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 at 3am to tidy up some loose
ends from the day. Also got my 1st negative comment on my
photos, so far fairly few spontaneous private comments (from
outside Novell) a complete summary (excerpting & anonymizing):
- Community hacker - thanks a lot for your las
blog entry ... i see i'm not alone
- Code Contributor - I had to just drop by and
let you know your recent blog entries had me ROTFLMAO.
:_D ... You have to laugh, or else I guess you'd cry.
I was pleased recently to see even Sun employee's gawk
at some of the crazy policies ...
- Community hacker - You know, I don't dispute
that specification can be important ... quite
frankly, I don't see it worthwhile to sacrifice my time
away from my family to try to write a spec, have to
debug the basic macro in the template, try to get some
help from Sun, only to find my plea for help silently
- Sun hacker #1 - read your blog, pre-emptively
setup a meeting, produced proposal for improving some
aspect, mailed me about it for comment, CC'd relevant
- Sun hacker #2 - This is absolutely inacceptable.
... there are a lot of complaints about work done by you
and your colleagues that caused a lot of frustrating work
in our QA and for our developers. ... I'm very
disappointed. - from someone whose opinion I rather
- In the light of #2, reading again, I note two things:
- QA/UE could get upset wrt. big-print / pictures.
The point is simply - that there is no need to patronize
these people, they are competant technical people.
Simple, easily discoverable features (eg. the
quick-starter) should not need a specification.
- Humor - it is clear that my daughter hasn't filed
an issue yet, and this is rather an exaggeration, and
of course some parts of Sun are extremely
helpful and responsive, eg. the GSL team - and others,
indeed wrt. timely patch review the situation is
improving daily. My main complaint is the specification
process - at best - it dramatically hinders lots of
the diffuse 'polish' changes we need.
- Up lateish, into town with babes to buy misc. bits.
Finally repaired the toilet flush - the long-suffering wife
pleased. Lunch, slept a little in the afternoon, poked mail.
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)