Diary October 2001
- Wednesday 31
Failed to leave work until 7:30, which was kindof careless. As a result
got almost nothing useful done at all in the evening. Started
upgrading fileutils, but make check fails so I'm not sure this
is a terribly good idea... Also downloaded the latest xine for
- Tuesday 30
Upgraded glibc on oakley. This was rather harder than it should've been
due to the fact that 'make install' can only ever work if you
have a statically linked /bin/ln. This fact is not documented
anywhere as far as I can tell. The reason is, it installs
everything (including /lib/ld-linux.so.2) then rm's the symlinks
in /lib and recreates them. Which fails because it just rmed
the library ln is linked against... DUH.
- Monday 29
Bizarre day. My brother randomly sent me an SMS saying he was engaged.
Spent most of the afternoon in a conference call that achieved
absolutely nothing/ apart from deciding that the people who
needed to be spoken to were on holiday, which everybody knew
before the start of the call anyway.
- Saturday 27
Cleared mail backlog, did some sendip stuff. Pending unexpected
happenings, 2.0 should be out within a week, maybe.
- Friday 26
Day off work due to having no sleep last night and still feeling
broken. Didn't get a muge amount done though as I didn't get up
until 3pm and then didn't have the energy to do anything
productive anyway. Discovered whow out of practice at playing
bass trombone I am.
- Thursday 25
Let work earlyish due to feeling wierd. This turned out to be food
- Sunday 21
Reinstalled bounce (my windows box). This really did take all day.
- Saturday 20
Got up at about 5pm. Went to see The Fast and the Furious. Which took
until 2am for various reasons. Firstly, we were aiming for the
7.15 showing, which existed on the internet but not at the
cinema. So we ended up sitting in a pub for 2 hours (after
driving round Southampton for half an hour and failing to find
anything to do) and going to the 9:45 showing. Then I went the
wrong way on the way home due to being on autopilot and
forgetting to go via Winchester. Then it was patchy thick
The film wasn't really worth it. Too American - it
lacked any decent cars. Whatever you do to a Honda Civic, it is
still not a good car. And racing in straight lines is boring.
Oh, and a truck driver, when having his windscreen removed by a
grabby thing would probably emergency stop, not just sit there
and take it. But apart from that...
- Friday 19
Totally unproductive day. Spent most of it catching up on mail I
haven't read in the last 3 days. It rained. Lots.
CICS testing is so far rather good fun. There are rather a lot of
- Monday 15
Spent a day trying to work out how to detect when somebody changes
slides when all you have is a unstable grab of their monitor
input. Managed to get reasonably accurate at it, but there's
still sone changes I can't detect. Which is very annoying.
- Sunday 14
Sectionals at 11:30am followed by lunch with parents. By this time it
was raining again so we went to Beaulieu motor museum, which was
extremely interesting. Didn't leave there until 5pm. Didn't
get home until gone 7 due to the M27 not moving. Spent the
evening in front of the TV, recovering.
- Saturday 13
Warm and sunny. Missed most of it due to still being in bed though.
Parents turned up around 5ish. Played at Romsey URC, remarkably
well. Then stayed in the pub until closing and got pretty
- Tuesday 9
Did som extremely evil (but not remotely useful) things with netscape
plugins. Had an almost entirely unproductive day. Got told
about a very very strange bug in sendip which causes it to
segfault somewhere deep in the depths of glibc, but haven't had
time to investigate it.
- Monday 8
Got volunteered to do CICS Usability Testing next week, which will
either be incredibly boring or incredibly good fun. Spent most
of the afternoon chasing around after various video cables,
monitor splitters, and long lengths of BNC. The wiring in my
office is now officially confusing. At least, I'm confused...
It does work though.
- Saturday 6
Spent most of the day asleep or in front of the TV. Played in Soton
docks, for a ship that was delayed by an hour, and came back
thoroughly cold and hungry. Went to see Driven. It was rather
lacking in the reality department, but otherwise okish.
- Friday 5
Still no news on the bug. Fixed sendip so it now handles data properly,
and fixed the Wake On Lan script.
- Thursday 4
Wrote the beginings of a netscape plugin to do some very sick things
with ActiveX components. This was not fun. Not at all. The
guy who claimed to have found the bug yesterday didn't get back
- Wednesday 3
Warm and sunny. Wrote a program to grab a JPEG and a TIFF from the scan
convertor and in doing so found at least 4 separate bugs in the
(binary only) DLLs that came with it. Bloody marvellous. Our
customer reported a bug at 4:30. By 5:30 we had concluded that
the 5 lines of code they were reporting a bug in could not
possibly produce the results they claimed to be getting in any
circumstances ever, and we couldn't persuade them to either. So
we sent them an email say basically "You're wrong" and went
home. Twisted an ankle playing tennis after work. Oh well.
- Tuesday 2
Spent the morning moving a computer, monitor, CCTV cam, scan convertor
and other crap around, and the afternoon playing with it. This
was suprisingly quite fun. Did a little opium hacking.
- Monday 1
Housemate's friend of the female variety turned up. She's actually
rather nice. Which is good, 'cos she's staying for a fortnight,
aparently. Could be interesting. Spent most of the day at
work playing with numbers to work out just how much of the work
we've already done for our customer isn't going to be paid for.
Played with a scan converter a bit.
Last modified: Wed Oct 31 21:28:58 GMT 2001