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August 2002

08.29.2002

After wowing my Windows co-workers with what iPhoto can do, I explained that it's fairly easy to do the things I did, you just need a Mac running Mac OS X. One of them wondered why Windows didn't do anything as cool as iPhoto. I finally did admit that Windows does things that Mac OS X can't do, such as easily replicate virii, crash, restrict your right to freedom, etc...

Major league geekage... Yes, I plan on going to the Apple Store opening, as does drew and the Mac guys where I used to work... I'm positively giddy... Yes, it's an Apple Store opening. Ok, I'm sort of, maybe a little bit, a Mac fanatic. There. I said it. I've been using Macs for over 10 years, I didn't just switch last week mind you... So the funny thing is, with these computer geeks, who all want to get there early and get a free t-shirt, is that we don't seem to know when the mall opens... where's a teenage girl when you need one?

Just installed Mozilla 1.1 first impressions: it seems quite a bit faster that the nightly build I was using from a few weeks ago. That's a good sign. I still haven't gotten Jaguar installed, but I'm looking forward to speed improvements there as well. Interesting times, when software actually gets faster in subsequent releases... (Ahh, remember Word 6 for Macintosh?)

Speaking of faster and faster, I saw a message in a mailing list that brought up the old "Aren't we getting carried away with speed? How fast of a computer do you need?" Well, I need one that's at least 10 times faster than whatever I'm currently using of course. Ok, that might not be true, but I have two thoughts on this. First, as long as I still have to wait for my computer to do something, it's too slow, whether it's gzipping a 500 mb logfile, or saving a 1 mb file. If I have to wait, that ain't good. Instantaneous would be good. My employer would also approve of me getting things done faster rather than waiting for a computer to finish it's task so I can go on to the next task. I'm one of those people who use a computer 10 hrs a day though, so maybe I'm biased. Second, as computers get faster, it opens up new ways to use them. 17 years ago would you have thought you could do digital video editing on your Mac Plus? I doubt it (apologies to the visionaries reading this) but today it's a common event. What will tomorrow bring? We don't know, that's what makes it so damn exciting...

08.26.2002

QuickTime 5 Reinstaller for Mac OS X: This program will remove QuickTime 6 and restore your system to QuickTime 5. Another nicey-nice from Apple. Does Microsoft offer anything to remove IE 6 and restore IE 5 on Windows? Hmmm... My other question is this, if I got QuickTime Pro last year for QuickTime 5, and now I install QuickTime 6, do I still have QuickTime Pro? Or must I pony up some more dough? Well, let me know...

I'm not liking BeanShell too much. Probably cuz I don't grep the Java world. I'm considering trying to learn Python again, just so I can write macros for jEdit, which uses a Jython Interpreter, which is a Python interpreter embedded in Java, confused yet?

Here's what they say Jython really is: Jython is an implementation of the high-level, dynamic, object-oriented language Python seamlessly integrated with the Java platform

As always, I'd prefer to do everything in Perl...

08.22.2002

Here's a question for you... Would people be interested in hosting their weblog-type sites on a server run by people dedicated to supporting weblog-type software? Meaning if someone provided an ideal environment for Movable Type, or say, Blogger accounts, with good tech support, would that be of value? Would you host there? Let me know if you're interested...

08.20.2002

There's some jEdit stuff over in code/src/jedit. The Templates plugin now works using Velocity, so that's interesting. I also put in an xinsert file I made for perl (writing perl in xml makes my eyes hurt) and a clipper library with XHTML tags, which probably needs some work... dig around...

08.19.2002

Yesterday someone told me they found an alligator in our lake. (Note that when I say 'our lake' I'm referring to the lake near our house, we don't live on the lake, we live next to the park, that is on the lake...) So I'm told that this alligator was 8 feet long! Disbelief! Right? I mean, this is a small lake, sure it's connected to other lakes by a river, but this sounds crazy! Then I think, I was swimming in the lake the other day! They said it was on the news, big hoo-hah, and everything. Well, you know how things get exagerated right? Turned out it was a very small alligator. The 18 year old who caught it said it was about 18 inches long, though the police who got involved said it was more like 14 inches. (See, the exageration begins right away!)

I missed this story, even though it was on the front page of the local paper. Why? Because when I got the local paper, I was so excited to see the picture of us (and by 'us' I mean the family and I) at the Ice Cream Social that I didn't even look at the front page...

Sheesh...

I actually got a photo of the said alligator from an anonymous source... here it is...

See ya later!

Ok, the whole story is true. Except for the picture of Wally Gator...

So you can put away your Alligator Gun... (obscure reference lost on younger viewers...)

I had about 3 more failed attempts at instaling Red Hat 7.2, The Road to Linux is long and hard... I mean difficult...

I did managed to snag a PowerMac 8500/120 from the junkpile, so Yellow Dog Linux might make it's return soon... We'll get a Linux system if it kills someone...

08.16.2002

Seems like everyone has been slow on the updates, I guess it's that time of year...

Anyway, since we last had communication, much has happened...

I wrote a 14 page document describing a system we use in-house, with user feedback, a diagram, and if we should keep it, kill it, or rebuild it. It was actually interesting to write. I think it helped me get a high level view of something I'm usually way too involved with. The bottom line turned out to be I'm all for scrapping it and rebuilding it, as long as we do it right this time, and not rely on mediocre developers...

Not part of the paper, but something I did write the other day: "While some believe that you should never re-write an application (and there are valid reasons behind this belief) other believe that you always throw the first one away, and build the second one with the knowledge and experience you gained on the first one." - is that profound or what? It's like I'm saying "Who's yer daddy, Joel Splotsky or The Mozilla Organization?" (trippy indeed...)

On the Linux front, we now have a Red Hat 7.2 test server at work. Our Windows sysadmin is learning more *nix everyday, and I'm working with him to demostrate what GNU/Linux, free-software, open-source stuff can do... it's exiciting stuff... Oh, I've also got updates on The Road to Linux...

I've considered trying to learn some Java. Of course I've considered trying to learn Python in the past too. I think that it's true for me, once you use Perl, it sort of ruins you for life, in respect to other languages.

Though we are investigating using Zope, which would mean I probably would want to learn Python, though you supposedly don't have to learn Python to use Zope...

On the Bugzilla front I'm working on moving a bug database from TestTrack Pro to Bugzilla. Partly to see what it entails, and as a learning process, and partly because I would really prefer to use Bugzilla... Not that TestTrack Pro isn't any good, it's a very decent application, from a good company, but I'm just one of those people who prefers the benefits that an open-source app, with an active community, can provide. TestTrack Pro definitely does have the edge on ease of installation, and if they had client software for Mac OS X and Linux, instead of just Windows, they'd probably rate a bit higher on my list... See Seapine's Point to Consider for more info. As always, YMMV...

We (meaning the family) had our picture in the local paper yesterday. The photo was taken by the people who used to own our house, and who are still good friends with the people across the street, who also happened to have their picture in the local paper... Coincidence?

Still to come this month: Jaguar and the opening of an Apple Store in my area... yay!

In case your wondering, no, we did not get a single 'Happy Birthday' for the 5th anniversary of RasterWeb! being a 'weblog' though we existed before the term came into popular use. We are quite content with being forgotten, and not even being a mere footnote in the development of an emerging media phenomenon the likes of which the internet has never seen... foo! Toiling away in obscurity since 1997... and... loving it!

08.09.2002

From MacNN: Apple Store in Milwaukee to open Aug. 31st. Woohoo! (And what store is next to it?)

We used the MacKiosk last week. It worked quite well...

On The Road to Linux I'll be loading Red Hat 7.1 onto Brew soon...

And speaking of Computers, I've got a few more to add to the page, I picked up a Quadra 610 recently... still haven't booted it though... I wonder if it's got Windows on it?

08.06.2002

I've installed Bugzilla, which I always though was some huge, scary application, but it's really not that huge, or that scary. Of course I did the install on OS X, not Windows... not yet anyway... Bugzilla seems like a pretty decent app, and I look forward to messing with it, er, I mean, evaluating it. I'd like to port our bug list from the proprietary software it's currently in to Bugzilla. That should be an interesting exercise.

Emma's birthday was a blast. It's true what they say about kids growing up so fast...

And my, how web sites grow! You can now check RasterWeb! content from 5 years ago. Yes, that's right, RasterWeb! in what is commonly known as the 'weblog' or 'blog' format has existed for over 5 years now. I know, you're used to hearing about Dave's Scripting News or CamWorld, but we were there too... See 'ye olde skool' on the page of only weblogs. Don't bother reading any of the self-proclaimed historians of the subject, cuz if they weren't there, they don't know...

Anyway, before RasterWeb! adopted what would later be known as the 'weblog' or 'blog' format, it was a website like most others, with wacky content, but without dates in cronological order... Oh, I guess RasterBoy's Home Page initially appeared around the Spring of 1995. Though don't quote me on that, because my memory is not so good. I'd have to dig through some old floppy disks to confirm that. Oh, I'd also have to make sure I still have a computer with a floppy disk drive, as they aren't as popular now as they were 7 years ago...

I wrote a joke the other day, well, it's sort of a joke. "Boy, is it hot out today! I can't wait to get home and jump in the pool... I'll be cool from the ankles down..." Ba-ding! This joke is being released under the JPL (Joker's Public License) and you are free to use this joke as you see fit. If you modify the joke, please make the new joke publicly available so that others receive the same rights to it as you did the original.

If the JPL is really NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory or has something to do with Java-Perl Lingo, then you can disregard the licensing agreement, and use some sort of Artistic License, which is usally used by fine artists releasing their paintings...

I remember back in Art School, you'd always hear someone one say, "Man, now that artist is fine!" Ok, I never actually heard that, but I'm sure someone has muttered it somewhere along the way...

Is Aaron still on hiatus?

It was so hot last week I actually saw a llama standing in a swimming pool. Now you might think this is supposed to be a joke, or something I made up, or perhaps a dillusion caused by the extreme heat of a non-air-conditioned car, but I assure you, I did see it. I see llamas everyday (yes, they are real live llamas) but this is the first time I've seen one in a swimming pool...

 

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