For most of the day today I’ve been missing all the OS X menu extras in the top right of my MacBook screen, including my clock, airport and volume controls. I never knew how much I used that stuff until it suddenly wasn’t there.
Getting Time Machine to work with my Linux server was annoyingly hard–the default Debian server doesn’t support Leopard out of the box and Time Machine itself doesn’t support non-apple file shares.
So a couple days ago I noticed I had no permission to access one of my directories…
I write computer programs for a living though quite often I end up writing code for myself at home… When I quit my job and started consulting I lost the security that comes from a steady paycheck… So when I needed to write a piece of software to scratch my own itch I started thinking about selling it instead of releasing it as free software.
Every review I read about the iPhone whines that the price is high. So let’s see how high it really is.
I tried out TiVo Desktop on my Mac and it was kind of cool… I found some articles and discovered the TiVo Desktop is just a http daemon plus some mdns stuff. Sounds easy enough!
I needed to call some Applescript from perl and was quite proud of my end result.
In the end, I like that it fits on one line and that it lets the Applescript sit in the program in its native form.
I deleted all the Tcl-ish things in /usr/local/bin (and didn’t find anything anywhere else, oddly enough), reinstalled Darwin Ports, and it worked! Yay.
If I’m working on a bug or a new feature I end up making other random enhancements or fixes that aren’t at all related. With commit-patch, I now can precisely specify the patch I want to commit and leave the rest behind as uncommitted changes in my working directory.
Turns out, I’ve been using the concept of closures forever. I would say almost since I first learned C on my Macintosh back in high school.
What I really want is a language that has really good structures. That is, they can represent hardware/fixed layouts effectively.
We came in today and went directly to the practice track. While waiting in line there we did a few warm up tests and discovered that the steering was not working right. It was turning hard left no matter what we did. So we took a look around and discovere the belt that turned our … Continue reading Scotch tape and chewing gum should fix that right up!
Tried to get the code I wrote all night to compile but I was litterally falling asleep on the keyboard. I made Jim get my stuff to compile and he had to delete large rows of ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss and such from the source code wherre I had fallen asleep and my hands had rested on the … Continue reading DARPA Grand Destruction Derby
I finally got some sleep. But we got up at around 6:30, breaking my personal commitment to never wake up before 7. We went to the speedway and… I don’t even remember. Dead battery. Rechard went and bought a new one. Thought the servo was blown again. Re-centered it. Completely removed MiniPod, everything started working … Continue reading Coming out of the chute
Jim and Richard had left when I woke up at 7am so Maribeth (Richard’s wife) and I drove to the speedway where the opening ceremony was about to begin. All the robots were lined up and the press was there mingling among the teams and everyone was inspecting everyone else’s robot. There was a surprising … Continue reading Race day (or so close, yet so far)
Today I spent the afternoon at my house rewriting the visualization code in perl and OpenGL. I ended up getting bout 60 to 100 frames per second and the LADAR data now plots in real time and looks real good. I put in waypoint plotting code so we can see big squares where the waypoints … Continue reading Off to the races!