Merry Christmas

I love Christmas. Not only do I love getting presents, but I love to give them too. This year is the first Christmas with my wife and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. In a breach of etiquette, my wife and I opened our gifts to each other yesterday. I haven’t ever done that before (my parents think it’s sacreligious to do that or something) and it was actually pretty fun. Anyway, I got the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD from my wife. I haven’t ever seen the special edition of Star Wars or seen it in widescreen, so it was a treat to see it in all its glory last night.

After Christmas at my parent’s today, we’re going to my wife’s grandparents’ house for another Christmas tomorrow. Hopefully, by Monday, I’ll have something to release for Coaster that will be worthy of the season. One of the big things I’m working on is cutting down the compile time for you guys. Consider it my gift to the free software community :). Anyway, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, a Happy Kwanza, or even just a happy holiday.

PC World

It seems that Coaster was mentioned in a PC World article this month. It’s exciting to get recognition in a magazine like that. Oh, and just in case Matthew Newton is reading this… yes, Coaster’s development is going to pick up in 2005. Just so you know.

UPDATE: Seems as if Matthew Newton reads Planet GNOME regularly. He just replied to me :).

Napoleon Dynamite

On a tip from a mutual friend of mine and my wife’s, we rented Napoleon Dynamite last night. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard since I first saw Tommy Boy. The cast is made up of mostly no-name actors and actresses (except for Diedrich Bader from “The Drew Carey Show” and the girl from “Corina Corina”), but they do an awesome job with their sweet skills. So, go out and rent the flippin’ movie… Gosh!

Upgrades and updates

After a weeks worth of trying to figure this out, I finally got the CVS version of Nucleus installed so I can use NP_Captcha to filter out comment spam. So, I have enabled comments once again on my blog and so far the plugin is working.

Coaster
I’m almost finished with a complete rewrite of how Coaster handles data internally. I’ve also worked on removing the dependency on Bakery to make it easier for y’all to compile Coaster (sorry, Murray ). I should have a release by next week.

Some updates

Well, as of 4:30 PM December 14, I am unemployed. If anyone is hiring and is looking for a coder, let me know. I have also disabled comments to my blog for now because I’ve been getting a ton of comment spam. If anyone knows how to deal with this in a Nucleus blog, let me know (in an email, of course). If you need to get my email, look at the Coaster site under the maintainer’s section.

Shattered Teeth

Version 0.1.3 of Coaster is here. Here is what I have added/fixed in this release:

  • Cleaned up codebase (namespaced Widgets and Dialogs).
  • Added Help skeleton.
  • Wrapped notification area icon structures from libegg.
  • Fixed drag and drop within an instance of Coaster.
  • Added exporting to and burning directly from ISO’s.

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Surprised? Not really. Shocked? A little, but not at what you would think. The big news of the day is that Barry Bonds admitted to using steroids (unknowingly, though). Again, I’m not surprised. When a guy that is 175 pounds when he enters the league until he is 30 suddenly starts putting on muscle mass at 35, a little flag goes up in my mind saying, “Something doesn’t match here!” But this isn’t the most alarming part of it. Ok, he used steroids. Suspend him and put an asterisk by his records, ask him to leave, or prevent this from happening again. But my biggest beef with this whole story is the leaking of grand jury testimony to the media.

I am all for the freedom of the press. That combined with the freedom of speech allows me to post here, but when that freedom starts to impede on laws protecting our rights to privacy, we should be alarmed. Rule 6e of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure requires that “matters occurring before the grand jury” be kept secret. The rule also says that if anyone bound by secrecy reveals “matters occurring before” a grand jury, this is “CRIMINAL contempt.” (I got this from here ) I don’t know about you, but I keep hearing about Barry Bonds testifying before a federal grand jury. I want to know who leaked this information and have them prosecuted to the fullest extent. I know this may seem mundane or unneeded, but if grand jury testimonies on, what some would say, small issues such as steroids in sports get out, what’s to say that they won’t get out on cases dealing with murder or issues where privacy is key. The privacy guaranteed us in a grand jury is to protect us if we have to testify against someone who could hurt us if information got out. How are we supposed to prosecute people in power in federal courts if there is no way to protect the people testifying against them from repercussions? So, although Barry Bonds’ records may or may not be tainted (that’s up for discussion in another blog post), we should really be concerned with the leaking of grand jury testimony. Has the media gone too far?