July 10, 2002

First of all, I put the latest build of Snipper online as Snipper 1.0. You can get it here or from the link on the sidebar. The feature set is not complete since I don’t have snippet definition importing and I’d also liked to have had some sort of documentation to go along with it but things are becoming a bit hectic at work (I’ll get to that rant/whine in a bit :p) that I don’t even have time in the evening to complete any of that work and might not for a while since I have to work Saturdays till the end of July or so … Anyway, hopefully the method of defining a snippet should be self explanatory since it a new snippet definition leads you through a sort of a wizard-like interface and since there is already a snippet Collection in there for some of my favorite comics, anybody who is interested should be able to figure out how the definitions are done by looking at the existing definitions. At least I hope so – and of course, if anybody finds it interesting and wants to suggest features or simply wants help with it, let me know … but be warned, creating snippet definitions does require a bit of HTML knowledge …

Now to the whine :p My latest responsibility at work has turned out to be something which keeps me constantly on the go – as well as at work late :-( So far we’ve always found ourselves right-smack on top of deadlines since it all started around last Wednesday and since then I’ve gone through setting up and getting out three different newspaper pages in three different languages. Yesterday was the Sinhala page’s turn and while yesterday we should have sent the final copy to the paper for printing, we weren’t able to do so since some of the articles were being typed out only yesterday. I stayed late with another guy and the assigned graphics guy and we worked on the layout till we got it right but we found out that the first proof-reading session didn’t catch all the errors and by that time, the graphics guy was eager to go home. So I’m planning to get to work, correct the mistakes caught in the second proof-reading and then rush out the copy. Of course, in the mean time, the next English and Tamil pages are ready to for layout and that begins today *and* we have to get started on the articles for the next Sinhala page which has an internal deadline of Friday! So it looks to me as if I’m going to be constantly in this cyclical struggle to get the pages out weekly and since my other project is already behind schedule and we are working Saturdays to try and finish it by the end of July (which I don’t think we’ll be able to do – my estimate is the second week of August … purely because we don’t have all the footage in-house and are still shooting stuff or expecting stuff from stringers), I don’t think I’m going to find much time for coding in the next few weeks … Of course, I could be wrong :p

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