13 Jun 2003
(updated 13 Jun 2003 at 23:30 UTC) »
I've been swamped with feedback over the recent article I posted, both as comments and as personal mail.
Firstly thanks to everybody for taking the time to offer their thoughts, and secondly sorry for my delay in replying to you all.
Partly I wanted to digest all the information, and partly because I'm just gearing up to move house. Three weeks and counting!
Two quick non-specific comments:
- It looks like an idea repository appears to be a useful idea; but the site would have to be very flexible to be worthwhile.
- I'm suprised lots of people jumped upon the Exchange mention - it was just a random example of a piece of software that I would like to so, not something I want to write myself. (To my mind any exchange replacement will not be a PHP groupware system, that may be great - but if it's not a server that an unmodified copy of Outlook can connect with it's not an exchange server..)
I've been writing code sporadically recently, working upon my MP3 streamer and trying to get it to pre-generate a cache of all the song tags.
This is a fairly nice thing to work upon, it's simple, self-contained and doesn't involve any tricky coding. A job that I can divide into discrete parts and implement and test fairly easily.
Hopefully this will be complete over the weekend, subject to my erratic sleeping pattern.
Did I say I was moving soon? OK I am, and I'm alternating between wishing it wasn't necessary and hating the fact it's not happening yet.
The reason for the move is entirely my own - until last September I had a cat who lived in my flat with me.
I've always been a cat lover, and they really do suit my moods and temperement.
However I grew up spending my summers upon my grans farm - surrounded by Alsations.
When I lost my cat I was determined that he couldn't be "replaced", and I had the thought of making my next pet a dog.
My flat being too small to lock a dog inside alone whilst I work I decided to move house - taking advantage of the fact that the Edinburgh property market is obscene, and I could double the money I'd paid for this property only 3 years ago.
So now I've got a nice new flat all lined up - top floor overlooking a park. Twice the size of my current place and very very sexy.
As I'm getting closer to the entry date I've been looking at lots of 2 or 3 year old Alsations and Labradors .. but I'm increasingly thinking cat-ness is the pet for me.
Wouldn't I feel stupid essentially having moved for no reason if I end up with another perfect cat?