Archives November 2008

Need to figure out key-remapping under KDE/X

The new laptop is doing well so far, though I haven't used it for more than writing notes just yet.  However, I'm finding that the placement of the home, end, pgup and pgdown buttons makes it very hard to code on.  For some reason I can't fathom someone put keys that only ...

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Settling In Nicely After a Long Move

Soni and I moved into our new apartment over the last two days.  Long couple of days.  Our old building's administrator told us two days before the move that we couldn't use the elevator in the period for which we'd asked, so we had to reschedule the movers at the last moment ...

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(S)ick and Yay!

I came down with a flu a few days ago.  Have been at home sleeping since, seem to be over the worst of it.

On the extremely bright side, Soni brought home the new laptop yesterday.  Vista really does suck rocks... how can an uber-laptop like this crawl under Vista?  Anyway, I've shrunk the ...

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Got a MingW32 Toolchain Set Up

Finally sat down and got my ancient Win2K setup updated sufficiently to install Python 2.6 and MingW32 into it.  Have just compiled the OpenGL_accelerate wrapper.pyd with the setup, but as of yet I don't have enough other 2.6-compatible modules available in the environment to actually test it.  Numpy doesn't seem ...

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Infrastructure sucks time

Just spent more than 13h on getting a new server, Trac, svn, ssl, selenium test-suite configuration and the like set up for a new project.  It's amazing how much time you can spend on this stuff just to get a basic working environment, not anything particularly special mind you, just an environment where you ...

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No thrill on Ruby yet

Just wrote my first Ruby script (I've only read about it before this).  I'm not falling in love yet... can't say I'm really even finding it beautiful.  All those "ends" scattered around, scoping with line-noise.  I see the niceness of the block abstraction, but I haven't yet come to need ...

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Now we need 3 million dollars...

I chose 1 million dollars as a small number that should be possible to raise if we have a good enough proposal.  The top three voted projects focus on, one way or another, performance and applicability.  The winning project essentially was to improve Python's concurrency storing markedly.  Basically spend the money on hiring people ...

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Million Dollar Ideas Wrap-up from PyGTA

Great fun at PyGTA this evening.  We had an overly complex voting scheme, basically you could vote from 0 to 5 (5 being the highest) for each project, total count wins.  We had quite a few proposals, and laughed rather a lot during the process.

My take-aways:

  • Concurrency matters in multi-core systems, Python needs work ...

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Your Million-Dollar Python Project @ PyGTA

PyGTA on Tuesday should be fun.  The question is:

If you had a million dollars (CDN) to spend on a Python project, what would you spend it on?

Sure, money doesn't solve all problems, but if you had it available and earmarked for "something python", what would you do with it?  We'll assume ...

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Color me impressed with Cython

Have just been testing the new Cython accelerator module for PyOpenGL 3.x on my workstation.  As seen on the laptop, the PyOpenGL-specific stuff just sort of drops out of the hotspot-set.  There's a few little spots with a percent or two showing up, but pretty much everything else is OpenGLContext scenegraph management stuff ...

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