Bunny and I were talking about the lack of posts around here, and I gave two rather pathetic reasons for slacking off. The second reason deals with The Corporation—I'm not sure how free I can be with work details. Smirk isn't my boss at The Corporation (he's a fellow cow-orker) and I haven't brought the issue up with R, who is The Ft. Lauderdale Office Manager (and the one who hired me initially) nor with E, who I do report to but works out of the Seattle Office.
Sure, I could mention that The Protocol Stack From Hell™ says it's thread safe, but still requires a mutex around a few calls. And I could mention that in the source code to The Protocol Stack From Hell™ we do have access to I found a global variable being used when creating a packet of data, thus causing all sorts of issues with the multithreaded testing tool I'm writing. I could also mention the fact that The Protocol Stack From Hell™ failed to properly use C++ inheritance by declaring multiple copies of object member variables in subclasses. And I could mention that we paid quite a lot of money to use this wonderful Protocol Stack From Hell™.
[Related to that—I could write about the wonderful Protocol Stack From Hell™ every day, but even I got tired of my rants against control panels. The Protocol Stack From Hell™ is way worse in that we don't have access to the source (well, we have access to some of the source; just not the stuff that's real puzzling) and it's only after browbeating the tech support that we learn just how bad the stuff really is, such as obtaining a textual representation of an error that's stored past a certain structure our code receives that's so totally not documented. And this is a daily occurrence! Don't even get me started on the silliness of their SNMP support!]
So yeah, I could mention all that, but I'm not sure if I can. Or should. You know?
The first reason I'm slacking off had Bunny rolling on the floor laughing, and yes, I could see her reasoning. It has to do with manually updating MyFaceSpaceBook everytime I posted here; it just feels like too much work.
Okay, there's nothing compelling me to link to my post at MyFaceSpaceBook, except that I personally view MyFaceSpaceBook as another feed (much like my Atom feed or RSS feed), and thus, I feel compelled to update MyFaceSpaceBook when I update here.
Okay, I'll wait until you stop laughing.
So, given that The Protocol Stack From Hell™ was acting up yesterday, I decided to see what it would take to automatically update MyFaceSpaceBook when I post here.
My God MyFaceSpaceBook doesn't make it easy.
All I want to do is update my status. After several hours of reading,
registering as a developer (and man, I would link to that page, but now I
can't even find the page—sheesh!), manually running API web calls (I didn't know
openssl / s_client -connect host:443 until
tonight—wow!) to tweak settings in my account and learning curl (even though I've
written code to retrieve web pages, it doesn't support HTTPS and
that's a whole mess I'd rather skip for now), I have a
proof-of-concept program that can update my status at MyFaceSpaceBook.
The next step is to integrate the proof-of-concept into the blog engine and have it update MyFaceSpaceBook automatically.
And then, maybe, I'll start posting more often.