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Fri 09 Mar 2007

Taking a break across the Causeway

Category : Commentary/Muar.txt

I'm going up to Muar for the weekend. Actually, I'm looking forward to it. It's a two-hour drive across the Causeway. I wonder if I can find Internet access while I'm there. Otherwise I won't be able to get my mail.

Posted at 8:56AM UTC | permalink

What's right about being a Mac fanatic?

Category : Commentary/MacFanaticsRUs.txt

It's strucked me, while working on getting DNS Enabler, WebMon, and MailServe, etc, to work on Leopard, that the Mac user community gets a certain unique benefit, in terms of higher quality of software, when the Mac developers are themselves Mac fanatics.

Let me explain.

What we like most about Macs is that they just work. And, if you're so devoted to that idea, you come in with a very real appreciation for the pristine state in which the system is delivered. And, if you're a developer, you try very hard not to upset that state. Otherwise the Mac will stop being a Mac.

And that's what's happening when I'm trying, say, to get all the MaiServe features to work again on Leopard (some are broken; I'm still figuring why).

I try to determine absolutely the least amount of changes that I need to make to the system, to give the user the most in terms of the added capabilities, like POP or IMAP, or support for installing SSL certs without the sweat.

And I need to think ahead about how to restore the system to its pristine state, if at all possible, whenever the user chooses to de-install those capabilties.

And so, all these are hard to do. But, if you're a Mac fan, you can't see how it could work any other way.

Posted at 8:42AM UTC | permalink

Luca 2.5.3 Released

Category : Technology/Luca2dot5dot3.txt

Rio from Indonesia has been using Luca and he's hit a problem while trying to close a financial year. I had introduced a bug when I switched from using floating point arithmetic to using the higher precision NSDecimalNumbers. This bug prevents the year-end closing script from completing and it seems to have affected only SQLite users and not MySQL or PostgreSQL.

Anyway, I've fixed it in the 2.5.3 release and the year-end closing function will now work across all three database types. You can download Luca 2.5.3 from here.

I've managed to build a Leopard-compatible version of Luca. I've been experimenting with Leopard while I fixed that year-end closing bug. The 2.5.x releases mark the point where I transition to Leopard and see what new features in Cocoa I can take advantage of in Luca. There will be a Luca 3.0 when Leopard ships.

Posted at 8:01AM UTC | permalink


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