May 24, 2001

Gosh I tell ya, there’s usually no sense in doing free stuff for anybody at work :p I did WebPrint initially as a favour to a colleague since he needed a way to print HTML files from the commandline and the few utilities that did do the job didn’t work with CSS and were shareware. He happened to mention the fact that I’d written him the utility to his boss and before I knew what had happened, I get roped into a meeting to discuss further enhancements to the utility and about training users! Oh well … anyway, now they want the ability to extract the contents of a ZIP file, print all contained HTML files and then delete the temp files. It does sound kind of interesting but I do hate being pulled into an extra project when I already have a lot of stuff going on …

Anyway, I started work on the modifications to WebPrint and actually got all the ZIP file stuff added in a very short time – did I say I loved coding in Delphi? :p Of course now they want the ability to exclude certain HTML files from being printed – ugh :-( Guess I’ll work on it later …

Did some further work on Gossip and got the URL launching for news stories working but then discovered that while Gossip works fine with RSS (RDF -Resource Description Framework- Site Summary) format backends (I was using SlashDot as the testbed …), it wouldn’t work with other sites which used a simple text file as a news backend. So I started modifying the parsing engine to include a 3-line simple text file parser but ran into some problems doing line reads from a data stream and decided to call it quits for the time being …

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