logging changes in Dist::Zilla are maybe complete

March 10, 2010

The last 24 hours or so have been really busy. Today was Martha’s third birthday (wow, can you believe it?) and I’ve had a number of incredibly annoying bugs at work. I won’t get into the details right now but one of them was an MSIE bug that I solved by \uXXXX-only double-JSON-encoding a structure. The other was fixed by disabling Etag headers. Blaaaagh!

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testing and logging with Dist::Zilla

March 8, 2010

I feel like I’m making enough progress, right now, to make a grant update every day. I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m glad that it’s going so well, so far.

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more dzil improvements; mostly logging

March 7, 2010

I’ve been continuing to work on adding improved logging capabilities to Dist::Zilla. They’re not going to be terribly complex, but I’m trying to make sure that they’re easy to use, and that they lend themselves to sane default output and useful debugging output. Yesterday, I realized that these lines were really annoying:

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hdtv and the "soap opera" effect

February 19, 2010

We recently got a new HDTV. Our old TV was a standard definition 34” (or so) CRT. It was about 12 years old, but still worked perfectly. The issue was just that having been forced to get an HT TiVo and upgrade to digital TV, I started to resent all the HD programming that I was watching in SD. Also, I saw my buddy Pez’s Xbox on an HDTV and that was pretty cool.

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still alive, still reading comics

February 16, 2010

I haven’t written anything about programming in a long time, now. I stopped when I was work on my Advent calendar and never really got back to writing in my journal. I’m still doing plenty of coding, I’m just not writing about it here much.

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microsoft customer service madness

February 4, 2010

In January, I ordered an Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit from Amazon. It’s a NiMH battery pack with a USB cable to connect the controller (also a charger) to the Xbox. It arrived a few days later. While the cable would power the controller, its “charging” light wouldn’t come on and it didn’t seem to be charging the controller. The kit came with a piece of paper that said, “In case of problems, do not return! Contact Microsoft!”

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