TIP 287 accepted in time for Tcl 8.5

My TIP to add a way to introspect the amount of buffered unread data was accepted by the TCT on the eve of the feature freeze for Tcl 8.5. Voting in favor were Donald Porter, Andreas Kupries, Kevin Kenny, Donal Fellows, Richard Hipp, and Jeff Hobbs.

The final version of the TIP ended up differing from my initial proposal. Rather than [chan available $chan] we have [chan pending input $chan] and [chan pending output $chan]. I like the syntax and symmetry much better now.

My patch implementing TIP 287 has been commited to the CVS HEAD and will be in 8.5. I'm glad to have been able to contribute something (albeit small) back to the core.

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Perchance do you find this dialog silly too?

Shauna's been writing our annual Christmas letter. She tries to make it fun & interesting and not boring ("look at how great and amazing and so much smarter our children are"). She writes the content in Word and I typeset it with XeTeX to make it look just a little bit nicer. (I feel that I need to be involved in the process somehow...)

Word helpfully popped up this warning when I went to export her document to plain text:

Word 'Save As ...' confirmation dialog box

I find this dialog silly because Word ought to be able to:

  1. Tell definitively that the document does (or does not) contain formatting
  2. Know for sure that the document is (or is not) password protected
  3. Realize that the document has not been modified at all since the last time it was saved in Word's native format

Peradventure the document contained both formatting and was password protected... shouldn't that dialog say "and/or" instead of just a plain "or" to cover all contingencies? ;-)

— Michael A. Cleverly

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The window for 2006 tax deductions is slipping away

The window of opportunity for our twins to be born in 2006 is rapidly vanishing. I think it'd be really fun if the first were born before midnight (in 2006) while the other was born just after midnight (in 2007).

Shauna's just plain ready for them to be born anytime (they are past the 35-week mark, which is a major milestone for twin development). But unless something happens Really Soon Now(tm) we'll have to content ourselves with both babies being born in the same year... :-)

— Michael A. Cleverly

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