Go forward in time to February 2008.
Oralia and our daughter, first contact:
Luciana Mena-Silva was born on 2008/Jan/19 at 07:45 (13:45 UTC). Weight: 3.540 Kg; length: 52 cm. Oralia Silva-Rueda and Federico Mena-Quintero are currently the happiest people in the universe.
The other day I got ready to start fixing multiscreen bugs.
Now I need to find a PCI video card, since both of my computers only have a single AGP slot.
Over at an agile testing blog, there's an interesting example of scripting MacOS apps with Ruby. What do we need to make this possible in GNOME? The scripting is the easy part; the hard part is actually adding support for this to every application.
I just merged intlclock into the Clock Applet. Woohoo! Thanks to Matthias, Bastien, Vincent, and Callum for the patches and encouragement.
Callum made a release of the new, standalone libgweather-2.21.1, and I released 2.21.2 shortly afterwards to prepare it for general consumption. Callum also updated gnome-applets to use the standalone version of libgweather.
If you get a broken build of any of those modules, it's probably my fault :)
I'm sorry that I can't work anymore on intlclock for the moment, so I leave everything up to Vincent and his cadre of superheroes. Our baby is due in three or four days, so Important Things(tm) need to be done by that time...
Intlclock's sources are now fully merged into the traditional Clock Applet (git clone http://www.gnome.org/~federico/git/gnome-panel-intlclock.git). They just need patch review, which Vincent was kindly doing today. All that remains is bug fixing, and actually committing all of this to SVN.
Matthias Clasen fixed a bunch of oversights on my part in the merged clock applet, and also in libgweather. Matthias is the kind of man who will mail you, "here, have these eight patches for various things" — and all the patches are perfect and most are nontrivial.
Bastien pulled libgweather out of gnome-applets, and now it is practically ready for release as a standalone tarball (libgweather is available in the libgweather module on svn.gnome.org).
Today I made gnome-applets use the standalone libgweather for the Weather Applet. It just needs patch review from Callum.
For now, both the Weather Applet and the clock duplicate the same code to read the humongous Locations.xml which libgweather now exports. For the next release we'll provide a nice API which applications can use (it's mostly already in place, just not quite ready for general consumption). Evolution will also want to use this for its own "specify a location" purposes.
Finally, I just realized what a royal pain in the international ass it must be for our translators to deal with that Locations.xml. I'll make their life slightly harder once I find the weather code for my city, which is not in that file yet :)
For each type of fuel, how much energy does it store per unit of mass, compared to energy per unit of volume? This is why hydrogen-powered cars won't work; hydrogen provides a *lot* more energy than gasoline per unit of mass, but it needs a lot of space to be stored.
For each type of fuel, how much energy is produced based on the land area needed to extract it? (I.e. could you satisfy your energy needs by convering your house with solar cells?). Oil provides a lot of power for the the land that is required to extract it, between 10 and 100 watts per square meter. In contrast, biofuels on a good day provide about 1 watt per square meter. Cities consume more power than you could generate by covering them with solar cells — what infrastructure would you need to collect the energy generated elsewhere and route it to the city?
Go backward in time to December 2007.Federico Mena-Quintero <email@example.com> Wed 2008/Jan/02 18:50:19 CST