25 Apr 2001 taj   » (Master)

Since all but 2 mail monitor bugs are closed, it's back to finans for a bit. There are some serious issues with view redraws required when inserting and deleting rows, not sure how long it will take to fix.

Went to work this evening, ANZACs please forgive me this little disrespectful behaviour. Porting apps from old-style jhtml to JSP is a painful thing, especially when the underlying servlets were never designed to work properly in a JSP environment (ServletOutputStream everywhere instead of Writer).

I can't imagine what I would have done if I didn't have that little 20 line perl script to do the grunt work for me, but I still had to manually review 100+ source files before committing them. argh never again...

I'm seriously considering switching back to debian just to see if the update situation is any better. I like mandrake but the distribution upgrade for both RH and mdk fill me with phear. And both of these dists have serious problems providing non-critical updates to older releases.

The reason I switched away from debian was, apt being wonderful and all, I found the only way to keep up to date on non-critical package updates was by moving to unstable and dealing with packages breaking all over the place (not to mention the daily 20M updates of tetex). It's likely I was doing something wrong but it was very frustrating.

To be honest I grew out of obsessively micro-managing my machines a little while ago, I don't get paid to do it and it gets in the way of the stuff I want to use a computer for in the first place. It's not hard to do but it's annoying, all I want is a computer with up-to-date software.

sorry for ranting dear diary but it's 5am and I'm in a cloudy mood so I deserve a bit of slack.

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