Archives October 2005

A most pleasant day (Reading and talking and coffee, oh my!)

Today was a design theory day, which is to say, a good day. For there really is nothing quite as interesting as spending the day thinking about deep topics. Oh, programming, at its best, can be a pleasant diversion, but it doesn't really challenge the mind in the same way. It's a goal-driven pursuit, rather ...

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First steps to using PySNMP 4.x from Twisted (Transport layer implemented)

As well as rather a lot of reading code and RFCs I started into coding today. First task was to replace the asyncore communications loop with a Twisted Protocol object. Once I got straight which pieces actually relate to the system, and which are part of the asyncore loop it worked fairly well. Gave up ...

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Some month soon I need to get the video card installed (Silly Linux drivers...)

Was just looking at the video card that's been sitting on my desk for far too long now. I just keep avoiding looking at it, as I don't feel like spending hours on hardware that just seems not to want to work. Still, I really do need to get it installed so that Rose can ...

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Numpy no longer going nuts (Was apparently 64-bit problems with 23.7, version 23.8 fixed it)

Spending a few minutes trying to get the Numpy regression worked out. Confirmed that it really was a problem and then went to submit a bug report only to read that 23.8 had fixes for bugs with 64-bit machines. With 23.8 we no longer crash in OpenGLContext with OpenGL-ctypes (well, not in the same place ...

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More PySNMP spelunking (Agents of fortune...)

Spent the half of the day after the management meeting pouring over the PySNMP codebase, trying to decide whether to use PySNMP 4.x or whether to try to teach PySNMP-se 3.5.x how to handle full-featured Agent-side operations. Still no particular resolution. PySNMP 4.x will require some surgery to work with TwistedSNMP, but it does have ...

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Writing SNMP Agents in Python (Investigating options takes longer than I'd hoped...)

Spent almost the whole day today on investigations for how to handle creating a Cinemon SNMP Agent (particularly an HMTS-like entity). There are a few major approaches:

* Extend the existing Agent support in TwistedSNMP to cover just that part of the Agent we need (mostly trap configuration). This already handles the basics of setting/getting, ...

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The Question of Conferences (Good question, Bruce)

Bruce asked in a comment yesterday what I'd like a Design Theory conference to look like. That caused me to think, and, of course, that's always a bad thing.

For me, the primary criteria for any conference is people. I tend to spend 90% of my time out in the halls chatting with people, hammering ...

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Argument for Proportion (First draft of some ramblings...)

As you will recall, I have been reading Padovan's "Proportion".  Having had a few days to digest the material now I figure it's a good time to write up the arguments as I see them for (and against) using proportional systems in design.

From a perceptual standpoint (the standpoint of our thesis), the primary question ...

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I don't hate poker (I just prefer conversation)

Shane (darned poker addict) managed to start up a game during what was supposed to be an evening of coffee and chatting about lives, universes and whatnot. It was okay I suppose, but when you've got that many people playing (well, actually, always) it gets dull. And I won, for the people who were out ...

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To PyCon, or not to PyCon? (Priorities?)

It's weird, but I'm seriously considering skipping PyCon this year. Why? Well, because I need to focus my energies on academic and research interests. It's weird because a month ago I was thinking about proposing multiple talks, tutorials and the like and just assuming I would go.

Maybe go to a design theory conference somewhere ...

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