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 early, called the credit card company - to try to unwind
their horrific policy of stopping frequent traveller's cards working
abroad. Chappy was eager to know exact flight dates etc. for a full itinery.
So - this is Co-Op Bank / VISA stupidity; I wonder if there is better / hard
data on card providers that don't screw customers around ? Amex ? Mastercard ?
"FooCard: we don't leave you stranded in Turkmenistan with no cash !",
perhaps a good marketing strap-line ?
- Poked bugs. Jody's latest
blog on OOXML is fun, unfortunately Jody no longer works for Novell, FYI.
- And more interest today. Today, IBM
joined the OpenOffice.org project! which leads to several thoughts (amateur
pundit that I am):
- Firstly - welcome, this is an amazing day for both IBM and OO.o.
As something Novell has worked hard at (unfortunately behind the scenes) for
many months, it's great to see this come to fruition finally.
- Louis Suarez Potts famously re-assured IBM (Don) in Koper
that no-one in the community thinks not-releasing your OO.o code-changes is
anti-social (or words to that effect). As a person who had spent some time
hammering Don on this topic the night before, I was appalled. So I'm
happy now to enthusiastically applaud IBM for doing the right thing: releasing all
their changes & contributing them to OO.o. It's a great sight to see IBM
step out of the proprietary swamp into a world of Free Office Software:
following Sun's lead some years ago with OO.o.
- Go IBM ! It takes a lot of courage to start assigning all your
code ownership to a competitor. My hope is that as more substantial contributors
join OO.o, we will be in a stronger position to make this a truly open project,
with meritocratic leadership and ownership (like ~all other successful,
- Speaking of ownership, here is a trivial spot the imbalance
competition (some numbers
approximate), just focusing on developers (as of the new world): if we add
community translator head-count etc. of course Sun would be swamped numerically
(and trying roughly to convert a number of part-time community developers into
a guesstimated ~10 full-time equivalents):
- Question for Sun mgmt: at what fraction of the community will Sun
re-consider it's demand for ownership of the entirity of OO.o ?
- Anyhow, welcome IBM !, I'm glad to have you involved in OO.o,
and I look forward to working with you guys to try to make OO.o a project
with lower barriers to entry, that people and companes can easily join;
oh, and preferably one that is fun to hack on. Lets (finally) start to
make OO.o rock.
- Lunch, back to iogrind - I should post some screenshots some time I
guess. Wrote my report at length for AMD, including in this the effect of sorting
the files passed to OO.o's pagein binary (on Unix) by inode number. The pictures
show reads as red blocks linked by red lines; ie. the less scribble the fewer seeks:
- Rather an image-heavy day it seems. Off to visit a clothing solutions
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 (email@example.com)