Recent blog entries for khoerling

8 May 2003 (updated 8 May 2003 at 04:38 UTC) »

Please update your bookmarks. I'm hosting a diary at Live Journal which may be read here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/khoerling/

My Friends-

Approaching 4 years of designing purely liberated, enterprise quality, free open-source software and I'm begining to grasp a more firm understanding of the general publics' orientation toward my projects and possibly free software as a whole. An orientation that may be verified empirically within all the correspondence I've been delighted to keep--mostly pertaining to my projects--throughout these long years. My conclusion to this orientation isn't pretty, so here goes:

Once software is declared as free (read: terms of the GNU Public license), the user does not wish to pay any amount of money, not even a nominal one-time-only only fee, for any services related to the software and it's operation (updates, generic help, feature requests, user additions, etc ...)

Thus stated, I'm faced with an interesting dilema: download.com, the main source of downloads for Windows Control (a popular project of mine), decided to begin charging for software listings--even for free software posters such as myself, thus leaving 2 viable options. I can release software updates everywhere except download.com and live with the fact that download.com users are running outdated software. Or, I can pay the download.com fee out of my own pocket so that others may use my software freely, the same software that was updated with their requested features and modifications. I know a few users of my software are switchers from proprietary, cost based solutions, so what gives? Does anyone else sense the duplicity here? All I'm asking is for small donations to cover the download.com software listing fee. Please consider this. Thank you.

A Starving College Student, Keith

Memories of elder life events and more recent vacations are so vivid in my mind recently, constaintly reminding me of the great fun a majority of these events were.

Lately I've been riddled with running numerous errands drawing much time away from each day. Whew.

Most excitingly, Mark's 21st birthday bash was last Thursday. Least excitingly, he threw up in my car. More excitingly, he paid for us to clean it up at a self-use car detailing facility.

Life Beckons, Keith

5 Feb 2003 (updated 5 Feb 2003 at 05:59 UTC) »

A warm hello to anyone reading this.

Today, I was enroute to school (starting day for 3 classes at CSUF), slowing down for a turn, depressing the brake pedal a bit, when I noticed the pedal didn't seem to offer any resistance. Stunned and curious, I hit the pedal again to test and it went straight to the floor board--krikies! The master break cylinder failed. The car will still coast to a long stop with the pedal on the floor. So, using a combination of that and the parking break (thank god for the nice pull-back lever and not a sticking floor kind), I was able to creep the car into a near-by shop. I left the car there, walked a block to a car rental, picked out the cheapest car available and made it to Fullerton 20 minutes into the first class as to not be dropped! Whew.

Luckily I didn't need to stop short and wasn't on the freeway. It seriously happened when no cars were in front of me--at 8:45 in local traffic nonetheless--a good omen of sorts.

Happy new year!

Life is busy these days with school starting tomorrow and a few contract projects underway.

Mail::POPRelay 2.0.0 should be released soon. This new version boasts better support, more efficient run time, updated documentation and generally easier setup.

I'll try not to be as delinquent posting new updates to this diary in the future.

Ciao, Keith

25 Nov 2001 (updated 25 Nov 2001 at 01:02 UTC) »

I'm in an exciting mood now since being graced with a visit from my good friend John Beppu yesterday. Not too much went down yesterday so hopefully he didn't leave bored. We added a rather daunting entry to the mightly wiki: ThereIsNothingPythonCanNotDo

Tee hee hee.

Enjoy,
Keith

21 Oct 2001 (updated 22 Oct 2001 at 00:00 UTC) »

Today I was delighted to meet w/ my uncle and family for brunch. We had a wonderful time mingling ;)

Last night a friend mentioned that image pages on my personal web site should contain links for the previous and next images in the category. Great idea Matt, you're perfectly correct, so -- consider it done.

I'm in dire need of GoodThinkingMusic

Adieu,
Keith

26 Sep 2001 (updated 21 Oct 2001 at 23:30 UTC) »

Whoa, I've now become a Journeyer!

My employer has me so busy that I hardly make time for school these days. Please excuse the lack of updates. I'm planning on giving more back to the open source community by GPLing software we've written for the "AmigoBox" that has application in outside envornments. Hopefully more software will post soon.

My site finally has all new imagery from my vacation posted.

Wooooo! I'm back and working on moving pictures from the trip on-line. More to come.

Keith

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