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, poked at obs a bit with WuFung. Tried to
organise thoughts, tasks & conclusions. Isolated and
filed a silly crasher in nautilus-sendto's pidgin plugin.
Call with Egbert. Lunch with Bruce & Anne - good
stuff. Call with Ian, chat with Pete, team meeting with JP.
More osc hackery.
After poking around a little, discovered my gmarkup
parsing speedup didn't actually get committed to glib2 - though
seemingly a ChangeLog entry did [ amazing ], re-opened the bug.
Dinner in the evening with Andy & Simon; Alpha
video, bed earlyish.
Up, quick breakfast, train to London; one set of
meetings with a charming lady; lunch, another set of meetings
with another set of great guys. Back in reasonable time - tried
to catch up with E-mail on the train - wow, commuting to London
Back late, relaxed, drank wine with Kate & the Wifelet
(still scarred from her tooth extraction).
Poked at osc build bits; chat with Fridrich wrt. odd T60p
BIOS issues; it seems we all suffer them. Lunch.
Plugged away at various things, profiled my X server
startup. Call with Guy, then Greg.
- Up early, chat with Alex, poked Timo & Christian,
phone demo with Jeff & Markus; fun new H/W arrived. Poked at
installing stuff on it, prodded Kiwi gingerly; lunch.
More misc. image building, calls with JP, Mark, Paul &
Jeremy. Sometimes I wonder if being US president comes with built-in
seems (50 seconds in) resolved to halt the rise of privacy
in that region.
Un-anticipated prayer meeting; poor J. still scarred by the
process of her first tooth extraction. Caught up with some hackery.
- Up early, dealt with babes while J. slept, cleaned up
the house. Set off for NCC, ran the creche while John spoke. Back
for chicken lunch; David off - and back to NCC for a prayer tea -
Move movement of things around the house, cramming stuff
into nooks and crannies variously. Glued up a blanket box that
appeared to be falling apart; moved some computers downstairs.
Gordon sermon in the evening on Genesis.
- Up lateish, looked after everyone, and tidied the house
while J. went clothes shopping at the race-course. J. arrived back
minus car - the Peetle (M.) appears to love exiting the car via
clambering into the front seats [ and switching all the battery
draining features on ].
David arrived, and helped jump start the car; great. Back
for lunch, then a lot of furniture movement with David' stirling
help. Unscrewed some of the stairs, so we could get my desk
downstairs - amazingly it went up there quite easily (from what I
remember) - why does it not go down again ? re-assembled stuff
Out for a spontaneous barbeque with Chris & Claire,
which was fun - admired their chickens, new bench etc. Back,
packed the babes to bed - up late enjoying David's company.
Up early, took H, to school; to work; poked at initrd
again. Dug at OO.o images.zip performance and ordering to get
some details for Tora to carry the torch there.
Call with Jeff, then James. More patching of interesting
Interested by John's call
for a foundation for OO.o. Apart from the insinuation that criticising
Sun's stewardship is a subtext for wanting to substitute an identically
bad regimen with a different steward (which is not the case here, and
would be truly dumb), it's encouraging.
For some reason people like to ask me what Oracle's acquisition
of Sun means for OO.o - luckily I don't know, so I always have at least
that to tell them. What I do know is that if Sun had acted, as advised,
in a truly open fashion, and built a project that other companies, large
and small could invest in and work with fairly: things would be
better. In that (hypothetical) world, it would have produced more service
revenue from the better product it fathered, but also would have made the
project far more featureful and successful. As a side effect, that would
have made individual developers with OO.o skills, and the project itself
very much more secure against uncertainty at any single company.
The key question for me is - will Oracle have the vision to create a
real Free software community around OO.o, that can turn it into
something as diverse, dependable and fun as it should be - there are a
lot of highly clueful people there, so of course I'm optimistic, lets
see what happens. As a great example of extreme clueful bravery, in the
face of lots of fashion accessorising, I (personally) love Larry's views
on the cloud -
It has already achieved dominance in the industry ... complete
gibberish ... there are still mainframes ....
Up early, chat with Kendy, long sync with Guy. Plugged
away at the mail backlog, and profiling startup - it seems our
initrd does some incredibly slow things, wow - who would have
thought you could boot a whole kernel in the time it waits for
blogd to quit. Spent time tweaking it left & right.
Worked late, while J. went out to baby-sit. Chat with
Rich, Alan and Greg.
Up very late. Call with Pete & Srini. Chat with
Zonker & Patrick, chat with Miguel, caught up with E-mail,
more crazy hacking on boot time - started a dung-out of our
Xresources yielding some surreal internal flameage.
Today E. learned to say 'DaDaDaDadee' or something to
that effect, and was instantly deluged with acclamation and
hugs. Structural engineer also apologised and provided new
drawings complete with a new Beam 8 as suggested. The
roof will shortly be full of wire it seems.
Up early, poked at some boot time issue - fsck being
run on every boot. Turns out if your kernel mounts root with different
data ordering flags to that in your fstab; then when you unmount the
partition you get:
EXT3-fs: cannot change data mode on remount which seems
to be code for - bad luck we didn't really unmount it; workaround add
rootflags=data=writeback to the kernel command line.
Discovered we spend 3 extra seconds at boot, before hitting
the initrd if we have a resume=/dev/sda1 type kernel command-line;
magic - hopefully Greg can fix it. Worked insanely late.
Seven years of marriage today; good stuff - like a fine
wine, it just gets better.
Google trends has some suitably useless graph on revision control:
vs. mercurial - of course, if people didn't call their new project
by some clever household name eg. 'foot' - the "Free Object Oriented
Toolkit" we might be able to better track trends - oh, and actually find
what we're looking for. It's obvious that naming your next child 'gzdrqvg'
will not only guarentee them the account name of their choice ~everywhere,
but also make them instantly google-able.
Filed missing Clarity time-sheets, poked at udev packaging - with
some crazy idea. Dug at aaa_base - why not. Chat / sync call with JP.
Poked at OO.o icon themeing and performance, call with Peter.
Out in the evening for a very lovely anniversary dinner with the
lovely wifelt in Ely; feeling rather under the weather, so drove. Detour
on the way back. Parents left very late to get a clear run home.
Off to NCC in the morning, back for lunch. Moved our log
pile with Dad's help (and an army of small, trotting girls) from
the side-way that is soon to be a lean-too (DV).
Took a break to examine the loft - strange, the wall the
structural engineer is balancing 1/4 of the roof on doesn't appear
to extend to the attic. Drilled a hole into it, appears to be made
of cinder-block fluff - hmm. Looks like another wonderful opportunity
for a large metalic beam.
Finally got the phones re-routed re-routed such that they
are less likely to be 'Buildered' to death; good. Up late with
the parents, had a fire to burn legacy receipts.
Up early, cleaned house, helped set the table.
Mum & Dad out all day; Sandy dropped in, then
the Bancrofts, arrived: Tania, Charlie, and lots of
more fun-sized people.
Large passover-style meal, slugging in the Sun,
fine company, good food, lots of fun. Mum & Dad back
later, slugged with them.
Naomi's first violin lesson with Anne; good
stuff, learned the names of the strings fairly quickly
with animal mnemonics.
Took up the landing carpet - apparently it is
glued down with some re-usable tacky glue - which is
great. Lifted the floor, discovered a nest of phone
cable, much of it un-used, considered re-routing.
Out to Bury St Edmonds, went to the music shop,
poked around - looks great. Wandered through the Cathedral
More telephonic endeavour, managed to get the
floor down. Bert over for dinner, good to see him, up late.
More clearing up, recovering from yesterday; threw
out a load of ISA cards, ancient 486 motherboards, and my
first 10Mbit Ethernet hub (a gift from Simon Tennant).
Tried to reduce the weight of my filing cabinet by
throwing away tons of obsolete receipts and guarentees.
Mum & Dad arrived in the evening, up late talking to them.
Up early, off to Wicksteed Park. Fantastic day
out, lots of little people running from ride to ride,
often the same one repeatedly. The roller-coaster a big
hit with M. Hannah terrified, but fascinated by a giant
swinging Pirate ship, N. and others enraptured by a car
track. Lots of fun, back late, quick dinner, bed.
Up very late; slugged, more packing and moving
of things, amazing how much time it takes to move fairly
Lie in for J. knocked up new shelf for the kitchen,
routing MDF produces some ugly swarf. R & I. up, had
breakfast and left.
Did a bit of work, caught up with critical E-mail.
Out for a swim with everyone - E. surprisingly happy in the
pool, but rather easy to accidentally dunk at the 'normal'
holding height. Fun stuff, back, tested new kernel, committed,
Off to NCC, nice to see everyone again. Back for
a quick chicken dinner. Off to Thetford Forest with the children
and R&I. Suitable amounts of rushing around, climbing everything.
Hot cross buns & tea; E.'s first chocolate - it is Easter after
all - I suspect further confirming her suspicion that everyone else
is eating something nicer than she is.
Up late by the fire, talking & enjoying Flanders &
Up early, dealt with the babes while J. slept. Off
to the market to buy fruit - got stuck into the Lyons, free
Easter egg hunt with the kiddies.
Back; J. awoke, spent time cleaning the house, tidying
bedrooms, making beds, getting things ready for Robert & Ilona.
They arrived later, had our own easter-egg hunt in the garden.
Stayed up talking to Robert & Ilona by the fire.
Bank Holiday; lie in - spent lots of time packing things
away under the floor from the loft, moving various things out
in preparation for impending building work.
Chased down a twisty set of bugs causing icecream not to
work properly inside the build service, or at least - when I'm
using 'osc build' locally. Finally got my kernel builds to run in
parallel, by not running the scheduler on the same machine as the
main compile - good.
Mail, and DRI playing - interesting stuff poking at Mesa,
some fun stuff to allow all manner of creative display corruption.
Up, wrote LXF column, poked Vuntz. Read mail, interested by
the dconf thread, I look forward to seeing how that pans out.
David Neary has an insightful
write-up of the problems of 'joint' copyright assignment;
companies don’t believe. They don’t have morals. - some of
course try harder than others, but at root their morals are primarily
aligned with their fiduciary duty to generate as much value as possible
for their shareholders.
Dug out another trivial to fix performance silly caused in
part by a bad impl. over-used by the UNO threading environment code.
Call about a11y with Mike, Mark, Brady and Jared. Wrestled with the
weird kernel build stuff - oh for fewer .spec file lines and more
shared logic across distros.
Drove home, lifted babes into their beds; sweet little baby
creatures; prodded snail mail, and the answer-phone. Bed.
Cooked breakfast, and to work ... found another OO.o
silly taking, ~6% of import time, some heavy lifting manual RTTI
check for a leaf type (SfxVoidItem) that could be a single
comparison; and some multiple of 17 million calls to it, 1 line
Noticed that ooo-build has hit 1000 patches, and this
blew the mind of apply.pl such that it wouldn't incrementally
re-patch properly; tweaked that a little to suit. Poked at / filed
a gdb failure with simple, non-threaded apps.
Most amused by Thorsten's spoof OO.o
DSCM decision. I guess, it's a bit like the Irish referendum
results on the Lisbon treaty: continue polling using the method de
jour until your preferred outcome comes top; then stop.
Various meetings, call with Jared, got my kernel to
Breakfast with the in-laws; poked mail, fixed up a kernel
build in osc - it appears that using osc versioned links is the only
sane thing to do (should it be the default ?) -
osc link -r 1234
<link project="openSUSE.org:Kernel:Vanilla" package="kernel-source" rev="1234">
Quick call with Thorsten. Got my kernel to build; poked at
HTML import some more, hacked in some more largeish wins; 24bn cycles
down to 5bn including startup to load a smallish / cut-down test
document, of course for larger docs - 14 seconds vs. 170secs is worth
Chat with JP, Jared. Poked at the latest obs builds; Clarity.
Up early, dealt with babes while J. slept, packed to travel;
off to NCC, and then Aldeburgh. Good to see Bruce & Anne. Read
the paper, played with the babes, tried to encourage E. to crawl on
the carpet ( softer for falling forward and banging your face on
perhaps). Fine dinner, bed late.
Lie in, breakfast; started emptying the loft of things,
took futon and some obsolete testing machines down to SanMarie
& Charl's. Big roast lunch.
Dug rotting apples out from under the floor, babes
played crawling around under the floor and in the attic, moving
boxes down the house with some success. Out for a cycling
expedition in the afternoon to the race course. N. doing very
well with her pedaling and steering now, real progress.
Got the babes fed, and put to bed; watched Gosford
Park - rather a hair raising, and tragic film. Bed.
Up early, poked mail, dug at calc, made HTML import 60%
faster or so
unfortunately, that's still 55seconds for 64k cells. Lots of fairly
un-amusing N^2 type feasts in there. With a small 10k cell test case,
250k linear searches through all cell contents - I guess doing the
same search 25 times or so. 8bn cycles plus. Sped up the EditEngine
for this corner case (with some trepidation).
Lunch; builders arrived: Clint and Richard to work out which
bits to knock down first, somewhat inconclusive. Poked at mail, chewed
tasks, looked at optimisation pieces. Quick call with Naresh.
Off to the dentists with the wifelet and three babes; they're
a lovely lot there. Back to the E-mail. Boggled at the calc HTML table
import code, mind blowingly limited and slow, re-uses the EditEngine
(at least some code re-use), but can't import more than 64k cells, and
takes me 170secs to import that many; more thought & analysis
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)