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it's time for tv

  • 7th Sep, 2005 at 11:48 PM


Television shoot
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

For my NDF today, I finally got around to hacking on tvtime.

Billy and I have finished rolling up the 1.0 tarball, and I'm about to upload the Debian package. I've gotten busy at work and Billy's considered tvtime to be feature-complete, so I guess we're not going to do any more releases in the near future.

I remember when I was working for Waterloo Maple and I would come home in the evenings and hack on tvtime. Billy and Doug and I would hang out on #livid and we'd have a great time squishing bugs. It's where I picked up a lot of my knowledge on how to programme safely (anal-retentively) in C. Back then, I was doing build system work on Maple, so it wasn't particularly difficult to do similar things with tvtime. Only at Maple, their build system was a complete nightmare, whereas with tvtime it was Automake heaven. Well, comparatively speaking.

I certainly need more spare time to hack. I can't believe how creatively inspiring it's been to dig through easy Debian bugs, fix them one-by-one, all while singing along with the Decemberists. Every time I do this, I tell myself that I should totally hack on my projects more often.

There is a lesson in here, but I'm not sure what it is.


Comments

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mricon
8th Sep, 2005 04:06 (UTC)
I can't believe you referred to anything auto* as "heaven." You need counseling. :)

It's a lower-numbered circle of hell, at best. :)
sfllaw
8th Sep, 2005 04:13 (UTC)
You just don't remember the Bad Old Days.
westacular
8th Sep, 2005 05:01 (UTC)
I know so little about compiling/linking that anything more involved than running a script seems like failure-prone black voodoo magic to me.
pphaneuf
8th Sep, 2005 07:14 (UTC)
Well, when it all started, with autoconf, it was a decent idea. Automake, well, is slightly iffy at best (and I actually try to avoid it as much as possible). libtool, now, that one is just outright evil, doing some stuff entirely wrong.
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pphaneuf
8th Sep, 2005 17:17 (UTC)
Re: Decemberists
There is no doubt in my mind that the Decemberists are way cooler than Automake.
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