Older blog entries for pgmillard (starting at number 5)

It's been almost a week since my last entry? Where do I start?? Jabber development continues.. I finally posted an update to JabberCOM yesterday which has tons of improvements, bug fixes, and new stuff. I finally got UTF-8 encoding working (thanks Kutulu for those algos), so WinJab should not cooperate nicely with other languages and funky character sets.

Talked at lenght with jer about issues related to vCards, sending around roster items, and other cool stuff, and finally got around to hacking together file transfer stuff into WinJab... they work, and are really cool. We just need server proxy so I can finally send stuff from behind my NAT and firewall. I'm so close to IM nirvana - as soon as the AIM transport and ICQ transport get installed on Jabber.org, I'll be happier than a pig in.... a mud puddle.

Last Saturday, I FINALLY got around to completely re- stringing my Epiphone (guitar) with a new set of Elixor strings.. it sounds sooo nice. I still need to talk to my buddy Darrell about getting a pickup put it in it.. hmm.. there goes my new video card for the home PC. Oh well. Had a team meeting on Sunday for this retreat I'm working in a couple of weeks, and jammed with Chris M. afterwards at the apartment for a while - great fun - until he realized he left his lights on in the parking lot again. DOH!

I'm supposed to be going to LA for a trade-show demo thing this Saturday, but those plans may be changing (I'd rather not go anyways). We'll see what happens.

The climbing scene continues to depress me. Last Wed. we set a new record high temperature (69 F) and by Sunday morning, we had a foot (12") of snow on the ground. ARGH. I just want to get outside and climb. The Glen is still soaked, but hopefully, it'll get dry, warm, and windy.

Well, Chris Moyer and I stayed up WAYYYY to late last nite getting the new and Vastly improved Foosteps Website rolled out. It appears to be working and is pretty slick. We are stoked to have it finally go live.

JabberIM is progressing at a maddening pace, as is Jabber develeopment in general. Be prepared for world domination everyone :) It seems every day someone new pops into #jabber asking about server setup issues :) This means 2 things:

  1. We need to work on packages and install procedures more
  2. TONS of people are interested in this project.

During lulls in the website stuff last evening I had some time to play with my video measuring app, and was able to make it do really wierd things trying to improve my motor control classes and methods. WOAH, Where's the STOP Button!

It's 65 degrees outside.. considering going to the Glen to boulder. hmmm..

Wow.. I hate working late, and last night was no exception. I finally stumbled out of the office at 11:30 PM. I arrived at 8:30 AM. Ugh. HOWEVER, I finally got my Matrox Corona Frame Grabber card and my Matrox G200 AGP card to work in Dual Monitor mode, AND I was able to capture live video into my development environment. Wicked cool. I LOVE having cool toys to play with :)

Before that stuff, I had a pretty mundane day. Finally patched up the last of 3 customer databases I had to fix. (Why do BLOB files have such a propensity for getting currupted???) Worked some more on JabberIM. The client is really starting to come together. I still need to tweak the graphics I got from Tom @ Webb to deal with transparency issues, but otherwise, the thing is Really starting to look slick. AIM and MSN beware. I got a MUCH improved message history working in Winjab, and it's ready to be merged into the JabberIM codebase as well. I talked with temas about other ideas for displaying message history, and he had some good thoughts, but I need more time to implement them yet. Maybe post 1.0 stuff.

I feel pretty good about both the JabberIM and WinJab clients... they are both coming along nicely. The Flush meetings on Friday went well, and we hashed out tons of remaining issues. I'm still waiting for some JUD portions to get coded out on the server side, and am eagerly awaiting the file transfer (oob) stuff.

Today I'm hoping to plow through the rest of Andre's comments about JabberIM and deal some more with my Frame Grabber and CNC machine...maybe the phone will be relatively silent and actually let me work today... I can hope.

Last weekend was busy but fun. I had a Koinonia team meeting on sunday where I'm playing my guitar for a retreat on Mar 24-26. Afterwards I showed off WinJab to a good friend and blew him away with ideas Jabber World Domination Theory :) Finally cleaned the apartment on Saturday afternoon, my bathroom and kitchen were beyond disgusting, and actually got to the gym Sat nite to climb. Full day. Sunday we had an amazing Footsteps Reunion after church (30+ kids showed up) and had a good meeting afterwards.

Woah, it's been over a week since I updated my diary. <hang head in shame>. Although, that fact alone should be some indication of my busy-ness quotient. Jabber is moving at insane paces some days, and a crawl on others it seems. I've been helping erbo debug the ICQ-Transport, and working on another client. Waiting for JUD to come along to really start seeming some super-cool stuff.

Apparently I'm now working on like 5 projects at once:

  1. My Vantek Software, bug fixes etc.. (Real Work)
  2. Maintain the older 3D-Workshop measurement app. (Real Work)
  3. Work on the ultra-new uber cool measurement app. (Real Work)
  4. Work on the JabberIM client for Webb/Jabber Inc. (Real Work)
  5. Tweak JabberCOM (Open-source)
  6. Work on WinJab (Open-source).
Oh.. I guess that's six, and I think I've worked on them all in the last 3 days for at least 8 hours a piece. Do the math, I know you want to.

Last weekend I worked a Footsteps weekend. So that was mad amounts of guitar playing (3 of us managed to break 14 strings), but tons of fun. It's so nice to do something that completely takes my mind away from work.

Must climb more.. *sigh*

Trying to get the WinJab GUI cleaned up. Battling with design issues, 3D looks, etc. I need some an artist gf who can make cool icons for me :)

Other mundane tasks today like dealing with some guy who's BDE installation is totally fubar'd. No clue what the deal what the deal with that is.

JabberCOM seems really stable. *Knock on Wood*.

Finally doing something here and trying to checkout/use the system. Apparently, I'm still clasified as a schmoe, and can't add myself to any projects :(.

Exchanged my 21" monitor today for one that actually WORKS *WHOOP* The old one was totally blurry, giving me mass headaches. Of course, this probably means I'm going to work even more.

Doing actual work on WinJab and another Jabber client. JabberCOM seems pretty functional, and somewhat bullet- proof so far. Time will tell.

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