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Job Descriptions (What do I want to be when I grow up?)


Been thinking a lot about what I want to do career-wise, but I seem to have mis-communicated it as I've been piecing it together. Mostly just a matter of changing ideas and people getting it as I think about it and try to balance it with practical questions of income and lead-times...

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PyGTA Web Testing (Forum-ish with an intro to Selenium as kick-start)


PyGTA this evening, 7pm @ Linux Caffe will be on the subject of web testing. I'll kick it off with a quick demo/overview of Selenium, then open the floor to discussions of the best patterns, anti-patterns, tools and approaches that people have found. We'll try to come up with something more concrete than "different tools ...

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As You Like It (Other weekend pleasantries...)


Soni and I went to the Distillery District to watch "As You Like It" on Saturday. We wound up running through the rain to just barely make the show. The last time we were 7 minutes late getting to the door. It takes about 50 minutes to get there if you aren't running, and we ...

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TurboGears Weirdness (Validators don't Run)


Ran into a weird situation with TurboGears validators on a client project. It seems like they're just plain broken for the most common use case, at least one other user seems to agree. That's disturbing me primarily because it means I'm somehow "missing" the normal pattern for validator usage (people can't be using them in ...

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Spammers Clobbering the Blog (Killing the server...)


Zope really isn't intended for extremely write-heavy applications. With the comment spammers dumping hundreds to thousands of spams per hour on the blog now, the blog is now officially a write-heavy application.

If I've done this right, then the spams should now be moderated, so they shouldn't have any benefit for the spammers. Still, it's ...

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Dad's Coming Up (Mid-week visit...)


We're heading to a lecture tomorrow about a new treatment for cancer involving preventing the growth of blood vessels via a suppressive drug. Dad's coming into town to attend, so hopefully we'll get some time to hang around and chat afterwards.

Mind Numb (22.5 billable hours in two days...)


Have had high-priority issues show up half-way through two days in a row now, pulling me from one client to another. Result has been 11+ hours billable each day (on top of not being particularly rested from the weekend). I'm getting well toward mind-numbed.

Some (tired) thoughts:

Pre and post condition checks are good things ...

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Happy Rosey (Yay!)


Just got the good news, my cute little sister has just passed her entrance exam for French as a Second Language (for elementary school teachers). This means she can take the whole suite of FSL courses required to become a full-fledged French teacher in Canadian schools. She's been working on her French for a couple ...

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StarPy Unexpectedly a Hot Topic? (Half a dozen inquiries in a week)


Weird. Have been having a huge run on number of people asking about StarPy recently. Haven't mentioned it on my blog, haven't really done anything on it in a while. Anyway, walked a paying client through the process of setting up an originate-to-custom-ivr application today. Was fun, though I've obviously forgotten a lot of my ...

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Time to get off CoreBlog (Scaling issues...)


Zope instance holding basically just this blog and Soni's wound up taking 7GB on disk and is unable to reliably load the blog. That's kind of ridiculous, so we're going to have to migrate to some new software. Tim has spent some time packing the DB so that we're temporarily running, but the spammers are ...

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