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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up early, mail chew, sync. with Markus, got builds
updated, packed up the faster Windows hardware. Hacked in the
car on the way to see Bruce & Anne.
Worked through a profile of a large sheet loading.
Amazed to see
std::dequeue::top() taking 146
valgrind pseudo-cycles per call (with a sample of 30m calls
or so), surely someone put some real effort into make it
that slow. Seems we create an
move that back by one, doing some quite some chunks of work;
drat - who would imagine that asking for the top of a
std::stack would be something that would not
inline away to some simple pointer de-reference ?
Got to Bruce & Anne's, fine lunch; setup Windows
desktop; worked away variously. Built ESC stats though no
meeting this week. Branching for libreoffice-4-2-0 next Monday,
Up earlyish, into London with the whole family, fun.
Julia off to meet with Louise; took four small girls to the
British Museum to see some wonderful artifacts. The Elgin
Marbles seem pretty tedious vs. some of the wonderful Assyrian
friezes, which are not displayed so prominently but have
fantastic lion hunts, siege and destruction of an Israelite
city, etc. Managed to somehow get near the crush of people
around the Rosetta stone, lovely packed lunch etc.
Took babes onto a (surprisingly tiny) Waterstones
nearby, bought some books; met up with Julia, train back
home - read some of The Tripods trilogy to H. on the way;
To work, chewed into some GL to bitmap conversion
issues. The VCL BitmapEx API is badly in need of a refresh
for the modern world.
Worked late: you know something is wrong when you
have to debug your Intel driver / X server crashes via a
remote connection from a native Windows machine. No idea
why Windows 7 under VirtualBox is so appallingly slow vs.
native hardware for LibreOffice building under
OpenSUSE 13.1, or perhaps it was always that bad;
hard to say.
Up late, NCC, H. & other larger young people running
the service; did well. Home for lunch, played optimising, parallelising
and timing SpotIt games. Turns out I'm 30% worse than my eldest daughter
- the trials of age. David over later, great to catch up with him.
Excellent news of their engagement from Tom & Becky via skype.
Dinner, read stories, put babes to bed, blog backlog unblockage.
Up, bid 'bye to Mum & Dad, lunch. Caught up with E-mail
(thank goodness most people were on vacation), so got to some code,
while J. took the babes out to Lackford Lakes. Read until late
at night, finished A deepness in the sky at ~4am.
Up lateish; out for a walk on the heath, Robert left to
head back home. Up late with everyone left, bid 'bye to Tom &
Becky off on an exciting trip.
Disgracefully late rising, applied slugging, playing of new
games - particularly the rather excellent 'SpotIt' game. Out into
town to the Memorial Gardens for some exercise, and to watch the
kids play. Up late, played 'family row' rather a great dictionary
game, while snatching bits from A deepness in the sky.
Up late, off to NCC for a quick service; Tony spoke well.
Home, Bruce & Anne arrived, nibbles, champagne, massive traditional
Turkey based feast with trimmings. Present opening afterwards. Lots of
fun, played games, and fooled around variously until late.
Up earlyish; worked through the morning. Tom & Becky
arrived for lunch, Rob later - got 2012-13 tax return filed,
managed to get company paperwork signed too finally. Relaxed
until late with the family.
Up early, mail chew, call with Kendy & Matus.
Lunch. Call. Parents arrived in the afternoon, great to see
them, sat around working with them in the evening.
Drove home, lunch, practise for NCC Carol Service, played
for that, home, put babes to bed; bed - tired.
Up earlyish, babes trampolining outside: isn't it supposed
to be cold during the winter ? back to wading through the bills
& paperwork for 2012-13 tax filing; a great time to find you
can't find your credit card statements.
Drove to Oxford for a much loved Thomas' Surprise 30'th
Birthday party, great to see Robert's abode, and meet many of their
interesting friends. Bed rather late.
More mail wading, dug into and fixed a bogus assertion
around XML fast-parsing and exceptions, poked at tinderboxes and
some bugs. Slogged away at tax return bits in the evening. Various
babes over to stay the night after Friday club.
Mail chew, admin, ESC call, sync. with Italo.
Didn't sleep well; woke very cold in the night - odd &
tired. To work, mail chewage. Great partner call with Tim, sync. with
Matus, call with potential customer. Out to see the last round of
school plays: M. and N. - a fine Angel, and Narrator duo - best
singing in the series too. Back, more mail chew, sync. with Jagan,
then Markus & Kohei. Dinner during a TDF board call, put
babes to bed, back to work.
Booked flights for CES, 4th to 8th Jan - should be fun.
Up early; off into Cambridge, setup meetings with
Tim much of the day; sync. with Philippe, train back. Dinner,
Hannah's school play on the Tudors and the Twelve Days of
Christmas: very good. Home, started migrating data to new
More work until late; dug through old business cards;
when you find Christian Schaller at Oracle, Maciej Stachowiak
at Eazel, Matthew Wilcox at LinuxCare, Jody Goldberg at
Centerprise - there should be an ISO standard for putting
dates on business cards.
Up, chewed mail; wrote up status, sync. with Kendy,
Markus, Kohei, team call.
Investigated faster laptop build-hardware - ideally
I need a beast for on-site LibreOffice re-compilation; couldn't
find one I liked - CES causes model refreshes perhaps ? booked
hotel for CES, got a large SSD instead: perhaps it will help.
Up lateish, off to NCC, back for lunch. Out to see Tim
& Julie's lovely new home and to catch up with them - a very
pleasant afternoon and evening. Home, put babes to bed, slugged
with J. happily.
Up earlyish, bid 'bye to Sigrid, started crazily cleaning
the house & tidying. Sue, Clive, Adam & James + Bruce &
Anne over for a pre-Christmas present-exchange bash. Fine food,
Tidied up again, bit of slugging variously with the babes
before an unexpected partner call at 4pm, worked until 10:30pm -
lots of improvement.
Up early; worked with H. for her Viola exam this afternoon.
Mail swamp drainage. Fixed a graphite2 / windows build issue. Lunch.
Booked FOSDEM travel and poked at Pentabarf, sync. with Andras.
Sigrid Hellan arrived fresh from her interviewing action,
lovely to meet her & learn more of the world from Norway.
Up early; practise, mail chew, admin. Lunch, call with
Matus, dug through component linkage and some possible improvements
in some detail. Call with Charles. Dinner with babes, interrupted
by partner call - worked rather late with Kohei; filed a FOSDEM
dev-room talk on libreoffice re-use.
Up early, music practise; mail chew. Contract review,
and more of that. Out in the evening to a rather lovely Collabora
Xmas party with J. - nice to go out together.
Up early; mail chew, sync. call with Jagan. Voted in the next
TDF board election - good, if you're one of the 170 or so members
please check your mail for a voting token.
Lunch. Out to school for E's play. Back to work on my LXF column,
4.2 in-progress features is encouraging enough but missing some obvious
bits, poked people to try to improve that situation. Sync call with Mike.
Up early, music practises variously. Mail chew, sync. with
Tor & Kendy. Mail chew, partner calls, Lydia over in the evening.
Pleased to see Linux Voice
reach it's funding target with two weeks to go; you can still get
your subscription ahead of time now.
Up early, NCC, helped in the Creche, home for lunch with
Phil - good to catch up with him. David & Allison over for
tea - lovely to meet and get to know Allison a little better.
Quartet practise. Put everyone to bed.
Up lateish, J. and H. out on a Santa Marathon in Kings Lynn
for charity. E. not feeling well; breakfasted E. played games with
babes, chewed some mail quickly. Set too helping M. and N. make
some orange soup or other, ate it for lunch.
Read LOTR to M. slugged variously, J. home, tea, watched
The Two Towers part 1 (parentally censored edition) with H.N.M.
Tried to locate a ThinkPad with AMD and not NVidea graphics that
would be a good LibreOffice build machine: roll on Kaveri; bed.
Up early; off with J. into Cambridge, showed her the Collabora
office, plugged away at mail quickly, in-person interview with Scott,
Kendy & Rob's kind assistance. Training in the afternoon. Back early
for the All Saints School Christmas Fair; fun. Put babes to bed.
Mail chew, partner call, build testing; churned through the more
tedious mailing. Lunch, ESC call. Setup an interview for tomorrow; poked
Up early, chewed on threaded XLSX loading, looking good.
Worked through mail backlog, spammed people variously. Partner
call, interviewed another potential sales person. Sync. with
Philippe, another partner call late.
Mail chew, thrilled to see Kohei's progress cleaning up my mess,
ran some more tests. Also lovely to see the Documentation team's great work
available as Hard copy
books about LibreOffice.
Encouraged by the perspicuity of Linux Format
Interviewed a couple more sales people, interesting. Voted
in the openSUSE board election good to see the strength of those
Up early; merged work to libreoffice-4-2. Mail chew,
print / sign / scan cycles. Lunch. Back to mail, team meeting,
dentist app't: drill baby drill ! home, more work, tea, filed
J's tax return on-line - short & sweet. Built ESC bug stats.
Up earlyish; off to NCC, spoke, home for lunch with Alan
& Sue - out to play at Donna's baptism in Isleham - encouraging.
Tea & catch-up with people - great to have Phil back with us.
Home, tea, put babes to bed; watched back-issues of The Paradise,
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