22 Sep 2002 Mondragon   » (Observer)

Development Update

Did some work on Gnutizen today, mostly trying to repair bad merges, and setting the foundation for eliminating the need for a cache file to run the app, at least for testing. Also spent a fair amount of time remembering why I hate CVS so much - thinking about trying out a Subversion repository and seeing how I like that. I think most of my problems with CVS stem from the lack of good free diff tools, and clients that suck, but not being able to version directories or move files (and preserve history data) is really irritating. Probably time to branch off of the main line soon, before I start making any major changes, but of course that'll make merging a pile of fun.

Haven't heard back from anyone on Seeds Of War, which is too bad, since the project interests me, and I've got quite some experience in some of the core problems that they'll face (path routing, etc.). Still, it's the weekend, so I'll give that some time.

Trying to find at least one more project to occupy myself in the long term. Have a few short term projects in the cooker - mostly database work. Working on bringing 100+ years of baseball stats (from baseball1.com) into a database on my MacOS X machine so that I can do some more complex statistical analyses. Not sure if I'm going to use MySQL or PostgreSQL at this point. I don't believe either one of them has an Objective-C API, so that's pretty much a moot point, but I do plan on building a Cocoa interface to the database at some point to allow easy data analysis. Also want to whip out another database for my group at work to handle some data management and reporting needs.

Life

Seriously thinking about buying a car at this point. I don't need one for everyday use (ride my bike to work), but it would make it easier to cart anything of size around, or even such simple things as groceries. It helps that interest rates are very good right now, and Geico actually gave me an insurance quote that wasn't highway robbery.

Found out last night that my Lord of the Rings DVD was defective, and thus caused my player to freak out and do quite a lot of chapter skipping. It's an interesting way to watch a movie. In any case, I took it down to Barnes and Noble today and they gave me a new copy, so I'm all set now. Will probably spend most of tomorrow sitting in front of the TV with my laptop working on databases and watching football. Also need to try to make the lawnmower work again...

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