Job Update, other news

posted May 25, 2002

The good news is, I've got a summer job so I can continue to eat this summer, before going back to school and resuming the TA jobs.

The bad news is, the job has a lot of perl, and I'm a python kinda guy. Though I'll live. (And it's still up in the air whether I'll have to write any, difficult directly proportional to the quality of the existing code. I'm hoping the original code at least has use strict...)

The good news, it's pretty much a Linux-based job. Everybody uses Linux. I like Linux. I work in it well. In fact, other then Radio Userland, every major project I've ever worked on and major piece of writing I've ever done was done in Linux. I like it better then Windows, except...

The bad news is that I'm not getting Radio Userland to run in Linux at *all*. I guess I'll try a CVS of wine, but RU-in-Wine has regressed significantly since the last time I tried it a few months ago. As far as I can tell, it is totally incapable of performing any sort of network activity, which definately puts a damper on things. I really want the news aggregator, with the weblog posting a close second. I can live without the GUI interface. (What little of the GUI interface that was working also had a problem: The outlines displayed (progress over my last attempt), but once the left mouse button was depressed, the release event never got to RU, making things difficult to use.)

The good news is that after two+ years of blogging, I've finally found my groove. I feel like I've covered all the major issues I wanted to cover (see archives). I feel like the issues I'm covering are a lot easier to read about now then they were two years ago, let's hope that trend continues. Thus, I have seriously cut the volume down on this weblog, as you've probably noticed. That made me feel bad for a while, but I'm over that now and pretty comfortable with the posting frequency. I like putting things together and posting bigger things, since my thoughts often do not fit within a single blog entry. The point of all of this is that you'll probably not notice a decline in postings. But I'll miss the aggregator, if I can't get it working.

(Bonus posting: Don't link to anything here if you know what's good for your link, but you can see my working directory... let me know if there's anything you'd like to see finished, I'm more likely to get to it. Some of those are months old. I am trying to finish the face recognition one, but I haven't had time to sit down and work out the math lately; too much garden work to do.)

Neutral news, I have confirmed that there is only one application holding me back from switching to Linux full-time, and that's Radio Userland. If they ever produce a Linux version, or I ever get a Mac (more likely, with OSX I want one!), Windows may well disappear from my house.


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