Odd day. I had an extremely satisfying morning at work, building the pjsua command line SIP user agent/softphone and verifying that it actually works with the hardware we're planning to use for our demo in late January. $BOSS was my assistant; he's thrilled. I'm relieved -- this close to retirement age I kinda have to keep pulling miracles out of my hat to stay employed.
I also noticed a newish (mid-2010, as it turned out) MacBook on $BOSS's desk; it had been intended for the new hire who turned us down and went to Microsoft a few weeks ago. Since my old one is ancient and obsolete, this was a major win for me. I spent the afternoon configuring it. Which was tedious in the extreme -- see the notes for details.
Macs still feel somewhat toy-like to me. Apple's keyboards have always been pretty horrid compared to IBM's, and the one-button UI gives the impression of having been dumbed-down for newbies. I mean, it's great marketing, but if you've been using computers professionally for the last half-century, ...
I spent most of the evening splitting up Tempered Glass's next-to-last practice session, so we'd have something to remember it by. I still need to do the last session, and I think there may be some concerts back there that need work. Note that the practice sessions will not be going up on the web -- at least, not yet, and maybe not ever. Nostalgic bear.
After that, I let the kids introduce me to Munchkin Cthulhu. Fun! I can see how that can be an addictive game.
When it finally wound down around 1am I did a little more Perl hacking to fix problems in the concert rendering, and remembered somewhat belatedly that pseudoephedrine is a stimulant. Well, it's better than not breathing.
1223 Fr * up 7:50; W=195.4; drugs, nose, teeth, laundry, dishes, exercise, hair, light * music: 2 songs before opening the browser. go me. another more mixed in with breakfast and chores. About 3/4 of the set. @ Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Publicly Against SOPA (Including Us) | TechCrunch We'll see if it does any good. & I have a new(er) 15" MacBook Pro at work (from mid-2010; it's a hand-me-down). For some reason it still feels somewhat toy-like. : installing Apple's development environment is tedious, and takes well over an hour. First you have to get an "Apple ID" so you can download the *free* app from their store, then download 1.5GB, then *run* the installer. For something that ought to be on the machine when you take it out of the box. Not to mention the hassle of snagging the link out of their confirmation email (sent to my home system, of course, since your ID is an email address) in a form that can be pasted into a browser. IDIOTS! & spent most of the afternoon configuring Silvermine (the new MacBook), after spending the morning on a successful installation and test of the pjsua command-line SIP client. @ Church of Reality - Newton's Birthday - Crispness (from a coworker) @ Go Daddy Publicly Reverses on SOPA: But They're Still Slime +Alan Ralph Lauren Weinstein's Blog: A Guide to Slamming SOPA Supporters - Starting With "Go Daddy" Slime @ New Agreement Between the United States and Europe Will Compromise the Privacy Rights of International Travelers | EFF * split up TGl's next-to-last session. Could stand some editing (to merge an improved last verse/chorus) but otherwise ready for a .song file. * Munchkin Cthulhu with the kids. Fun. Wouldn't want to do it too often, but definitely fun. Chaos won, which seems appropriate. * some hacking in record.make | 1:30am hum... right. sudafed is a stimulant