Archives week 32 of 2005

Aug. 8, 2005 - Aug. 14, 2005

The Field Guide to North American Stones

There are men whose deeds ring out across the history books
Centuries, even millenia, after they have died
Giants who molded earth and men

Others the world remembers for a generation's time
Great works for king and country fading
As brilliant medals tarnish and heros age

Yet more ply only fifteen minutes on the stage ...

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He Stands

Their waves of disappointment
Crash over this old stone
And dooming imperfections
Grow with every blow
Making waves rise higher
Until they strike him low
But for today I stand
Against the tidal flow

Tessellation doesn't crash any more (But glReadPixels will crash the whole operating system pretty hard...)

Spent some time on OpenGL-ctypes this evening. First up was eliminating the crashes in the GLU tessellation code. That was mostly just passing in the wrong values for use as callbacks (I was passing in a cCallbak, it wanted a c_void_p). Unfortunately, the tessellation doesn't seem to work yet, but at least it doesn't kill ...

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Yet another search mechanism... (How many of these things have I written over the years?)

Topped off the day's work by starting on the account-search mechanism (a.k.a. the phonebook). This is your bog-standard search page, it searches 4 or 5 tables with various inter-relations to produce a set of root records (accounts) that match a search string (or integer).

You can write one that's tailor-made for a given application (from ...

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A day without connectivity is a sad day indeed (Musings on the need for Cinemon...)

Today was taken up in its entirety by a meeting with Bryan and Clint regarding the billing front-end for the VOIP platform. Mostly just walking them through the interface, discussing problems, features we want, that kind of thing. However, about an hour before they were scheduled to come, Roger's cable went out. I phoned Rogers, ...

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Sheesh, easier to run linux binaries on NetBSD than my Gentoo box (I love my 64 bits, but what do they do for me?)

One of the tasks for today was to get the hardware compilation working. The MTAs are configured via a compiled (and encrypted) file that requires a binary compiler from the manufacturer. Okay, no problem, my workstation is a Gentoo AMD64, it should run the compiler fine. Oops, no. Oh well, for a hoot let's try ...

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Before I slip off to sleep (Rosey is alive...)

Rose emailed this evening to say she's fine. She's in a town about an hour East of Trois Pistoles (didn't say what she's doing there). Apparently she'll be there another 2 weeks, heading back the morning of the 23rd.

Oh, other familial news, score from the game at gram's yesterday was 3:2 IIRC. In one ...

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Inter-page messaging in Django? (Django form-processing module tutorial and sessionMessage())

Just reading through the Django tutorial part four. One pattern from my own web-framework that didn't get covered is the "sessionMessage" tool. This is used when you submit a form via post, so you want to send the user to a new page, but you want to tell them what happened during the post ...

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Tear down the wall! (Or, at least, begin poking holes though it)

Today was pretty much the end of the stand-alone operations for the VOIP admin front-end (I'll decide on a real name for this project about the time I finish it, I'm sure). Other than the question of when/how billing is done (i.e. prorated or not), and a few highly-isolated (and parameterised) foreign-key references, nothing done ...

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