March 23, 2002

Another week, another lot of stuff attended to but still no coding done :-( This week was mostly spent doing computer work – my company needed a system to enter information about all their tape archives and guess who they turned to? Me, of course :p So I’ve been looking into the best method of achieving this – I wanted to go with Oracle and Jade, a rapid Java application development tool that I was pretty familiar with, but couldn’t find a copy of it around though I could swear I had seen it in a shop just a week earlier <g> So my second choice was Visual Studio .NET but I discovered that the cut down version of the database management system that came with it didn’t really suit my purpose … plus, I had problems getting the simple ASP database application I created to even work on my machine! So then I decided to give Oracle 9i a try but that meant I had to do a 1.5GB download over a 256k connection that about fifty or sixty people shared! It took me about three days to get Oracle 9i downloaded what with the power cuts and everything and once I finally installed it, I discovered that I needed Oracle Designer to do any development work. I started that download and it ended only today but I was too tired to do anything further …

So what was I doing at work today? I had organized a couple of workshops for people in my team – one on camera work and the other on editing – and it had somehow become a major political issue! I suddenly got queries as to why other people couldn’t attend and how people had been asking for training for ages. My response was that if people asked for training, why it hadn’t been provided till I came along? Nobody had an answer to that but what ended up happening was that it was decided that everybody who wanted training could attend the workshop and finally we had about forty people turn up today instead of the ten or so in my team alone. The workshops were pretty interesting but I was fairly tired by the time they ended and I got home.

I did discover that I could buy DVD’s here – and for fairly cheap too since they cost around US$ 6 :p – but there isn’t that big of a selection to choose from. The DVD’s are brand new (some are still in shrink wrapping …) but I’m told that they are all copies! I didn’t know that you could make copies of DVD’s but they seem to somehow do it because I played one of the DVD’s – “Collateral Damage” no less … I didn’t even know it was out on DVD … – today after I got back from the workshops and it looks pretty OK. I’m told that there are a few places around that offer these DVD’s and so I’m looking forward to extending my DVD collection since that is something I miss sorely from the US :p The other entertainment related thing that I miss is console games but now I’m not too sure that I won’t eventually find a place to get copied PS2 games as well <vbg> though so far I haven’t even seen a PS2 over here. Guess that doesn’t mean anything …

I ran into something which kind of pissed me off today. I heard from a new Blog user and in following a link from their site I ended up at a site of a user who had originally been a Blog user. She has written an app of her own since then and stopped using Blog but what pissed me off was her comments about Blog. She says that Blog didn’t have the features that she wanted but she never asked for any of it (as far as I can recall …) and then she keeps on going on and on about the popup that comes with Blog and how it is very irritating. As I’ve explained before, the popup comes from a shareware component that I use in Blog and since Blog itself is freeware, I see no reason to pay for the component and purchase it. If she’d found the popup so irritating, all she had to do was send me the money to get the component and I would have purchased it and got rid of the popup. It really irritates me when people whine about an app that they’ve got for free (and which I develop in my spare time and support in my spare time as well …) as if they were owed something. Ah well … guess that’s why more and more free stuff is disappearing off the web …

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