This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
SUSE 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 late, bit of mail chew; cleaned the house - mended the broken
cupboard next to the cooker: glue & screw. Into town to get some
essentials, babes set too making sand castles for a competition at Cheryl's
chocolate shop. Emily back to play with the babes. David over in the
evening, great to catch up with him.
A day filled with E-mail and calls. Signed up for the Google
Up, breakfast - Miriam's birthday - innumerable
presents (somehow). Bid 'bye to Ahmad at the station. Removed
the 719 'texlive*' packages clogging up my disk (they have an
alarming habit of coming back somehow). Wrestled some annoying
network management issue, perhaps a partial update. Lots of work
on E-mail, up rather late.
Into Cambridge for the day; met up with Collabora for various
meetings, bank account setup etc. Ahmad from KACST popped over in the
evening. Ahmad back to stay with us - interesting chap.
Up early; mail chew, call or two, poked at bugzilla, built ESC stats.
Lydia over in the evening, babes seem to have got into the habit of ganging up
on their Father to try to get ice-cubes into his clothing - scary.
Up early; mail chew; submitted talks for the
it should be good.
Discovered that after a week of trying, then turning it off, that when
I have an alt-tab that does what I expect, I sometimes still use (and appreciate)
alt-backtick as something useful; interesting.
Sleep; off to NCC - lovely to catch up with everyone after a few
weeks away - it's a shame to miss the wider church family. Back for lunch.
Snoozed much of the afternoon & read the Economist, bed early.
Up early, mail chew for a bit; set out to Auntie Nicki's - out
for a fine walk to a sheltered beauty-spot for lunch. Enjoyed the walk
and an ice-cream, finally drove home - unpacked minimally, bed - tired.
Up in the night; mail chew, pleased to see Julien's work on
Mail chew; slogged away at a rather nasty calc grouping issue;
finally came up with a prototype patch. Team meeting, ESC call + minutes.
Encouraging to see the Valencia
LibreOffice migration. Out with J. for the evening.
Up early; mail chew; fixed final encoding pieces, cherry-picked
Minh's GSOC / VLC work to master, cleaned up a number of issues and
provided some feedback on next steps. Lunch. Wrote a LXF column; had a
sales / support call.
Booked my (cheap) flight for the LibreOffice Conference.
Finally abandoned trying to get used to GNOME-Shell's alt-tab /
alt-back-tick thing; over a week of trying to use it and I still can't
get used to the cognitive / muscle-memory shock. Clearly my mind is not
as malleable as some other's.
Up early; mail chew; built ESC bug stats / agenda. Mail, calls,
etc. Chased down a calc undo bug, poked at another, fixed another batch
of encoding / build problems on Windows & enjoyed using the gerrit
Up rather early; started a week of mail chew - while it was fetching
skimmed through the ~600 commits in a week, lots of nice work going on. Sync.
with Kendy, , triaged mail, and started working through it
Pleased to see Fridrich's nice write-up on Writing LibreOffice import/export filters.
Wondered why gnome-shell's print-screen magic doesn't give a
notification about where the screenshot is - apparently
but a pain to google for that. Poked at bug reports variously.
Up early, examined external cracking with Ilona - presumed to be superficial
rendering shrinkage bid 'bye to R & I, out for a walk in the nearby park with
T & B, boosted various little girls up trees, wandered about variously; got
stuck into some painting with the babes; roast lunch, uncle John over.
Out to St Michael le Belfry in York;
nice to see Tim & Suzie's church. Back for a late tea, put babes to bed.
Up earlyish, packed the house, off to my parents' in Knaesborough.
Great to see Robert & Ilona + Becky. Unpacked, had lunch, Thomas arrived,
great to see them all. Much talking & catching up until late - lovely.
Up earlyish; packed lunch, off to Buttermere to climb Red Pike.
Beautiful day, climb up was lovely - though streams swollen by yesterday's
rain. Incredibly stoical & happy littlest babes, lunch by a tarn below
the summit. Managed the scree at the top somehow - 755m above sea level;
lovely views. Return by different meandering / lost paths that seemed
indistinguishable from streams at various places. Eventually got back to
the car in the rain - seven hours of walking; home for dinner, bed early.
Late breakfast, rain scheduled for all day; into Keswick for
some shopping, and to enjoy the puzzle museum - lots of interesting
3D optical illusions, holograms, etc. dead good. Packed lunch by Derwent
Water, home, movie, slugging.
Up later, breakfast, Decided to attempt a larger hill
today - Causey Pike. Babes struggled to the top well, ate most
of our lunch there; beautiful weather and views. Set off down
again, enthusiastically enlarging and repairing various cairns
on the way. Home, J. out to shop & get Fish & Chips,
tried to get ad-hoc networking to work with dunelegacy with
rather mixed results. Dinner, worked at a fiendish jigsaw
puzzle, , bed.
Breakfast, packed lunch; set off for a walk from our
cottage in Braithwaite to the top of Barrow, behind - lovely
views, lunch at the top. Babes starting to recognise the
neighbouring hills they've also climbed. Back to play on a
rope swing, and alter the course of a nearby stream by
damming. Home for tea and The Sound of Music.
Breakfast, and out to a Forestry Commission site nearby (apparently
walking in forests is catching), enjoyed the play equipment too, seems there
is some Osprey (the real thing) nesting nearby with some CCTV of it's nest
to match. Into Kendal to shop, finally got a decentish compass. Back, for a
call, dinner, finished North & South; bed.
Up earlyish, off to church in Keswick, pleasant, albeit
application-lite sermon on faith. Coffee & biscuits afterwards.
Set out up Cats Bell with the babes, lots of scrambling up rocks:
"Every step goes higher" according to E. picnic lunch near
the top, eventually got down again, and wandered around the lake
and back to the car with some very tired girls. Home for a movie,
spaghetti & bed.
Lazed in, quick burst of mail; off with the family to a
lovely museum at Barnard's Castle, enjoyed the mechanical swan,
and the playground outside. On into the Lake District, past
Keswick to Braithwaite - where we're staying. Stocked up with
food, pizza dinner, watched movie, bed.
Up early; mail bits, prep for vacation. Drove north to
Knaesborough for the afternoon, worked in the evening then
watched North & South.
Up early; mail chew, misc. calls; Team meeting, ESC, Vojtech staff.
Up early, mail chew, feeling increasingly ropey digestion-wise;
one-to-one with Vojtech, sync. with Kendy; more mail. AMD call. Bible
study with David & Arun in the evening.
Mail chew; built ESC bug stats & automated that some more.
Lunch, lovely to see the family again; Emily over. Fell victim to a
well-known glib / dconf bug.
It rather reminds me of a similarish ccache bug,
created a workaround patch for that one at least.
Reluctantly switched to gnome-shell, having had my machine
mangled; after installing the workspace grid extension, and the
'Impatience' extension (to try to turn off every 3D transitions -
though sadly some still persist), and discovering that font settings,
and switch caps-and-control are hidden in the (indispensable)
gnome-tweak-tool tool, life is approaching normality again.
Registered to speak at LinuxConEurope, interesting call with
Lionel about base. Cleaned up some XFillBitmapItem mess around the
place and continued some mechanical fixing.
David over to stay while house hunting; great to have him
Up early, breakfast, off to the RedHat Office for the GNOME
Advisory Board meeting - some extremely positive things going on in
GNOME-land it seems, along with a few challenges. Impressed by the
results and reach of the Womens Outreach Programme amongst other
To the airport, met up with the Intel crew on the same
(delayed) flight, spent some time on the flight mechanically
re-factoring horrible GraphicObject lifecycle mess in LibreOffice.
Ran out of battery abruptly, and the machine powered off - with a
new battery I discovered my dconf file was full of zeros & the
desktop non-functioning: urgh ! surely we fsync ? I thought ext4
did something right here ?
Josh kindly gave me a lift to Cambridge on his way home;
somehow caught up with my original coach there; bed v. late.
Up, just caught breakfast, tempted by this Bruno church but too late;
back to bed; sermon from Gordon Hugenberger on the (horrifying story) of Judges 19,
challenging & encouraging.
Up earlyish, breakfast, mail chew, to the conference; caught up
with Lionel & others, misc. talks, caught up with Christian. Went to
a few talks, encouraged by a rather good talk on keeping bugzilla clean,
GNOME has ~45k open bugs the majority un-confirmed; it's somewhat
encouraging to have a more tractable ~5k open with ~1k unconfirmed
vs. LibreOffice - then again, GNOME has a longer history and ~500k
Enjoyed the reprap, and flying machine demos, interesting
lightning talks: Terms of Service Didn't
Read sounds awesome: "Itunes TOS are longer than Macbeth".
Out to a fine evening food & beer event, good to catch up with so
many people, teams etc. Up late with the LibreOffice guys.
Up early; mail catchup, call; out for lunch with Alberto & the
RedHat LibreOffice team - fantastic to meet dtardon in person properly. On
to a series of interesting talks. Caught up with Kay & JRB, out to dinner
variously. Back to chew mail - pleased to see the impact our generous donors
have on libreoffice QA
written up by Bjoern, and to have the great work those guys do triaging bugs
Up early, trams nearby - somehow it got hot. Slogged away at slides
for a long time; eventually set off to the venue evenutally found it.
Gave a talk on the latest bits in LibreOffice.
Caught up with Srini and M.Barnes - demo'd a couple of funky
Evolution issues. Met up with Federico, Scott, hpj etc. and off to a
GUADEC party; good to catch up with lots of people.
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