3 Jan 2006 lloydwood   » (Journeyer)

After grumbling once more about how behind the times Geomview development is, I've been made a project administrator. This means that I could create the next Geomview release, if only I could get to grips with autoconf, imake and the complex build system; I can't actually build from CVS head. More practically, it limits my complaining about things that I now theoretically have the power to correct myself. We really need to get Geomview 1.8.2 released; 1.8.1 requires substantial patches to compile with anything later than gcc 2.9.5, and is showing its age. 2001 is a long time ago as far as compilers are concerned.

Released SaVi 1.2.8, bringing its fixed fisheye to a wider audience. There's probably some more code cleanup I could do on the fisheye and elsewhere (including getting to grips with properly handling two-line element sets and time for simulating real satellites), but that will just have to wait for another Christmas holiday...

And, when I wasn't modifying SaVi and the family television was finally free, I spent five late nights getting to Pro-Master rank in SSX On Tour. It's a fine followup to SSX Tricky and SSX 3. Yes, the effort Electronic Arts exerts from its employees seems to be entirely worthwhile.

So, yet another Christmas spent with virtual snowboards and virtual satellites. Kids! Simulation is fun!

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