Finally updated the comment reply code in my LJ client. They modified the login system and it broke my comment login code. It stopped taking the md5 hashed passwords. Very bizarre. CVS comments indicate there are more changes to follow so I'll wait and see. The code is less than ideal. Any modification to the server might be more work than its worth. A protocol addition would be nicer than parsing the html forms.
I got netbooting to work with the gentoo install. I had to use another ethernet card as grub didn't support my HP VG Any Lan card. I mean what were they thinking?!! I've been lazy about this whole new OS install. The old linux disk died but it wasn't doing anything so no real loss. The machine has been running OS/2 but I think I am ready to migrate to a new platform. Unfortunately there is nothing to compare with it. Nothing which will run on the antique hardware. So I figured I'll try gentoo and see how it goes. At the very least I need to install a new OS on the laptop and I am using this as a test. Both grub and the gentoo install have the worst user interface. I would have finished this last night but the interface just keeps making mad. Its not necessary to continuously ask me to acknowledge your existence. I booted your disks so its obvious I want you to install. If I didn't want to install I wouldn't be running your crap code. What is the thought process which leads a developer to do these things? Maybe instead of preaching I should be doing hard core data gathering. Start asking people the question of why they did what they did then fix the problems at the root with the poor thinking which results in poor UIs.
I wonder if people would be up for that? A quick survey of 4 or 5 questions geared around specific UI problems of the developer's software. But if the answer is simple poor education than I am not sure the setup is worth the result. I already know the poor education answer and I want something else.