29 April 2003

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How flattering! My first invitation to talk at an Open Source conference (this one was in Singapore). I’ll be no because of the kids though. Perhaps next year…

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24 April 2003

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Well, Dave Jones mentioned the stuff I did for x86info building a wxwindows GUI interface in his diary. He didn’t like it very much:

Someone got creative, and sent me a diff for GUI frontend for x86info.
Unfortunatly using wxWindows, which I've various objections to. I'd
much rather a simple toolkit like GTK or QT be used. (Those libs are
far more likely to be installed on a users box, and asking someone to
install a new widget toolkit for x86info is a bit silly IMO). Nice try
though. The diff also did some other things I'm not too sure about.
Replacing printf's with output_text() calls which are defined as
printf for textmode, and widget_render or whatever for the GUI is one
way of doing things, but how I had things in my head was x86info
becoming a shared lib, and sprintf'ing to a buffer.

Then again, he never responded to my queries about alternatives to the sprintf thing, which strikes me as a large parsing overhead.

On a personal front, spent three days in the hospital with Matthew. Apparently all 8 weeks olds with a fever get admitted. They never did find what was wrong with him…

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21 April 2003

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I am close enough to the world least usable PDF viewer / editor to think about mentioning it here. 8,000 lines of code, and you can nearly draw a straight line…

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03 April 2003

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Doing battle with real mode interrupt handlers on x86. Getting closer, although not having written assembler in years, let alone never having written x86 assembler doesn’t help. This segmented architecture is evil.

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