Absent Apologies

Holidays are a wonderful thing. Especially when there’s ten kids involved :). Seriously ..

We have two families, with whom we do a lot of stuff. Together there are six adults and ten kids. It’s awesome. I mean, sometimes there are issues, but mostly, we have a blast.

This year we stayed at my folks place (in Tamworth for anyone who cares). All in the one house. Another couple of friends slept on the lounge-room floor on tuesday, so it was 18 at one point.

Anyway, I have another post burning in my brain, so ..

Sorry for not posting I was going on holidays. A week is a long time not to post.

Sensing Infinity

This isn’t exactly a development post. Not at all.

Since I could read, certain characters have really been emblazoned on my memory. Certain aspects, or characteristics, of characters moreso. I was trying to think through why on the drive home from holidays.

And it struck me simply .. it is a sense of Infinity.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. .. :).

Take the Hulk. He is my primary example, but there are others.

Throughout the comics, there are mentions of the fact that .. the madder Hulk gets the stronger he gets.

This statement has never been broken in the comics, as far as I am aware. It still stands as truth.

And this statement is my point.

The Hulk has a sense of infinity to him. He has a characteristic that cannot be measured by any known terms. This is what I grasped.

There aren’t many characters that spring to mind straight away .. but if you think through your favourite ones, it might be that you will find something similar. Granted, the Hulk is not my favourite fictional character .. this Infinity complex is not the only factor in determining how much I rate them. But it’s a big part.

Haven’t really sorted it out yet in my mind, as the post’s lack of conciseness testifies .. but it was some well-spent moments in the car while the kids weren’t fighting :).

Time Keeps On Slipping

Thought I’d just give a brief rundown on what I’ve been doing the last week or so, apart from scribing down news of Clarion 7.

Projman has a new version on the way, soooon. There’s been a couple of cosmetic changes, at least one important functionality change, and the Documentation has begun! It’s a cool little bit of funcitonality in and of itself. Not finished yet, lots of ideas for improvements, but my goal is to get the User Guide scratched together and put the version up for use.

The other major project I’ve been working on is my Freight System (don’t mind the site, it’s also undergoing a lot of upgrading). I’m creating an upgrade system that will be transferable across all my projects, and it’s really quite exciting. Most of the work is done by NetTalk, what a wonderful tool!

In essence, it’s nothing new, developers have been doing this for long time long. The TAFRES Server connects to the FTP Server, and runs some logic to determine what new version installations are on the FTP Server for both the TAFRES Server and the TAFRES Client. These are then downloaded. If there is a TAFRES Server upgrade, all Clients are informed, and closed down, and then the Server is shutdown and a silent installation is run. If there is a Client upgrade (if a Server too, the Server runs first), the Clients are told to shutdown and restart (not sure if this will be automatic or manual). On restarting, the silent installation is run.

The last part of this is still not finished. I’m in the middle of it.

It’s an exciting time. Especially the update/upgrade (not sure which term to use yet) functionality. Once that’s down, then sending out updates will be so much easier than trying to explain to a client where to go to download, and then what to do with running an installation, on each client!

‘Nuff said for now,