19 Jul 2000 dancer   » (Journeyer)

Work

Offers, offers, offers. Do I stay, or do I go? Well, the short answer is that until I see a proper offer, I keep doing what I'm doing. Money, terms, conditions, and work details. Company A's offer is attractive, but their HR people are veritably cthonic and seem to need to be pushed every step just to stay on the right page. Company B wishes me good luck and has bailed out of the bidding (as far as I know). Company C is dragging it's feet a little and may yet make an offer.

Exult

And now we are seven. Ryan Nunn joined us, and has been doing wonders with xmidi->midi conversion, and mt32->general midi conversion. Sterling work.

I've implemented my audio streams, and they've largely blown up in my face. They work so very well, except that there seems to be some bizarre memory corruption. Maybe the mutex lock() call is non-blocking. That might be a cause. Must check return value more closely.

Jeff is working on finalising barges (wagons, ships, magic carpet, etc). If I can fix the audio streams, and we can get sound-effects in there, which looks like a real possibility then we'll be feature-complete on the next release. Wooo!

We've crept back up onto the front page of Sourceforge's Most Active list, just below FreeCraft. Working on this project is so much fun, that I don't really care either way. I just wish I had more time to do it. An hour or two over my morning coffee satisfyeth me not so much.

/dev/urandom

Xfree86 4.0.1 debian packaging is started, I am told. I salivate with anticipation.

Myself and Paul are corrupting Justin to the ways of ADOM (Good lord, ADOM's going commercial?? Eek! Well...good luck to them, anyways)

"X must die. Linux is shoddy" - Maybe. But it's what we have at the moment. Poorly engineered, buggy, badly designed operating systems and UI's are the norm. I daresay they will all improve, regardless of their commercial or free status. We all drive each-other. And militance is everywhere. Things get louder as they pass into and out of the fringes of mainstream. The noise will come from other parts of the field as things continue to jockey position in the public mind. Shrug This too shall pass. What operating system will you be using in 40 years? Whatever it's name is, it won't much resemble what we've got now, I figure.

DVD - Hmm. I should have gotten a DVD ROM before January 1, it would seem. Word is they're all internally region-locked, and (of course) half the stuff I want to play is only manufactured in other regions. Grump. I don't doubt that somewhere in Australia there are units being sold that aren't internally region-locked. When I find one, I'll buy one. Until then, I think I can miss the scene.

Broadcasting - Our Minister for corporate communications puppetry, Richard I-can-bore-the-socks-off-a-stone Alston, as a followup to the internet censorhip act, would apparently like to have the ABA class streaming audio and video as 'broadcasting' and require providers of same to have a broadcasting license (and no, you can't have a broadcasting license, we're not making any more for the next 6 or 8 years). Quite whose tune he's dancing to today is a good question, though just occasionally he is able to have stupid ideas of his own. This could be one of them.

Game developers in Oz appear to be having trouble getting and keeping their staff. This is apparently attributed to the skill-drain (which is, I understand it the new term for brain-drain). It's not unique to their industry...apparently they have no idea why perfectly good coders would go to work for other companies that treat them and pay them like human beings, when they could stay on and get treated like scum at poor pay. Maybe they'll learn.

A little ranty today. Maybe that's a good thing. Not enough sleep, and low-grade sleep at that. Time for more coffee.

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