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Winter Break Wrapup. [Jan. 14th, 2005|01:35 pm]
Chaz Meyers
Before each break I make huge, elaborate lists of awesome things I will get done. Then, I proceed to do none of those things. This break is no exception. Here's a list of things I did do:
  • Pass all the classes I expected to pass.
  • Took a brief look at Python and VB.NET
  • Read way too many news stories/links.
  • Read enough of the IMAP RFC to know that it wouldn't be fun to implement.
  • Reunited with old friends over dinner, beer, Jared's Wheel of Fortune debut, and Mowie Mowie [sp?].
  • Encountered teh Bit-man, a lousy Russian, and the rare, elusive Jittermary.
  • Worked many a ridiculous half hour shift.
  • Debugged a fair amount of perl code which I had no hand in writing.
  • Had a great New Years Eve, culminating in a beautiful view of the fireworks from the roof of the Regency.
  • Rearranged the furnature in my closet room.
  • Lost three credit cards. They were not all mine.
  • Found drivers for my soundcard. When did Creative start sucking so much?
  • Fiddled with two OldWorld Macs. Only one of them doesn't power up. ;-) Speaking of which, Tosh! Does that guy have an Apple monitor? I'd love to get Linux on this thing so I can get it off of my floor and into a closet.
  • Got wickedly sick and passed my disease on to a horde of others.
  • Went to Longwood Gardens twice, and was only kicking and screaming the second time. ;-)
  • Your mom

I suppose that isn't too bad for a month or so. I should also add that I slept. A lot. Good lordy, I slept.

[User Picture]From: duckssaymip
2005-01-14 11:07 am (UTC)
Dude, your hair has never been that long :) I like the use of the lego chaz as the icon, though. Have you seen grad school lego mike yet?? It's hilarious :)

Well, I know who Bit-man and "the elusive Jittermary" are, but who is this Russian of whom you speak?? It can't be me; I'm LITHUANIAN!!


I was looking at some photos of you last night. Remind me to scan them and send a few your way. They're pretty hilarious and definitely worth seeing.
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[User Picture]From: ewindisch
2005-01-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
I have a PowerMac 7100 you're welcome to have, if you want it.. and a pile of classic pentiums. Infact, if anyone wants them.. reply... please!
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-14 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm always happy to give a new home to old hardware. :)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-16 12:27 pm (UTC)
Where would I need to travel to relish in this retro-computing bliss? :)
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[User Picture]From: ewindisch
2005-01-17 05:10 am (UTC)
Find me on aim (thebwbohh).

I also have a few DB15->HD15 adapters for the monitor. I feel a bit sad letting the stuff go, but its doing nothing but taking up space at this point.

The 7100 can be upgraded to a 220mhz G3 for about $70 and I've had no luck getting Linux running on it (and yeah, I'm "The linux guy") ; although I honestly haven't tried too much, since the machine was never fast enough to warrant my time and the upgrades too much. I actually bought this machine a couple years ago from eBay from another collector, its in fairly good condition and I got a lot of extras with it:

* External SCSI-I harddrive caddy /w 700mb disk
* Monitor adapters
* v.90 external modem (brand-new, Macintosh serial)
* AUI ethernet dongle (ethernet onboard)

I also have some software for MacOS "classic" too, if you want it, including some older games... although now that I think about it, maybe I should fire up a game of Marathon? :)
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-17 08:47 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll have more luck putting Linux on the bugger. :) I'm basically just looking for a machine I can ssh into and work in an environment that's Linux, not cygwin. :-P That, and host my own imapd and cvsd.
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From: catch2002
2005-01-14 01:21 pm (UTC)
python is fucking weird
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-14 01:57 pm (UTC)
Referring to the whitespace requirement, or other oddness? I didn't look too closely, but the language actually felt pretty clean to use. (Although "string literal".method() does look pretty weird..)
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From: catch2002
2005-01-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
whitespace, the fact that it seems to want to be OOPish and scriptish at the same time...the ridiculous amounts of times you have to write something like


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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-16 12:25 pm (UTC)
When I first saw it, the whitespace thing bugged me. Then I realized that I indent my code that way anyway. :) Probably the makers of Python had to debug one too many perl one-liners. ;-)

Is there a scripting language which isn't either OO-based or has some hooks for OO-ness nowadays? Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and ECMAScript (JavaScript/ActionScript) all support OO features.

I do agree about "self.doSomething()". The scope of a method should be the current instance. This is how C++ and Java does it, and I have no clue why everyone else doesn't copy them on this. I cannot fathom why scripting languages opted for a more cluttered syntax than Java. Come on. Java prides itself on making its coders type 10+ lines to make "Hello World" happen. :-P
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-16 12:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: skecherod
2005-01-16 01:13 pm (UTC)
Not my momma!
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[User Picture]From: ewindisch
2005-01-17 05:45 am (UTC)
Btw.. why implement imap when there are good libraries already out there? IMAP is certainly something you don't want to implement unless you like wasting time ;)

I think its worth noting that the guy who wrote support IMAP for most of the open source email clients is not only from Bucks County, but went to BCCC :) You can find him in #evolution and probably #gnome on irc.gnome.org - but I didn't tell you that.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-17 08:21 am (UTC)
Who ever said that I don't like wasting time? ;-)

Seriously though, most of the libraries I saw were centered around writing an IMAP client rather than a server.

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough. A quick google now reveals that good ol' c-client includes a server API. Doh.
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