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28 Aug 2001 (updated 29 Aug 2001 at 16:02 UTC) »

if I haven't been responding to mail, sorry.

the "patch" to LogJam is now nearly 12,000 lines.

- configuration dialogs
- new account druid
- much much sexier interface (icons for menus and such)
- local journal support
- cut/copy/paste (never counts as a feature until you have to implement it under X :p )

i've set a personal deadline for a release Sep 5, so that I can get one bugfix release out before work starts. so much to do, will have to cut back on sleep

it will be released with a sourceforge account as "DaVinci" until it is feature complete with logjam and merges into logjam cvs.

nastiest bugs encountered in the last week:
- stale signals after the object has been refcounted away
- miscasting a pointer and writing over random bits in other data structures

Wow. Cut/copy/paste is a surprisingly huge pain in the butt. You'd think Gtk/GNOME would insulate you from this stuff.

Logjam Advogato support: screenshots!

15 Aug 2001 (updated 15 Aug 2001 at 15:47 UTC) »

Logjam now supports:

  • advogato posting
  • edit last entry
  • edit history calendar

I've been hacking up an Advogato journalling client. It's pretty slick. The code was originally based on logjam, but I have ended up rewriting everything, piece by piece.

15 Aug 2001 (updated 15 Aug 2001 at 16:05 UTC) »

Eight months since my last entry here. I've been keeping my journal here instead.

Note to self:

Make sure you get more than 5 hours of sleep before undergoing 9 hours of technical interviews. But I have to say, Laminar Software ranks pretty high on the "coolness" scale.

Skiing locally today and tomorrow, flying to Austin on Thursday.

So many things have happened, and my diary entries aren't going to be able to catch up.

Trilogy flyout (Austin, TX). Escalate flyout (south of San Francisco, CA). Much work. Some play. Dreamcast -- Soul Calibur in particular.

Some awkwardness -- note to self: asking a girl to dinner and finding out about her boyfriend afterward is embarassing.

2 weeks left, studying punctuated by exams. Then Florida for Christmas break, then Wyoming for some skiing, then back to Pittsburgh for a short bit of do-nothing relaxation before the next semester.

Many good books during the long plane flights: The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay), Microserfs (Douglas Coupland), Jumpers (Tom Stoppard), Roll-out Racquetball (Charles Brumfield). And I reread The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera) for like the third time. I've also been on a psychology-of-gender kick that started with my Uncle's recommendation of Natalie Angier's Woman and is currently in the middle of Deborah Blum's Sex on the Brain. Some good discussions of feminism versus evolutionary psychology along the way.

There was some irony in the fact that I read Microserfs on the plane flight out to interview in the bay area.

So this whole growing-up facing the realworld graduating from college thing. It's kind of thrilling, really. Rent.net must love me for the ad hits they get as I think, "wow, I could live here if I lived in Austin" and a few seconds later, "or I could live here, or here, or here".

Also looking at a few Pittsburgh start-ups. Funny how unattractive start-ups have become these days: lots of work, little pay, poor stock options. Such a switch from a couple of years ago. (When it was lots of work, little pay, millionaire stock options.) But it could be fun.

Donovan's Compass project is apparently coming along fabulously, I'll have to check out the source code in a bit.

So, I should really be cleaning my room. Actually that's a lie. I should really be studying for exams, but I'll be cleaning my room instead.

Did you know that a loaded Audi TT only costs $35k?

Just in case you were thinking of voting for the bigger loser: this man admits to drinking and driving -- and you want him to be President?

Spent most of my day trying to find the zen of Prolog.

On a similar note, I gave blood today for the first time. They use a friggin' gigantic needle. "Have you eaten today?" Yeah, if you count the nestea I drank on the way to class this morning.

Galapagos

Plans are underway to start hacking on a web-based front end to the Evolution libraries. Not that the groupware-app-over-the-web idea hasn't been attempted enough times, but the current open source implementations suck badly. And a lot of the hard work of abstracting away the concept of mail and folders and the entire calendar interface has been done already by HelixCode folks.

The code base will start from mod_virgule, which is pretty damn cool. If you haven't looked at it, you should.

I was going to call this beast Darwin, but someone already took that name.

Anyway, this is all pie-in-the-sky at the moment. I'll put up a tarball somewhere when I have something worth showing.

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