Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction

There are two powerful tendencies in the course of software development. One is to construct ways to control something and thereby tune performance. Class based queuing and discriminating by firewall marks are excellent examples of this. Another is to throw out what you have -- and anything that might interfere -- and implement everything from your application down to the hardware. Databases and zero copy implementations are good examples of this.

Both of these conflict with maintainability and generalization by making things more complex. This is something which I've designed Ultimate OS to avoid by modularity.

Thanksgiving dinner came on Friday at a place in Berkeley -- a very fine meal with relsqui and her parents was had. In addition, we had Mongolian BBQ at our favorite local place with stonesundial, zigdon, gemlikeflame, and M-. Amusingly, I ran into my friend R- there -- I've seen him three times and I have his card and I've promised to email him and get lunch with him sometime. This has been frustrated by various factors. This time, he took my number and email. Hopefully, we'll get things hammered out there.

Afterwards, a couple of us went back to zigdon's. I played Portal for a bit and for the first time. I think I'm going to have to subject some of my hardware to Windows -- it was awfully fun.

I've been hanging out in #koalawallop on Many good folk there, including the author of the very fine comic Dresden Codak. By way of introduction, I suggest Traversing the Luminiferous Aether and After Many a Summer Dies the Swan.

(Also, exchanges like this are unexpected and awfully nice ego boosts:
17:10 < root> But I think my next TV isn't going to be a TV.
17:10 < root> it's going to be a projector
17:10 < Jacen> That's the best way to go if you can afford it.
17:10 < root> and additionally, I'll use a TV capture card in a computer to 
              drive it.
17:11 < zoanne> root: are you professionally cool or what?
17:11 < armrha> which projector are you going for root?
17:11 < zoanne> because you do so seem to be insanely fabulous

Tomorrow's another day of work. I'll likely be frustrated somewhat by meetings tomorrow, but hopefully I'll get useful stuff done.

Hopefully, you've all had a productive and restful weekend. I have a few topics kicking around waiting for a more substantial time to post.
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