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30 Nov 2000 (updated 30 Nov 2000 at 14:54 UTC) »

un wee experiment: to be flamed by crackmonkey?

Wondering why the heck he'd be wondering why the heck there aren't already decent personal library systems. Found the monkeymonk thread on MARC and Z39.50, read the archives, see ubersubscriber addresses in all their glory. Some of 'em know me for one reason or another, including one i worked with a while back. Clearly tho there's some secret entry, right, like smailing tcp packets in hex format written out onto denny's placemats wrapped in dot matrix blue-n-white lined 120 pinfeed with carbons to some postal address that looks like an mx record.

Which means, if i get this whole thing, that my "but golly i'm not using a win machine so please let me on via the mailman interface" approach is sure to get me happily bounced. The anticipation is killin. :)

(next day) tee-hee, that didn't hurt too much.

jake is now at 0.5.2. It's definitely at the halfway point: its design does the job and people are using it, but the most important pieces of making it sustainable remain to be done. Fortunately there are several people stepping up to work on these, so the future looks good.

Friday's a big day... we get to take the jake roadshow to Harvard to show it off for folks there and from MIT. Must add snazzy new features... in the meantime I guess you know you've got a good project going when executive directors and presidents of thisdotcom and thatdotedu start sending you email about it.

Our apartment move is done but there are still boxes galore. DSL is ordered but won't be up for three weeks. They're giving me free hardware inc. an extra nic though so I can't complain I guess.

Today was the latest in a long series of crazy days, hopefully the last for a while with the holiday this week. First thing in the morning the Dr. tells me I might have an ulcer. Sheesh.

Things definitely picked up after that, at least. Since I posted the docster article late Friday folks finally started getting around to reading it today (librarians don't work weekends). It generated a solid discussion on oss4lib-list but a lot of the folks just don't seem to see the distributed model yet. I would let it slide but they can't use the old "Metallica sued us so we can't even ping napster.com" excuse like we can here... anyway there was enough positive feedback to make me think we could tweak gnutella a bit and get a trial going with a few libraries soon enough.

Highlight of the day was hearing John Simpson, chiefe editor of the OED speak at Yale about goings on with the major revision. Evidently all they've done to change their submission model is to take the slip format they used to use and make a web form based on it. I got a chance to speak with him and another editor about creating an "appeal to hackers" a la their 100+-year-old "appeal to readers", asking for help creating automated tools for managing 100s of 1000s of submissions and such. Fortunately the second person he directed me to groks some perl and thinks it's a good idea worth exploring. He's based in CT too so I'm going to try to buy him lunch when I get back from the holiday.

Second highlight was my very own girlfriend making off with the snazzy event poster. M. if you ever see this I'll make it up to you with homegrown mojitos. ;) It'll look good in our new place.

Played with zope for a while, considering building a jake version running on zope. It would be good to see what sort of distribution and maintenance efficiencies might come about from leveraging some of the available xml services in there.

Made a condolence call tonight. Long crazy day indeed. Tomorrow we're off for Detroit in a rentacar.

Moved oss4lib over to www.oss4lib.org. No more "Yale won't be held responsible" disclaimer. It's about time, too. I wonder if it's a good idea to pull the listserv off of the .edu machine also and use one of the sf lists.

Put through requests for irreference.org but no shell yet. Registered unalog at sourceforge but haven't ported cvs over yet. Plenty of work to do, but if I want to catch today's puzzle on npr the alarm will need to be set for three hours from now. Something's gotta give... off to bed.

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