Muahahaha. I'm back!
Hrm, only 7 months to catch up on, diary-wise...
New job since the last entry. I'm working as an IT
consultant now, specialising in OSS. Most of my work is web-
related now, with stuff like apache, J2EE, appservers, etc.
Currently I'm consulting to Deutsche Bank, and boy I'm
having fun! Their entire Global Intranet is
running on OSS. That's right, over 1000 internal business
sites and another 1000 personal employee sites are being
run on a combination of apache, tomcat, php, perl, and
more. All wrapped up in a chroot environment with automatic
management and configuration. This has been one of the most
fun projects I've undertaken, and I've been able to make a
large contribution to the design, infrastructure and
implementation of it. Very satisfying stuff.
Outside of work, I'm currently hacking on a bunch of
one is a C project I refuse to talk about until it does
more ;), another is an IRC bot in Ruby - mainly because I'm
really enjoying working with Ruby, I don't really need an
IRC bot :) Still - it was fun implementing the IRC RFCs in
Ruby, and I managed to find and report a couple of Ruby
bugs on the way.
I'm still working on camE, my v4l webcam
snapper/uploader etc. I just made a large update to the
palette code - it previously only supported RGB24, so I
added support for a couple of YUV derivatives and am
working on more. Unfortunately I seem to have broken
support for ov511-based webcams, as davej
will testify ;)
I don't think I'm doing anything wrong v4l-wise, but some
of these drivers are still immature and I think I'm just
tickling ov511 up the wrong way. Something in the palette
detection code causes it distress. What I really wish is
that v4l had a general "what palettes DO you support
then??" call =P
Apart from that, life is good - I finally got ADSL
installed last month - 2Mb into my flat. Now for the UK,
that's a nice pipe, but it cost ;-) The upstream is,
obviously, pathetic - but this is the UK and I have no
chance of doing better right now.
In other news, I'm off on a carribean cruise in
september, some good friends of mine are getting married,
and I'll be out there with them. It gives me 2 weeks to
spend time with my girlfriend, who I don't
see much - I live in London, UK, she lives in Cleveland,
USA - and that justifies the cost alone. After the cruise,
there is a good chance she's gonna come over and live with
me in London, and then next year I plan to head out to the
states to live and work - visa permitting.