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Week is still very good looking (Even if the day was rather light...)


Couldn't get to sleep until past 2 or 3 in the afternoon and only slept fitfully from then until 7. Wound up only get 2.75 hours of work in. I was all set to worry about it, then I looked at the invoice for the week (I enter each day's work on the invoice at ...

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Paper testing is fun (What do I need to create to match current functionality in a general system)


Too much coffee at the bar this evening, so couldn't even think about sleeping. Spent the entire night (well, other than a couple of emails and a blog post) doing paper tests for approaches to the Open Source billing system.

The idea being that I'm trying out ideas for how to structure the system (and ...

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Sometimes the universe loves ya (Thanks universe! (You too Bryan!))


Went to Unix Unanimous this evening. Spent most of the post-meeting-post-dinner drinks talking with Dave and his partner (Andrew? Didn't get a card) about their upcoming Open Source accounting package (Python + PostgreSQL) and the potential of integrating my planned Open Source billing/provisioning system for Cable TV, Internet and VoIP into that.

Also scored a ...

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Don't forget to restart the server (Stupid little things that take hours to track down and seconds to fix...)


Turns out there were a few problems in the MTA provisioning, but the one that killed me was that I didn't restart the compilation services (SOAP servers) when I updated their code. Combined with a UI issue with the MTA's web front-end, it took quite a bit of time to track down the problem. There's ...

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The under-tested areas get ya (Day has been pretty much one little failing thing after another...)


In any project you'll have areas that are under-tested. Today has been mostly about finding those areas and fixing them. Nothing enormous until about 5pm this evening when I asked a friend who's acting as a guinea pig for us to reboot his router in order to go live on the new system... and nothing ...

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Yay, it's launched! (At least until tomorrow when the users show up...)


Looks like the launch is finished. No hiccups in the final deployment, everything smooth as silk, just flipped the switch and the new system started controlling the backend. Testing runs working without difficulty, so I'm going to consider the day finished. Nowhere near as long a process as I'd planned for (yay on that!)

Pleasant feeling when a launch goes smoothly (He says, jinxing himself...)


About 3/4 of the way through the launch now. All of the preparation is done that can be done pre-cutover, so just need to wait 4 hours to do the actual switch and make the live system the driver for the back-end.

The new system is running happily with the tagged code. A few minor ...

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Amazing how much simpler it is if you do much less (Reading through an Open Source billing system...)


I've got an upcoming project to do some coding/customisation on an Open Source billing system, so figured I would spend the evening exploring how it's put together. It is far less involved than even the VoIP plug-in to the billing system I just finished, let alone the system I'm contemplating building. It has no dependency ...

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Picking up bits and pieces all day (I prefer deep thought to details...)


Spent the day in minor bug fixes and presentation tweaks. Nothing that makes one particularly proud at the end of the day, just stuff that has to be done if the product is going to launch. I didn't wind up compensating for yesterday's missing 1.5 hours, so I'm about 2 hours short of my goal ...

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Setting a timetable is good (Launching and the like)


Set a timetable to launch the VoIP project early Tuesday morning. I decided based on two things; one was D'Arcy asking if we were going to do it soon, the other was realising that the task I was doing when he asked wasn't really something that needs to be in place for the launch. It's ...

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