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Jun. 16th, 2004

12:49 am - LiveJournal and Perl

Well, I haven't posted in a long time... Mostly because I don't like posting about what's going on in my life. I'm too private a person for that to appeal to me. But then what should I write about? I'm open to suggestions...

So I finally have something to talk about.

My Perl skills have improved tremendously in the last two months - it's amazing what working with it on a near-daily basis will do. So when I needed a way to restrict one person's remote access to my computer, while still granting him access to three directories on three different drives, I turned to a perl script... I sat down and wrote out a complete file-transfer mini-shell in perl. DetailsCollapse )

I'm also working on PerlMUSH - a TinyMUSH-like server written in perl. I'm going to try and make it as compatible as I can, without actually looking at the TinyMUSH code. Currently I'm basing it on MUX 1.5, since that's what I'm most familiar with, but I plan on switching to MUSH 3.0 fairly soon (or never - depends if I ever get around to installing 3.0) - at this point it'd still be an easy switch.
My ReasoningCollapse )

Currently I have a chat-like server which will accept connections, and handle everything except a 'WHO' from a MUSH-like connection screen. You can create new characters, or log into existing ones... but attempting to do anything after that will crash (since I haven't written the routines it's trying to call), and there's no preservation of the database. It will idle you out, if you're inactive long enough, too. The next step is going to be to add locations/contents. After that, I should be able to implement an emit() function, which will let me get pose and say working... Once I've got it up to the level of a standard basic chat server, I'll see where to go next.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Yuki Kaijura - .hack//SIGN OST.1 - key of the twilight

Jan. 4th, 2004

02:58 pm - Anime and Fansubs, and some other stuff too.

It's been a while since I posted. I've come to like Panther better, but not as much as I was expecting to. The fast startups with journaled file systems are really nice, but Exposé I never use. The same with everything else - there's nothing I couldn't live without, but there are some nice features which I do use. Overall, I'm happy that I got it, but only because I got it for almost half price as a student.

Just finished watching Haibane Renmei. For those of you who don't know what it is, you can read seattlesparks's description of it is here. I've had it sitting around for a while, but that's the description which got me to finally watch it.

As some of you (you who? Does anyone even read this?) may know, I collect fan-subbed anime episodes. Yes, even after they've been licensed and released in North America. Why do I do it, instead of supporting the companies who bring over anime buy buying the DVDs?

There's a saying: "Quality, speed, price. Pick any two." In the anime world (or at least my version of it), it's accurate, if you replace speed with convenience.

I have three choices: I can go out and buy DVDs. This would be Quality + Convenience. I'd have it on hand to watch whenever I wanted to, and it would be as good a quality as I could get. The downsides to this are two: I rarely watch anything a second time, and I'm a college student, without a regular income, and I wouldn't be able to afford many DVDs. A few, yes, but not many. And especially not to watch them only once, then put them away.

The next best choice is to rent the DVDs. This would be Quality + Price. I'd have to find a place I could walk to from my dorm which has a large enough selection for me to bother renting, and I'd have to go back to return them. I'd pay a fraction of the purchase price to watch them once, which is all I would watch them (or most of them) if I paid full price. Again, two problems with this scenario: I'd have to spend time finding such a place to rent them from, and more time going there to get whatever I felt like watching. Also, I rarely know, when I stand up from an anime-watching session, when the next time I'll be able to watch anything is. I just finished the last four epsides of Haibane Renmei... but the first 9 I watched over a week ago, I think. Sometimes it'll be several weeks before I have time, and then if I had to go out and rent a DVD, then come back and watch it, I'd be out of time again.

The final choice is fansubs. This would be Convenience + Price. I have to find places to download from, wait forever for them to download, and then the quality could be anywhere from DVD-quality to real player format (*shudder*). Or the sound might be choppy, or out of synch. Or the subtitles might be hard to read, or might not be accurate (not that I'd be able to tell). There's any number of problems with the quality of downloaded anime. But once I have it, it will sit on my computer until I'm ready to watch it, and then it's instantly available. And it's practically free, since the school provides my internet connection. Again, there's two downsides: The quality generally is mediocre, and when it's better, it takes up a lot of room on my hard drives. Also, I'm not supporting the companies who are investing time and money into bringing anime to the non-Japanese speaking part of the world. Do I feel guilty about this? Yes. Do I feel guilty enough to do one of the other solutions above? No.

If I ever find a series that I want to watch more than once, then I'll buy it on DVD. Then, it'll be worth it. Once I graduate and get a real job, and have a steady income, I can budget some towards renting or buying anime. If I find someone I can borrow from, that'd be even better :) But until my situation changes, my choice isn't going to change.

There's other advantages to fansubs too - For instance, I just finished watching all of Haibane Renmei. Not just the first half, which is all that has been released here (AFAIK). The quality wasn't outstanding, but for the most part it was decent enough. This might be the first series I go and buy the DVD of, to watch again, once the second half comes out. Or it might not be. I'll see.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Haibane Renmei - Blue Flow

Nov. 20th, 2003

02:56 pm - Panther... An improvement?

Well, I wrote this post, went to look up one last link, and Xjournal crashed on me. I hadn't saved, because I don't want a copy on my HD once I submit it... So now I need to rewrite it... Maybe I should look for a keystroke recorder...

Anyway:
I finally ordered Panther last Sat. night. It shipped Monday. I got it Tuesday. Nice and fast. And that's the only unqualified praise here.

I wanted to back up my HD before installing Tuesday night, so I could roll back if I needed to. The backup...Collapse )

Anyway, my backup finally finished around 4 PM yesterday. So, time to install. The install...Collapse )

Panther loads... I login... and everything I open crashes. Post install cleanup...Collapse )

Finally, Panther's stable. Panther reviewCollapse )

Overall, I'm not particularly impressed with Panther. I like the journaled file system. I can deal with the new Aqua look. I need a new MU* client that has spawns. I haven't tried a lot of programs yet... I'll see how things go.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

Nov. 5th, 2003

04:46 pm - Why? Why not?

Just because I filled out my name on someone else's map and it gave me the code to use...

I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
Username:
(Then get your friends to!)

Current Mood: indifferentindifferent

Oct. 31st, 2003

04:15 pm - .........?

Well, I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I ended up with a livejournal... I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but that's what we said about each of our cats, and they're still around. Plus, the LJ doesn't need food or kitty litter. So I'm sure it'll develop a reason eventually...

Maybe I'll even be able to keep track of various people and their journals now...

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised