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 rather early; breakfast, off to Hove & to Gatwick,
flight to Nurnberg, poked at mail on the way; caught most of an
all-hands meeting. Fixed a bug or two.
A round of ad-hoc meetings with all and sundry in the
office, nice to see so many competent people working hither &
Microsoft released their new binary
file format validator - which (though sadly proprietary software) - looks like
it could be of great use finding interoperability bugs around the binary
document formats. More details here
- having spent a lot of time in the past chasing
down highly obscure binary file-format issues to try to get files to
import properly into MS Office, this should (I hope) save lots of sweat
and tears. It looks like a great step forward, though of course
if it were open source we could contribute to it too, integrate it into
LibreOffice's smoke-testing, port it to our target platforms, and make
sure it is more widely available.
Played with the validator a bit, runs nicely under wine - and
the EULA doesn't appear to have an issue with that; found and reported
a hard-to-understand issue with a 'Hello World' .doc export, and was
pleased to see a more complex .xls export pass apparently cleanly.
Joined the appliances team meeting in the evening, and stayed up
late - fixed a wonderful pointless eight second delay caused by some
nasty interaction of languagetool & java-a.b.c & LibreOffice by
dropping that. Stayed up rather late talking.
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Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
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