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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up early; mail chew, plugged away at weekend catchup.
Call; took H. and N, out for their exams into Haverhill; stopped
off for hot chocolate. Back for some work, quick dinner, bible
study, back to work very late on slideware.
Up too early, off to NCC; bid Dave & Emily
goodbye; home for lunch. Pottered around in the afternoon,
not doing much.
Spent a day tidying things up; mounted the Dyson motor
in the vice, spun it with the drill & ground down the
commutator; replaced the brushes - jerry rigged a test harness:
still rather impressive arcing; bother. Chat with Dad.
Fitted lots of insulation into the attic with Naomi - just in
time for the hot weather.
Up early; last-minute practising with N. for her Violin
Grade 2 today; mail chew, meeting setup. Worked through a funding
bid. Amie Jane over for a sleep-over with E.
Up early; mail chew, worked on an interview, contract etc.
ESC call. Worked into the evening idly.
Up early; mail chew, document review, sync. with Florian,
Italo; partner bits; chopped down a document to file a bug. Call.
Great to see the hard work done for Document Freedom Day,
LibreOffice is a particularly helpful piece of migrating legacy
data into the light with the stirling work Fridrich, Valek,
David, and many have others with the compendium of legacy
file-formats we can now rescue data from in LibreOffice.
Great to see GNOME 3.12
and all the nice new features & polish there; fun to hear
Karen's skills as a voice-over-(ist-(a?)) deployed to good
Early morning partner call; dressed; mail chew, document
shuffling, admin, paperwork; sync. with Philippe, calls with Muthu,
and Matus. Lydia over for dinner, caught up with Janice, more work
in the evening.
Up early; a circuitous route into Cambridge with Markus,
checked out the office, admired a number of Colleges together &
lunch. Team meetings, sync. with Mandy, train home, more work.
Farewell meal with family + Dave & Emily and fine evening
Off to NCC; ran the older babes group with J. Home for lunch.
Played with babes variously. Picked up Markus from the station in the
evening; pizza dinner, and enjoyed each others' company until bed.
Up earlyish; N. ill, so off into Cambridge to meet up
with James, Helena & Rose with H. M. and E. - spent a great
time at the Cambridge Science Festival - good fun. Into town for
a pizza dinner later together; home, put babes to bed.
Up early for partner call; sync. with Muthu & Andras.
Ran the stats for LibreOffice contribution for Feburary -
gitdm reports a busy month: 2926 commits, from 99 committers in
28 days. ~29 commits each, or 100 per day, ~4 per hour - beginning
to approach the Linux Kernel's commit rate from 2010. Of
course some things stand out such as Caolan's drive for coverity
fixing and Noel Grandin (and other's) bool cleanups, unused
removal and lint cleanups etc.
Booked flights to the OpenSUSE
Up early; off into Cambridge, caught up with Patrick &
others there. Met up with Oggi
and off to Downing for some LibreOffice interviews for Keith's
the book - should be interesting. Really lovely to see the Alma
Mater again, Quaerere Verum: seek the truth - and you might find him:
Back to the office for some b-roll, ESC call, met Dom &
train home. Dinner, worked late; ran a profile for Ptyl, made a
Pleased by the Moonfleet Backgammon Board legend:
Ita in vita ut in lusu alae pessima jactura arte corrigenda est
or As in life, so in a game of hazard, skill will make something
of the worst of throws..
Up early, train into Cambridge, encouraging meeting for
much of the morning; call during lunch, meeting with our lovely
new HR team, partner call, TDF board call, unwound travel details,
sorted out ESC bug stats / skeleton agenda.
Up, to the mail, contract bits, call with Andras & Muthu.
Sync. call with Philippe. Spent some time digging at flights between
A, B, and C and worked out that being near an airport hub really is
a wonderful thing.
Up early; mail chew, estimation call; team meetings;
beating back the mail mountain. Arun over for study in the
Off to NCC, helped out with the older kids downstairs.
Had Jamie, Helen, Ben & Thomas around for lunch; babes played
in the garden, enjoyed the company. Tea, put babes to bed, slept.
Up lateish, into town to post expenses paperwork,
played in the park with the babes. Back, for some slugging.
Up early; practices, mail chew; dug at admin bits; signed
up paperwork for Andras to join OASIS, good. Spent a little time
digging into a sorting performance issue in calc, improved the
behaviour of sorting long columns of identical formula a lot;
wrote some regression tests too. Nice to go from minutes
Accepted at the IWOCL conference
to present on LibreOffice / OpenCL spreadsheet acceleration; should
Up; mail chew, sync. with Kendy; sync. with Andras; unwound
some Sparkleshare oddness - I shouldn't try to use git in there...
while the daemon is running I guess. Lunch, admin, ESC call. Dinner
with the babes - lovely to see them again, bed.
Up earlyish; packed, breakfast, drove to the venue.
Paced the floor variously meeting people left & right.
A final sausage lunch before leaving Germany; caught up with
Andreas & Thomas, train / plane to the UK; started
on E-mail. Finally got home, bed.
Up, fine German-style breakfast; walked to the show with
Tim, beating those in the car; booth duty, lots of hands to shake
and introductions to make. Caught up with Thorsten - which was
great. Enjoyed the free beer, if not the shameful automata at the
party next-door; back to the appartment for some fine italian food,
new card-games, E-mail and German Beer in the evening.
Up unfeasibly early; coach to Stansted, flight to Hannover.
Finally made it to the booth, caught up with Tim, Thomas and others.
Caught up with Markus & Holger at OwnCloud. Lots more interesting
potential customers and/or existing users of LibreOffice visited the
booth, encouraging. Out for dinner with the team in the evening, back
to the flat - tried to catch up with mail & work.
Up; breakfast, off to NCC - Tim speaking enthusiastically.
Back for lunch with Martin - enjoyed the sun, slugged around talking
for much of the afternoon, fed and put babes to bed, packed for
Up, breakfast with the family; out to Brandon forest for
a bit of wandering around, picnic lunch & tree climbing with
the babes. Back, bid Robert 'bye, watched a movie with the kids;
pizza dinner, read stories, put babes to bed. Beat back the E-mail
Up early; poked at mail, generated more of it myself;
tested the latest Android builds; booked coach travel to/from
CeBIT next week. Out for lunch with Bruce & Anne - lovely
to spend some time with them.
Back, caught up with Kohei - busily fixing things left
and right; filed an easy hack, generated more mail. I wonder if
these bad boys would make good icecream
bricks to plug into the network to speed up LibreOffice builds.
Poked at Keith / Eric's interesting X on OpenGL
work. It makes me wonder if using software rendering / basebmp
uniformly ~everywhere for rendering, with some limited OpenGL
acceleration in LibreOffice and trimming our deep platform foo
everywhere might be rather a good move.
Robert over in the evening, good to talk with him
Up early; quick mail chew, into Cambridge - need a
bigger laptop bag somehow I think. Sync. with Neil, lunch
with Rob. Back, ESC call, posted minutes. Train home, dinner.
Read babes stories, caught up with KeithP after a long gap
- fun; bed.
Up early; practise with babes, car scraping for J. etc.
Mail chew. Discovered my non-functioning webcam, is a functioning
webcam, except for some function-keypress to encourage the BIOS
to let it show up to the party: good.
Plugged away at detail; customer call, SOW-refactoring.
Really pleased to be kindly invited to openSUSE
Conference 2014 to talk about LibreOffice - hope to see you
there in beautiful Dubrovnik.
Up early, mail chew, more admin - wow, how boring my
life is, printing, signing, scanning is a way of life it seems.
Sync. with Rob, Tim, Kendy, spreadsheet-age; calls. Built ESC
bug stats, worked late.
Up early, mail chew. Call with Kendy, Timar, Miklos; lunch,
team meeting #1 and #2, sync with Andras; wrote status, admin bits.
Up late, feeling awful; off to NCC, back for a large
lunch; slept and slugged for a chunk of the afternoon. Read
stories to babies, and put them to bed.
Up lateish; feeling somewhat awful, lungs filling with
crud; Set to work on the dyson - replaced the brushes with H's
help; hoover ran nicely until the brushes wore down to a
circular profile, then roughness caused by the previous
spring rubbing / arcing killed it again; drat. Call with the
Slugging, watched Enchanted with the babes. Got data
and SSD transferred to new laptop in the evening; looking good
at last though something of a luggable.
Thrilled to see Broadcome do (what looks like) the right thing
around their GL chipsets, open-source drivers make for successful
hardware deployments; neat.
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