5 Sep 2000 peat   » (Journeyer)

    It's been some time since my last diary "entry" (read: the fast, amazing, awesome, "dependable" connection went down for a few hours and I lost what I was working on), so I should be a bit more detailed about the goings on here.

    Been spending most time hardware hacking. Not building hardware, of course, mostly fixing things for other people. My hardware collection has grown a lot in the process. Seriously, I have to do something, as my apartment is rapidly becoming an ungodly mess. I'm slowly finding homes for gear, so if there is anything you're looking for, let me know.

    The review of the blinux kernel mods for speech synth haven't been going as quickly as I had hoped, but at least progress is being made. I'd like to see more people reviewing it, because although I really want to see this in the kernel, but only once it has 'matured' enough to not break kernel design principles (which it currently does).

    Freebasin has gone into a holding pattern pending thesis completion. The crash of the NT box didn't help things any, but at least I was able to move the data from an access db into postgres. Next stage will be the post-process differential correction of the position data, and merging what is promising to be one of the largest ecological databases going. :) This should be fun.

    OODS is still going well, lots of planning is happening. Normally, I would find this really unsettling, save that I know the people involved, and I know they will make this happen. Besides, I've learned so much about design and abstraction ... two aspects I would have liked to have learned in school, save that I'm getting a masters in ecology and not computer science.

    OODS is primarily about open source directory services. I would have figured this to be really dull, boring and with few practical applications outside of system management. However, thanks to Frank, I can see just how broad the 'directory services' category is and just how relevant it is to, say, ecology. Scary.

    What else. Finally saw X-Men and Art of War. Nice surprise, neither particularly sucked, I was really glad to see someone doing Wolverine 'right.' The other characters seemed to fit as well. Nice to see. As for AoW, homegrown movie it is, it looked decent as well, tho I expect to go see it again (missed some of the local 'sights' the first time around). Hopefully the trend will continue with Highlander?

    If it sucks, tho, at least you know you can blame someone.

    Well, that's about it for now. Not much to see here. These are not the droids you're looking for...

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