Alarm 1202*

What had happened this weekend and this week thus far:

  • Fixed bugs on Saturday at the office so we can move to make a release of our software today.
  • Went to a party after work on Saturday.
  • Played golf with friends on Sunday.
  • Watched HBO’s Rome premiere (1 hours).
  • Watched Fox’s Prison Break premiere (2 hours).
  • Watched Discovery Channel’s Top Gear (1 hour).
  • Watched Fox’s House (1 hour).
  • Watched History Channel’s Failure is Not an Options part 1 and 2 (4 hours in total).
  • Fixed disappearing toolbars in ecto (45 minutes).
  • Put and sold old TV and TiVo via Craigslist.
  • Finished reading last week’s New Scientist.

What will happen this week:

  • Watch Showtime’s Weeds (30 minutes).
  • Watch TNT’s Wanted (1 hour).
  • Watch Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain (1 hour).
  • Watch Discovery Channel’s Going Tribal (1 hour).
  • Transfer Rome (SD version) from DVR to VHS for Leah’s friend.
  • Watch Discovery Channel’s Top Gear (1 hour).
  • Watch Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza (~4 hours including practice, qualifying, and race).
  • Read this week’s New Scientist.
  • Finish up programming and testing of ecto for version 1.8 release next week.

* Alarm 1202 is the program alarm in the Apollo’s Lunar Landing Module when the landing computer is overloaded.

TypePad "New" Feature

Finally I can select the photo albums that I want to display in my TypePad blog sidebar, thanks to my buddy Nick. This is one of my biggest complaint about the “media” features of TypePad, along with the inability to allow comments on photos, etc. Unfortunately, this new feature comes about 5 weeks too late as I am done with waiting and moved on to Flickr already.

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Technorati tags support

Last week was a pretty quiet week on ecto support. All I had on my list were finishing off adding Radio Userland support earlier in the week and fixing a file upload bug on Friday. So I had all of today to add Technorati tags support to ecto, finally! It has been long time coming and judging from the amount of work I had to do today, I should have had done this many weeks ago. The feature works exactly like in the Mac version (minus support for and Flickr tags) which makes it easy for users who use both versions. The missing features right now are the keyboard navigation support and the right-arrow to Technorati page support, which will be added this week. The code is not optimised right now and I will be refactoring the code in the next few days to get it nice and clean.

I will also be refactoring some of the post window code into user controls to reduce the size of the form’s code file. Resharper is running slower and slower as the class file gets bigger and bigger. I can’t wait for Visual Studio .Net 2005 and the support of partial class file! Though, I think partial class file is a double edge sword that makes it much easier for lazy developers (like myself sometimes) not to refactor code. Ugly codes? Just throw them into the partial class file and they will never see the day again…

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So I bumped into Zeljko Ivanek before but today’s encounter tops it easily.

Yesterday morning Leah left for work and minutes later she texted me to say that people are filming outside our apartment building. Apparently it is for Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. When I left the building for work, they were still just setting up and I didn’t managed to see any actors, A-rate or otherwise.

When I left the office for lunch today, I spotted the movie trailers again and I knew it is the same movie. Again I didn’t see any one famous which was disappointing. But on my way back to the office, I was approaching one of the trailer and just when I was about two steps in front of the trailer door, it opened and Jodie Foster stepped out! She was no more than 4 feet from me and looks great just like she is on film, unlike most actors who look worse in real life. Definitely shorter than I thought, probably about 5′ 3″ or 5′ 4″ at the most.

Didn’t see Denzel or Clive though but no big loss for me 🙂

Sweet Setup!

Even though I have posted a photo of the new TV, I haven’t blogged about the new A/V setup yet. Today I went to BestBuy and bought a A/V selector and a bunch of cables so I finally able to hook up all the gears (almost). So here are what I have so far:

  • HDTV – Toshiba 46HM94
  • Cable – Scientific Atlanta 8300HD with DVR
  • DVD player – Zenith DVB318
  • DVD/Receiver – Panasonic SC-HT900
  • A/V Selector – Pelican PL960

Current A/V setup

Originally uploaded by alexhung.

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