The life and times of Zack Weinberg.
Sunday, 30 June 2002
# 2:50 PM
Further to my rant about version
numbers: I left out two important ways to do it wrong.
- Failing to bump the major number when you should have. A good
current example of this is automake. Versions 1.5 and 1.6 of this program are incompatible with
version 1.4; therefore, they should have been called 2.0 and 2.1.
- Incrementing any component by more than one. This contributes to the
pernicious misapprehension that version numbers are decimal fractions.
People sometimes do that when they want to suggest that there have
been a lot of changes and compatibility is not 100% guaranteed; for
jumped from 2.13 to 2.50. The proper thing to do, again, is bump the major
It is, by the way, okay to delete features without bumping the major
version, as long as the upgrade path is straightforward.
# 2:35 PM
Yesterday was the wake for my grandfather. Well, it wasn't a wake
in the technical
sense. There was just a large afternoon party at my grandmother's
house, with about eighty of his relatives and friends invited. No
speeches were made and no one got drunk. A proper farewell to a man who
had three hundred people show up for his fiftieth wedding anniversary
(last year), though.
It was the first time since about nine years ago that I saw all my
cousins in the same place; they've done an awful lot of growing in the
interim. The eldest is off to college in the fall.
This morning, I set out to make pancakes, only to discover that the
maple syrup had gone moldy. I didn't know maple syrup could go
# 1:05 AM
From Salon's interview with
the writer for the new HBO miniseries Wire:
I'll tell you what, this would be enough for me: The next time
the drug czar or Ashcroft or any of these guys stands up and
declares, "With a little fine-tuning, with a few more prison cells,
and a few more lawyers, a few more cops, a little better armament,
and another omnibus crime bill that adds 15 more death-penalty
statutes, we can win the war on drugs" — if a slightly larger
percentage of the American population looks at him and goes, "You
are so full of shit" ... that would be gratifying.
I'm impressed that HBO is willing to take on a show like that.
It seems, well, real, and to be saying something that
needs saying. That's unusual in TV.