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Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 11:28 pm
Props to NPR

I just wanted to give props to NPR... it looks like I can listen to World Cafe shows from a vast archive... nice, very, very nice...

I've pretty much given up on TV, in fact, I just returned my DVR/digital cable boxes back to the cable company and dropped my cable service to the plain jane basic cable + internet (premium level, higher upload, that sort of thing). For the last month, I've come home from work and the first thing I do is fire up the radio for some wonderful jazz tunes and then World Cafe around 10PM or so, depending on the day of the week.

NPR, I love the jazz, I love world cafe, keep up the great work!

hacking by the light of jazz... candles, incense... ah, such nice ambiance to code by...


A dedicated listener...

Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 10:42 pm
oh, I did finally get my domains renewed

one had elapsed a few days ago and the other was going to today, glad today was payday!

one of these days I'll deck out my myitmentor.com domain... I want to hook into the context of my iopensoft.com, make it sort of a IT guy's main toolbox for information and how-to information.

Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 10:39 pm
By the way, thanks Todd for this Drivel tool, it's great!

hmm... I think the subject says it all.


Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 10:38 pm
Hey folks, I'm still here! /me waves hand in air

Ya, I know... it's been pretty dead around here... been busy with homework, work, getting over a cold, and just general life-crap...

I did get my two shiny new 20.1" monitors in!

Though the dipstick vendor sent me the wrong video card so I only have one hooked up right now... hmm... reminds me, I never plugged in the second one, guess I should to be sure it works!

Need to order two sets of BNC monitor cables since both sport the BNC connectors... also need a power cord for the second one, they either forgot the second or were cheap... I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and go with they forgot...

damn, another spam in the inbox... spammers of the world, go rot in hell!

these monitors are very nice, 1600x1200 ain't so tiny and hard on the eyes anymore. I love it... so much more room to work around with...

well, just wanted to refresh real quick, I'll try and post a bit more later this weekend...

Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 07:28 pm
Enterprise Data Manager - Progress

OK, the battle horn has sounded... to heck with the idea of getting documentation done first... coding and documentation will begin side by side. I know, it's not what software engineering teaches, but I think it will finally get me going back on this project.

Tonight, I'm dusting off the code I have (the prototype if you will) and adding the GNU license thing to all the files. I'm also going through and applying c++ coding standards to the code I already have... it will be a quick retrofit of the prototype code and it will become the the code the officially gets this project going and off the ground.

Tomorrow or Thursday I'll post the code... who knows, maybe I'll attract an early following and this little baby will get going quickly!

Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 06:51 pm
Talking to Brick Walls

I was thinking that it would be nice to know if people are reading or not. I hope I'm not talking to a brick wall!

Does www.livejournal.com have an access log?


Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 06:33 pm
Healthy Hacking!

I am 30 years old, and require much matter to get around this world, that is to say, I'm fat, there is no way around it, no nice way to put it... any you know why I'm fat... well, what am I doing right now... something at the computer... you bet!

So, I'm going to see about loading up on carrots and other vegetables to sustain my hacking activities, instead of the utter junk I pile-drive into my mouth now while I hack around.

I'm also making a resolution to start walking again... for a while way back when I was actually jogging a good clip... but all that work I've since let go to waste... it would be nice to work up to jogging again...

I swear on the god of open source I'll be a skinny little hack by end of this year! :-)

Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 06:17 pm
Electronically Lonely

Maybe it's a toy factor, but I have a couple of instant message accounts that I never get to use. I used to have a couple of folks I conversed with over IM and it was great. But now, I'm all alone in the IM world. If anyone would like to discuss open source topics, or even chat me up about some of my projects I want to get rolling, I would love to hear from you.

So, here is my IM information:

For AOL and Yahoo! I am jasmithoffice@yahoo.com
For MSN I am remote29@yahoo.com
For ICQ I am 329877659

If you prefer e-mail, that would be great as well. You can reach me at jasmithoffice@yahoo.com.

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2006, 11:32 pm
Updated iOpensoft.com

I uploaded a screenshot of the prototype I have of my Enterprise Data Manager application to my site www.iopensoft.com. Click the screenshot link on the main page to see it, as I've not yet linked it to the product page. Updated the news page to mention this also.

I was going to upload the source I have so far, but I'm tired, and I need to be at work early tomorrow also. Maybe tomorrow night I'll get the source uploaded.

I guess Rome wasn't built in a day... sigh...

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2006, 10:49 pm
International Software

I'm starting to learn and hear more about software internationalization. It seems that each open source project is responsible for its internationalization efforts. I can't help but think that there must be a central repository of localized strings available that projects can link to. Applications do share common strings, especially when these strings label menus and widgets. We should have a database of localized strings that projects could query for the strings needed by their applications.

So if I had an application with a File, Edit, and Help menu and I wanted to internationalize these menu names, I would query the database for all languages that have a localized version of the strings "File", "Edit", and "Help". I would then pull these strings in all of the supported languages and build my application's resource file. The application uses this resource file to obtain the strings with which to label the three menus.

It seems that the effort of many people is wasted localizing strings on a per application basis. A few people fluent in a language or two could knock out quite a bit in a week and their results would be all that application developers need for quite some time.

Or have I missed the mark? Is there something like this already out there? Is this how the localization efforts happens today?

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