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Aaaaaugh!

Coding Binge

I really got to get some sleep.

Don't wanna jinx it, but I think I just got the big bug(tm) fixed. I've been testing the fix for most of the night and I haven't been able to break anything. This is good(tm). :-)

Met with two German PhD students tonight at a local coffee shop. They stuck a microphone on me and interviewed me about IT and the Silicon Valley lifestyle. Fuck if I know much about that, what the hell. It was nice talking to them - let's face it, having 2 people listen to me talk about myself without throwing up is always an ego boost. :-) My wife hasn't done that for quite some time now, not that I hold it against her. Life as a blowhard can be frustrating sometimes.

Got a pretty big meeting tomorrow. Even though I can't talk about it now, wish me luck! I promise to let you all in on what's up as soon as I can.

Looking good...

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Good things are happening. Getting pumped.

Ahhh, got a big hunk of new functionality done today. Feels really good.

Looking forward to showing this off when it's finally releasable.

paci: Congratulations!

I am getting soooo pumped. Very cool tech is happening right now. Too bad I can't talk about it...

I love it when a plan comes together...

So far so good, learning some interesting things about building bootable CD-ROMs. Thank goodness, there are a number of good projects already oth there putting together the CDs - the Linuxcare Bootable Toolkit, the LNX-BBC, the BBLCD Toolkit and others. Still, it has taken me about a week to come to grips with El Torito, initrd, rdev, syslinux, cloop, and all of the other niggly things that can go wrong.

It is really cool to break through bottlenecks and actually create something other than coasters...

Stay tuned...

10 Sep 2001 (updated 17 Oct 2001 at 23:13 UTC) »
Third time around getting this diary entry posted...

Layoffs

My heart goes out to the folks who are without work involuntarily, good luck in the job search!

Startups

I'm a startup guy. I'm in the throes of getting a new venture off the ground. It's awesome. I love watching an idea turn into reality, watching other people get jazzed about the idea, watching an idea blossom into a business. It's better than sex. Really. After all of the crap I've been through with my last startup, there's a part of me that's astonished that I'm throwing myself into the breach yet again. Still, it feels so great to be working on something creative again. And the hope (folly?) is that I'll take the lessons I learned in the last go-round and make sure to not let them happen again.

Personal

Having fun with the bbq - since it's almost autumn in SF, the summer fog is finally lifting and so I've been doing a lot of grilling in the afternoons. Yum. Melody just keeps talking more and more, I'm secretly convinced she's a child genius. She's solving puzzles made for 4 year olds, and she isn't even 2 yet! She shows a lot of signs of giftedness. Whoops! There goes all of my jinx-buzzers, going off again. Wierd that I'm superstitious about good thing happening in my life - I'm much more comfortable when I'm struggling, in a wierd sort of way.

New Arrivals

Welcome, mperry! Welcome, aftyde!

Work

Yee ha! Finished with my big consulting project yesterday. Flew out to Denver and gave a presentation to the CEO and senior management team, and it went well. The final report we wrote turned out to be 360 pages long. No kidding. Double sided and bound, it still seemed about as big as a midsized city's white pages. Heh heh. I'm really looking forward to this week off before LinuxWorld - I need to get my batteries recharged again.

Personal

Looks like Melody's caught something - she had a fever of 100.5 this morning. Poor baby...

Funny

Want a good laugh? Check this out. Where else can you combine humor, religion, civil liberties, and microsoft-bashing all in one non-fiction story? Worth the read.

15 Aug 2001 (updated 15 Aug 2001 at 08:39 UTC) »
Work

Cool, passed a major test today - went over the final report with the customer's team this afternoon, and they were impressed. I still have a few more things to work on, but the major hump is over. Now all I gotta worry about is the presentation to the CEO on friday. I'm looking forward to it.

Domain names

Who says you can't find good dot com domain names anymore? I just picked up a sweet domain tonight. Heh heh heh.

Broadcast2000

Got it built on my debian box, from source. Digitial Video editing, with batch procesing capabilities, and good SMP utilization apparently. Quite nice little package. Too bad that you can't go directly to Real format from it - you apparently have to output to quicktime, and then convert it from there, possibly with some free Real tools. Haven't gotten that far.

Six Feet Under

I'm really getting into this show. Very cool stuff. I love the Thomas Newman theme music, too. This week's episode was creepy with the SIDS baby, though. Having an 18 month old made that one hit a little too close to home.

Work

Cranking onwards and upwards. Making the final push for one of my clients, I've been doing nothing but writing reports and cleaning up interviews, writing a tech audit, you name it. Ugh! Busy busy busy. No time really to spend with the family, I'm spending most of my time sitting on the damned computer getting these reports done.

Calendaring

I was interviewed by Michael J Hammel of LWN on the current state of calendaring on Linux, both open source and proprietary code. He made a mistake in an attribution, saying that dyork was involved in ReefKnot. What I told him was that ReefKnot was being led by skud who worked at the same company as dyork, and that I didn't remember Skud's full name at the time of the interview. Sorry Kirrily! Sorry, Dan!

Ricochet

Any former Metricom Ricochet users out there? I bet you've now got a useless modem on your hands. Anybody want to sell their modem? If so, send me an email.

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