1 Jun 2003 digitect   » (Journeyer)

Yet another Cream release. With the recent job change, I'm not in a position to work on it much at all any more. I never used to understand why so many Free software projects withered on the vine or had total lack of polish. Now I'm starting to understand--good software needs a lot of love.

I'm most pleased with our CVS progress and the various scripts to update and build all the differenet release packages we manage on both Windows and Linux. Having a good project infrastructure really helps us focus on the code itself. A reliable release system means drops are less effort, and thus more likely. Not having to worry so much about these types of details also means less mental energy expended on keeping track of the tentacles. It's easier to leave the project for a week or two and come back to it without having to remember where we were. Hopefully this will relieve enough pressure to let us explore Python.

The new HDD setup is working like a champ. Just need to find time to migrate stuff, but it can be put off to whenever is convenient now. Although I still haven't figured out CD burning in Linux with my hardware. Gotta get that straight before we can use it as our primary OS, that's the backup system. Simple stuff mostly, I just need to do it via command line given that the Nautilus burn:/// is completely hosed. (Rather it freezes up half way through the CD. Gotta be a desktop interface thing, not a kernel or command line utilty problem.)

The new employer depends on more sophisticated Windows tools, and to a greater extent. Makes sense, given their international size and reach, but it means less input from me on the global scale. That's actually quite ok, I view it as an opportunity to learn and to drift back into userland a little more. 3D rendering looms larger as a result--I'm looking forward to using the creative side of my brain again. Not sure how Blender or PythonCAD could work in this Windows shop now, but those have always been personal interests rather than professional ones. Just need to make sure I don't become schizophrenic. ;)

Ugh, and now we want to move to a bigger house, too. *sigh*, Where does one find the time?

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