Tuesday, February 22, 2000

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste.
— William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Remembrance

As you can see in yesterday’s entry, we’ve been trying to install a network cable, so that it will run from my room, to the room above it. Both rooms share a cavity, so we thought we’d drill a hole in the wall next to one cavity (in both rooms), drop the cable down the hole in the upper room, then use a wire to grab the cable in the lower room.

After about an hour of dragging the wire about the lower cavity, we took a plumb bob to the top cavity, taped the free end of its string to the network cable, then tried to drop the plumb bob down.

There was a floor in the way.

It turns out that when Dad built the house, he built it such that the floor went all the way through the cavity, to the outside wall. Of course, that was over twenty years ago, so he hadn’t remembered. Arrrg. We put everything away, and tomorrow will just drill a hole through my ceiling and the upper room’s floor, and pass the cable through that way.

On another, rather more interesting, note: I posted Informant, Preview Release 1, today. Check out its website, or the entry on BeBits. Huzzah!

The launch didn’t go off without its problems, however. The icon that I had put together really really sucked, so I asked Saalon if he’d be good enough to create a new one. He graciously assented, and provided me with a workably decent icon (by both our standards).

I then told everyone in #beos on EFnet about it, at which point several people downloaded it and kindly pointed out a few crash problems. I made a quick fix of those (except for one which I cannot figure out), and re-posted the file. That seems to have made people happy.

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