landed a small amount of work which will suffice to get the bills paid this month... hopefully that trend will continue...
i saw this article on byte.com and decided to give festival another try... a couple of years ago i could not get it to work but this time... well... this time i got my mind blown! :-) it sounds cool reading this manifesto:
I will promote the use of Free Software and Open Source technology where possible and plausible and where it's not I will help others discern how it may be used to interoperate with proprietary solutions. I will preserve and promote accepted standards in software and its underlying protocols. I will work to combat the universal destruction of community and creativity occuring because of the "embrace, extend, and litigate" mindset.
the dirty bird continues to kick butt... the latest cartoon highlights a very sad state of affairs...
XFce: development is really going nuts... i've moved cvs to a private host now... the troubles with sourceforge continue and frankly we don't want all of our eggs in a single basket... we've broken things up into two separate modules now... we have a stable and a devel... in just a few more days we should be off of sourceforge for everything except distribution... alan has joined the project now and that's cool... one of the things upcoming will be a gtk based terminal (without gnome-libs)... we've also got new docs written in docbook format and they are really nice... when we do the next release those new docs will be on board... the author is Jasper Huijsmans and he's done an excellent job... speaking of docbook... i found out a week ago or so that the new version of abiword will save docs in an xml based docbook format... that saved me some time on a conversion i'm doing because i lost the sgml source...
Linux Professional Institute: level 2 continues to progress... the objectives are completed and item collection is well underway... good... anyone wanting to contribute should see Kara's latest announcement for instructions
i have seen people discussing their ages here... i turned 44 on 3 July.
dyork: awesome news... big time congratulations... e-smith being acquired by mitel networks is a very good thing... it seems that more and more people are "getting it" as time passes
deven: please hush now... you've long since made your point... if it's broken they will fix it... if it's not broken continuing to complain about it will do little more than annoy
lilo: if the FL job comes through for you i will be happy... i certainly know how tough things are right now... let me know how it's going...
i haven't felt much like posting lately... too many things going wrong... just about nothing going right... bah!
goingware: touching entry my man! also... i know what you mean about everything you said. the article you mentioned is frustrating me today as I have a business plan which does not require an exit strategy at all because it will be profitable to run without the need of an IPO or a buyout. so here I am... opportunity in hand and because so many lusers got money for nothing... well... you know what i mean... no need to belabor the point. i will keep trying though...
in my latest pursuit of toys and eye candy i found xpenguins. they make me laugh when i don't feel like laughing and... well... they r0ck! :-)
LPI is doing great with development of Level 2. it's starting to look like we'll be ready to start testing months sooner than we anticipated! i spent several hours today cleaning up the main web page for LPI. it was a mess of tables (without enough comments to keep it all straight) but it isn't any more... :-)
XFce: doing some hacking and slashing again. the #2 kernel dude (ac) joined the dev group. turns out he's an xfce fan! we're working on a gtk terminal... should be fun! :-)
dirty bird, #12 (the power of "X") is out! awesome! :-)
i got a call today from the mother of a friend, Scott. he was our first psychometrician at the Linux Professional Institute and one of the five founding members of the board. last summer he started acting strangely out of character and then he simply dissappeared. ultimately we had to replace him at LPI and we did, with great reluctance after he'd been gone for about six months. in point of fact i honestly thought he had died last year because his dissapearance was so far out of character (and i told him so) but then he resurfaced about 90 days ago when he started to phone me again, out of the blue.
after we founded LPI Scott and I and another friend (Tom Peters from the Netherlands) were a collaborative triumvirate developing the first level of LPI's certification tests and we were always on the phone or email discussing the work. the work became our social life! in fact, Scott and I knew each other over the net and on the phone for more than a year before we ever met in person (at LBE in Lost Wages!). while the three of us were pounding out the technical side of the tests dyork and Evan Leibovitch were running around with their hair on fire promoting the project. so we were all insanely busy!
needless to say i was very glad to hear from Scott. it turns out (according to today's call from his mother) that he had been battling a serious downturn with diabetes and it had affected his mind (yet he did not admit this to me, ever!). just two weeks ago he and i talked for an hour or so on the phone. he sounded lucid and said he was looking for work but having a hard time with it and that he hadn't been feeling very well. while we were talking something happened to his phone and we got disconnected, i called him back in spite of the fact that i was busy as hell (i'm glad that i did) and he said he was grateful i had called back because he was feeling down and was reluctant to take up any more of my time. i told him i didn't mind.
when she called today his mother told me that Scott passed away two weeks ago, alone, in a motel in Arkansas. i think he was 29. after i made the announcement on the LPI mailing lists this afternoon my friend Tom Peters called me from the Netherlands. we didn't talk long because transatlantic calls aren't cheap but we remembered Scott for moment or two, together. i will miss Scott. he was my friend.
Scott would have loved advogato had he still been on the net during the last year or two. he wrote some awesome python code for LPI so he would have fit in really well here. with that in mind i was thinking about the contributions he made to LPI (considerable!) and I searched through the archives to find some of the things Scott said when we were first trying to get LPI up and running. i found this and thought i'd end this note by quoting him:
"On a philosophical note, I would hope that the certification process reflects the spirit of the free/open-source software movement as much as possible. I would like to see certification develop to be as "free" and open as possible. By this I mean that all guidelines and policies should be developed in public and made available to all. While the exam and/or hands-on evaluation will have to have specific standards, the means of training and preparing should not be specified by the project. So there should not be a requirement to attend training classes or to buy a specific training course. Let multiple commercial and free preparation methods be developed."
i doesn't seem strange at all that what Scott was hoping for in November of 1998 (notice the message number from the archive) is a reality in June of 2001. Scott, you made it real!
it's good to see that moore's law is scheduled to continue for a while, though mr. grove seems concerned that there might be an end to it... are there any theoretical limits anymore? theoretically speaking, of course!
See this link for more info: the ny times (there's a log-in required but it's free and they don't bug you!)
lpi is moving ahead... development for Level 2 is well underway now and the prep work for the level one upgrade continues! joy...
the search for vc continues...
the new dirty bird cartoon is out and the next one is underway...
i have spent the day doing lpi stuff again. last night i think i finally finished making all of the necessary changes to cvs and got the html update script running again.
i said it on irc today:
"rotflmfao... jewelsthorn running linux... yeah right... pigs fly... there is a tooth fairy... and the easter bunny is just over that rise..." --me
breathed life into alumni.lpi.org today... dns was busted (which was alright 'cause we hadn't decided to make it live yet!)
got asked wais advogato today... hmmmm.... some people should crawl out into the sunshine more often...
i love this one: Felten v. RIAA finally somebody is doing the right thing... i wish i could afford to test it... it surely makes me mad enough...
last weekend (june 1 through june 3): dealt with the upgrade of LPI's web server (what a pile of work that was) and got djb's new HP 24x6i tape drive/changer working. lots of fun with amanda (bad girl!) and mtx (good doggie!)
yesterday (june 4): spent the whole day cleaning up LPI's web site cvs. moved piles of crap out that shouldn't ever have been in there and just generally cleaning up the mess. finished the day with an LPI conference call and then went to my youngest boy's baseball game (fun, fun, fun). oh... i almost forgot... it turns out that RH changed the perm's on procmail in their 7.1 release. it breaks postfix... (including their own powertools release) and they didn't tell anybody so i yelled at bugzilla. oh... and wietse wasn't happy either...
today (june 5): more work on LPI's cvs, divying up the monolith into proper modules. hollering at the phpweblog geeks about issues, issues, issues! (Ping... ICMP... hello? :-) trying out this new fangled GUI diary thang (yes dyork that's red neck speak!) called Diary-GUI.py for Diary version 0.9. u kin git it ahat Diary.py. so... the module everybody in LPI was yelling at me about is up and circulating in cvs. maybe i can get some *real* work done now :-).
i see that ansimorph got some more certs... good for him. this week has been a bit hellish... lot of pressure coming from all over the place but I am slowly managing to wade through the garbage and get the important stuff done.
we're starting a new project to update the Level I tests for the Linux Professional Institute. i get to drive 8-)... we're gonna run this project simultaneously with the development of Level II which should be a lot of fun. i've got a pile of volunteer applications to wade through and select this weekend and i gotta get a new mailing list set up to support them.
dyork puts me to shame with the regularity of his diary entries... i dunno how he does it.
my youngest boy played in his first baseball game last tuesday night and he got a hit his first time at bat. i got pix! :-)
ah well... the weekend beckons... more hacking... some business stuff to do and if i'm lucky a few stolen hours fishing at the lake.
For my part, I happen to believe that grass roots work (like you're involved in) done in support of our world (e.g. OSS, GNU, BSD etc. etc.) is worthwhile and should be encouraged.
Don't worry.... be happy...
aaaaaaaaaaauuuuuugh! cvs permissions are driving me mad... but it looks like it's fixed now... damn sticky bits!
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