1 Dec 2000 ztf   » (Apprentice)

Hacking:

That would require free time (ha!). :^(

Although I did post some random thoughts on the "desktop" article. All I can say about aaronl is that he's clearly never been responsible for long-term maintenance of a substantial, multi-OS, multi-compiler code base. Or else he would know better.

Life:

Nancy's back went out over Thanksgiving, so I've been doing double-duty lately. See above about no free time for hacking ... Fortunately, she's starting to feel better.

Work:

Doing more engineering than IS work lately. Realization: lots of controls engineering today is simply learning what gadgets are avaliable and for how much. Remember, it's science if you care about the theory, and engineering if you care about doing it cheap. :^)

I think we're close to selecting a 3D-CAD program for the mechanical designers. This is an area with no usable Free software, so we're stuck with Windows for the forseeable future. It's even making me consider converting us over to Windows 2000, because it's the only Redmond OS that supports both multi-processor systems and AGP graphics cards.

Thoughts:

Tomorrow begins Advent. I suppose I'm some sort of reactionary fanatic, but it irks me that we are already being bombarded with Christmas commericalization, which will crescendo to a frenzy on Dec. 25 and then drop to a whisper -- exactly when Christmas really begins! Christmas starts on Dec. 25 and continues the full twelve days (yes, like the song) until Epiphany on Jan. 6. The next few weeks are supposed to be a time when we take a deep breath, slow down our lives a bit, and meditate on The Meaning Of It All(tm) a touch more in preparation for celebrating the birth of Christ. Instead, it will be nearly impossible to squeeze a thought in edgewise over the shopping din. It's positively diabolical, I tell you.

Oh, well. Nobody likes the people who point out that the new millenium hasn't started yet, either.

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