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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Current Projects - 2009-02

So February is rapidly drawing to a close and I figure I should make a note on the status of the various projects that I am working on.

To start with, it is currently 3:30 AM and I am, for the fourth or fifth time this week trying to get firefox to install a file to an specific protected directory (system32 on windows XP and Vista). The problem is that firefox is specifically designed these days to block this kind of behavior (especially dealing with the whole UAC thing).

Anywho, I am also managing a VPS transition for a small manufacturer here in Calgary. Lastly, I have 3 small contracts for web sites with various companies here in town.

Not only that, but I am also working on my Landmark Introduction Leaders program, which takes it's time.

So lots of stuff going on at once. Never mind working on httperf in the background too (only a couple dozen lines written since the beginning of the year).

I feel that I want some minions.

All in pursuit of having more freedom than I know what to do with. (Hence the bike tour this summer).

Later Alligator.

-Ted Bullock

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A spin with gnome-do

As the title of the post indicates, I have been playing around with the gnome-do tool. And so far I really do like it.

For those people who aren't familiar with the tool, it's an application (written in mono I believe) with which translate fairly simple commands into a useful result.

For instance, when I summon the gnome-do program and type tristan, I can either choose to start a chat with him or send an email.

I especially like how I don't particularly need to take my hands off the keyboard in order to do something on the graphical screen.

So I removed the gnome menu from my desktop and will give "do" a whirl for the next month or so.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Writing that I love....

I was just reading "Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams. Like most of his work, his writing once again proves to move almost orthogonally to the normal train of thought.

For instance,

Virtually everything we were told in Indonesia turned out not to be true, sometimes almost immediately. The only exception to this was when we were told that something would happen immediately, in which case it turned out not to be true over an extended period of time.

RIP Douglas, you're still in my heart.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New bike trip scheduled

As many people who follow what I do in the world know, I am a former cross Canadian cyclist and manage my own personal website as well as a cool community project called Wheels in the Water. This summer I am planning my second tour of the country by bicycle.

I am leaving from Horse Shoe Bay in Vancouver on June 3, 2009 and will be arriving at Cape Spear at noon on September 9, 2009.

You will be able to follow along with everything between now and then via this blog, as well as my feed.


Contract to develop firefox extension

I have wanted to be part of an open source software development business for a long time. Ha. I'm quite giddy right now, because I just happen to own one.

I have a number of little development contracts out right now to develop a variety of tools, website extensions and generally muck about with technology. What's really cool is that I am using exclusively open source tools and environments to do the work in.

Ha, this great.

So long, and later.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

On the way to New York and a summary for the week

At this moment, I am sitting in the secure boarding area of the Calgary International Airport awaiting my flight (connecting through Salt Lake City) to New York. Thinking back on the week, this has been pretty interesting as far as these things go.

I have several contracts running in parallel at the moment (a couple websites in addition to a couple more hardcore kernel projects).

The most interesting (steepest learning curve) was setting up a VPN for a small carpentry business here in town. Granted, I want to move away from the IT end of the software world, it was very interesting nevertheless.

Anywho, we're now boarding so I am wrapping up.

So long, and later :)