This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up earlyish, very hot. Off to the conference,
turns out I'm an hour early, sat around for a bit chatted
to Jon Hellan. Got on-line eventually - Nat's card doing
- Poked at the mail server. Plugged away at the
RFP talk, then onto Thomas' 2nd Gstreamer talk - wearing the
T-shirt. Reviewing GUIs - the "real world" GUI, modelling
something that is easy to physically build with a lot of
effort, and producing something difficult to use.
- More talk hacking during the talk, several
amusing UI showcases of bad design.
- Met Morten afterwards, really good to catch up
with him, out for lunch at the student restaurant. Had Pizza,
with Morten, Owen, Jon Kare, Bill H, Dan and some others.
- Off to Rob Pike's talk, having been slightly
worried by Plan 9, I realised it was just an OS hackers wet
dream. After having 'plumbing' presented, I saw it was mooted
to solve some problems we'd solved more elegantly a while back,
and is only really useful in a system you fully control, and for
minor text context hacks. 'The generic URL highlighting
mechanism' - could hack it up in a day. It seems RP is
squandering his (impressive) credibility, on top of a
depressingly archaic 80's system. Sad but true.
- On to Havoc's 'File Selector' talk, Chris Lahey
and I had some serious concerns about how it was being
virtualised and the API to be presented to the user [ from
very different perspectives of what we want ].
- Then, onto the Development and Release process
talk, presented the slides (
tar.gz ). Havoc led the
discussion, I tried to present the need / process / problems.
Talk extremely positive overall, seemingly got a good degree
of consensus, and Owen (gtk+) on board - really good.
- Surprisingly encouraging to talk about our common
vision, lots of talk of Free software, overall solutions,
focusing on users, the lines of code not being the ultimate
end but a tactical approach to the overall solution. Also
about compromising with other projects.
- Rushed off afterwards to meet J', managed to find
her before she got home. Off home, cooled down.
- Out to Boston Common in the rain to Henry the
5th [ Boston Common, 8.00pm Tues->Sat ] for some weeks.
It started to rain ( cussid weather ) and no Americans turned
up to see it - great shame, no performance.
- Walked around the common - no wonder there are
outbreaks of disease - there were rats playing in the park
under the bush [ and running after each other across the
path ] freaked Julia out a bit. Past 'Cheers' on the way
- Watched 'ground hog day' instead, lovely to do
that with the other half. Bed early.
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)