March 9th, 2001

Books

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It's vidicon's fault, and worse still I may be unconciously adopting some of his material. Fear not, for any resulting intellectual property disputes will be settled by cattle prod (and I haven't got one :)

I've gotten back into the habit of reading quite a lot (meaningless expression) and writing a fair bit in the last year or so. This was considered a good thing at the time, since those were two things I hadn't done much since high school. The reading is pleasurable and has other benefits such as new ideas and acquiring skills and knowledge, and the writing is theraputic (sp?).

Even more recently, after filling most of a graphpaper pad with scribbled journal entries which began with my mourning the passing of my Palmpilot (and in fact an illustration of the wounded PDA, still bravely carrying on until it just couldn't boot is one of the first things in that mess), I have found myself going out in public and meeting people, which may not seem odd to you but does to me.

(The journal entries in question need to be published, along with other autobiographical musings that have survived the computing technologies of the last ten years, but I have yet to inflict my handwriting on any OCR software, not having any hope at all for useful results.. )

So, I will be ranting into this site, instead of scribbling on dead trees or a PDA. I do have another PDA, a very nifty one from Agenda Computing, but it's not quite ready for heavy duty reading and scribbling. In a few months it will be quite cool indeed, but is now only the realm of hackers and hangers on (and I am in the second catagory).


So I stumbled across a nearly fully functioning copy of one of Microsoft's biggest blunders since Windows itself, MS Bob for Home 1.0. It fairly failed to suck, which is quite a surprising thing for one to say about any MS product, much less one so roundly panned that it ranks with the first generation PDA handwriting recognition system from Apple and Ford's Edsel as being laughed at be people who don't even know the difference between a CDROM and a coffee cup holder. Don't be too scared, as MS did screw up a good idea pretty badly. It's actually a little fun to play with and I'm not as convinced that a UI based on some of it's design principles would be such a bad thing. After all, many good people have broken their brains trying to come up with a good 3 or 4 dimensional interface to replace the crappy two and a half dimenional ones we all suffer with now (WIMP). The result is that I am dedicated a portion of my mental capacity to figuring out how to do Bob right, and I think his name is Fred.

Update:I found an old CD with vbrun300.dll on it. Bob may yet impress me..

The kitten taunted me by suggesting she might like to crawl into my lap. Having got my attention, and the resultant pause in the flow of words, she wandered off to molest something in the next room.I better go see what she's getting into..

  • Current Music
    liz phair, whitechocolatespaceeegg
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Grumble...


The otherwise quite nice built in email software of the BeOS cannot handle the simplest of configurations. In particular, it can't be told to not delete mail off the server...



So, I'm booting back over to windoze to use good old Eudora. This post is entirely to mention that:




  • I was feeling less crappy after posting all that.

  • booting windows will fix that back :(

  • oh, and the music is from the stereo in the dining room, since I'm running the BeOS on half a processor here..


Argh


  • Current Music
    liz phair, whitechocolatespaceegg, "Money"
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One of the reasons I feel so bad right now is that I am in the early stages of sleep deprivation. It's 11:36 my time, and I was last asleep from about noon to about 21 (nine) yester day. I've been conscious ever since and it's really starting to grate on me, affecting my usual gruff, curmungdeonly personality.



Unsurprisingly, the BeOS client is better, despite the numerous features provided by this Win32 client. I'll try some of the others later.


  • Current Music
    Craft Soundtrack ("witchy music")
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I have been thinking about interactive fiction a fair bit of late (among else). In particular I am starting to itch with the need to go hunt up a good old fashioned hypertext CYOA story... Either that or I should write some stuff down for later use in fiction, gaming, or whatever..

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I remembered that I have a deadtree CYOA novel on my bookshelf, buried under a bunch of over crap: Secret of the Ninja... I'll probably have to look it over again, since it has to have been almost ten years. I suppose that is ine of the (few) advantages to living in the same place for twenty four years, or at least it would be if my stuff was safe here.



A member of my immediate family has no concept of personal property and freely rearranges, organizes, trashes or outright loses other humans 'stuff'. My psychological reaction to this was to become kind of neurotic about my crap, snapping at people who throw away things without asking and other borderline behaviour.



Plugs:



TMB

I've never sent the bitch fanmail, but maybe one of these days I'll get up the courage..

Espra http://www.espra.net

They're building a music sharing system on top of Freenet, with tipping built in from the beginning.

The Crabspider Book

Webmaster In A Nutshell, O'reilly and Associates got me through this DL without screwing it up too bad. It's a compact reference for (breath):

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • XML

  • Javascript

  • Perl CGI

  • PHP

  • HTTP &

  • apache configuration


XMLTerm

An xterm with embedded IFRAMEs and other goodies. Check it out: http://www.xmlterm.org or just install Mozilla on linux

The Reciprocality Project

From the intro: "This project began as a bit of practical industrial psychology, and ended up unfolding into an understanding of how most people in most human societies have a consistently distorted view of everything. " A must read for the thoughts it provokes and the skepticsm and concern it expresses about ADHD and CIFS

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  • Current Music
    witchy music continues (Matt Sweet)
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Further confusion, disguised as clarification:

  • XMLterm [is] A graphical command line interface

  • It's a terminal .. It's a web page .... It's
    XMLterm powered by mozilla



I think I'm going to try and go to sleep again soon (try again, sleep again)...
  • Current Music
    skipping, then angry silence
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Tired but not sleepy, and that track is still skipping around in the next room. Apparently I merited a mention in Vidicon's weblog (under friends) which I ran across while reading through his stuff... I really do think there's worthy product there, although the marketing will be challenging (in a good way)

  • Current Music
    skipping track 13 of Craft sndtrk
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I'm starting to get the hang of this LJ thing, but I still haven't figured out how to change the stuff over there:

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I should be crashing soon, but it doesn't seem inevitable yet, which is not so good since I have an appointment tomorrow.
  • Current Music
    white noise, silence