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[Aug. 5th, 2003|03:46 pm]
Chaz Meyers
Eleven days and a mess of interviews later, I think I'm finally finished answering and coming up with questions. Wow. That meme took a while. :)

It turns out that Graham Smith, a friend of mine from comp sci classes, lives about 10 minutes away from me. What are the odds? He is probably dropping by later this week. He's also going to the party on the 15th. Are you?

I am trying to move from aim to the phone, largely because I am becoming more and more frustrated by online forms of communication, especially aim. If you have gotten phone calls from me lately, that is probably why. I hope to eventually phase aim out of my life altogether, but in the meantime, if you enjoy talking to me and would like me to call, leave your number in the comments, or submit it directly to me.

The RSS aggregator is in a decent state. Ideally, I would add gzip, 'collections' of feeds, and a lastn style page, but most of those seem to require more thinking than I feel like putting towards this project. So, I suppose I need a new project. Any ideas? Ideally, I would like it to be something I could write in perl or php, so I can work on it while I am at work. That's the only time I get anything done, really.
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[User Picture]From: miyax
2003-08-05 02:27 pm (UTC)

It is both disturbing and cute the way you have created online forms to perform just about every task in your life. Programming to improve one's social life...let me know if that actually works, because based on everything us geek-types have noticed, it's usually the opposite ^_^

I did not submit my phone number to your nice form, because a.) it's in my info, and b.) I do recall you asking if you could call me (either that or you were saying "no" to one of my "call me" away messages o.O)...regardless, if you wish to call me, that is entirely your decision...or maybe I could call you, because long distance is cheaper on my cell phone. ^_^

Maybe the telephone would be a welcome change, no? ^_^

- Diane (responding to something written in an LJ for the first time in months)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2003-08-05 08:46 pm (UTC)
Eh, I never considered programming these things to be bettering my social life, and I don't expect them to. The rsvp script I made because it seemed every time I suggested a date, someone new would be like, "Hey, that doesn't work because of blah blah blah." That was just a means to keep everything organized. I was hoping more people would actually use the blasted thing, though. All but one or two people listed were added by me based on feed back I heard from them earlier.

For the phone thing, it has been up for nearly 6 hours and not a single soul has used it. The only reason why I wrote it was because I figured people wouldn't want to post their phone number in the public like this. The options seemed to be to either request they send the number in an instant message, which felt wrong since this was supposed to be the start of a motion against AIM, or to ask them to email it to me. If I was going to have it emailed to me, I could either make a form like I did, or give a mailto: url. I get enough spam at my temple address, so I figured I would save myself the grief of having my thechaz.net addresses spammed out as well.

I would love to chit chat on the phone. It would be a welcome change of pace. Either call me, or I'll call you after 9 on my roommate's phone. That's how I've been keeping in touch with people until we get hooked up with a phone plan that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to dial outside of a 5 mile radius. :-p
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[User Picture]From: eldricktobin
2003-08-05 02:31 pm (UTC)
[Dynasty Warriors 4]I bow to your skill, The Chaz.[/DW 4]

Reminds me I've not fought my own perl demon today. Of course when your perling for Win32 as the os you've got a cosmic rift in the backyard next to the grill when it comes to the need to banish demons.

You may laugh now. I'm getting used to it. One day it will work... or a gunman while laughing at me will pull the trigger instead of try to use me as a hostage. Either way, the code hates me today -.-;
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2003-08-05 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Silly Eldrick. :)

Actually, neither of the above linked things are too complicated. The phone number bit took about 20 minutes or so, mostly because it had been so long since I touched php that I needed to read back up on some of the syntax rules. The rsvp script took a bit longer, but I blame that on this being the first complete database-backed script I've written. (I say 'complete' because there is a db based thing I was working on a few months ago. It never saw the light of day, though.)

So, no bowing please. These were both pretty simple and took me longer than they really ought to have anyway. :-)
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[User Picture]From: eldricktobin
2003-08-06 12:06 am (UTC)
And you think I could do them? Ha! I bow to your smooth skills with code and languages I can only debug... and perl... it's the most challenging thing for me to debug to date... or maybe I just don't have the hang of it.

Note I'm not saying "code" here. I can't write from sractch in anything but pascal... and that's way out of practice...

Well I can build a page from a form submition in javascript but I suspect that's not something to crow about.

No when you say you can do things with PHP, PERL, C... I just go "Wow... he's a wizard surely!" Me I'm just trying the cantrips still... shoddy little level 0 spells. No real magic yet. ^-^
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2003-08-06 05:26 am (UTC)
I wouldn't get too worried about not being the best perl programmer. It is designed by a hybrid linguistist and coder, so it was modeled after natural spoken languages. That makes it a sort of "Do what I mean" language, which is helpful when you are writing perl, once you get the hang of it. However, this also makes it very easy to write unreadable perl. It is possible to write perl that isn't too horrible on the eyes, but I think it would be safe to say more people don't take the time than do.
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[User Picture]From: eldricktobin
2003-08-06 01:34 pm (UTC)
Well it's more... with C/C++ I could kill something... and go through and find easily where all it was called and comment it out if it irked me. With Perl... it's hard to tell what file blew what up when.

The for compiling... sometimes I need to slap in something from non Win32 C... and finding what's needed where or what the approximation is ... is annoying at best...

Sometimes life would be simpler with a tiny box running * Linux *.*.* with perl installed for those things that will not work in perl running on a Win32.

As it stands it looks liek if I want it running on win32 without Cygwin... I'd have to PAY someone to rewrite the perl for me. And I don't have the thousands they'd deserve. I could maybe do 30-50 bucks... which to many I'll bet is the fee just to give me an estimate.

I need a ChipJack and a PERL Skillsoft >.> Level 9 of course.
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