[ Correction: I s/CORBA/ORBit/'ed in various places. ]
Hacking: [Beware: ugly-ish picturesque langauge] Blech -- I thought I was going to have some Good Wholesome Fun(tm) fiddling with CORBA in Python. Then I discovered that PyORBit is (1) completely undocumented and (2) sucks goats nuts. orbit-python OTOH needs me to patch automake before I can build it, could they at the least not have include pre-autogenned files?
I better see go see if a patched automake will make orbit-python (and hopefully me) Happy.
Having a freeciv client (oh no, not another freeciv client!) in Python might be the entire exercise worth, though. Should make scripting a fairly easing thing to integrate. Mmm. . .
Work: Greatness abounds at work. Almost all of today was spent writing a custom, RAID-capable, company-specific Debian installer; just having to enter hostname, etc. and have a Debian base-system on RAID when you come back from the coffee-machine is going to rule. Oh, and the best thing ofcourse is that's it's fun doing :-).
-- (define (f s) (lambda (g) (if (equal? s "") (let ((t (g (lambda (h) "")))) (if (equal? t "") "" (g (f "")))) (string-append (string-head s 1) (g (f (string-tail s 1))))))) f -- ((f "Js nte ceeWnae")(f "utAohrShm anbe")) "Just Another Scheme Wannabee"
Wonder if not there's a nicer way of doing that then-branch?
And, now back to my regularly scheduled work.
comp.sci.: My one exam is finally over; hopefully I'll never again have to hand-craft SLR-parse tables, or convert IEEE floats from binary to decimal.
comp.lang.python: Sadly a lonely post to comp.lang.python is the only hackish thing I've done in a while; it seems I learned something from my first-year comp.sci. programming-and-data-structures course, though, since I cooked up a binary search of a list of numbers in no time (as is only fitting :-).
real programming(tm): I have been thinking about getting back into freeciv-hacking, as I recall it was actually not so bad. I probably spent more time hacking the sources than playing the game :-). <rant> This was probably brough on by my getting pissed with Activision after buying CtpII. CtpII is probably the suckiest Civilization-clone out there. For one thing the AI is so bad it probably could not beat my old, computer-illiterate grand-mother. And don't get me started on the UI, makes me want to cry :-/ </rant>
work: nothing much interesting to say here, I work as (part-time) system administrator for a small web-enabled company, where I am the local *nix guru, Perl hacker and geek in general. Good job, nice people and good perks, and I just got green light to move our servers to Debian (they are being reorganized).
edu: computer science major, with a minor in math., trying to prepare for exam (T-7days and counting). C.S. is generally a full of cool things for me to learn, but there are some really boring things too, for example creating SLR-parse tables by hand :-(.
programming: hmm. . . I did some Windows programming yesterday, needed to somehow get a list of existing drives. It seems one cannot do this, so you have to do something like,
for(int i=1; i<26; ++i) if(_cdrive(i)) printf("%c exists, whee!\n", 'A' + i - 1);hackish, to say the least, imho.
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