Older blog entries for ftobin (starting at number 5)

Currently, I'm taking a Software Engineering course at my university, and it's proving that so far, much of the stuff I have learned on my own, such as using bug-tracking forums, CVS, and reading books such as XP have been the right choice so far. I think my experiences of holding several projects of my own on SourceForge are going to prove invaluable.

Recently I've been on an XHTML binge, making sure that all of my pages validate. In line with this also means making heavy use of Cascading Style Sheets, which are very nice to use.

Unfortunately, when using Netscape 4.x, one needs to turn on Javascript to actually get Style Sheets enabled, even through it doesn't seem like you should. Irregardless, Netscape 4.x does not do a very good job of rendering many different types of CSS well. Mozilla and Internet Explorer, on the other hand, do seem to do an excellent job; for instance, take a look at my personal page with both Netscape 4.x and then Mozilla or IE. There is a noticeable improvement.

Over the past day I've been reading up on RSS and RDF, two fascinating technologies. O'Reilly has really been pushing this technology, for various reasons, and has many good articles and links.

Following reading all of this, I've downloaded XML::Parser to toy with it and see if I can start creating a small RSS aggregator such as Meerkat. My first RSS file will allow me to test all sorts of fun stuff, and see if I can even get my local ACM chapter to centralize our SIGS news.

Studying for finals, reading Technocrat.net's editorial on music spread and am being thorougly saddened. In my opinion, the people requiring others to keep secrets is one of the biggest problems society relies on. I believe this dilemna is at the heart of the debate. Society needs to learn to cope with information spread. I feel so strongly and emotional about this it brings me to tears. I hope my writings help some of us feel the same way.

What a bummer day yesterday was. pgpenvelope had to go through 3 releases during one day due to packaging problems and fatal compiling problems. I've now learned and took notes of specific steps I have to go through before I release a Perl-based distribution. It's a darn good thing we learn from our mistakes. Just too many headaches for one day.

Okay, it's time for me to try out this diary thing. Good thing the URL to this, http://www.advogato.org/diary/, is an easy one to remember...

Hmm, today I was somewhat productive. Even though I slept through most of the evening, I just submitted GnuPG::Interface to modules@perl.org.

I sure do like writing in HTML now, as a habit. It makes life so easy. I wish some IRC clients allowed HTML...

It looks like it's starting to become crunch-time in terms of Free Information and Open Source; more-so the former than the latter at the moment; Open Source has kinda already "hit" hit everyone.

Here's hoping that the compliants I've been seeing about Advogato messing up with newlines/paragraphs don't affect my posting. I don't see why this should exist as a problem; one should have a toggle switch, like Slashdot, for distinguishing HTML from non-HTML postings.

New Advogato Features

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.

Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.

If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!