You know, now I've got this lovely svn/trac infrastructure set up, it's much harder for me to play stupid about source control like I used to; really, it's just two commands for me to put a new project set up and get all the source under version control. And this time I know what the commands are, so absolutely no excuse.
It’s time for another “what’s going on” post. You probably already know I’m at the HQ building of our mission: some people work from home, I live at the office. It’s just a matter of perception, really. And you may know that I’m working in the IT department. Thankfully for me, this doesn’t mean computer support! I’m actually doing all the fun work that Mark here doesn’t get to do because he’s busy with support. This is a bit unfair on Mark, but it’s providing me with interesting jobs to do. Read more about Groupware
I was going to rant and rave about how Bible software like Logos and Accordance makes you pay huge amounts of money for public domain texts. I imagine to replicate my Sword library of Bible texts and commentaries would cost me over $500 with either of those two solutions, which is a shame, because I got all that for free. But, just for once, before ranting, I thought I'd check out why it is this way. I wrote to Logos and Accordance to ask why they charged so much for free stuff. Accordance wrote back; Logos did not reply.
Yep, we're pretty much ready, at least for an alpha. There are a few things that need to be fixed, but now I think is the time for people to kick the tires of it.
Last week I wrote:
I realised recently that a significant proportion of the missionary job is actually a customer relationship management problem: keeping in touch with people back home, sending out newsletters, thanking supporters, etc. As well as that, I want to be regularly praying for many of my friends and contacts, because, well, many of them are missionaries too. And besides, I look back on the number of friends from university that I've fallen out of touch with, and I really don't want that to happen with my ANCC friends as well.
I'm expanding Glob, my blogging software, to enable me to blog in two languages. I really respect Martin and Hazel and their bilingual blog, and I want to do the same. Not just for the integrity of knowing that you're not "talking about anyone behind their back", but also because I have a bunch of Japanese friends who get my blog (syndicated via Mixi, a Japanese social networking site) and would probably find it easier to read in Japanese than in English. Also it'll be good for my language skills!
I tried to do some work on Ditabase today. I set myself three tasks: finish a little script off which fixed the
svn:content-type metadata in a remote repository (as practise for scripting the kind of SVN manipulation we'll need to do in Ditabase proper); finish off the SVN Maypole model I've been writing; with that in place, generate XML directory listings of a repository to be handed off to Kupu.