Archives March 2005

The ability to suspend thought is one I must recover (If I'm ever to sleep properly...)

I decided I was too tired to work on the PyCon presentation, so I went to bed instead. Five and a half hours later I haven't gotten to sleep yet. Instead, I've tossed and turned for five hours with these weird half-dreams about better ways of reporting and finding bugs in software. I say "half ...

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Bug steals a day and mocks me unresolved (And somewhere in there I lost a few hours...)

Spent basically the whole day trying to figure out why one of the two CMTSs is reporting huge numbers of offline modems even though you can manually ask any of the offline modems to scan and have it succeed.

It's one of those errors that seems to defy the logic of the application, the scanner ...

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Still awake... (Listening to an audio book to try to get to sleep)

Book is not what I was expecting. It's "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them", and I'd been expecting a psychological study of the nature of lying. It's actually an attempt to address the right-wing media machine. Not much in the way of new material... that's wrong, not many new ideas, just a ...

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First 10 slides finished (Fairly snappy presentation so far...)

There's a huge difference when you write a presentation to be accompanied by a paper versus one where the presentation is the whole enchilada. The slides are much less crowded, you present just the highest-level points and move on. Not sure whether it's going to markedly change the time per slide.

Anyway, converted all of ...

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The day stretches out behind me, merciless and inscrutible (Scorching blacktop I will never drive again...)

Spent the whole (long) day working on the status display for Cinemon. It was one of those days where you focus on the project so closely that you've lost track of what time it is. You just look up from the code around 9pm and realise "hey, I probably should have eaten something" and then ...

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Finally hit my stride on the PyCon presentation (Key is to use paper for designing... you'd think I'd remember that...)

So, instead of sitting in front of the computer and working on the presentation, I printed out the paper (such as it is) and began working on slides as boxes on pieces of paper around key phrases. It's messy, but that's part of the point. I got the bulk of the paper (up to the ...

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Were it not for it being virus infested (This is a day I would have booted Windows up just to get the work done...)

So, more than three hours later, what have I accomplished? Basically nothing, though not for lack of effort. OpenOffice Impress was crashing every 3 or 4 minutes when I had writer open, so I finally decided (two hours ago) that I'd just print the paper out and use that as my reference when working on ...

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Pleasant, but not very productive day yesterday... (Friends drop in)

I got up rather late yesterday, with my hands in no shape to be writing all day (I don't have voice dictation working in Linux yet), so I puttered until around 7, when Shane phoned to ask if I'd like to have coffee. Turns out he hadn't broken his fast yet (he's Baha'i), so I ...

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Finally book a hotel for PyCon (Procrastination is bad, rising hotel rates are worse...)

Got us (at least D'Arcy and I, possibly Ian) a hotel room this morning. All told it's about $1000CDN for the 5-night stay (including everything but parking). That's $100CDN/night for each of us, or around $70USD, which isn't spectacular, but triple occupancy is included in the price, and $66CDN/night is fairly good. I was strongly ...

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Caching OIDs for PySNMP (and other bits of trivia...)

So today I completed the alterations to PySNMP to allow it to cache the BER encoding of OIDs. Then it took a couple of hours to fix all the stupid problems that arose. The most annoying was the stupid problems where diff produced garbage patches because one set of files had DOS line-endings and the ...

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