29 July 2002

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Well, I sit on a plane as I write this, on our way to Perth. We have now been away for a week, and it has been good fun over all. On the coding front, I haven’t had as much free time as I hoped to be honest — Andrew has put on a growth spurt, and has grown about two inches in about a week. This is all well and good, but it means that he is permanently hungry, and sometimes quite upset — growing heaps can hurt.

One of the things we need to be able to do for the final year project application is be able to draw graphs into memory based rasters for display in the user interface. I have been playing with coding something to do this for the last few days because I can’t find a library which does it to my satisfaction (yes, I’ve looked at gd). You can see my progress here.

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17 July 2002

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Hmmmm. Saw Men in Black II. It was quite different from the first one — I felt it was trying quite hard to be more of a comedy than last time, which felt a little off coming from Tommy Lee Jones. Final year project meeting in the evening.

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16 July 2002

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Herm… Still trying to get gmat sorted out.

Many hours later…

Ahhhh ha! I’ve fixed my problem with jade, which fixes my immediate problem… Jade totally doesn’t handle a mix of \r\n and \n line endings…

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15 July 2002

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My god. I am still working on the tutorial — it is now two days late. The problem is that I have picked such a big topic area that it is impossible to do a good job of a discussion of the area without having infinite time on my hands. I am hoping to have sometime sent to the conference people by the end of the day…

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13 July 2002

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Working on the tutorial. It is due today… So far I’ve written something like 21,000 words, and the generated output is nearly 200 pages long. My problem is that the longest tutorial I have ever given before was an hour (I tutored in networking at University of Canberra last semester), and I have no real feel for how much content I can get through in eight hours.

Not really finished it all yet. Argh!

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11 July 2002

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Hmmmm. Got my OpenGl unit mark back. I only got a distinction. Oh well… It doesn’t stop me from getting into a PhD at the point (you need first class honours), so I am not too worried.

Working on the GIF chapter of the imaging tutorial. The people behind GIF were on some quite serious drugs.

Spent most of the morning putting out fires, be it problems with the build process for TRIM, to dealing with Qantas having lost by frequent flyer membership information. Hmmmm. I seemed to have broken some upgrade code yet again too. Doh!

The libtiff mailing list finally noticed the libtiff articles I wrote for IBM DeveloperWorks. Soon I’ll be able to retire in fame!

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09 July 2002

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Andrew’s first typing:

 xw"c:\\mikal\\test\\fad_ass11.doc" x p fleaPFL        -lo`ol.1l;l.33.\5d .b f6l//f.l =l?F   0fdd

The bold bit is where he lucked out and got ctrl-v 🙂

I need to convert Panda, which is not object orientated, so something a little more C++ friendly. I thought about doing this by hand, but ended up deciding it is a job for a perl script (there are 85 function calls at the moment, and there will be more in the future, and I would like to automate generating the C++ wrapper around the library).

Got most of the way through writing the script. It’s actually an interesting little problem. It’ll save me some time in the future as well methinks.

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08 July 2002

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Seminar on grid computing today. A cool idea, wrapped in as much boring jargon as humanly possible… Need to finish off the tutorial soon, but not feeling overly motivated — I’m not sure why.

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