Archives week 15 of 2004

April 12, 2004 - April 18, 2004

Yesterday's day (Altogether pleasant party...)

Yesterday was entirely occupied with the party. Started rather late-ish (around 8 or so). Biggest news for me was when Nousha walked in (I'd been told she'd moved to China permanently). Whole thing lasted until 3:30 or so IIRC. Smaller crowd than I'd expected (basically none of the tentative repliers were able to come). Felt ...

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Hmm, getting started rather late this morning (Was hoping to be up and cleaning 2 hours ago)

No work until the place is ready and all the shopping is done. Spent last night getting testing code working and beginning to port in the SNMP-level stuff. Tried forcing myself to sleep on my back last night, feels better, but didn't actually sleep much. Okay, if I don't get a move on I'll get ...

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Garn this is complex (Refactoring isn't going well)

The problem being that, in this refactoring, the entire operating mechanism is being replaced with a new one. Instead of scanning a CMTS/Plant, it now scans a single modem or a sub-set of all modems (or that's the idea, in point of fact I'm still stuck where I can process individual modems, but they are ...

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females aren't fickle; they just change their mind (It's-from-the-CBC-so-it-must-be-true...)

Interesting article this evening. Looking at the how the mating preferences of bower birds change as the females age. Apparently flashy displays are more likely to impress the younger females, while older females are looking for energy and skill in a mating dance. Weirder yet, the young females are said to be afraid of the ...

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Continuing to simplify (And the party-count rises)

This evening I charge back into revising the core engine for Cinemon, particularly breaking out the processing of individual modems into a stand-alone operations that can be interspersed with the actual querying of the network.

Count for the party so far is 12 people with 4 of those tentative and 2 definite, but late. Still ...

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My that Joey's a useful chap (Perl at minimum...)

So, I have these things in my mind that I should be learning:
  • Haskell/OCaml/Functional Programming
  • Ruby/PERL/Messy Programming
To round out my programming toolbox. Sure, I could go for any number of other practical languages, but these seem like the ones that I should be learning to be a better programmer.

Mass simplification (Compressing complexity)

Have to head to a Unix Unanimous meeting this evening. Ah, pure geekiness, that homepage so looks like it was created in Vi. Kind of an inopportune moment. I 'm working on stripping down a set of 4 interlocking objects into 2. These are the core functionality of the scanning engine, which was originally designed ...

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PyTable and PyTableDA revs (Releasing all the changes over the last month or so)

No really huge changes for these versions. I've basically just been including minor fixes as they come up. Surprising number of downloads for something that never gets advertised and is an alpha-level core-code library. Anyway, want to use released versions on the project server, so there we go.

Mmm spam sans spam

Sure, I hate spam as much as anyone. I have ~1400 spams/week if Mozilla is to be trusted, with 3 or 4 getting through every day (some days as many as 20 or 30 get through when a new spamming mechanism shows up). Today I got one, however, that was just a set of joke ...

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