Older blog entries for digitect (starting at number 3)

Whew, finally finished another Cream for Vim release. I never realized how much effort was involved in a Windows one-click installer. Also looking forward to learning RPM so we can release proper packages in the future rather than just tarballs. I've gained a new respect and will have more appreciation (and caution!) when I use someone elses.

Hopefully Vim 6.2 will be released soon. It's always nice to have an official release level to point folks to rather than trying to explain why patching would solve a particular problem.

I (still) hope to get a new hard drive soon, so I can get on with installation of the GNOME 2. My Red Hat 7.2 is starting to get a little worn, and a clean install to a new hdd with RH9 will be a refreshing change.

Now that Cream is settling down a bit, it may give me a little time to explore PythonCAD, and to learn Python. This seems a bit overwhelming at the moment, but I hope in a year to be as emboiled in that effort as I am now in Vim.

FINALLY was able to get a screenshot of the Arabic support patch working in Vim on Windows today. This has been quite a challenge since I know nothing of either C or Arabic. ;) Hopefully it will get into the official tree soon. It's been fun trying to support the effort with my meager binary factory.

We're moving ever closer to getting an installer for the Windows version of Cream for Vim. But NSIS sure has a curious script format. I don't understand why we can't all just get along on scripting, you would think a little standardization would go a long way. Everybody always wants to re-invent the wheel.

The Free Architecture list discussion has been a good exercise lately. Bruno obviously knows his tools and has proposed a very interesting concept for a versionable CAD file. I'm glad to have written the SQL idea for historical reference, but the speed issue will likely be a significant roadblock for the foreseeable future. While this has been a good exercise, I'm anxious to design a detail library system that solves practical issues that architectural firms face. Architects need help, but I don't think there are many who even realize the problem, let alone can define it well enough to be solved.

Of course! The point is that the diary is threaded random thoughts for inspiration. I'm such an idiot. All this time, I was thinking reading diaries required work. It's amazing how much there is to know and how little any one person has. (My old favorite joke, the Bachelor degree is for those who know it all, the Masters for those who realize they don't know anything, and the Ph.d when you realize that neither does anybody else.)

Anyway, I/we released a new version of Cream for Vim today. It's even a little more rough than our usual, but given the busy month we had with the new baby, respectable enough. The biggest satisfaction is finishing the last of the feature additions before 1.0. There's still at least four or five more releases, but we're essentially just cleaning up behavior and interface until then. Hard to believe the project is a year old, and that pure interface work would take this long. What a hobby!

I guess I don't really understand online diaries (blogs, whatever). Why would anybody post personal comments unless they're really intended for others to read, playing off general human voyeuristic tendancies to nose around in other people's affairs? Then they function as rant/props pages, sneakily disguised as private thoughts, but accessible to all. What better way to air the laundry and still be able to claim, "that wasn't meant to be public." We should all do a little better speaking appropriately and privately. Reserve public accessible forums for public speech only.

Ironic, wasn't that? I at the same time stirred the waters with comments both inflammatory and conflicting.

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