Jul. 19th, 2017 11:52 pm
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Well, at least there's no scheduled phone call for work tonight. Maybe I should go to bed. :)
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Oh, look! My midnight phone meeting has just been pushed to 12:30 AM. I think I am going to try to beg off of this...

Day Off

Jul. 3rd, 2017 10:07 pm
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Like most of the people in the U.S. who had the option, I took today as a vacation day. Not a lot got done, although most of the bills are now paid.

And Uncle Jeff arrived in town this afternoon for a visit, which is always a good thing.

Tomorrow, the girls march with the softball team in the Des Plaines Independence Day parade. So sleep would be a good idea.

35 Years

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:38 pm
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I have been reminded that I have been working at this job for 35 years now. Three different companies (at least, depending on how you count), but the same job.

That's not bad for a temporary job. :)
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It was back to work today, where I discover that I am running out of June. How can this be happening?

(Yeah, I know. Softball. :) )
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I have spent a fair amount of the weekend trying to finish up some code for the upcoming release at work.

I have also managed to believe that the pitching clinic that Katie was supposed to go to was today instead of Saturday. Saturday, sadly, was correct; I was not.

I am sure that I have brain cells, but I think I need to work on the auxiliary memory.
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My recurring sinus infection seems to have recurred. I'm attempting to beat it back with a stick and some pseudoephedrine HCl which seems to be going well so far.

And then there's work, of which there will be some more tonight.

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In any case, I have managed to log into Gretchen's email and extract, print, and fill out (the last by hand) the forms that we need to have for Katie and Julie's dance camp that starts tomorrow morning. There are still a couple of items that need to be added, because for one reason or another, I don't have things like the phone number for the girls' pediatrician.

Because that is not a computer thing. That is apparently a Mom thing. :)

In other news, I think that I have figured out how to solve my computation problem at work. Now, I just need to spend a day or so coding it and testing it out to see if the algorithm that I have in my head actually produces the right results when reduced to electronic impulses.

But I think I have an impulse to wait until later -- like tomorrow -- to sort this out...
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One of the problems of having a program that is complex enough to have what I refer to as "behaviors" is when you're trying to figure out why a particular behavior has changed from one version to the next. This problem is worse when you've had major changes between the two releases.

You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.
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Someone elsewhere in the larger group ran a lint-like tool against our Java code today and sent us the list of complaints. Most of them were actually real problems. I fixed the ones in my area and sent the others off to the developers working in the other areas, because I could fix the bugs, but why deny them the valuable learning experience? :)

About the time I was almost finished bug hunting, it was time to take Katie off to her softball game. Her team won 3-1 over another of the local teams, scoring two runs in the bottom of the last inning before the game was called for time.

If I'm counting correctly, her team is now an impressive 7-2-1. This is not good enough for first place, but it is definitely good for second. :)
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Take a week off and get up to go back to work in the morning. Slowly. Very slowly.

But I fixed at least one bug today. I think I fixed another massively complex bug, but I discovered that something that someone has checked in prevents me from building the software. I have now sent a message out looking for help, as it looks like there are missing files that weren't added to the VOB somehow.

Maybe by morning, they'll sort it out.
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The product is shipping.

I am now going on the vacation that I didn't start at the beginning of this week. :)


May. 24th, 2017 10:23 pm
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It looks like we're shipping the product, which is good.

After work, I took Katie over for an impromptu session of team batting practice over at the batting cages at the nearby park. This went pretty well, but my voice is now completely shot.

Maybe it will be better tomorrow. :)
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Thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes!

Julie was home from school sick today with a tummy bug, which made things more complex. She's feeling better now and we're hoping she'll be able to go on the school's field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo tomorrow.

I have the head cold Katie had over the weekend, which is not a plus. :)

The roofers probably will not return until Thursday, when the rain is supposed to stop.

But happily, Katie's softball game was canceled, which is much better than playing in rain and slop. (Especially when I have a head cold...) The next game is Thursday by which time things should have dried out a bit.

My new VM almost works. My old VM goes away in an hour or so. It would be good if we could move past almost soon...

And now it is time for bed.
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Time is once again failing at its basic mission, because everything is happening at once.

I have at least one critical bug that I need to fix for work. This means that my vacation plans for the week (which were without form and void) are completely up in the air until that's done.

However, my old work VM goes away very early on Wednesday morning due to a hardware upgrade at work, so I have to get the new VM up and running with everything I need transferred before then.

And Katie has a softball game tomorrow afternoon if it doesn't rain (which it may).

And, despite the fact that I seem to be coming down with Katie's cold, I went to the Cubs game tonight.

And tomorrow is my birthday. :)

Oh, and they may or may not be back to continue working on the roof tomorrow, depending on the state of the rain.

Chaos! It's not just for breakfast any more!
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I have spent the last three days working through the calculations in both C++ and Java with one of our large test files. As nearly as I can tell, everything now matches.

I am very tired.
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Monday night, I was up until 2:30 AM exterminating bugs in the code.

Tuesday night, I was up until 2:30 AM exterminating bugs in the code.

Wednesday night, Gretchen and I got to bed at a reasonable hour -- as in just after midnight.

Ten minutes later, the power went out.

Of course, we both sleep with a CPAP. With no power, we don't so much sleep as thrash around.

Happily, the power finally came back on -- at 2:30 AM or thereabouts.

I am so tired.
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I got back from Marcon stupidly late and then plunged back into work today.

Work is being very cold and wet...
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If I can get the van packed, I can be on my way to Marcon.

Sadly, I don't think that will be accomplished before the next meeting.
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I am trying to reduce the number of bugs in my bin so that we can ship.

Getting to zero is harder than it looks.


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