Archives June 2006

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!)

What I should probably concentrate on for Open Source (Maximise the value for the world...)

For the non-business Open Source stuff I'm thinking I need to throw all of my spare time at the OpenGL-ctypes stuff. The SDL-ctypes stuff seems to be moving along at quite a clip, and it would be really nice if both of these media-heavy packages could convert to ctypes just after the 2.5 final release. ...

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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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Good news and bad news in CUPS setup (It worked...)

Spent quite a bit of time this morning getting my workstation to print the invoice from Friday. The great news is that kdeprinter is able to do the entire setup for an SMB printer from a little wizard. Not quite point-and-click yet (wasn't able to browse for the printer or machine name, for instance), but ...

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See Happiness

Some are happiness
Some see happiness in others
Some see happiness in others
Because they bring happiness
To those who see them
So some are happiness
So they see happiness

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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