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Snow. Mucho snow. But then, I live in Minnesota -- that's to be expected, I suppose. We've had a very mild fall so far, so I can't complain too much.

Wow, I feel bad for not posting an update here sooner. But the end of the deathmarch left me with almost no energy for anything computer-related, and I resolved to stay away from computers on my vacation. (I cheated a bit, but I was pretty good about it in general.)

In other news, I've decided to try Mac OS X out. I bought a new iBook (14", 933MHz G4 CPU) complete with 640MB RAM and an Airport card. I pondered getting a PowerBook instead, but really an iBook is fine since I just want to tool around with Mac OS X a bit. I haven't followed the Mac world too closely since I parted ways with my old Performa a few years back, but Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) looks like it could be the Perfect Unix: a great Unix back-end (based on FreeBSD 5) combined with a great UI. Plus, Xcode looks like a pretty nifty IDE.

The deathmarch didn't exactly end so much as it just petered out. In celebration, I scheduled a two-week vacation around Thanksgiving. I desperately need the time off to rest my brain.

21 Oct 2003 (updated 21 Oct 2003 at 21:42 UTC) »

The deathmarch may be nearing its end. Thank $DEITY.

Still on the death-march. Still working my way through Quicksilver (great book so far!).

I scrubbed C++BuilderX off my hard drive. It's not bad, but it's a far cry from being useful. I can't believe that Borland released the product in this state -- whatever the short-term gain in revenue, it will be more than offset by the increased technical-support and post-release bugfix costs, not to mention the loss of developer goodwill (which is something Borland desperately needs right now).

I miss the Borland of the Turbo Pascal and Turbo C++ days. Maybe they should bring Philippe Kahn back!

As I am in the middle of a death-march to a software release next week, posting will be light.

8 Oct 2003 (updated 8 Oct 2003 at 22:37 UTC) »

I note that, according to the compiler-conformance tests run by the Dr. Dobb's staff, Borland's version 5.6.4 compiler is no more or less conformant than their 5.5.1 compiler. So what changed? I was also badly disappointed to find that C++BuilderX is still using the old C++Builder 6 toolchain, and includes a broken version of the BOOST library.



I just realized that the movie Predator will probably be the only movie in the history of the world to star two future governors: Jessie Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Only in America! (And I say that with pride and love!)

Go ye hither and purchase The Art of UNIX Programming, and Lo!, ye shall receive enlightenment.

Like every other geek in the world, I am now reading Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver. It's about 1000 pages long, and at the rate I'm going, it'll be a month or two before I'm done. And there are two more books in this series to go: The Confusion and System Of The World.

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