Older blog entries for ow3n (starting at number 2)

Almost got the ASF demuxer going in gstreamer now. I guess there's probably just a couple of hours of debugging and tidying left to do. Disappointing not to complete it today though as I'm flying to England until Sunday and won't be able do any work on it there because...

My laptop broke last week. It was an old but trusty (read heavy) Dell Latitude something-or-the-other (around PII 450 I think). All three keyboard lights come one when you push the power button for about three seconds and then they all go off again. Having tried the usual tricks from the simple(disconnecting the power and battery to let it discharge and then charging it again) to the scientific (beating it with my fist) I decided the only other option was to dismantle the whole thing.

I don't know what I expected to find, perhaps a plug hanging out or a piece of soggy dental floss stuck to the CPU but alas nothing. After reconstructing the whole thing (except for two mysterious moulded plastic pieces which don't seem to fit back in any way, oh, and of course, some screws) still the same three second lights.

I wonder if it's possible to turn the screen into a DVI monitor...

Started wondering again today why there's a complete lack of free ICAL servers. I know I, for one, would definately use one if it was available.

I'm thinking about starting a project myself. I've been on the look out for a server-side project to test some ideas regarding development methedologies in open source and this could fit the bill. In fact, I've even though of a name for it, "tropical". TropICAL, get it!!! Urghhh... Well, it should keep me occupied until my fuzzy book arrives at least.

First though I have a job to finish on GStreamer I started a while ago before Uraeus hangs me...

Well, with 2002 I actually managed to surpass 2001 in terms of things I wanted to do but never got done. I can't really think of any reason to expect that 2003 will be a better year but I can always hope. Point one on the new year's resolutions list is to keep a blog going to try and keep my momentum up. If it's June and this is one of the last entries then the prospects look bad.

Had a look at the newdocms project today. It's nice to see a project trying to implement a new and revolutionary idea. Well, like all new and revolutionary ideas its just an amalgamation of some existing good ideas but it's excellent nonetheless. For those interested, the last such project I came across was gpf (no homepage, just a directory in the GNOME CVS repository) and that was well over a year ago.

The concept behind newdocms is very similar to some ideas I've been trying to formulate recently concerning a programming paradigm based around fuzzy sets. Work on it is on hold at the moment waiting for a book I ordered on fuzzy set theory. It's one of those ideas where I have a feeling that much it has already been explored before, it's only the application which is new. I'd like to read up a lot more on the subject to be sure I'm not doing too much wheel reinventing. I've been waiting for a month now. Hmmm.

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