21 Aug 2000 tetron   » (Journeyer)

Anyone who is reading this: don't buy a cheap laptop. That is, unless you enjoy sending it away for two to four weeks every few months or so for repairs 'cause some flimsy little part broke. I've just requested an RMA for this thing, AGAIN, to fix all the silly (and not so silly) little problems that have been accumulating since the LAST time it took a little journey to the shop. The most annoying part is that fact that the expensive/important stuff, eg the CPU, hard disk, and display and work perfectly, and I have troubles with flimsy plastic door to the DVD drive and the power port where I plug the damn thing in. Uhg. ARM Computer - www.armcomputer.com - avoid them. Their customer service sucks, too. I guess I'm glad I didn't buy it from one of the REALLY skechy bargin-basement places.

I'm also kind of peeved that a power hiccup shut down mir (my desktop) in the middle of the morning, ruining a pretty nice uptime of nearly three months. It's a really silly thing to get annoyed at, but then again it also takes a good fifteen to twenty minutes to fsck the three hard disks, so it's a definite inconvenience.

Played around with metaspace a bit. Java3D is, of course, still buggy, which makes development difficult. I wrote a metaobject which is a rotating bar to see how well "naïve" animation works - turns out we have a problem with messages being handled out of order. For some stuff that's not an issue, but for a sequence of property changes like animation frames, this is a big problem. I haven't yet come up with a good way to handle it yet. Sigh. Maybe I'll go back to hacking MIM. At least that won't require my laptop (see above) to work on.

Doing Cannabis Reform Coalition (CRC) stuff too. Crap. I need to make a web page for that. Note to self: WORK ON CRC WEB PAGE!!!

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