BLOGical Thoughts Archive

December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

I am still doing testing on the soccer program and am still finding small bugs. The last one involved not setting the cancel button in the initialize schedule. When you clicked it, nothing happened. Now it works fine. I hope all the remaining bugs are that easy to fix.


This will be my last post this week. I will post again on Monday. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year.


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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

I started running through the soccer program test plan again. I found a few things that needed to be fixed and fixed them. I am about half way through the test plan. I should be able to finish that up today, and then I will send the setup out to the test team yet again..


It turns out that my mother actually fractured her femur, close to her hip, instead of the actual hip. They operated to replace the ball joint and attached the result to the femur. She came through the 2 hour operation fine, but I guess she looks like a pincushion from all the jabs she has had in the last 24 hours.

She will have to have physical therapy, but I've been told she should be back on her feet in three or four days - with a brand new 12 inch scar on her left leg.


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Monday, 26 December 2011

I updated the test plan for the soccer program and started doing some testing. That uncovered a few more minor bugs, so I fixed those. I will be starting the testing over today, and I will email yet another version of the program to my two other testers.

The only thing left to do on the program is to figure out how to limit its operation if the user has not purchased the program. We are after the bucks on this one.


Not a good way to have a Christmas yesterday. My mother fell and broke her hip last night, doing something she shouldn't have been doing. Apparently, though, an 82 year old is just as stubborn as a kid, so she went ahead with whatever she was doing, slipped and fell. They will operate to patch her up today.


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Friday, 23 December 2011

I finished up the work on the soccer program and created a new install for it. I sent the program to my two testers. I still have to test it myself, but overnight, I thought of a few items that need to be cleaned up first. So I will be working on it again today. One of the changes is to the copyright notice, since by the time we release the program it will be 2012.


Christmas is on Sunday, so I hope everyone has a good one. Don't overdo the fine food. I will talk to you all on Monday, as usual.


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Thursday, 22 December 2011

I finished up the restore/delete back up dialog for the soccer program yesterday. I started in on modifying and adding to the help pages and realized I had forgotten to put Help buttons on the dialogs. I will do that today.

I had to change the help menu in each help page to add the two new dialogs. That means I had to modify all the help pages and not just add two new ones. I have been looking for a way to make the menu separate so I only have to change it one place, but have not succeeded so far. There should not be any more changes to it, so I will just stick with what we have now.


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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

I was working on a laptop yesterday that was dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu. The Windows portion was so infected with crap that it was unusable and the owner wanted Windows completely removed. So I wiped out all the Windows partitions (270GB) and created a Linux partition from the now-empty space. I then moved the Linux home directory into that partition. I ended up with 35GB for the root partition with a 270GB home partition. This all works like a champ, so I am very happy about the results.

What I am not happy about is the lousy user interface I had to use with Ubuntu. The owner had updated their Ubuntu, so it now uses Unity for its desktop instead of Gnome 3.2. I must tell you that I haven't used such a lousy graphical interface since Windows 1. If they think they are doing new users a favor, think again. Time after time, I had to resort to typing the name of a program I needed because I couldn't find it in Unity. What kind of desktop is it that makes you work much, much harder to achieve your goals?


I finished the delete portion of the restore/delete dialog for the soccer program. All that is left to do is the restore portion and three help pages. I don't know if I will finish today, as I have caught a cold and am not feeling up to snuff.


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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Yesterday I rewrote the way the soccer program back up dialog saves data from the database. I had originally written it so it created a set of files containing SQL INSERT statements, but I decided not to go the route because of a problem with the Delphi components I am using to access the database. Instead, I am saving the data out to individual files in a delimited format. The restore/delete dialog will read each line and do an Insert command for the line. Not as easy as the SQL statements, but this works with the Delphi components.

I also started work on the restore/delete dialog, but got pulled away by several things, so it is not complete. I hope to finish it in the next several days.


Despite the fact that I no longer post links to articles about copyright, I am still vitally interested in the subject, as the way that system is currently being used is not the way the system is supposed to be used. Here is a comment from Tech Dirt that sums things up rather well:

"People insist that the Constitution gave content creators copyright. We've gone over this in the past, but since this myth persists, it's nice to have a thorough debunking:"