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They pulled Daniel's name off the waiting list yesterday and offered him a place. Yay! I told not that if I saw Ms Firman I'd give her a big kiss (were I not so frightened off her, obviously, I mean she's a headteacher and everything).
Later in the afternoon, we all went to the park. Natalie and Harry left before Daniel and me. On their way back, they met Ms Firman in the street and Nattle told her what I'd said, thus ensuring I'll be too embarrassed to ever speak to her again.
Well some people did, bless 'em, but not enough.
The results of the governors election are now glued up on the school door for all to see. The highest number of votes cast for any one candidate was 170 or so, I got 70-odd and the lowest number was 17. The school has around 700 pupils. Pupils, in the main, have two parents/guardians, both of whom are eligable to vote. Voters had seven votes to distribute among 11 candidates. I'm sufficiently brainy to put together a model for all this, but I'd guess that 250 votes out of a possible 1400 were cast. No idea if this is a good figure or not or whether it means anything in particular.
Daniel is now 19th on the waiting list, which is pretty cheering. The secretary expects to offer him a place within a couple of weeks. Yay.
from Free As In Freedom - Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software by Sam Williams.
I obey LinkMachineGo. Obey me.
Bobbed back home from the conference for the evening - catching up on email, eating pasta and brocolli and emptying out my brain a bit for tomorrow morning.
Cracking keynote by Herb Sutter this morning on the C++ to the .NET CLI. Herb's always gives a good talk, but I think it's fair to say that this year's conference was a mildly hostile audience. Microsoft taking C++ seriously is still pretty new, and not everyone believes it. Herb, bless him, cracked a few jokes at his own expense to loosen everyone up, and by the end of his talk actually had me pretty excited about developing on Windows again. He closed out by announcing that on Monday, Microsoft will be releasing their C++ compiler and library suite for download, free and unrestricted, for commercial or non-commercial use. Everyone took notice - they really are serious. Check here on Monday.
And no - many, many comments out of China here - http://www.jezuk.co.uk/jez/spam/chinaMotorcycle
How's your holiday, btw? Can't be that great if you feel the need to read this while you're out there.
Well, you said it. Not me...
Your comment about airport lounges is interesting. Continental's President's Clubs in Newark and Houston have discrete booths (and free wireless internet connections) so you can hide your monster from view! And get some serious work done.
Another long and frustrating day yesterday, which I ended by calling Cardiff and putting off my delivery today. I suggested Tuesday, which was countered with "I'm away all next week, lets sort it out when I get back". Suddenly the pressure all lifted. Hurrah.
Today, I'm doing something else instead.
New luggable travelled up to Coventry last night. Then it trundled off to Nuneaton.
But! But! But! That's away. Bring it back!
Web tracking is a terrible thing.
Had two of the worst days at work for about 7 or 8 years. Yesterday was especially awful - I haven't raged round a room cursing whatever idiot came up with the software I'm using for years. I probably made one useful keystroke all day. Sadly, it's largely my own fault for ignoring my own advice. Client insisted on MSI install packages (which NSIS doesn't do) because one of their clients requires it for whatever funky network deployment jobber they use. Building MSI installers turns out to be almost completely a pain in the arse. I'm using Wise, mainly because InstallShield was utterly incomprehensible, but I don't think Wise is responsible. The finger of blame points, I feel, squarely at the Windows Installer and its crappy, underdocumented, table-driven nightmare so-called database.
It's almost working for me now - the remaining problem being an inability to register services so that they can actually be started. As it turned out, I needed a wrapper .exe anyway (Note to self - use NSIS if you're stupid enough to ever to an installer again - don't forget!) and I suspect if I register the services in that, they'll work.
Today, a guy on Microsoft staff released WiX - Windows Installer XML toolkit. It takes a big description of what you want to do and munges it into, you guessed it, an MSI package. He says:
First of all, I would say that the WiX toolset is pretty close to Beta2 quality. That means core scenarios (compiling/linking) are very solid, less core scenarios (lib'ing/decompiling) still have some bugs, and the documentation leaves much to be desired. Part of my motivation for pushing the toolset external to Microsoft is to encourage me (and maybe find others) to update the documentation. I'll talk more about that in future blog entries.Is it just me, or is it amusing and rather telling that some of the highest profile Microsoft products are packaged using a tool that someone worked up in their free time?
That said production quality MSI and MSM files can be produced from the WiX toolset today. Internally, teams such as Office, SQL Server, BizTalk, Virtual PC, Instant Messenger, several msn.com properties, and many others use WiX to build their MSI and MSM files today. When someone encounters a bug, the community tracks the issue down and fixes it. Now, via SourceForge.net, you have an opportunity to be a part of the community as well.
Now, let's talk about why WiX was released as Open Source. First, working on WiX has never been a part of my job description or review goals. I work on the project in my free time. ...
Today brightened considerably by this email
To: Jez From: Dell Your order number left Dell's European Manufacturing Facility on 05/04/04.
Last spotted in Holyhead at 14:00. Maybe tomorrow ...
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