24 February 2002

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A moderately long time with no writing. I have done a fair bit in that time…

  • Working on Panda
  • Finalizing the version of the commercial product I work on in my day job
  • Having a small child
  • Getting admitted to honours at uni

Released the next version of the comp.text.pdf FAQ today.

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14 February 20

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Talking to Rasmus Lerdorf at ANU yesterday afternoon. It was a little flattering to know that he had looked into Panda — a lot less flattering to know that he thinks it needs work… At least now I have some feel for what he needs for the PHP stuff (I’m nearly there anyway).

Rasmus also assured me that the reason I don’t get enough open source stuff done is my selfish sleeping habits — apparently eight hours is simply too much for a normal person (I might be paraphrasing here).

On the work front, I am finally achieving some things on the new version of TRIM. Some days I feel I’m not getting much done, and then I have a day like today when I churn over heaps of bug reports…

Started chasing admission into honours in Computer Engineering at University of Canberra.

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13 February 2002

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Second day working at home. Finally making some progress on that ATL problem, thanks to a whole bunch of help from Mike Smith (he rocks). TRIM must have approaching the best ODMA support in the universe based on the amount of time we have put into it. I wonder if people in the field will actually use it, or will prefer the shell integration version? We shall see…

Andrew has nappy rash. It seems a bit rude to me — welcome to the world, have a sore bum.

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12 February 2002

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My first day working at home under the post Andrew regieme — I will be working in the office two days a week, and then working at home for the rest. It was interesting, because I got a lot done, whilst feeling that I wasn’t getting much done. This might also be because I was battling with an ATL bug for most of the day. The GP appointment in the middle of the day didn’t help either.

I got a email from the convenor of the AUUG 2002 annual conference asking if I would like to speak at the conference this year — very flatteriing. I think I will have to whip something up now that my ego has been stroked. I don’t really want to talk about PDF or imaging yet again, so I might have to write some interesting code for once.

Played with PandaLex some more — it is getting better and better at parsing wierd PDF documents, this will be handy for the Panda development among other things. I also played with Cardinal 0.1 (unreleased so far), which will be ready for prime time real soon now.

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1 February 2002

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My first child, Andrew James Still is born at 12:59 in the afternoon. He weighed 3.575kg, was 50cm long, and has a head circumference of 35cm. Labour took 12 hours and looked like heaps of fun — not!

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