This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up early, appalled to get more mail from
NatWest - [ NB. want to see the BSOD, see a crashed NatWest
cash machine - frightening ].
- NatWest, seemingly not
content with their banking business have started sending
me junk mail en-mass including a Magazine service
only last week.
- The magazines are of a generally base
nature, further tarnishing the image of what was once a
respectable and conservative proffesion.
- The Bank that can't send my credit card
statement to the right place promises to get 'all' my
magazines to me wherever I am with a single phone call.
- Given the mounting blood pressure and
sense of loathing I get each time I hear their name - they
should offer health services too).
- Amazed this morning to recieve the
'Home Insurance' pack, call Nat West direct today.
Carefully sorted through the guff to find either a
statement or a bill - nothing. Incredible. Phoned to
register my acute disapprobation.
- Moved my OpenOffice trees over to the faster,
server machine. Turns out the StarOffice CVSROOT change
suffers from the particularly evil cvs mis-feature, that
you can't update a module with virtual links into it, and
get any new links, or indeed any that you didn't checkout in
the first instance; and worse - re-checking it out results
in slews of bogus conflict warnings. And even worse it seems
CVS has no public bugzilla, or obvious way of registering
- Committed some gconf-editor fixes and bits
sitting around in my tree, and some bits from bugzilla.
- Hacked up a patch for Dobey, poked at
bugzilla, couldn't get
csh to do anything sensible with build re-direction
for the simple (in bash) 'time dmake 2>&1 | tee log.txt'
I believe the soln lies in >& and scads of brackets.
Ran out of patience and got 'screen' to do logging instead,
much simpler. Logs my fumblings as well.
- Played with testsocket etc. and responded to
Owen's points - hopefully at the end of this all, I'll
understand XEmbed - and we'll have a bug-free GtkPlug/Socket,
Bonobo counterparts and beautiful, smooth embedding.
- Sent a Gnome 2.0 book outline off to Tim Ney,
bulky, uninteresting, screenshot-filled books suck. Amazed
at how much better updatedb runs on my 80Gb server's IDE
instead of the laptop's horribly under-performing drive.
The shell is still responsive and everything. I imagine
this is down to the 'unmaskirq' setting being 0 on my
laptop - but the incredibly dire warning of mas�
sive filesystem corruption in the hdparm manual at
that point terrifies me enough not to want to poke even
with a '82371AB/EB/MB' Intel IDE controller. Or perhaps
it's the I/O support (default 16-bit) that's wrecking me.
- Poked at some serious oddness with how
exceptions are thrown in the STL, imagine having to put
_STLP_NOTHROW_INHERENTLY after your exception's 'what'
- Off into Cambridge, had a pint at the Mill
with Julia and did a bible study ( going through
Revelation, interestingly ). J' bought her drying rack,
(delayed birthday present) - so now I have to try to find
the joists in the ceiling to affix it to. I suspect it
will take on the apperance of a Swiss cheese pretty soon.
- Back, natchos, bed early.
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (email@example.com)