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13 Mar 2001 (updated 13 Mar 2001 at 21:26 UTC) »

hmmm... having a quite difficult time getting motivated today. so very much to do, and all i want to do is veg. :( must fix.


i *still* despise solaris. it's making my day suck. again. :)

i'm currently making a buttload of rpms for solaris and its compiler is sooooooooo bad. i swear, this is hell on earth. can't wait to be done and work on managable unices again (linux, irix).

"so matt, how do you *really* feel about solaris?"


my work ethic has returned! yahoo. i guess. still lots to do. i'm kinda surprised i haven't had any name suggestions from the request yesterday. oh well. :) back to admin'ng here at the uni.

lots of realworld stuff done: cleaned house, finished taxes, finished fafsa, changed oil in car, fixed brakelights in car, fixed odor in car ;-) ...

it's spring break and i'm expecting lots of progress (and hopefully stopping points) on lots of my projects. and some extra time to enjoy being with my family.

question. what is a good name for my software project that does (dave winer's idea of) xml-rpc resource subscription/notification? i'm at a loss. if anybody's creative juices are flowing better than mine, it'd be super appreciated. thanks!

here's some quick, off the cuff ideas:

  • smokesignal
  • csana (content subscription and notification architecture)

argh! i can't think of anything i like... oh well. i'm sure something will come.

after some discussion with my father-in-law about back in the day gaming (he hadn't heard of myst), and a cool slashdot article regarding classic sierra games, i've had a great time remembering my beginings in the world of computer gaming. man oh man was it soooooo much fun back then. gaming now makes me pine for earlier days. no crappy "run and shoot" (tm) stuff because the hardware wouldn't do it. there was a lot more imagination required, a greater dependence upon the storyline. and we had to walk uphill both ways... but in all seriousness - please god - deliver us from doom-esqe gaming... i remeber a few years back i played a game i *really* liked. i guess it'd be just a prettied up incarnation of those previous sierra adventure genre games. here's a link to the game at amazon. the last express. if anybody has any recommendations on a similar game, i'd love to waste some hours on it. :)

dreaming: wouldn't it be nice to play (commercial, and high quality) games natively on linux.... :) maybe someday i'll ditch wine and all the headaches.

gotta do stuff.

"Zoooom back to 1995, when the Internet was a blushing babe, young and supple, and full of promise. Every guy wanted her, but they didn't appreciate her for her finer qualities. The marriage ended in disaster. Well the babe is more mature now, and she wants to have some fun."

--dave winer

i always appreciate dave's state-of-the-internet thoughts. he's really right, it sucked in the dotcom era, and now we're moving to a more (corporate-)free and fun net. driven by those that love it, not those that love the cash alone.

as an example, i think i'm correct in saying that most of the people here are like me. not making that much cash doing free software. since money isn't a big issue, we survive the funding drought and push the internet to its next level. lots of 'new' coming out finally. p2p being an obvious example.

have a great night, folks

i was commenting to Sunir a while back about how grateful i was for wiki's and advogato because they really forced me to write better. it's still hard work though! as evidenced by my posts on the money flow thread/article.

speaking of mr. shah, i need to check in with him and find out how his work is going on his jabber whiteboard project. i think i've gotten a (slight) handle on svg and how it's going to work. i need to login to my real jabber acct and see what messages i've not seen for a month, it's been so so so long, especially since i've been working on an intranet jabber implementation. i'm afraid my mom will have sent me a thousand messages (she prefers jabber to email).

i am beat... only a few more days till our spring break though. light at the end of the tunnel.

later, friends.

hacker mentions bzflag... man, i love that game! i didn't know anybody else played it as i've been told the linux port is a little sub par. i can't tell you how many days my coworkers and i have lost on account of that game. we have it installed on (pretty much) all 200 sgis in our campus network and do we ever have fun. i'd love to play with you sometime - do a capture the flag thing or something. especially next week - spring break.

btw, for those new to the game... the ai sucks. get a friend or two (or five) to play with. :) but watch out, this is the most addictive game i've ever played. takes a little while and i've finally gotten myself off it but, man... great game.

i apologize for the enthusiasm. just can't contain it... :)

2 Mar 2001 (updated 2 Mar 2001 at 23:15 UTC) »
criswell, want to thank you for your tux typing program... my daughter loves it! great work. btw, i think you're (slightly) confused in your last entry regarding free software vs. open source. i think what you were meaning to say was that the 'gpl' (not 'free software' ) is a subset of open source. at least in rms' vocabulary. not that it matters at all imo.

school's cooling down a bit with lots of tests done. that's really nice. this is the time to code code code.

here's something quick i'd like to do... integrate my xmlrpc subscription/notification code into advogato's engine, mod_virgule. perhaps then i could be notified when my fave diaries are updated. but don't want to clutter the beautiful code with non core features. let me know what you think. thanks! :)

going to a romanic deal tonight with my amazing wife. suppose i should shave and stuff...

coolness! i'm green again with no more "must be a big-time free software contributor" pressure... :) i was getting worried for a bit there. note for people cert'n me - green is perty.

well, i just got off a brief computing sabbatical (sp?). i didn't touch anything (well, almost) resembling technology and it felt great. spent lots of time with my wonderful fam, and reading. i'd really recommend doing this btw. but now it's time to get back to work. lots to do... and i apologize for not checking mail very much, etc

on my plate for this week:

  • take some tests, do some homework (school is as ugly as ever, of course)
  • put some hours in at the office (pay the bills)
  • have some fun changing the world with software (i'm an idealist, but it *is* very fun)

re: the last todo item (software development goodness), what i'm tackling currently is:

  • xml-rpc based subscription/notification system (backend using c/berkeleyDb, frontend using gtk for the time being but maybe soon patch moz as it should be pretty straightforward)
  • jabber whiteboard stuff (trying to contribute to Sunir's excellent effort but needing to beef up on my svg/gill/ gdome stuff to make it work)
  • my ever present network payment protocol project

in other news, badvogatois pretty sweet. dave winer (advogato acct) is as tech-inspirational as ever. knownow seems to have obtained the infamous wsanchez AND my next-generation (stay connected) web idea i rambled about a while back here (described here). oh yeah, and i am really looking forward to having a popular, open (source, or otherwise) whiteboard like the svg one being developed (mentioned earlier) because that will further my goal of (almost) never having to step foot in an office again. work'n from home for the rest of my life baby! but then again, whywork?

i'm good enough, i'm smart enough... :) later, interested (and otherwise) readers.

over the weekend, i finished up installing a linux box acting as a firewall/masq-router for a family friend. and he *gives* me an awesome portable combination cdplayer/mp3oncd player. mp3trip, i believe it's called. my goodness it's cool. what a generous guy! anyway, if my diary entry sounds a little cloud9-ish, you know why.

i'm not doing terribly much w/ regards to free software at the moment. more like keeping my head above water at school and work. at a meeting today, my boss john and i had a very interesting discussion of machine groupings. what we're doing now (cluttered nis netgroup map, cluttered rdist groupings, cluttered runem groupings) should get elegant here soon.

i'm going to try to get reacquainted with my keyboard at home. it really has been quite some time since i've worked at improving my piano skills and it's begining to show in my playing. i'm looking forward to getting to the next-level. heck, i need to do this with my guitar playing as well. inch by inch...

was (re)reading the berkeley db documentation and it looks like they've gotten it working inside of php. 'bout darned time that php would have an embedded database... mysql be damned!!! :) lots to do today and very little motivation. i want to sleep. sleep a lot. yep. have a good one, everybody.

2 Feb 2001 (updated 2 Feb 2001 at 02:03 UTC) »

i foresee a near future where every news website will look much like this . a natural extension of rss for sure. and i'm offering to help make it happen as it's not a big leap. basically, i'm disgusted by the fact that i waste countless hours cycling through my favorite spots on the web checking for updates. i very much want to subscribe to a site and know when there are updates.

on a similar note, i missed out on the big 'push' phase a few years back. so when i hear people use it as a case study for how the proposed next-big-thing probably ain't the next-big-thing, i'm always curious as to what exactly it (push) was all about. i assume it let people 'subscribe' to certain content. maybe it just wasn't granular enough. i don't know... i'm just curious why push was/is considered 'bad'.

oh yeah, in my last entry i said that rh was probably using stunnel to achieve ssl-encrypted communications with xmlrpc... umm, egg on my face (as usual). from reading adrian's post to the rpc article a few weeks back, it sounds like they've either actually added native support for the openssl libs probably to w3c-libwww or used one of the ssl patches available for the w3c-libwww library.

tonight, i'm supposd to chat with an old high school friend -- i'm pretty sure he's trying to get me set up in some type of internet pyramid scheme. :) that sucks... but i figure i better listen at least, our of courtesy. what are some specific laws outlawing this kind of thing? i know they exist. doesn't matter much. i'll just tell him that i'm 99.99999% sure what he's doing is both retarded and illegal.


almost forgot to mention... i had no choice but to certify people tonight after seeing some of their truly awesome work. sunir, thanks for wiki work and i'm pissing my pants in excitement over your jabber whiteboard extension you mentioned today in your diary. sounds sweet and i'd be willing to lend any help i can to you. just ask. i'll email you to see if you are wanting any help. anyhoo... emk's work is also much appreciated as i've been using his xml-rpc libs in a lot of my stuff lately (for both work and play). keep up the good work! i also noticed ariya enjoys reading jwz as much as i do. :) good night, all. good night, john-boy

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