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Thursday July 31, 2003
01:42 AM

Quick Takes

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It's been a while.

  • OSCON came and went, taking one timesink off my hands. Next year will be easier.
  • Simon's returned to Perl.com, so I'm no longer guest editor. That's another, albeit pleasant, timesink gone.
  • Text::WikiFormat 0.70 is out, with much thanks to Kake for working with me to find bugs and add missing features and Andy H. for an excellent suggestion that took me a long time to understand but a short time to implement.
  • Exegesis 6 is up on Perl.com, which required a lot of editing work on my part (not to touch the prose, just to get it prepped for publishing). I also defended Perl 6 and Parrot on Slashdot today. It's someone else's turn.
  • My house is substantially cleaner, though I desperately need to go through Gnucash's tutorials and get my finances in better order.
  • I created a "preload dynamic content" branch on Everything the other day. The idea is to speed up the site by precompiling all of the dynamic content necessary. It's taking a lot less trickery than you'd think, and it seems to be paying off. The real test will be cleaning things up after I'm satisfied that it's working.
  • While tracking down odd errors in my branch, I realized that my installation was quite a bit out of date. The installer annoyed me (as nearly everything using the DOM does), so I refactored the installer and made it use XML::SimpleObject::LibXML instead. It's much nicer, but there's still room for improvement.
  • Day-job-wise, it looks like the barrage of tasks will lighten up around the first week of September, giving me, perhaps, a little more time to do some development. On the other hand, I seem to have found myself editing two books, so it might just be a different type of busy!
  • Schwern and I are meeting tomorrow to discuss an outline for the book we should have written last year. He's a first time author, but this is my fourth (or fifth, if you're really charitable), so it makes sense to me.
  • I seem to have found myself putting together a TV show. It's a one-shot, full-hour local show. Excellent.
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  • I've been using it for more 16 months or so. The tutorials are good enough, but it's more like a real accounting program than Quicken (gnucash use the double entry account model where Quicken uses its own thing). I keep my invoices listed in gnumeric. So for all my develop and office work, I use Linux/Open Source apps. For screwing around, I use Windows.

    As for defending perl on slashdot, I think you hardly need to do that. Trying to raise the quality of debate on slashdot is like trying to empty the ocean with a siv. I used to try to do that once upon a time, than I had a burst of Zen-like acceptence about the whole affair. Ignorance and biggotry abounds, but that has nothing to do with me -- other fish to fry. :-)

    • The tutorials are good enough, but it's more like a real accounting program than Quicken (gnucash use the double entry account model where Quicken uses its own thing).

      I have this little hope squirreled away that somehow, someday, somewhere, someone makes a set of drop-in replacements for Quicken and QuickBooks. From what I've seen, the people using these programs are small business folk, and it would be a no-brainer for most of them. "They do the same thing and this one's free? Um, yeah, I'll take the

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  • Books! (Score:2, Insightful)

    So what's the book (the one you and Schwern are planning to write, not the ones you're editing) about?

    Oh, and let me just say that I never appreciated how much time and effort went into these things until I started work on mine. I seem to remember this time, long ago, when I had free time, but I'm not sure, I might just be hallucinating.

    • Yes, the cycle of "wake up, work, eat, write, sleep, wake up, work, eat, write, sleep" got a little tedious after six months. I threw in some bitching and moaning to keep things interesting. :)
    • Re:Books! (Score:3, Interesting)

      It's about 250 pages, about the one thing Schwern and I both do well. Procrastinate! No, wait. Annoy pumpkings! Hmm, that's still not it.

      I don't like talking about deals that aren't quite done, but the astute reader will already have an idea.

  • Eek. That last one got away. Sorry.

    So, as I was saying...

    I can't believe no one's asked about this yet:

    I seem to have found myself putting together a TV show. It's a one-shot, full-hour local show. Excellent.

    Eh?
    • A local TV production company has some studio time and wants to do an hour show on open source software and development in the Portland area. I'm rounding up a handful of other people to talk about various facets for a few minutes apiece. We'll have a discussion for the other half.

      It's public access TV, so it won't be seen all that much in the area, but there's a non-zero possibility we'll be able to tape it and use it later, if it turns out well.

      Don't worry, it's not Shoggoth's Dance Party, as everyo