November 26, 2003

Movie Reviews

Watched two movies last night


  • Phone Booth - much better than i expected, I'd recommend it. Very well edited, a tight script. That is also my only complaint, it's only 81 minutes.
  • Shaft (1971) - HDNetMovies had the original Shaft on so I figured I'd watch it. Blantatly stereotypical, but that's easy to get past. Some laugh out loud lines even 30 years later. Another recommendation.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:23 AM

November 25, 2003

Toys

I just discovered that Eel Pie has recently released one of Townshend's concerts from August 1993 on CD. That's one month after I saw him live in San Diego at a benefit for the La Jolla Playhouse. I love the internet. All praise eCommerce!

This weekend I finally found a Guitar Center that didn't suck and picked up an Ovation Liberty 1867 acoustic and a Gibson SG Faded. I got an incredible deal on the Ovation, it was marked down 50% by accident. Even though it was more than I wanted to pay, how on earth could I not snap it up? It's still got nothing on the Gibson J45, however, which makes me wet just holding it. Someone get a mop!

I've reported the drawing bugs on Panther to Apple. Now we wait. Unfortunately, I fear that these OS bugs will give the project a major black eye. No more so, I guess, than we've already done to ourselves by not releasing.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:33 PM

November 20, 2003

Bad bad bad

I just upgraded to Quicken2004 Mac from a 6 year old version that only ran on OS9. The product, however, is even crappier than before.

First off, in the budget window if you spend less than the budgeted amount, the "% difference" column shows you a nice number in the range of around 2 billion. Good job guys. Always be sure to subtract with unsigned ints.

Secondly, bugs that were in the 1998 version are still present in the 2004 version, such as it thinking that November is located about half-way in a yearly timeline.

It's clear to me that the Intuit developers don't even use their own product. I hate how you cannot return software once you buy it. Please don't make the same mistake I did.

Posted by pinkerton at 7:08 PM

November 19, 2003

Splat

I was able to figure out at least one of the big issues with Camino redrawing poorly on panther, and it's a bug in panther itself. Any text drawn in a NSQuickdrawView that has quartz anti-aliasing turned on (which camino does) will overflow the bounds of the view when the window is resized. This can be reproduced free and clear from mozilla with the sample app in bug 224213.

Sigh. I'll start tracking this down with DTS tomorrow, I guess. I'm not even sure there is a workaround other than an OS upgrade.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:47 PM

November 16, 2003

Sick

Ugh, I'm sick again. That's twice in the last few months. That never happens. Now it's moved into my head and my nose is running like a faucet. Very annoying.

It bothers me, on a personal level, how many Camino users expect perfection in the nightly builds and when regressions (even accidental or unavoidable from being on the mozilla trunk) occur, they decry the project as being poorly managed. Maybe I should have a thicker skin and not let it get to me.

I was unable to find a good-sounding <$500 acoustic guitar at my "local" GuitarCenter today. They all sounded like ass. I also checked out two different SG's, one was the same brittle sounding guitar as before, the other had a poory finished neck. The problem is, these guitars probably won't sell, so I'm stuck waiting until they do and making the 1.5hr round-trip journey every few weeks to see if they have anything new, which they won't because they have stock. I'll just have to get over that too.

Posted by pinkerton at 9:25 PM

November 13, 2003

Startup Speedups

I landed a couple patches today (better find dialog and bookmark export) and also turned off the loading of favicons into the bookmarks menu on startup. That seemed to be slowing some people down as much as 10-15 seconds at startup. Hopefully they new nightly will be better for everyone.

Posted by pinkerton at 3:53 PM

November 12, 2003

Talky talky

I spoke tonight to the GWU chapter of the ACM about what we learned with Mozilla. It was a lot of fun and interesting to talk to people who were interested in Mozilla and open source development.

I've been thinking about what we need to do to make Camino look more like it was designed by an Apple design team rather than someone with too much left over blue paint. The new Firebird theme looks pretty good and is a great start. However, can we just copy it? That would add to user confusion between the two products. I wonder, though, if having a XUL app look "more native" than a cocoa app is worse for Camino than the possibility it get confused with Firebird. How can we keep the same style and still differentiate ourselves? Does that matter? People claim Camino doesn't look like an aqua app despite being fully native and can't explain why they think that. Are we doing ourselves more harm than good by not just copying firebird?

Oh, and one last thing, Apple is not implementing XUL in order to use it as their next UI toolkit. It's not why they hired Hyatt. All he did was put the xul box model into webkit. They are totally separate entities.

Posted by pinkerton at 9:26 PM

November 9, 2003

Revolution!

Saw The Matrix Revolutions this weekend and I must say I rather enjoyed it. There were some stretches of dialog which I thought were un-necessary and some plot elements that I couldn't have cared less about, but the action was good and it wasn't as pretentious as the second one. I'd say go see it in the theater. It wasn't nearly as good as the first, but nothing ever will be.

Played paintball for the first time yesterday and rather enjoyed it. My merry band of friends was, let's just say, out of place among the camo-clad warriors, each with literally thousands of dollars of equipment. These people scare the bejezus out of me. Luckily we had enough people such that we could have a field to ourselves and, equipped with rental guns that didn't shoot straight and masks that you couldn't see through, we took to the fields and shot the heck out of each other. I have only small brusises to show, but a lifetime of post-traumatic stress disorder awaits me.

Posted by pinkerton at 12:51 PM

November 5, 2003

Vice City

Voodoo, dirty cops, and the sound of old T-Rex. I love Miami Vice.

Posted by pinkerton at 8:29 PM

November 4, 2003

Picking Up

Camino development has really picked up in the last month. For those who want to help out but aren't sure what is a priority, check the Camino 0.8 buglist. These are all the bugs with a target milestone of Camino0.8.

There are a lot of bugs on that list that really don't require knowledge of the guts of Mozilla, and some that do but are pretty straightforward. I think it's a great list for people who are interested in contributing to get their feet wet.

Posted by pinkerton at 12:16 AM

November 3, 2003

Camino Updates

The regression with scrollbars not working has been fixed (thanks bryner for catching the group party foul).

We know now why builds only on Panther as it affects all mozilla products (Seamonkey, Firebird, and TBird are included): Apple has started bundling NSPR and NSS in Panther! When we link, we pick up the versions in CFNetwork before our own, and thus expect to find the symbols there. However on anything but Panther, they're not. Why did Apple decide to include these Mozilla components? We're at a loss. Anyone?

Here's an updated query for bugs that need review for Camino. It should only include open bugs.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:38 PM

November 2, 2003

Mmmmmmmm

While running errands this weekend, I discovered the tasty toasty goodness of Quiznos. I'm hooked. I just wish there was on closer than Fairfax.

After lunch, I stopped at Guitar Center to try out a Gibson SG which I'm thinking about purchasing. I tried a few different models including an Epiphone SG (they only had the Gothic model which I didn't really care for). It certainly doesn't have the same growl that my Les Paul has, but it's about 100lbs lighter. I played three different SGs ranging from $600 to $1600 with the one I was most interested in being a reasonable sale price of $850. I was enjoying it, it felt pretty good, but when I took it into the private studio room to play it at higher levels, it had very brittle highs which sounded like ass. I wonder if it was just the Mesa Boogie stack I was plugged into, but the $1600 version didn't have such harshness. I'll do some more research.

I was a viking for halloween. Yar!

I still have to figure out why Camino nightlies only run on Panther. Sigh.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:56 PM