29 Jan 2001 jmg   » (Master)

Well, just started to try and write a Z39.50 Python module and forgot how poor some of Python's documentation is. It completely doesn't document any of the PyClass calls, and the documentation for 2.0 is exactly the same in parts. Guess no one felt it worth the time to spend even five minutes improving the Python/C API documentation. Now I remeber why it's easier to write most of the code in Python, and only keep a small C kernel as an interface to the calls, instead of wasting your time making the module perform deciently.

Now, do I spend the time to make this module or not?

Well, I finally finished reading Dante Alighieri's Inferno (ISBN: 0691018960) today. Personally I preferred Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle's (ISBN: 0671670557) version of it. It pretty much contains all that is in Dante's version without destroying it too much, and of course it's a tad bit easier to read. Though I would like to be able to read the original Italian text, but I don't think I'll be learning Italian anytime soon to do it.

Started reading Rim by Alexander Besher (ISBN: 0062585274) and so for it looks like a good book. It's kinda hard to understand exactly if you're in a virtual world or the real one. They also throw out strange terms that you have no way of knowing what exactly they are. Hope that it gets explained soon, but so for I'm less than impressed.

Guess I should head off to the local bar and grab a beer. It really does feel about that time.

Bloody hell, repeate after me, read the recent diary entries before posting your entry.

voltron:
Do they happen to web cast their station? Sounds not to different from KWVA which is University of Oregon's college radio station.

AlanShutko:
Yeh, I was thinking that it wouldn't be too hard to partse the web page that they have at LOC and if I had to imput them, that's what I'd do. Now I haven't taken a look at the DTD's that are suppose to be now used for XML version of MARC and I would think that they have most of that defined in the DTD's, but I'm not that familar with XML really.

technik: Check out PicoBSD based on FreeBSD. I know that they have done various work on making a small system bootable. Not sure if they've relaxed the requirements now that you have do large images on CD's, but I do remeber them talking about doing something similar.

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