Did not accomplish everything planned this last week. Did manage to find some time Saturday morning to paid my gate. Living in Phoenix, AZ is hard on any wood exposed to the elements. The only wood so exposed are the slats on a metal gate that provides access to back yard. We have been in this house for almost 4 years and the gate has never been painted. It was a very rewarding feeling to leave everything else and just paint the gate.
My attempts to install AbiWord on a Mac G4 and Linux met with mixed results. Never got in to install on a RedHat box and the Mac install only runs under X11. Under X11 the interface is poor at best. Seem to remember reading on slashdot that the AbiWord developers are unhappy with Apples support and as a consequence taken the position not to develop an aqua interface. To bad, this could have been a really nice cross platform product.
Made significant progress on a rework on the nQueue site. The site owner is to be complemented in providing overwhelming design input. One of the very few jobs where one really knew what the customer wanted.
Have been looking at the advertisement for the new Palm Tungsten C. Very tempting. Have spent some time playing with the Tungsten. Like its size, brilliant color screen, and functionality. One feature was missing, in my view, and that was a good 802.11b interface. It seems like this issue has now been addressed. Might pick one up and take it for a test drive.
Did manage to get a little more work complete on Your Development Team, LLC site. This is a complete rework including getting all the portfolio item to word in demo mode. Reworked the mySql database connection and table structure to get the poetman site working. Need to make a little progress every week.
Have not worked on my Newton Note project this week. Looks like it will be a little longer then I had hoped to get something out for testing.
Back in early February, I committed to the development of an application that could read and display the contents of the Notes Soup just like on the Newton. Well this is now a work in progress. As of this weekend the application, dubbed "Newton Notes" can now open and display notes from a Notes Soup downloaded using NewtSync. Hope to have something to post within the next couple of weeks that others can download and test.
Discovered a great FREE word processor for multiple platforms. Its AbiWord. I have installed it on my win2000 box at work. There is a RedHat rpm of this product. However, it crashed package installer on a RedHat box at work. Plan to install it on my G4 later this week.
Had a wonderful Easter weekend...lots of family gatherings. Hope yours was the same.
I hate tax time.....my typical modes operandi is to file for an extension and delay the inevitable as long as possible. This year was different. Spent the best part of Saturday just doing it. Used TaxCut on a G4 Mac. Found it a relatively simple process. Was really lazy and also purchased the state version. Once the federal portion was complete is was a simple matter to say me-to for the state part. The electronic filing was nice. Opted for direct deposit. What we really need is a flat tax with no individual tax reporting. Just think of the money our government could save not having to process tax returns. There would also be one less bump in my road.
Another week has slipped by. Where does the time go? Have been very busy at work coding tools for our accounting folks. Then at home coding for nQueue and reworking our business site Your Development Team.
Just using the Newton. Starting to think that perhaps I really don't need my iBook. In the last month I have only powered it up three times. Before acquiring a Newton the iBook was used for daily journal entries. Now I do it on my trusty Newton. My only difficulty is that I have not found a way to move a notes soup into another application on my Mac. I can view it as an XML file. However, I want to be able to import into a word processing application and have it look similar to its appearance on the Newton.
Found a great site that clearly explains how to Upload Files Using CGI and Perl. It actually is not very difficult. Used the concepts from this site to develop a accounting tool at my place of work. Our accounting folks have been reconciling receipts manually. They receive an excel spreadsheet which detail transactions and compare it against transaction records stored in one of our databases. I simply provide web page where they can upload the excel file and code that performs the necessary checks. As a result I display to our accounting folks an exception report of any discrepancies. Next I need to give them a means to update our system as discrepancies are resolved.
Intend to use this experience to add to my-list.com the ability to upload dvd and cd jacket graphics.