tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
bitch-and-moan session to follow.. be warned..
Obviously not being able to afford a Visual C++ compiler (finite number of licenses, and I am not a C++ developer in my company), I hit the Activestate PPM archives to install the GD modules (I wanted GD::Graph, actually).. Found lots of GD stuff, downloaded the packages and prepared to install.. When I actually tried running a sample, it turns out that I require GD::Text::Align.. no worries, run over to Activestate, download the package, try installing.. THEN, I find that GD-TextUtils has 4 supported platforms and Win32 is not one of them.. *scratches head, looks for an alternative*.. Has no one else noticed, am I the only person to try using GD on Win32 ? Looks like it..
Tried out Plucker for PalmOS the other day.. nifty.. I downloaded the XP site and tried it on my Palm.. very nice, all the links work, the links and stuff render in colours that the site had, all in all, pretty good, and a lot lighter than Avantgo..
The biggest work related problem occupying me these days, how to actually give a callback to an application when the query it sends is dynamically modified by the database server.. seems a quite knotty problem, really.. I keep coming back to one of DBMS_Pipe, DBMS_Alert or DBMS_AQ; but none of those seem to do exactly what I want..
Still on the lookout for topics.. Some agent thingie is on the cards.. actually, I had this idea about using Bayesian techniques (the spam filtering method) to actually find useful information on the web.. Only problem is that Bayesian techniques probably require a bit more math than I can handle at this point.. (being a Biology major sucks).. back to the drawing board *sigh*