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Bogging down a bit on the charge-setup subsystem (Uncharted areas for me to some degree...)


One of the major wish-list items for the new billing system is the ability to set up differential charging schemes using a tabular setup, so that admins can set up a default table of charges and then sets of overrides to those charges based on a rule match (e.g. you have a given token, or ...

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Addresses and constrained addresses (Long-term wish-list items...)


When you run a cable company, it makes sense to have the ability to explicitly and exhaustively define the streets and street-ranges in the town so that you can never have an invalid address entered for service. I've just finished the basic implementation of that for the better billing project, along with the other major ...

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These are the continuing voyages... (More work on BetterBilling...)


Continued work on BetterBilling this evening. Particularly started working on creating stand-ins for the eventual user-driven package-setup functions. Eventually a user should be able to compose a new package (billable thing) out of technical effects (services provided by the backend) and configurations (user choices that control the operation technical effects). For now I'm just manually ...

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Test suites are fun! (Cancelled meetings and working on almost-spec...)


Other than a few hours on the (largely finished) old project (so far), I've been concentrating today on TurboGears and particularly moving the BetterBilling project ahead. I've been running into (minor) SQLObject bugs here and there, probably because inheritance isn't a commonly used feature and I'm using it extensively.

I've finally got to the point ...

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My first day with TurboGears (So far so good...)


Decided today was the day to learn TurboGears, so I sat down and started working out a model for the BetterBilling project. This is basically a generic provisioning system for ISPs or VoIP providers that I'm wanting to build.

The version I'm looking at right now is less generic than the envisioned one; that's just ...

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Getting out of the house is a good thing (Only takes 20 minutes or so to pay for the food...)


Pleasant day in my corner under a plant at Linux Caffe. 7-1/4 hours here, with 6-1/4 hours billable. It's good not to have any temptation to lie down when you're tired/sore. It's also nice having half a dozen different types of drinks available and good food and pleasant conversations here and there. Still don't know ...

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Good utilisation rate for the day (Not big-company good, but pretty good for someone working by themselves...)


Sacha was mentioning that a certain large corporation's consultants aim for something like 92% utilisation (I may have the number slightly wrong, but it was in that area), that is, in an 8 hour day they want 7 hours and 22 minutes of that billable.

I would think at that point you have to have ...

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Hardware makes for very frustrating days (Maybe it's the "mushy" feeling?)


We've been stalled on a (trivial) deployment issue for the configs on the VoIP hardware since launching a week ago. Can't for love or money get the stupid things to update automatically. Spent the whole day trying to coax them into doing the update (and eventually just laying out the pathology in the hopes of ...

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Urgh, GST goes down July 1st, not June 1st (Have to eat the difference for that last invoice)


Happened across a reference that says the GST reduction (from 7% to 6%) happens on July 1st. I'd thought it already happened (i.e. on June 1st), so my last invoice was off in the calculation. Annoying that I'll have to eat the 1% difference, that's only $24, but still...