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Dacta: I worked in a VB shop at my last job. You're going to burn in hell for that comment :-)
In actuality, VB does what it was designed for very well - Rapid application development. If you need a quick demo of a concept it's really simple to whip something up in about 5 minutes. However, go beyond that, and it becomes an ungodly horror. I much preferred Borland's C++ Builder (probably would have liked Delphi too but never got a chance to use it) when forced to do windows coding. Now I don't have to worry about any of that since I have a geek linux job :)
18 Sep 2000 (updated 18 Sep 2000 at 21:24 UTC) »

funny, aaronl...didn't know that the Debian sawfish package linked with gnome:

bma@kalgan [~]: apt-cache search sawfish
sawfish - a highly configurable window manager for X11
sawfish-gnome - GNOME components for Sawfish

bma@kalgan [~]: grep-available -F Package -s Package,Depends sawfish

Package: sawfish-gnome
Depends: gdk-imlib1 (>= 1.9.8), libart2 (>= 1.2.0), libaudiofile0, libc6 (>= 2.1.2), libcapplet0 (>= 1.2.0), libdb2 (>= 1:2.4.14-7), libesd0 (>= 0.2.16) | libesd-alsa0 (>= 0.2.16), libglib1.2 (>= 1.2.0), libgnome32 (>= 1.2.0), libgnomesupport0 (>= 1.2.0), libgnomeui32 (>= 1.2.0), libgnorba27 (>= 1.2.0), libgtk1.2 (>= 1.2.0), liborbit0 (>= 0.5.0), xlib6g (>= 3.3.6-4), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.3), sawfish (= 0.30.3-helix7)

Package: sawfish
Depends: imlib1 (>= 1.9.8), libaudiofile0, libc6 (>= 2.1.2), libesd0 (>= 0.2.16) | libesd-alsa0 (>= 0.2.16), libglib1.2 (>= 1.2.0), libgmp2, libgtk1.2 (>= 1.2.0), libjpeg62, libncurses5, libpng2, libreadline4 (>= 4.1), librep9, libtiff3g, libungif3g (>= 3.0-2) | giflib3g (>= 3.0-5.2), xlib6g (>= 3.3.6-4), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.3), librep9 (>= 0.12.1), rep (>= 0.12.1), rep-gtk (>= 0.11)

Don't see any GNOME stuff there... except in the OPTIONAL gnome components package...do you?

Forking stuff like this is such a waste of time and effort... why not try to deal with it maturely by corresponding with the maintainer?

Attended LWE the past week. I spent more time at the Debian booth than any other place at the conference, even though I wasn't techinically working it...I just had more fun there. Went schwag hunting for my coworkers. Attended a few conference sessions, but many were too suit-oriented...I guess what do you expect at a conference geared for businesses. People loved the G3 powerbook I brought to the show...a shame that we didn't have any debian ppc cds to hand out. Surfing on the airport/wavelan was kickass until thursday, when the andover people apparently cut almost everyone off it (but that was ok, because debian had a wavelan base station in the booth :) Food was expensive, no real restaurants around the hotel and room service was so-so. Ate at a place called original joe's on wednesday for lunch, expensive for rather mediocre food (I ordered steak medium, it got to me well done :/ ...). Went to the Debian release party at the Usual wednesday night...free beer, woohoo. Linus showed up as I was near the door...felt sorry for him being asked for autographs ... let the man enjoy his beer and the party. Didn't get too trashed...I stopped after four or five beers. Shaleh, calc, and neuro partook in "Irish carbombs". After a bit neuro, calc, and I headed over to the gnome party across the street which was so-so...then went over to the pool hall and shot some pool. Linus was playing pool with some people, I thought that was neat. Took the light rail back to the hotel around 11:30ish.

It was fun hanging out with the debian crew (shaleh, joey, drow, calc, lilo, myth, o-o, wichert, jim, tausq, dave), meeting the enlightenment/#e crowd (raster, mandrake, keebler, teletron, term, hakker, gnea, demonishi, kainx, fusion94, nettwerk), the stormix people, peter teichman from helixcode, and many others that I may have forgotten to mention. Did a bunch of GPG keysigning last night.

I am moving departments in my company, from systems architecture to operations, due to reorganizations after my boss passed away. My new boss appears to be clueful to linux and open to ideas, so that is good. I hope things go well. I will be moving to another floor towards the end of september, leaving the other linux geeks :( But I will come back up to pester them now and then, since I am basically going to be implementing what projects they come up with...

Going on a cruise this coming week. Yes, right in the middle of hurricane season...I hope to have a good time. I have done/will have done more flying in the past two weeks than I have in my entire life. Strange. Coache decidedly sucks. In the future, I'll probably shell out the extra bucks for coach if possible.

School starts the monday after I get back from the cruise. Lovely. Retaking the two math classes I failed in the spring, along with a CS course and a digital electronics course...should be interesting. At least there won't be anymore 3 hour trips to go visit my fiancee every week.

My brother and sister go to college a week from today. That will leave only my parents, my youngest brother, and I. It will be strange having the house so quiet.

No one probably cares about this, just typing thoughts as they come to my mind...but oh well, no one's forcing you to read this :) I think one day in the near future I will move my advogato diary entries to my personal page and use advogato only for discussion of free software stuff, as it was intended...


beldon: If this Rob you speak of is Robert Bruce McLaughlin, I and many others share in your pain. He was the head of the department at the company I work for (Winstar). He passed away on July 12th as well, and we are located in the DC area... someone else pointed out your diary to me and I was struck by how much it sounded like Bob. He worked almost exclusively with younger children, especially with math and sciences... he was a friend and mentor to us all. I'd be interested in knowing if you knew him...let me know.

If it was someone else, the strange coincidences there are in the world.

My travel expenses for Linuxworld got approved. First place I will be going that is not on the East Coast. First Linux conference I'll be at. Promises to be interesting. Now to just rush and make reservations ...

Summer is flying by. Already at midterm of the second summer session of classes. Things are starting to get back to normal at work. I am trying to go to LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose this year. It finally does not conflict with school. I submitted the necessary authorization forms yesterday ... it's cool when work pays for this kind of stuff :) If I go, it will be my first trip off the east coast (been from Maine down to Florida, but no further west than Ohio). Excited but nervous about it at the same time.

Been trying to get Debian PPC installed on our G4s. Tried yesterday, and it installed alright, but was unable to get yaboot working properly - with scsi drives you have to do a bunch of mumbo jumbo to get the OpenFirmware path of the adapter which looks something like '/pci@f2000000/pci-bridge@d/ATTO,ExpressPCIUL2D@4/@0:1' - blech. I'll try again today with it. Sometimes I wish I had taken a powerbook instead - not as beefy as a box but airport is so freakin cool.

If anyone wants a copy of Terminus, I have an extra copy. I was one of the first 100 people to pre-order, so I got the game right after it was finished. However, they shipped it in a flimsy USPS envelope, which crushed the box on the edges. This happened to a lot of people, so they reshipped everyone with a damaged box a new copy. So now I have two copies. I don't really need the second one, and I'd be willing to sell it to someone (preferably in the US, so I don't have to deal with int'l shipping) if they want. Note that it does require XF4.0 and DRI - I tried it with XF3.3.6 and Utah-GLX (I have a G400) and it crashed X. It also runs under Windows and MacOS. The game itself looks pretty sweet, although I have not had time to really play it yet. If you're interested in the game, bma@tux.org.

Been a long week. First there was the sad news that tausq first mentioned. Then, Wednesday morning, our big boss passed away. Sad that he fought cancer so hard and was actually beating it, but in the end what got him was a hospital bourne blood infection. I didn't really know him that well, but he was one of the most unique and interesting people I've ever met. It's been rather subdued at the office. *sigh* People need to stop dying.

Built my brother and aunt each a computer yesterday. I should start up a side business. :) This makes about 10 computers in our house at the moment...which I know isn't much by some people's comparisons, but it's still almost 2 computers per person...

Wow. Someone more verbose than schoen. :-)
(not to be taken as an insult by either side, in case you missed the smiley :)

dancer: The Debian X maintainer is working on 4.0.1 packages, so long as no one files release-critical bugs on the 3.3.6 packages. Only a matter of time, now...

Been a long time since the last diary entry. Haven't really been busy, just haven't had anything interesting to say, or didn't feel like writing one. But I'm still alive.

The Good News: I did a lot better this session of school. A- in English, B in Astronomy lab. Still waiting to hear on my grade for Astronomy lecture, but I just took the exam yesterday. My GPA doesn't look quite as bad now...once the lecture grade comes in I should be off academic warning, which is good...

The Bad News: I have the payoff amounts for all my school loans now. All told it ends up around $18k . Add up the loan for my truck and my credit card bill, turns out I'm over 45k in debt. Whee =) And I'm looking at buying a townhouse...heh heh.

Been very productive at work so far this week. Whacked out a lot of perl for the interface to the company LDAP directory. Net::LDAP's sorting routines are broken, so I wrote some code to do it for me. Slightly slower, but oh well. The day flies by when I am coding. I didn't realize how much I missed it - I have not done any serious long-term code projects for some time. Set up mod_perl on the webserver the interface is running, so it isn't dog-slow loading up anymore. LDAP is pretty nifty once you start to get the hang of it...of course, having one of the OpenLDAP developers as your coworker helps immensely :-)

My boss has given me the additional job title of "Keeper of the Munchies". Depending on the day, you can find mass quantities of Twizzlers, peanuts, various candies, Triscuits, and more. It keeps people coming to my cube and prevents me from getting too lonely. Right now I am down to just triscuits (I think I am the only one who eats those.) I bought a big bag of M&Ms at Price Club (Costco Warehouse to those of you who didn't know of it before the name change) and a ton of Gatorade. I have about 40 20oz bottles in my little fridge right now, I think the poor thing is going to have a coronary. I didn't see any twizzlers in obvious sight, so I guess I'll stop by Giant tomorrow morning and pick some up.

I was getting ready to leave work the other day when my boss came by and asked if I had a half hour. I said I was planning on leaving in about 5 minutes, then he asked me 'Do you want a raise?'. I made the half hour. :) Don't know how much yet, but very cool. Hopefully I will know when I get paid this Friday, but probably not. My mother has taken to calling me the 'little shit'. But she's happy for me. :)

Tomorrow I have an appointment for my new doctor. I haven't been to a doctor in over a year. I've had this guy appointed as my PCP (HMO, no PPO in this area for Cigna) since January, but I kept forgetting to make an initial appointment for a checkup. I fear what dire news he will give me. I'm horribly overweight and my blood chemistry must be aweful. Maybe he'll actually offer some decent advice. I hope I like the guy.

Went to the eye doctor's for a checkup today. I went two weeks ago for the annual exam. Cool thing is, with my new Vision insurance, I was able to get the two-week throwaway contacts instead of the 4 pairs a year deal, for about the same price. Today went in to make sure the new contacts were working ok. There was a new person there who was being trained. I don't know why, but every single employee in this office (other than the doctors) is an attractive looking woman. This one was no exception. My mother and the neighbor joke about how guys go there wanting to get their vision corrected so they can see them better.

Got my copy of Terminus over the weekend. I was one of the first 100 to pre-order so I should be getting a nifty poster soon. It was delivered Priority Mail and the box was mashed up quite a bit (they used one of those flimsy envelopes). The Terminus people are looking into what they can do (this is not an isolated problem). Installed fine under linux, when I went to run it, it crashed X. Turns out I need XF4 and DRI. I have it compiled, just need to install it and set up a new XF86Config. Installed it under Windows, too...looks pretty nice. Haven't had a chance to play it yet, though.

mazeone: :P

My fiancee's house was robbed last night.
Broke in the back window, stole her mother's purse, keys, cellphone, walked to the front door, unlocked it, drove off with their blazer.
I hate the human race.

Threw out my back yesterday morning. It is finally almost back into normal shape. Makes you realize how much you take your health for granted.


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