Archive for August, 2006

Hackfest 101111 Postmortem

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

24 August 2006 – atlhack reunions

in Korea, people eat the roe directly out of the sea urchin (uni)

also we met Maya, who is a biotech lab tech at Tech

Since Last Week:
Matt- finished his chapter (Picky Eating is a Moral Failing) for Food and Philosophy.
Graham- the laptop battle was postponed. But they released audicle sources!
-restarted SWIMM and started working with Michael.
Alex- more SWIMMing, setup a svn server, ramping up to work on Jess.
-thought really hard about distributing functional languages over a network, had a good conversation with B. Dorn.
-wants to rewrite it in python.
Erik- using Ruby on Rails for hacking SalesForce, maintaining a local mirror of a database.

Plan for This Week:
Erik- fix the bug in his AJAX history.js (provides back and forward functionality within AJAX UIs).
Matt- will hack Frump the Turtle with photoshop.
Alex- will start on porting the Electronic Bard to python.
Graham- will hack the audicle to display "later" – a relative time.

This Week’s Reality:
Erik- released an alpha of history.js on, complete with an article.
Matt- colored a page of Frump the turtle.
Alex- made a class skeleton for python Electronic Bard.
-discussed Electronic Sudoko with Zach from computer camp.
Graham- made the changes, trying to get the Audicle-global keystroke to work.

Hackfest 101110 Mortem

Friday, August 4th, 2006

3 August 2006 – new members!
music – a playlist with ample Mates of State

Mike Tria ( – getthere -> code generation startup MetaJ (applied frequently to VoiceXML) -> wrote a clickstream tracking application -> compucredit -> Unisys (open source architect). Will be presenting an overview of migrations (Sun -> Linux, Mainframe->Linux, application migrations) at LinuxWorld.

Writing a video game in Java. The Philosopher (like a Link to the Past) – it’s a game for programmers. Tuned heap and garbage collector. Custom interface using SWT with openGL functionality.

Wants to stay technical (an architect position), wants to start a software shop in Atlanta.

His company is looking for J2EE or .NET architects, and ready to hire.

(Mike suggests Graham read latest Comm-ACM on audio processing)
Mike will send his ideas doc for consumption of all.

Robin – hates the CompE department at Tech. Hard to get jobs without a graduate degree. Programs cable boxes in C for Nagra. Wants to learn Java.

Since Last Week:
Vinny- published source code for SwixUL (
Graham- modified Mused analysis code to work with later version of Bass.NET
Mike- modifying blojsom to use his clickstream tracking

This Week:
Mike- looking at rules-engines (JBoss-rules) for work. making an interface layer from JBoss rules to arbitrary webservices. (got his slipstream rules to work, will be gone for 3 weeks)
Graham- going to parse XML data about songs.
Vinny- mess around with pygame to do mouse tracking and gesture recognition
Robin- writing a bash script to copy a file tree with inclusion / exclusion (something like rsync)

license discovery tool – fire sale
Google ATL moving to Tech Square?