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That geeky MacintoshMac OS X for Unix Geeks. Looks like an interesting book. There's also a sample chapter and this article.
Now they need to publish a book about Python on the Mac... writing Cocoa and Carbon apps, using Jython, how to run scripts, etc.
Where to now?Kaa 0.8 is almost ready (I expect to publish it this weekend). It has reached the point where it more or less does what I want. Sure, I can think of oodles of new features, small and large, but that doesn't take away the fact that I am reasonably content with it the way it is. It generates my blog, I have the few editing functions that I need, I can generate a custom page and archives... that's about it.
Or is it? What direction should I take? Here are some thoughts.
Q: Should Kaa be aimed at as many people as possible, or should it be more of a "niche" weblog, aimed at (Python) programmers?
Q: Should Kaa evolve into a more general content management tool?
Q: Should Kaa grow lots of features, or remain simple?
If you have thoughts on this, feel free to leave a comment or send me a mail.
Anyway, I added some small thingies, like walking through the input boxes with the Tab key, and the use of a custom port when FTP'ing. (All this inspired by a mail by Alan Runyan.) Expect 0.8 soon, unless life interferes.
Sounds of the pastRemember those C64 games that were no good but that you played anyway for the music? Well, I do. Chimera, for example, had great intro music by Rob Hubbard, but the game itself sucked, complete with awkward movement of your main character etc. Crazy Comets, I never played that, but the music was put in a "demo" by DCF (Dutch Commodore Freaks), IIRC.
Enter SidAmp. Doop man! Vet! A plugin for WinAmp to play SID files (for those who didn't own a C64, the SID was the C64's sound chip. It allowed for much better sound than PCs had, until SoundBlaster came along). To find SID files, consult the High Voltage SID Collection. Now you can listen to those great tunes of California Games, Comic Bakery, Chimera, BMX Kidz, Sanxion, Last Ninja, etc. etc.
Of course you can also grab an emulator of choice, grab some tape or disk images, and actually play those games. Or grab a magazine or two to put you in the mood. Some stuff I enjoyed back in the day: World Games, California Games, Hat Trick (a brilliant ice hockey game), Zolyx, Law of the West, Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, etc...
Why is it that......somehow, people's Internet activity seems to go down in the weekend? And I'm not talking about work-related Internet activity. I'm talking about weblogs, posts to newsgroups and mailing lists, etc. c.l.py newsgroup traffic, for example, takes a major hit in the weekends. That doesn't make sense. People find time to post in addition to their daily chores (whether it be work, school, etc), but in the weekend somehow they can't? I would expect a lot more traffic... I'm busy during the week, but have more time in the weekend.
Therefore I plead for more interesting weblog and newsgroup posts in the weekend. C'mon, it cannot be that hard...
CPAN for PythonRecently there have been new attempts to develop, or at discuss the development of, a CPAN-like system for Python. (Bengt Richter wants to use Google, and Andrew Kuchling uses a more conventional approach (see entry for Oct 17).)
This is a discussion that resurfaces on c.l.py every now and then, usually without much result. Sure, some people actually go and write something that can be used... but for some reason none of these tools have seen a lot of mainstream acceptance. Everybody agrees that a "CPAN for Python" would be a great thing to have, but few people want to code it, and fewer agree on what such a beast should look like. Should it "simply" be a collection of Python modules? Should it use dependencies? Should it be centralized? Should it have tools for easy installation of any module? Etc...
A year ago, I almost released my flavor of a CPAN-like system, of course heavily biased by my own preferences. (Almost, because at the same time Suchandra Thapa released "syphon", so I decided that future work on this would be pointless.) Honoring the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" adagium, I went for something very simple indeed. The idea (which, on second thought, might be much like Andrew Kuchling's) is as follows:
Anyway, I don't even have much time for Kaa, so I certainly won't be working on this anytime soon. I don't think it's much work to hack up some simple scripts though... it will be more of a chore to get lots of packages in the catalog, and even more to train people to submit their data.