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, interested to see go-oo getting
hammered in a performance comparison.
A really interesting site Andrew has put together, and embarassing to look so
bad. A large part of the problem is with comparing go-oo's 'Universal' build,
(built with an ancient tool-chain so it actually runs on ~all Linux's) with Fedora's
nice, natively compiled version (using native system libraries); though of course not
wanting to switch O/S to test something is understandable - clearly go-oo runs rather
faster on OpenSUSE. Having said all that, for me - the most depressing thing is
to (re?)-discover Andrew's site, and see that despite the huge amount of work
Novell / I have put into trying to make OO.o faster, much of which is now
up-stream, we are losing the fight: Is OpenOffice getting faster
"In conclusion, OpenOffice.org is generally getting
slower with each release." - thanks for keeping us honest Andrew.
Poked Fridrich wrt. binutils versions, prodded yast2 settings.
Lunch, prodded architect some more, verified my stacked chart bug is
fixed in OO.o 3.0.
Hour long trip to see the doctor for the snip (or, as it turned
out the cauterise) - so far, not much more painful than substantial
dental work. In consequence missed most of the core-team meeting.
Up early, mail pokeage, wrote some perl scripts to analyse
git logs. More mail, wrote a screed, call with Sean Atkinson, nice to
hear from him.
Sat in on the end of Hannah's first piano lesson, out for a
Lie in for J. got the kids marshaled, tried to keep E. quiet.
Off to NCC, Helen speaking. Had Leyla & Nathan back for lunch,
good to meet them.
Out to Cheeky Monkeys for George's party with the girls: lots
of leaping, jumping, tumbling, ball-pool action etc. Managed to avoid
getting sucked in for the most part.
Lie in; read the economist while J. shopped. Bruce &
Anne arrived for lunch, good to see them. Clive helped cook a great
meal. Played with the children for much of the afternoon, and
tidied up. Bed early.
Mail, call with Hallski, more mail, wrote up notes from
yesterday. Lunch, caught up with Morten, call with Alex, took
a look at novell-ipsec, hmm.
Call with Stephan & Gary, then with Guy, then with
Kelli - more talking than programming is bad.
Sue & Clive arrived, got too with frantic child
cleaning, putting to bed etc. Laura baby-sat, while we went out
with Sue & Clive to Cherly's chocolate meal: which was rather
excellent. Caught up with Rachel, fine wine, fine food &
cholocate in every course. Bed late.
Up in the night, prodded mail. Off to the dentist, and back
for an interview. Struggling with linux kernel gitdm output, since
2.6.15 we have 96k changes, somewhat more than the 64k rows we have,
interesting having cropped from 2.6.24 to today, the DataPilot seems
to require more memory than quite reasonable to crunch it: ~2Gb
mapped or so before an allocation failed.
Lunch during conf-call, call with hpj & networky people.
Series of back-to-back calls all afternoon & early evening, desktop
staff, DE meeting etc. bed early.
Up with the babes; H. still unhappy about going to school
for some reason. Got everyone dressed up & packed into the car,
only to discover that M. (the Peatle) had turned the light on and
drained the battery. J. cycled in instead, while I put it on charge,
and taped up the switch in the roof to avoid repeat use. Surely
there should be some software fix there (since it's apparently
Swallowed & re-gurgitated mail. Architect called,
apparently my stair would fit. Back to stats generation.
Out in the evening to an Alpha dinner at NCC, good stuff.
Feeling deadly jet-lagged. To work anyway, H. complaining
about having to go to school: apparently football is the cause (very
understandable). Backed up the laptop. Tried to install the latest evo.
snapshot - apparently killed by gratuitous .so bumping on
Did the Employee Engagement survey; more mail chew, Clarity,
call with JP, Lunch, phoned Morris Armitage to chase missing rent,
and Graham to chase missing drawings.
More mail thrash. Booked flights to OOoCon / Beijing, dug at
VISA pieces. Core team call, quick chat with Brian/Tim. Worked on
Slept through the morning, trains home; lovely to see the
wonderful wife & kidlets again. Read stories in a loop, before
being read to by H. and doing some subtractions with her. Fine meal
in the evening, bed very early.
Up early, breakfast with Thiery from Airbus working on their
interesting avionics, as well as video for Linux. Off to
First Baptist's early
service; small congregation, but a good sermon. Back to the hotel,
Profiled my new sandisk 8GB USB key, it can do the same
25Mb/sec that the built-in EEPC SSD does - good to have that baseline.
Off to the airport with Alasdair - good to get some vicarious
What with the general disapprobation from kernel people
about OO.o's pagein binary (that maps and touches each page
linearly), I did a little testing of launching OO.o from flash;
interestingly, even with a free-seek medium, pagein gives a win:
So 10% slower without pagein ie. just relying on the
posix_fadvise for shared libraries - even on cheap seeking SSD,
and even though the pagein -should- load more data than we
actually use; sad.
|with pagein||4.160, 4.081, 3.987, 4.023||4.06|
|without pagein||4.311, 4.759, 4.379, 4.571||4.51|
Interested by the push-back to Greg's talk. While it was
perhaps a tad sharp, and could have been more broadly generalised;
his numbers reflect my day-to-day experience of the developer
community. Perhaps the most encouraging thing is that a lack of
up-stream contribution to the shared code-base is now (rightly) seen
as a negative thing, and I'm pleased by Mark's recent commitments
to resource Canonical's up-stream contribution. It's also interesting
how quickly the 'objective' conspiriacy theorists start slinging
allegations - personally my bias is clear: if someone doesn't want to
use my beloved SUSE for whatever reason, I heartily recommend Fedora
to them - if only because of the huge number of developers I respect
& call friends that are paid by RedHat, working together with us
on projects I care about. In time, I looking forward to being able to
recommend Ubuntu for the same reasons, at least to that tiny minority
that dislike green colour schemes.
Met interesting girl (Marketa) on the plane from Vancouver
(to Prague) from her cruise ship: the Star Princess, an economist
and hair dresser / beauty therapist. Managed to avoid any beauty
Thinking of desktop cold-start times, it's interesting to
think how little data we extract from 3Mb of scattered hash files
lsof on those shows an interesting picture. Strangely, when I log
in. I only see less than a handful of translated strings on my
desktop - surely we an do better here. Perhaps some LD_PRELOAD'ed
gettext pre-cache might save some seeks.
Up disgracefully late, after watching Bridget Jones II, and
(of course in the US) about half of another movie on another channel
interleaved in the advert breaks - roll on cheap VOD in every room.
Off to the Leibowitz's in an incompetant Taxi driver's car,
had lunch with Rebecca, Max & Dhananjay, admired their home. Back
to Dhanajay's to meet his family & learn more of Intel
micro-architecture, kindly dropped back at the hotel.
Finally caught up with some of the pending tasks, dug at
binutils to find a good place for some fallocate system calls.
Out for a great dinner with Bastien, back & talked to Alasdair
Breakfast with Jan Kara prodding the kernel in various places.
Off to the dbus / plumbing talk. Finished the kernel round-up, chat
with Keith, off for a fine lunch with Bastien, Jon, Colin and Dan.
Back to pick up Dave, Simon, Wim and on for some applied
all-afternoon drinking and food. Taxi back, bed.
Breakfast at the conference; Jonathon's keynote was interesting.
On to Dirk's 5 second startup talk, switched to Chris's btrfs talk.
Caught up with Simon and the latest telepathy bits.
Lunch, and talked with an X guy at length about graphics memory
management issues. Great to catch up with Dan Williams, amusingly we
diagnosed my laptop's screwed up NetworkManager resume behavior as yet
dbus-send doesn't instance - as
in March, now affecting
NB. people using dbus-send must add --print-reply if they want
to reliably send a message.
Chat with Jim Gettys, and Kay Sievers, system-tap talk, and
off to NetApp sponsored cocktail party. Caught up with Dirk &
Alasdair, realised I was missing the speakers dinner & split to
there. Good to catch up with Jon, David & Leonard.
Up earlyish, poked at iogrind; off to the conference with some
RedHat networking guys. Met up with a ton of interesting people, got
the laptop to project (somehow), synched with Matt Wilcox and Margaret.
Greg's keynote - fairly amusing.
I/O talk - incredibly well attended; showed people iogrind, and
promoted my crazy ideas - at least, in passing. Jan Kara did a great
spiel on recursive mtime, hopefully a useful concrete win to come out
Out for lunch with Ted, back to the tracing miniconf; and on
to Linus' detailed git tutorial: discovered
Out to a nice Intel sponsored dinner in the evening - Intel knows how
to throw a good party.
Up too early, breakfast, packed, bid 'bye to the children.
Taxi to the station, wrote minutes on the train. More admin on the
train etc. Back on-line on the heathrow express.
Pleased to discover the pretty right-click 'Power History'
graphing in gnome-power-manager. Fascinated to find the lady next
to me is a Neuroscientist with all manner of interesting insights
into the brain. Also dead pleased with AirCanada's in-seat power,
wow, a God-send.
Hacked on re-factoring iogrind; I wonder if VOD in-flight
entertainment systems in part pay for themselves with reduced toilet
capacity requirements - by substantially staggering demand.
Up early, poked at mail, call with Florian, interview with
Richard. Posted scanned drawings to the architect - hopefully he can
sort something out.
Installed the latest evolution daily snapshot for 11.0, which
Chen has made available
I'm still convinced daily builds are the best solution wrt. filing good
bug reports. Backed up laptop, incl. mail, Clarity.
Accessibility call with Marco, Mike & co. New couple: Peter
& Greta came over for dinner, up late.
Lie in, off to NCC, out for lunch with Jon & Alba
& Mike, admired J&A's wedding photos. Back, slugging,
up late finishing stair-well drawings: how to support the floor
over the stair well ?
Up with the babes, off to the market while J. slept.
Spent some time reading the 2000 Building Regulations in regard
to stair design; brushed up my technical drawing recollections
& managed to fit a turning stair into the available space to
the loft (on paper).
on DVD with the children. Zoe, Dt, Simon & Mike over to watch
Ratatouille in the evening: rather pleased - in contrast to Nemo's
tedium, this held real plot interest.
CJ Murfits builders came over to quote on the task. Tired -
up late last night trying to fit another set of stairs into the
house (we need more stairs).
Lots of eAdmin, started digging at Empathy. Quick chat
with Ganesh, dug at empathy at some length - some good things in
there. Call with Pilsbury, then Jared.
Up early, back a bit better after reading that bed-rest
is not helpful, and gentle exercise is better. Cycled H. to school
to further cement the theory, seems fine.
Shoveled mail; pleased the swarf from Kjartan cleaning up
bugzilla and polishing the code (as normal): a consistent Gnome
hero over the last decade. Read a passing paper.
Peter from Rentokil appeared again, with his hair-raising
tales of various forms of creature; treated the lounge again.
Hacked frantically on LXF column once again on the deadline,
inspiration or condensed perspiration ? chat with Ross, Kelli's
staff, one to one with her. More perl hackery.
Couldn't sleep, poked mail, up-loaded iogrind to
Read some kernel bits. Breakfast.
Fixed up some iogrind pieces, looked at showing
blkparse output on the fsview - to blend some real-life
data with the fiction that iogrind's simulator produces.
OO.o team meeting, some great VBA updates from Noel,
look out for him at OOoCon. Then gtk+ 3.0 call with ISVs.
Call with Patrick, cell group cancelled.
Up to help get kids ready for school; tried to work,
back to bed-ridden state, paracetamol and sleep. More joy
after lunch, so much to do. Poked mail, caught up with people,
booked Portland hotel, chatted with Eric. Staff sync with Roger,
call with Kelli.
Woke in the UK; train home, twisted my back horribly (no doubt
the flight), and can barely stand up, or lie down; bother. Slept much
of the morning. Tried to help J. much of the afternoon.
Up late; Finagle a circular-sawed Bagle, then Park Street
at 11am; soaked up the sun on Boston common, which apparently also
doubles up as a home for the bewildered. Out for lunch with Guy to
Gaslight - very nice. Wandered the streets of the neighbourhood for
a while, and experienced Guys' fantastic roof deck.
Up early, tad of evolution cleanup; lunch with Miguel at
Charlies; back to his home to meet Maria & Mother in law;
Duncan showed up, then Guy. Out shopping for oysters with Guy,
who dropped me back; bed.
Final meeting action; dissolved. Caught up with Brady,
Miguel, Aaron. Out for dinner with Miguel, Nirav, Aaron &
Alex and his interesting quantum computing friends.
More meeting action; out for dinner with Kelli & co.
at Legals, stayed up late with JP, Alex and Nirav.
Up jet-laggedly early, poked mail, breakfast with the guys;
off to the office for early meetings with Guy. Laptop-free meetings
all day. Out to CBC in the evening with Brad Taylor, Aaron &
some of the lads.
Up early, packed more. Drove to Ely with the wifelet, once
again falling ill as I leave - poor creature. Train to Cambridge,
and onwards to Kings X. Finally got around to looking into the
firefox / flash plugin crasher that plagues my youtube usage
in 11.0. Turns out to be hard to debug when off-line, tried to
make a smaller test-case without much luck.
Flight arrived eventually, taxi to the office, booked a room,
out for dinner with Kelli's team, Nat & Miguel - good stuff,
bed early, tired.
Spare part arrived for Laura's laptop, spent a while soldering
it on remembered to use flux properly this once; looks excellent, and
actually robust. Re-assembled everything, gaining only one screw.
Quite a nice enclosure really.
To work, poked at an ORBit2 pre-processing bug with Kjartan,
and some split build buits with calc. Filed emacs bug - loading ORBit2
idl generated headers seems to cause slowness and grief. Clarity.
Building estimator arrived, showed him around variously.
Installed 11.1 Alpha 2 - interesting, filed strange passwd bug. Tried
to update my KDE4 build environment, while having the icecream cluster
to hand. Spent some time doing a write-up while it built.
Packed for flight tomorrow, a week of meetings in Boston.
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)