23 Aug 2000 gtaylor   » (Master)

Well, I've finally gotten back on the keyboard again, so to speak. Over the past two days I've made excellent progress on my foomatic data entry code, to the point that I'll be able to easily enter execution data now. More importantly, it will be possible for other people to do so; this will capitalize better on the strengths of my existing database and the community in general. Anyway, the immediate goal is full stp/gimp-print driver support (well, for Epsons, anyway) over the next day or two.

In doing this work, I finally found a case where I needed something JavaScript could do, albeit mainly to work around the fact that Netscape is a pathetic memory hog. Basically I approximated nested menus, since having 500+ selectors with 750 choices each gives Netscape or Motif a fit. Who would have thought that such ugly things could work together in a useful way? The resulting menus are nifty enough that I'll reuse them as a nicer search interface to the printer listings.

VA wants me to be a volunteer editor person for the Printing Foundry. I really must decide and get back to that fellow...

I attempted to get a prescription put into my bicycling glasses, but after two attempts the optician threw his hands in the air and gave up. The problem is the wraparound fit of the things; the prescription lenses need to be somewhat flatter than the frame allows. Fortunately I have contacts, but I had hoped to retire them.

Today at work there was a system design document review. As with all reviews for networking products, most of it consisted of arguing over which lights should blink in what color when. Thankfully there was a ten minute diversion to discuss whether the slots should be numbered from bottom to top or top to bottom. All of this would have been fine if I'd remembered the fine Nerf weapon I got last week. Alas, it was not to be...

Some bonehead recruiter emailed me "in response to my resume":

Please send me a Word version of your resume.
Um... no.

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