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I have spent most of today and yesterday trying to get Debian Woody onto my laptop. The machine is almost entirely SiS, so it is actually going on quite easily. The tricky bit was working out which video modes would crash the display... After a lot of successful research, I finally found one that didn't. I guess the drivers will settle down with time. I might even poke my head under the hood of the SiS630 if I get any time.

Progress towards open sourcing my package is swift. Basically, a single phone call tomorrow should seal it all. (Well, that and the copyright assignment document which I have sat on the desk in front of me.) When the project is announced I think I'll put up an article on the front page of advogato looking for volunteers. It is a big project and it do need collaborators to get the ball rolling.

Been researching for my PhD today. There are quite a few interesting papers in the field I want to look at. Which reminds me that I must tell everyone how great The NECI Scientific Literature Digital Library is. It has many more actual papers than it used to (mostly used to be just citations) which allows you to follow research trails many times faster than looking up references in the library.

12 Nov 2001 (updated 12 Nov 2001 at 16:10 UTC) »

More work on the new web site for my open source project. hope to throw it open during the next week. Things seem finally to be sorting themselves out.

Just read loic's article on SourceForge. I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly. I've watched SF since they founded it and must say that I am happy neither with their policies nor (over)regular maintenance cycle.

That said I am planning on listing my new project on SourceForge (but only as a placeholder for the real site). I am undecided as to whether to host the project on savannah or to use a few of my own conveniently deployed boxes. The project as a whole does really need a few boxes for development since the point is to tie together services on multiple machines. It would be useful to provide such a service to the other developers (and I am fairly sure that I can find very cheap hosting for it).

My car (Hector, 1969 MGB Roadster, Snowberry White) is running beautifully after being tuned. Not having to cringe every time the engine misfires means that I can finally relax and enjoy the ride. Going through London this weekend with the windows open (but the top up unfortunately) I got a good chance to hear the exhaust as it should be. Music to my ears.

Been having fun with a-large-company-that-shall-remain-nameless. Trying to get their technical services team to do anything really teaches you the meaning of the word inertia. This is all part of the final project that my company will do before we wind it down, but it is all just taking soooo long.

The new web site for my much awaited open source project is coming along nicely. Also a little progress on my own site, undue.org. Unfortunately, I always get stung by a bad case of writers block whenever I sit down to work on it. This usually ends up (like it did yesterday) with me writing a javascript smokescreen to help me feel like I am making progress. God willing, I'll add some content today.

Took my MGB into the garage yesterday so that it could be tuned and serviced today. Will probably go and get it back in a couple of hours. Unfortunately it has been quite wet this morning so it looks like I won't be able to take it for a really good thrashing down the little country lanes round here.

Working on the new web site for the project which I can't yet name. Hopefully everything will get sorted out in the next couple of days and I can press ahead with that. My head is filled with ideas, and I am certain that there are many like-minded people who will be interested in contributing to the project once it is launched.

I should really do something with my own web site. It hasn't been updated in ages. This is the problem with being self-employed. There is always something really important that needs to be done. Speaking of which, I should probably dig out the papers and have a go at my self-assessment tax return...

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