Quick Programming Project

Since I have started using Xpenser to track my time and it exports data in CSV format, I threw together a small program to read the CSV file, calculate my time on various jobs, and output that time along with the amount owed for the individual job and total owed over all jobs. The only input required is the date to start the calculation from. I plan to add the ability to calculate a specific date range instead of just a given start date to the current date as well as make the output a bit nicer.

It took a little longer than I expected since I hadn’t programmed in a while, but it was fun nonetheless.

Download here.

Just a Niggle

I am usually more of a KDE person, but I have really been enjoying the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my Dell Mini 9. Everything works great except for suspend when there is a mounted SD card in the card reader.

When there is a card mounted, closing the lid or suspending from the menu hangs the machine requiring a hard reboot to fix. There a bug report on Launchpad for this issue, but it seems that little progress is being made. I really hope this issue is resolved for 10.04 or before.

The 8GB internal SSD is sufficient for now, but it would be nice to have a card in the reader permanently for extra space.

if “evolution” == “religion”: print “Say what?”

High school marching band can’t wear evolutionary T-shirts – Kansas City Star

According to Superintendent Pollitt “the district was required by law to remain neutral on religion.” I may have missed the news, but since when is evolution a religion or have anything at all to do with religion.   Hopefully they are being taught the theory of evolution in their science classes, so why can’t they it on their shirts.  It seems that fundamentalist Christians are always looking to be offended by something no matter how insignificant.  At least this school is on the Missouri side, so I don’t have to be ashamed of my state yet again.