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Friday, December 10, 1999

Well, I did it. I ordered a dual-processor P3 with 128 MB of RAM from BeMachines today. [poor imitation of Tim Allen grunting] That’s about all I can report. This is Brent Newhall, signing off.

Thursday, December 9, 1999

Well, I’ve decided on the path that I’m going to take with Informant. I’m going to concentrate less on releasing it as soon as humanly possible, and more on increasing its featureset. It’s OK that there are other newsreaders out there; Informant will be the most powerful (eventually). I’ll just have to stay in the race longer than any of the others. As a result, I’ve started to spend less time on Informant. I’m […]

Wednesday, December 8, 1999

Not much to report. Last night’s episode of Dilbert was cute (appropriately enough). I got a job offer from NEC (which I don’t think I’ll take; it’s too far from where I live). I got a bit of work done on Informant. Blah.

Tuesday, December 7, 1999 — Pearl Harbor Day (USA)

I woke up this morning a bit depressed. I don’t really know why. It’s pretty much passed now, though. If you’re at all interested in web page design, check out Dan’s Web Tips. It’s an excellent overview of the various “tricks” that you can perform with HTML, and reasons why you shouldn’t (or should) use them. I tend to agree with his basic philosophy on how to think about […]

Monday, December 6, 1999

Uh-oh. There’s a new BeOS newsreader out there, namely Gossip. It might blow Informant away. Which is not necessarily a terrible thing; I was spending huge amounts of time on Informant and was really struggling with it. This might be an opportunity to work on something different, like BeSpy (a GameSpy for the BeOS), or an intelligent agent I’m thinking of developing. I’m hoping to download Gossip tonight to see how it […]

Saturday, December 4, 1999

Informant’s coming along slowly. I hope to have a decent version ready by the end of the weekend. I had breakfast with my Dad this morning out at a local Silver Diner. It was nice to just spend some time catching up and chatting. Not that we don’t talk as it is, but we don’t have all that much time alone with each other.

Thursday, December 2, 1999

Not feeling too hot this morning. Had trouble getting to sleep. But my site, Focus on BeOS is now live. I have a lot of plans…. I did manage to implement “Post New Article” for Informant last night. I’m trying to implement one feature or major fix per night. We’ll see where that leads. Came across a very interesting article called Edit This Page yesterday. It […]

Wednesday, December 1, 1999

*sniff* *sniff* Ahhh. A clean new diary page. ;-) I went to bed early last night, after talking with Saalon about an idea I had for an intelligent agent who would basically maintain your computer. If something goes wrong, you can ask it later on for an explanation. You could ask it to pull up an application or document that you use often (“Pull up the book I’m working […]

Tuesday, November 30, 1999

If all goes well, my site should go live tomorrow. I spent last night writing up extra articles for it, faxing my contract, and e-mailing them a photo of me. Cool, huh? I also received my Iron Giant DVD from yesterday, and I finally got my parents to watch it. I’m glad to report they loved it (“Not that there was any doubt” — Saalon, when told […]

Monday, November 29, 1999

Others were out of town over the holiday weekend, and couldn’t update their websites as a result. I, on the other hand, have no excuse. :-/ I didn’t really get much done on Informant; I’ve hit another one of those troughs in the development cycle. I’m getting help with a few things, though, so I should be able to get a few more things taken care of relatively quickly. My parents spent a large […]

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