I hacked like a crazy man this weekend in Germany on my heavy-weight laptop (lovingly known as “stoeptegel” around these parts). It seems to have been worth it though. Now let’s wait for the flamage… :)
My trusty home firewall is getting a new kernel, because I need CONFIG_FILTER for the dhcp server and in my case it’s not modularised. This means I’ll lose this very respectable uptime: <br /> monster:~# uptime<br /> 23:00:07 up 142 days, 22:00, 2 users, load average: 1.09, 0.81, 0.39<br /> *sniff*
Yes, I am definitely the last person on the internet to hear about it, but you just have to see this brilliant piece of performance art. Make sure to watch it to the end. Unfortunately, you need something that can play streaming Windows Media… This is the actual ASX file that gets the streaming started and this is the MMS URL.
The patches I made for ITK to enable exception handling and observers in the Python wrapping of ITK have evolved into something much cleaner. See here.
Read this, especially the tips at the end. I find it shocking that this is considered normal and I hope that these criminal idiots all die horribly painful and undignified deaths. This has been said often enough, but criminality is one of the major factors preventing SA from becoming paradise on earth.
After some more hours pouring over the sources, ITK could have observers that are usable from Python. Behold! The previous patch was accepted, let’s hope this one gets in too.
After far too many hours staring at Cable and Swig code, I can now catch ITK C++ exceptions as Python exceptions. Yes, of course the resultant patch is pitifully small. See my posting. Once again I have come to the conclusion that a good source-analysing code editor such as Visual Slickedit is invaluable when trying to understand other people’s complex projects.
Yesterday, a group of us went to a gaming and gaming history exhibition in Tilburg. It was marvellous to see (and play) all the games I wasted my time (and 20 ZA-cent coins) on as an arcade-frequenting dude. They even had an old Sinclair Spectrum 48K on exhibit… this is the computer I grew up on. In anycase, amongst one of the 120 games that you could also play, Paul introduced me to Bust-A-Move 4 on the Sega Dreamcast.
Check your country’s UN HDI (Human Development Indicators) ranking by clicking here. The Netherlands are ranked an excellent 5th on this list with South Africa at a promising 111.
When editing Python text, I usually use emacs on Linux and XEmacs on Windows. However, I would love a cross-platform Python development environment in the style of Visual Slickedit or similar. It should have code-completion (for the umpteenth time, dabbrev in emacs is NOT code-completion!), it should show calltips (incorporating the relevant docstrings) when I’m instantiating objects or calling functions and it should have some kind of graphical object browser. It’s syntax highlighting and auto-indentation should be at least as good as that of emacs. Emacs has caught numerous programming errors before they even happened due to its auto-indentation.