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Name: Peter Burns
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A player in the touch football team that I play for created a web site for our team. He posts match reports, player profiles, match fixtures and anything else to do with our team. I can see its use for players. I go there to see what time the game starts each week.

Christina Wodtke's site elegant hack has a short comment on it.

Where better to comment about a weblog being commented on in another weblog than in a weblog?

I've spent almost all weekend in front of my computer. I'm the only one left in my house who isn't sick. It's well into autumn now and too cold to go to the beach, but it's still a nice sunny day.

I've been writing unit tests and removing lots of little bugs from penguinsound. I haven't committed any source to sourceforge for a long time. I've been trying to increase my skill in refactoring.

I've switched to using kde after tiring of gnome-session opening an ever increasing number of applications on startup.

It's ANZAC day today (25th April) - a public holiday in which Australians and New Zealanders remember those who died in war.

I have taken the rest of the week off. I hoping to see Ju Ju Space Jazz at Newtown RSL this saturday - part of the yak secret tour.

I've gotten hold of a version of konqueror that can do https:.

I've been taking advantage of the sunny weather while it lasts. Winter will come soon, ruling out trips to the beach. I'm looking foward to going snowboarding again. I've digital camera to play with now.

I've been refreshing my memory of Java. It's tainted now by years of programming in c++. I've been noting all the differences: some things are better, some missing. I miss const and templates. I don't really miss unsigned types or explicit memory handling. I like the way you can call other constructors of the class using this(...) but miss the being able to give default arguments to methods and constructors.

Java has a much better standard library overall.

I've playing around with mysql. I created a simple table in a mysql database and have been try out various methods of accessing it using PHP and JDBC in Java.

I've been buying to many cds again : the avalanches, boards of canada, Luke Vibert.

LINUX
Installed linux 2.4.1 with Andrew Morten's low latency patches.

Fooled around with devfs. Updated my cdplayer so that it looks for /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 if /dev/cdrom can't be opened. Did the same for my audio code so that /dev/sound/dsp is tried if /dev/dsp is not found.

I have an old sb awe64 and a sb live and both now are recognised with no problem. The awe64 is accessed /dev/sound/dsp2 and the live through /dev/sound/dsp1 or /dev/sound/dsp.

I was suprised when I placed "Sweet Distorted Holiday" by Josh Abrahams into my cdrom drive. It started playing a track I had never heard before, and the track location indicator on my cdplayer was moving backwards. A secret track! No wonder, I had so much trouble getting it to play under Windows NT.

Installed gcj - the gnu compiler for java. This will be fantastic when awt support is implemented. It seems to be very fast. It was also very easy to install. It eliminates all the things that I disliked about java. One small quirk caught me while I was trying it out. You have to specify the class that contains the main function.

WORK

My manager has resigned and moved to Tasmania. My new manager is a contracter - he was a permanent employee but I guess he wanted more pay. His contract expires soon so I may be getting a new manager soon. I have also moved buildings. I'm now in a cubicle instead of an office. It has some disadvantages - my workmates listen in on my phone calls - but the social aspects of the change are overwhelmingly positive. The focus of my team has changed from network programming in c++ to web development using ASP. I'd prefer to use php and apache. I've been learning a lot about SQL and databases. I've enjoyed work lately. I'm still getting used to the chairs. The chairs in the meeting room are really low down - a trap for the unwary - my boss went sailing head over heels.

STUFF

I've been thinking about implementing cddb access for my cdplayer. My work has a firewall in place, so I won't be able to connect directly. I'll have to use http. I downloaded badger's libcurl for that purpose. I'm still working out the details. I'll be using freedb.org rather than gracenote.com I'd like to try to get the lyrics of songs from the web as well if I can.

I've been buying a lot of cd's lately. I've really enjoyed the ones by Jimi Tenor.

I read "The Siren's Of Titan" By Kurt Vonnegut. I bought it because it was so similar to the title of the cd "Sirens From Here To Titan" By Tooth, and be cause it is part of the SF Masterworks collection. The quote from "Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels" on the back of the book states it is 'A very funny novel about The Meaningless Of It All'. I found it very depressing. The book is set on earth. A new religion is created called the "Church of God the Utterly Indifferent".

Here's a quote from the book: "O Lord Most High ... what could we do for Thee that Thou couldst not do for Thyself one octillion times better? Nothing. What could we do or say that could possibly interest Thee? Nothing. Oh, Mankind, rejoice in the apathy of our Creator, for it makes us free and truthful and dignified at last."

It made me think about what I believe in and what my life is for. There is nothing we can do for God that he could not do better. There is no deed that we can perform that will turn God away from our sins.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10.

mrorganic wrote:
My wife is one of those people to whom "Internet" and "the Web" are the same thing.

For most people the web equates to what you can do in web browser. Think about it.

http, ftp, news, email, instant messages, - all these services can be accessed from a web browser. If the web browser itself doesn't do it - perhaps somebody somewhere has written a web interface for it.

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