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4 May 2004 (updated 4 May 2004 at 20:09 UTC) »

Learned a bit of Ruby and wrote some small programs needed at work. It's really a brilliant tool. It's a shame that kind of handiness is rarely found in languages I like more.

I'm still considering rewriting munin-node in it just to avoid perl and the cpan modules that are hell to port.

Oh, and I rescued a NeXT cube.

Saw a link to dsps in a (the?) Wiki. Seems that my condition is documented or at least the signs match. I just simply don't fall asleep before around 04:00, except if I try to nap during the day. That makes a gap in something like 18:00 - 04:00 with little hope of going to sleep. It's weird and plays merry hell with trying to keep in sync with the world (world like SO, public transport, lectures etc). *sigh*

Hm. I guess the doctor for the army did more than a good move in releasing me from peacetime service hearing I'm an insomniac of some sort. (It probably wasn't about the psychological tests. *cough*)

The more Haskell I learn, the more I like it.

Charmed is somehow full of flags these days. Not that it was worth anything to start with apart from a couple of attractive details.

Finished a few more books, replaced another fried power supply in a pc "server" and more life as usual.

7 Feb 2004 (updated 7 Feb 2004 at 19:19 UTC) »

Packaged ScummVM for Irix. Maybe that's a babystep forward in that packaging project of mine. I don't think there's quite exactly fitting a title in the "my relation" entry in project page. As usual.

I'm still reading The Art of Unix Programming. Funny I hadn't started before. It's an excellent book especially in contrast to all this hype and microsoftist creep of today.

Seems Firebird on Irix is quite bearable for a browser. And for that sacrifice, you get the usual benefits of these behemoths.

But the truly wonderful thing is, Mozex finally allows me to have view source and textareas editable in an external editor (gvim -f)! Maybe this would help rid me of my newfound hate toward wiki editing.

I made a little macro set that lets me write documents to be published in html with minimally annoying syntax.

So much else is going on. Back to work.

Got a new pet -- an Octane. Happy me.

Rewrote my Irix tardist building environment to use make. It doesn't seem to help too much. I should experiment a lot more, maybe publish something (if only sf wasn't so bad) and look at all the other make building systems like pkgsrc.

Toyed a bit with ocaml.

Someone got me looking at GStreamer. It seems very nice apart from linux-centrism in the docs and pages and some weird windos-envy. Then there's the state of the documentation and thread problems.. Still, looks like a great framework.

16 Nov 2003 (updated 16 Nov 2003 at 15:19 UTC) »

Some very nice and linkful web pages, especially Wiki's, can lead to me doing something like a very long depth-first search. When I hit the bottom of a branch, I should backtrack. The back button does something and maybe I even remember where I was in the previous page.

Sometimes instead of that I keep opening all interesting links in new windows (Dillo) or tabs (Galeon) and then browsing them. I try to go layer by layer, but sometimes I go back to depth first.

So I started wondering if it would be nice to have some functionality in a browser to help in this. First idea was to add an item to a link's contect menu that pushes it to a stack of "read this" pages (unless it's already there?) and I can then walk that stack when I have time. Well, it should be a bit more complex than that, but just accumulating bookmarks or windows/tabs is quite tedious.

Clearly that would require some more thought and time to try stuff like bookmarklets or hacking dillo to test approaches.

Besides diving into C2 again, I noticed one WikiClone doing a form of FacetedClassification. That spawned more ideas. Must try to write more stuff down outside my LogBooks.

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