25 Jun 2003 ztf   » (Apprentice)


A year and a half with no Advogato entries? How pathetic. In the meantime, I've experimented with running my own blog, Eclectic Amateur, although that's gone mostly fallow. Amazing how Real Lifeā„¢ just keeps getting in the way. (Also amazing: the search strings that bring people to a blog with "amateur" in it's title.)

I had the pleasure of meeting MichaelCrawford in person while he was in the area for MacHack. It was a more than fair trade; I grilled steak for Mike and got to pick his brain about all things hacking and consulting-related. And he was most gracious about the entropy zone that is our house with four small children.

Job changes continue. I am now out of data-mangling for websites and am back into embedded systems. This time, they're automotive and aerospace instead of telecom.


I've done squat with GtkGlArea; happily I've abdicated that responsibility.

Spent some time learning (and trying to write about) gcov and gprof. Good tools, but severely lacking in the fit-and-polish department compared to what I'm used to from proprietary equivalents. My theory is that the folks who understand gcov/gprof enough to improve them have so thoroughly imprinted on their existing use/limitation that there's no "itch" to make them better.

On the positive side, I found a bug in the glib test execution via coverage analysis and even got a minor credit on the latest glib release!

I've also become a local (behind the firewall) GForge administrator. I like GForge, but I'm finding there's a bit of a learning curve on using it effectively and customizing it for local use. But I'm still happy with its potential for good use.


Do not hate hard work nor despise farming, for the Most High has established them.
-- Sirach 7:15

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