORT CIRCUIT FOUND. FOUND REAR DOOR LOCK CYLINDER HAS BEEN REMOVED & HOLE WELDED UP. LOCK SWITCH STILL THERE. LOOSE. IN UP POSITION. REMOVED LOCK SWITCH SECURED WIRING LUBED MECHANISM & TESTED OK NOW. RE-FITTED TRIM PIECES AND CLEANED GLASS. NOTE AS MOTOR DID PREVIOUSLY OVER HEAT WE CANNOT GUARENTEE ITS INTEGRITY. WORKING JUST FINE NOW.

DId you get that?

FOUND REAR DOOR LOCK CYLINDER HAS BEEN REMOVED & HOLE WELDED UP.

I've always complained that the rear window was a pain to use because the only way to lower it was from the driver's seat with the engine on. Apparently, you're supposed to be able to open it from the outside of the vehicle ( which makes sense ) but someone removed it and welded over the hole. Why?

That's what I get for buying a used car, I guess.

Today was a pretty quiet day. I got to work late and got some time to hack on bugs. Drag and drop is still being kind of painful. It's getting better, though.

I checked in a fix for 29578 which I had sitting on my drive since yesterday. After checked it in I realized that the drop operation had the same problem so had to cook up another fix for that. Of course, the real problem that I was chasing doesn't seem to be solved by either of these checkins. I'm still trying to figure out why drag and drop isn't working in mail/news. It's probably something in the unix code because the windows and mac people claim that it works for them. We'll see, though.

Ahh, the fun of working on a project based on XP code.

A great quote that someone passed to me about last night's X-files off of slashdot:

What I learned:

The best reason to have an IPO is so that you can afford a $300 backup solution. Or a CVS repository. Or a hard drive to go along with your ramdisk, so that if the power accidentally goes out, you don't lose all of your work.

Gosh, you'd think William Gibson wrote "Neuromancer" on a typewriter or something.

I seem to remember hearing somewhere that Gibson did write it on a typewriter. I could be wrong, though.

Milk in a bag scares me, no matter how much people think it makes sense. It reminds me of Rumble in the Bronx.

Sometimes, the phrase portable computer has a different meaning.

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