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Certified jrennie as an Apprentice for his insight into the Outcast situation. I might upgrade that if he changes the "C/C++ and perl" in his notes section to "C, C++, and perl". I often think that people who say "C/C++" just don't know C++ well enough to realize how different the languages are. I'm not saying that's necessarily the case here, it's just a trend I've noticed. (I'm probably asking for an Outcast certification with that comment. ;)

My Thoughts

Anyway, I agree that it's pointless to have a class of users that can do nothing. It sounds like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist (not as of yet, anyway).

I also feel that a rating system that allowed negative ratings would be most effective if everyone could rate users, but the weighting of a user's rating (I can't help but notice that that rhymes) should be proportional to their status (i.e., a rating coming from a Master should mean much more than a rating coming from an Outcast). I seem to recall someone else mentioning this, too, but I can't remember who.


ICQing with my friend Aaron today about what kind of programming we'd like to do this summer in our Free Time. It was funny because we accidently started brainstorming about a project to help with (get this!) brainstorming!

Anyway, the idea is to have a tiny little program (tiny enough that when you hit a special key mapped by your window manager to launch it that it would appear almost immediately) that will pop up a dialog box for you to type the idea that just popped into your head. The idea would then be stored in an ideas database (personal or shared) to be revisited at another point in time to categorize, rate, sort, delete (if the idea really sucked), expand on, etc. using a seperate (less tiny) program when you had the time.

In the case where a shared database is in use, you can rate or expand on other people's ideas creating a graph of idea nodes (most likely a tree, but I haven't thought about that enough yet).

The goal here is convenience. The amount of time required to pop up the window, enter the idea, close the window, and resume your previous activity must be approximately equal to the time required to enter the data.


Certified kenelson and Guillaume as Journeyers today for their awesome work on Gtk--. Guillaume doesn't show up on the Gtk-- project page, but he is one of the core contributors.

Wrote some reasonably cool code today. It's a C++ class that wraps the dlfcn.h functions. It's simple, but effective. You can get it on my Development page.

Oh, and I downgraded myself to an Apprentice today. I thought it was more realistic given that I have yet to contribute to the free software community in any truly meaningful way.

Hrm... I've learned today that I'm too stupid to have an account on this site. I wanted to reply to an article today, but couldn't figure out how. Doesn't matter. I should be studying anyway.

Update: I'm not too stupid, just not active enough. So things'll change this summer.

I've been meaning to do this for a while, but didn't get around to it until now. If you're reading this, you probably arrived here by fluke and have no idea who I am. Maybe one day you will.

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