Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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MacOS and Dinner

Well, I finally got the printer to work from the Mac box a couple days ago, with help from my friend who works at Apple. Was slightly painful! But now I can print from the laptop via my All-in-One off of the Windows box. Of course, my poor friend has found herself receiving bug reports from me about the various MacOS X programs included with my Powerbook. On the other hand, I e-mail them to her, and they get entered into the bug system, and probably fixed quickly... that's something I've never felt about Windows!

I've been tinkering with ObjectiveC. It's been so long since I had used it, I'd forgotten what a joy it can be at times. Cocoa is taking me longer to learn, but ObjectiveC is coming back to me quickly; it used to be my favorite programming language, and things like the 'autorelease' message make me remember why. My god, that's a godsend when it comes to memory management where you allocate memory in one function and use it in the calling function but nowhere else. I lust for such a function in Visual C++! :)

Other than that, I've been swamped with Trillian beta dev. Lots of bugs, but many of them have been cleared out. Still have stuff I want/need to finish before release, but I'm getting happier with where the Jabber medium is for a first release. There's still lots and lots and I want to do with it, but considering this is for Jabber the equivalent of what Trillian 0.60 was for AIM, I'm pretty pleased with it so far. Once this release is out, I'll start just adding functionality into Jabber and getting more and more features into it. Plus, some other stuff we have planned for the next release... whew! Maybe we can take a vacation after this release, though. :)

Went out to dinner tonight with my dad and my sister-in-law, Reiko. Reiko's in town briefly and returns to Fayetteville soon, so it was nice to see her. Reiko and her two sisters, Amy and Kiyo, were at dad's house, and I met them all there. Kiyo played with my laptop (and my cellular phone, and every other gadget I had with me), and then we all went out for Greek food. I got spinach pie, and we all got flaming cheese. The flaming cheese was a little over-dosed, though, and the resulting fireball was two stories high -- literally -- and prompted 'HopAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!' rather than 'Hopa!' from the waiter, as well as prompting Amy and I to both leap back about a foot as the flames licked out at us. Still, despite the near-death experience, it was good cheese. And it was as fun as always to talk to Reiko, Amy and Kiyo. Kiyo had her usual dating horror stories -- this time the cute guy who she gave her number to who hasn't called her back ("It's like the Little Mermaid. When the sun goes down on the third day, all hope is lost...") -- and I lost my cellular phone to her a few times. Went back to their house to say hi to their parents and talk for a bit, and then I came home. It was nice.

Dad and I are going to go out and visit poor Reiko in Fayetteville with some vacation time later this year. With Michael in Iraq until January/February, she desperately wants some family/friends to visit her. ...erm, what /is/ there to do in Fayetteville, other than hang out with Reiko? :)
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