Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Been learning a lot about TeX and LaTeX lately, my brain is like a sponge...

Some how I don't think I'll ever use a word processor again, TeX/LaTeX beats XHTML/CSS for working on content without getting in the way, and imho it automates more of the menial tasks better. I couldn't stand getting proper printout with all the cross-word processor + cross-pc issues involved... So I eventually took to using XHTML instead, I'm fluent after all. I have a large répertoire of computer languages to choose from, I just hate PHP...

I need to take some time to generate a PBI of TeX Live 2007, not much left to do before then and most of that can probably be sped up by scripting. For deployment though I'd rather like to split it into two packages, if the compression ratio is similar, should result including a ~250MB and ~300MB tar.lzma file (1 in each pbi) rather then a huge ~500mb one. As far as the documentation goes, there is not to much net savings to strip out languages, unless it really strips down to just English and made an English and 'multinational' docs module. For me, it would make sense to keep the 'big ones', English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese, in a standard install and doing that would be no real saving so far as I can tell.

Got a start for trying to get organized with the SSMs, they are basically a week behind me as far as being able to get things in sync but that's unavoidable.. In the mean time I guess I should concentrate on the Sgts. I'm glad we have Blade and Noer a foot again they're both dedicated workers, Blade well better late then never hehe.

The recent unpleasantness with ]SD[ on our SWAT servers is annoying me. I honestly don't care if we ban every last one of them or shake their hand, there's more important business I need to look after. I just follow orders, no more, no less. From where I sit, it is a Majors department to deal with it not an RSMs so I'd rather like to stay out of the hub bub. I'd also not have to cram any more forum posts into RAM between working hours.

The SOP Rewrites, I don't think are going to progress any this week with both SSMs largely out of the loop until next week. Another large section is ready for SNCO Review, in the mean time I can try and look over the other stuff... Just a matter of free time.

I've now transitioned almost 3GB in all from my home directory over to the OpenBSD system working as a file server here: effectively fulfilling it's purpose of integrating my home directory across my desktop and laptop. With some time to test out the permission settings, I may soon move my code directory there as well. With luck maybe I'll have some time to *finally* get the bloody printer setup rather then sitting there gathering dust, good thing I rarely print.

I still need to organise my music files and rebuild all of my playlists but hey, at least my music folder is neat again. Life really would be a bit easier if I didn't have to have most of my files available on both systems, to avoid having to boot my laptop to get to stuff. I'm tired of having to choose between booting my laptop, taring the files, scp'ing them over, and having to switch from desktop to laptop. I get 90% of my work done from my PC-BSD laptop yeah, but I like to work on the system I'm in the mood to use, not play chair-jockey.

And to top it all off my brain has been wandering off drastically lately, I suppose it beats being miserable though. I don't really want to think that much about it right now, I'd never get any sleep other wise...

Found a music video of one of the songs that was on the last CD I bought. Which shows where my minds been drifting off to lool. Is it a wonder some friends wonder if I ever loop up from a compiler?

Works got to get done... How that effects the rest of my life, well..

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