Internet Woes

As luck would have it, shortly after I made my last post the Internet connection here took a nosedive. As of right now, I have no idea when, or even if, it will come back up. This is, quite understandable, putting a dapper on my Bugzilla Guide type work (I can’t check my email, look at the Bugzilla patch queues or even the Bugs, etc.). It’s also quite inconvenient for my Star Wars Galaxies playing. My in game time had been dwindling anyway because of the the stuff I was doing to get set up for editing the guide, but right now I think I’m risking loosing an awful lot of in game stuff (if maintenance isn’t paid, structures go boom). I’ll try and post something here when I have more information, but that’s all I got for now.

Jake is back on Documentation?

First of all, let me just say that I’m not officially back. Yes, I made my first checkin to the docs in more than a year. Yes, I’m gonna try my best to get back up to speed. Unfortunately, I’ve got a few roadblocks in that department.

  1. I actually have a fair amount of time daily when I can use my laptop. Most of this time is spent far away from an Internet connection.
  2. I don’t have enough hard disk space on my laptop to do a linux install so I can’t really get back up to speed as easily as I like (as an aside, perhaps I should try a windows install so I can update that section).
  3. I’m still in the Army and still in Iraq, so everything is subject to change seemingly without notice.

My initial plan is to try and get existing patches reviewed and checked in (which is what the checkin I just did was (bug 264226 on the 2.16 branch)). I also am looking over the changes that have been made in the past year and will probably undo parts of some of them. While some of the changes were quite welcome and needed, there are some things that I liked the way they were (as an aside, I have to wonder if Barnboy felt the same way about some of my changes).

So, that’s where I’m at. One step at a time.

PS. Another thing that may cut into my time is the fact that my Halo 2 disk just came in the mail today :).

Still In Iraq for Foreseeable Future

Once again, I bid you hello from Iraq where I’ll be for a yet to be determined amount of time. When I originally left, the plan was for a one year deployment. In the Army’s book, this “deployment” time includes things such as training (I spent 1 1/2 months at Fort Dix, NJ), redeployment (the Army term for going home), demobilization and terminal leave. Those last three things take about 2 months to do (redeployment and demob take about a month and terminal leave is simply leave paid at the end of deployment that wasn’t used during the deployment). That means that in order for all the paperwork to be completed on time you have to leave the area of operations about 2 months before the end of your deployed time. Being that my deployed time according to my orders ends in early January, that means I’d have had to leave here in early November. Well, that didn’t happen. Half our company did leave and they’ll be home really soon. Those of us that stayed behind will have to be issued extension orders as there is no way at this point to be done with all the post-deployment stuff before our current orders expire. I’ve heard rumors that those orders have been issued, though I haven’t seen them with my own eyes.

In other news, I was gonna give a shot at downloading the Bugzilla Documentation from CVS onto my laptop today (maybe I’ll get some time to look at it… no promises) when I noticed that cvs.mozilla.org now requires ssh in order to access it. I’m sure it’s a good thing, but being that I didn’t get the message when it was sent out in May (didn’t look at that mailbox) I never sent in a public key. Ah well, I sent it this morning so it should be activated soon.