For the last week, I have been on hold with someone who put a number one, balls-to-the-wall priority on this project. I get the fear of God put in me to do this ... and then, you guessed it, I was in a holding pattern for a week until I realized that he's never going to get back to me. So I blew him off today, and got a TON of programming done. It was cathartic. Dan Millman, in his book, "Way Of The Peaceful Warrior," said he realized that he liked gymnastics so much because it shut off his mind: he could focus. Just before he did a jump or something, his mind was clear, empty ... in the zone. Programming is like that for me. Writing is, too, but at least with programming you have a defined end-product: a clear goal. Like right now, I have NO idea how this blog will end. But today I knew I had to overturn a whole log backup process, update some config files from static to dynamic, and fix three small bugs. I did them all. And I wanted to keep going, but I can't until the process has run through every possible scenario, which will take days.
So I programmed a SETI count for my web page. It's in the sticky entry on the top. It's written with a combination of Perl and a shell script. It's still kind of shaky, and I am writing the bugs out, but is you have some browser version 4.0 or higher, you should see it in a yellow box. I won't tell you how I did it because it's such a kludge, I would be mocked by a real Perl programmer.
Well, it seems Microsoft has yet another security hole... gotta go update my machines...
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