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2 Sep 2002 (updated 19 Sep 2002 at 18:12 UTC) »


After a mostly caffeine-free existence throughout college, the temptation has finally become too great. But it's really not my fault: here I am faced with an irresistible combination of early mornings, ten hours of programming a day, and free good coffee at work. Now if only they had little pastries and cookies as well, or fresh fruit or something like that.


I have started to really charge into one of the GStreamer documents, the Filter Writer's Guide. It needs serious help, and I am trying to get a handle on at least some of it. Writing documentation is tough, though, and requires a really good understanding of things. Looks like much reading is in the near future.


At work I've installed Bugzilla. Bugzilla is a hacked up set of Perl scripts that functions (and functions well, even), but not without a heavy dose of voodoo. Unfortunately, a nasty DNS situation seems to have thwarted the effort to get Mailman to work, but we might be able to hack it up a little to get some mailing list action in the house.

So that was the first two weeks, interspersed with some emailing and web browsing ... now I've got some real programming projects. I'm looking at creating a Zope interface for CORBA 3, trying to see if it's possible to use Zope to act as a thin client for CORBA apps. I might also start working on a CORBA 3 code generator, but we'll see. CORBA is really complicated, but it's kind of cool. Definitely the kind of thing that management drools over (platform independence ! code reuse ! rapid development !).

well, as i type this, gstreamer is installing on my machine, hopefully step 1 of 3 in getting rhythmbox to work.

i've started to get the hacking urge again, postponed by a mindless summer of driving, sleep, and no work whatsoever. of course, wingo spent much time this summer (while i was slacking) getting a nice app out the door, and that's been a source of some of the hacking urge as well. but now i'm on the job, programming all day and beering on the weekends. what other ingredients are needed to start programming in one's free time ? perhaps just an internet connection (check) and the right mindset (check) and lots of unclaimed or low(er) priority time (check).

so the plan is to get to work once more on drumbox. granted, there are already drum machine apps out there, but i don't think they have good interfaces for my uses. also, i just want to hack on a program for a bit. :)

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