24 Oct 2001 scjody   » (Journeyer)

A friend pointed out that I have not written here in almost a year. I decided to do something about that, but I thought it would be neat if I wrote a new entry on the one year anniversary of my previous entry :)

Let's see, I have a job working for OEone, a Linux startup in Hull, Quebec. Hull is adjacent to Ottawa where I live but has better tax breaks for startups. We are developing an "operating environment" for simplified computers mainly intended for home users and Internet access. I wish I had some screenshots I could link to; it's a really nice UI. I'm personally working on the backend infrastructure that supports all this UI, mainly the software updates mechanism. I also work on packaging (RPMs), Makefiles, distributions...

As for the project that I originally posted here about, I haven't found time to work on Polegame since my last entry here. If I ever find time to work on it again, I will likely switch it to SDL over ClanLib since it is a lot closer to the Windows graphics calls I am porting from. Or maybe not. It's unlikely I will find time to work on it soon.

My main problem is that I spend most of my time at work on coding or related activities, so it's generally the last thing I want to do when I get home. Which is too bad since there are many things I would like to work on. Apart from finishing Polegame, I'd like to put some time into getting a really good DVD player: I think that with enough work (and a good external DAC) I could create a system that rivals a high end THX decoder, all with free software. Even some little changes (like being to set a delay on sound going to the rear speakers) would go a long way toward improving things.

I'm sometimes a bit depressed at work, and I can't really figure out why. I mostly like what I'm working on, but I just don't get the feeling that I'm getting anywhere. Oh well, maybe it will pass.

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