more news tomorrow
I completely agree with bneely about Same-Gnome.
Total killer app.
I've lost the high score file from my old laptop, but I'm sure I hit a score of around 5600 at least once...
Spent most of the day on the phone, but got a lot accomplished. All in all it was good.
Talked to my friend Mac at the coffee shop. He was interested in Advogato, but he doesn't know how to use a computer, and we got to thinking: "How does Advogato and it's trust metric system apply to real life situations like peace treaties and such."
So, that got me thinking all the way home. "What if you could rank your neighbors as dimwits everytime their dog did a number to your lawn. " Or "Could I rank them as a Journeyer because they let me use their pool.
It dawns on me that ranking systems propably don't have as much real-life application.
So, now I'm stuck thinking about things like real-time ranking systems, or more correctly real-time evaluations in general. Like the 5-generals algorithm. If I recall correctly, the 5-generals were the 5 right hand men of Alexander the great (or was it Napoleon?) but whenever war-time strategy was being decided, they would all vote at once, then if all five votes didn't agree, they would force an election, to decide if the dissenting vote(s) were cast in sound mind.
The modern 5-generals algorithms are used in things like
space shuttle operations and such. 5 or more computer
systems running in parallel, all receive the same inputs,
and all can issue the same outputs, but whenever one
"decides" differently, ALL 5 vote as to whether the one is
needing to be shut-down, including the one that is being
voted on. I have never actually implemented it, but not
having a complete fear of algorithms, I should go look at it
But, sometime when I'm not so tired. :)
Ok, off to bed. I'm starting to sound confused.
Spent the day over at anewsome's crib. DSL rules, it was like being in my own office.
Spent a major amount of time today developing a system for classifying and organizing various data of various datatypes and had to type up a requirements document to support it for a project at work. <yawn> I'm at least half-done.
in the background, grabbed a copy of OpenH323 from CVS, couldn't get it to build, since they're adding CallerID support, but it's not finished. So, I stepped back to the latest snapshot release, which built everything, except a couple functions were missing during the link. :( More later...
Spent a few happy moments chillin with anewsome and Queen Cathleen talking about her neighbors, social status, fighting over stupid things like who's kids beat up who's kids, etc..., housing committees, etc... made me want to move to the country.
Unfortunately, Asterisk, the pbx I had been working on has not had any real development to support H323, so I'll continue looking for better PBX software.
Tomorrow, I'm going to download and build the OpenH323 stack, should have some interesting technical tidbits then.
Last night found me pushing the low-end of the performance curve, my 486 DX2 / 50Mhz, with 20 Mb RAM. I attempted installation of the latest frozen Debian GNU/Linux. I(t) failed miserably due to hardware issues. I need to replace the IDE controller, among other things. ;) The poor thing's had nothing but DOS on it for so many years, maybe it's hopeless...
Checked out the latest Asterisk code, and got it built. I'm working on turning the 486 into a comm server, hosting my phone/v-mail/fax, etc... So far, I'm thinking I'll run a rather recent dev kernel, or 2.4 for sure when it's out, since they have the Quicknet PhoneJack driver in, but for now, I'm still downloading the latest one from Quicknet, who I'm going to see tomorrow. :) Is VoIP really the way of the future? We'll see.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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