There hasn’t been a post here for the last week or so because I’ve been really busy. Firstly I’ve got a weekly commitment of 1800 words for Micro Mart for the next 28 weeks (or something like that); then of course it was just the end of the university term – when every lecturer decides their assignments (all given out at the same time) have to be in for; and I’ve got a load of stuff happening in my web development work. Of course having a “holiday” from uni simply means that I spend a few weeks working harder than usual…
I did however recently manage to polish off version 1.0 of my EtherEye project (formerly called EtherMap), which is basically a web interface to ping a load of machines, giving the output as HTML. The project has become suprisingly popular (not VERY popular, but more than I thought it would be) so I had to give it it’s own website and get the downloads hosted elsewhere.
Shortly after the release of 1.0 I was told that EtherEye was b0rked on Windows systems and was giving “undefined offset” errors. After some investigation, this appears to be a bug in the Windows version of PHP 4.3.9 (maybe other versions too) causing it to do something silly and end up executing loops too many times. I’ve not taken this up with the PHP developers as I don’t have a Windows development system to test on, but I probably should at some stage.
Because I’ve been so busy, work on my BookMe project has stalled, but I still expect to complete it by about this summer.
I’ve also not had the chance to blog about a lot of the stuff I would usually blog about. This includes the announcement from Debian that they would be dropping many architectures from their releases. Despite what the media has been saying, this doesn’t mean that there will be no Debian releases for these architectures, simply that they will be seperate from the main Debian build tree. I use several of these soon-to-be dropped architectures and I think this is a sensible idea to streamline the release process. This has actually been provoking a lot of support for these architectures – most notably the Debian-Alpha port has seen several donations of high-spec machines for use by the project since the announcement.
I will also do a post about the current state of software patents in Europe and on the results I’ve had from writing to my MEPs (write to yours here).
Oh and I’ll talk about the upcoming elections too and the <insert swear word here> tactics being used by the major parties.
That’s it for now; watch this space for some (hopefully) interesting posts soon!