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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up early; mail, bit of code hackery - good, cleaned up some
horrible snafus in my yet-another-thread-pool-impl. Lunch. Sync with
Tor & Kohei, caught up with Kendy; customer/partner call. Chat
with Thorsten, and massaged text.
Sophie finally up-loaded all the great content from the
conference to the
Youtube Channel. My Keynote from the LibreOffice conference: Money fairies,
Consultancy & Product - or - LibreOffice
Interested to watch Igor Zaika's talk on the Microsoft
Office cross-platform architecture
which seems to make a lot more sense these days.
Mail chew; misc. calls, reviewed code tried to get to
some hacking, more mail; sync. call with Philippe; built ESC
agenda (rather late), ESC call.
Really pleased to see CloudOn's Awesome
iOS App released incorporating LibreOffice,
and a ton of work that has been done by the community, Collabora,
Igalia, Synezip and others. Nice to see the Old vs. New
Up; call with Tor, quick mail skim. Out to see Auntie
Nicky, Joy & family at a nearby farm shop - had a lovely time
with them. Home, E-mail, analytics, partner call, more E-mail.
Set off to drive for home; worked in the car.
Up lateish; walked up into the town, played in the
Castle gardens. Home for lunch; bit of work; sprayed the
beams in the loft with woodworm killer so Father can insulate
his garage. Watched James Herriot movies with the babes.
Out into town for a pint & a nice meal with J.
lovely to spend some time together.
Up early; moved lathe bits around on skate-board; out for a
walk along a beautiful river, with several rope swings for babes out
over the water. Back for lunch; mail chew.
Worked at mail, built a consulting agenda; product team meeting,
consulting team meeting; sync. with Markus & lfrb, sync. with Matus,
and Nemeth. Lots of good work going on.
Up earlyish; off to St Andrews, Starbeck for a fine service.
Back for a large roast lunch, out swimming at Sandra's & moved a
rather heavy lathe bed with Father; drilled some holes in a
bee-hive for weighing it. Home for tea, put babes to bed.
Out in the morning to collect some bee-keeping equipment
with Father for Christmas presents; back for lunch. Out for a
walk nearby, climbed out onto some trees that had washed
down the river and grounded with the babes. Watched an old
film about Scott of the Antarctic in the evening.
Up late; mail chew; worked on a proposal; then on a report.
Encouraged to see the XFastSerializer work Matus did on master taking
XLSX export time ~30% faster, nice - should make it quicker to run the
profiling tests too.
Mail chew; call with Michal, then Tim; lunch. Poked at some
code too briefly; back to SOW drafting.
Intensive E-mail chew; built ESC stats & agenda; lunch.
Partner call, sync. with Kendy. Out into Soham for a parents'
evening with the family.
Up early; partner call, mail chew - thrashed through the
backlog of tasks, chat with Tor, contract review; mail.
Out to help with Cub Scouts in the evening; Miriam is one,
somewhat surreal inactivity & computer discussion
- meeting the formal parent/child
ratios I suppose.
Slept; somewhere here missed most of a day and several
team meetings; chewed through E-mail and a big back-log of
off-line work. Partner call on the way home; finally back to put
lovely daughers to bed.
J. running a PCC training session; call with parents
& David; sleep.
Breakfast, listened to a great sermon on Haggai;
Arthur kindly picked me up; visited his family & home, and
out for a fine improvisational pasta lunch with Gabriella.
On to a Dinosaur park & wax-work museum, then off to the
falls together; a lovely day out.
Flight to Sao Paolo diverted due to lack of fuel to
stay in a holding pattern; thankfully re-fuelled and managed to
make my onward flight (also rather delayed).
Up earlyish; the older I get, the worse I handle jet-lag,
even an ~insignificant 4hrs & having slept on the plane: hmm.
Breakfast, mail chew. Out for a quick coach tour of the Itaipu Dam -
a really incredible feat of construction. Its hard to get a feel
for a ~200m tall Dam until you see it. Amazing that the concrete
was mixed with flake
ice not water; an extraordinary piece of engineering.
Back to the Hotel, out for another pleasant meat experience.
Mail chew, call with Markus; poked at VCL timers / idle handlers.
Early to rise; quick call, mail, breakfast; continued
on slideware - really thrilled to use
to demo the LibreOffice on Android viewer.
Off to the venue in the coach; prepped slides some more,
gave a talk - rather a hard act to follow at the end of the
previous talk: a (male) strip-tease, mercifully aborted before it
went too far. Presented my slides, informed by a few recent
Quick lunch, caught up with mail, customer call, poked
Neil & Daniel, continued catching up with the mail &
Conference ended - overall an extremely friendly &
positive experience, in a lovely location - most impressed by my
first trip to Brazil; cudos to the organizers; and really great to
spend some time with Eliane & Olivier on their home turf.
Out for dinner & drinks in the evening; finally
managed to internalize the canonical Brazilian rendition of
To the venue, crazy handing out of collateral, various
talks with people; Advisory Board call, LibreOffice anniversary
Cake cutting and eating (by massed hordes).
It is extraordinary, and encouraging to see how many young
ladies are at the conference, and (hopefully) getting engaged with
Free Software: never seen so many at other conferences. As an
unfortunate down-side: was amused to fobb off an un-solicited offer
of marriage from a 15yr old: hmm.
Chewed some mail, bus back in the evening; worked on slides
until late, for talk tomorrow.
Up early; mail chew, interesting breakfast with the
Krita guy. Freshened up, met up with Eliane & Olivier,
coach to the dam; got the booth setup; partner call. Lunch
with Olivier; booth duty. Enjoyed the opening talks; back to
the booth to re-charge. Out in the evening for dinner, kindly
driven by Artur.
Chewed some mail, great things going on while I'm
asleep: seemingly I should sleep / wander off more often.
Hacked a little on my backlog of things that need work.
Flight to FOZ, Brazil appears to be a lovely place;
hacked on the flight, taxi to the hotel, hacked in the hotel
at length - fun. Mail chew too; call with partner .
Poked at tiled rendering foo until late; sleep.
Mail chew; call with Kendy, Laszlo, Tor; mail. Lunch with J.
team call; more mail chewage, sync. with Matus & Andras. Hurried
packing and dropped by J. for some train/plane/etc. to Brazil /
Arrived rather early at LHR; had an interesting chat to a
young movie maker off to Jordan; enjoyed rather a good sleep on a
lengthy TAM flight to San Paolo.
Off to NCC, extremely tired; Tony spoke. Back for a roast
lunch; applied slugging, put up some lights & a clock in H's
room, fixed M's cupboard. Dinner, showed Babes some Ball Brothers,
put babes to bed. Sermon; sleep early.
Lie-in, large breakfast: porridge & boiled egg; off to Brandon
for a wander through the forest, and play in the playground. Home for a fine
pizza lunch. Dropped E. off at a sleep-over.
Plugged away at E-mail, and worked late on a profiling problem.
Mail; admin, booked hack-fest flights for Toulouse and Munich.
Dead pleased with CloudOn's Teaser
Video of their LibreOffice based product for iOS - coming
Plugged at mail, partner call, more mail. Lunch, mgmt team
call, wrote a LXF column on open source civility. ESC call, merged
some patches & back-ported some others.
Up early, sleeping poorly; read mail, caught up with J.
read profiles & build a report. Shuffled the sales pipeline,
there's always room for another entry if you need something awesome
doing on LibreOffice.
Partner / project call. Dinner with the babes, up late
shuffling E-mail - no sight of any code, sadly; sales work variously.
Somehow really encouraged to see the prototype LibreOffice
4.4 feature page a month before feature freeze. Worked dead late.
Broken, feverish sleep; up; feverish E-mail activity.
Sync. with Kendy, team meeting, skipped lunch, chat with Kohei,
another team meeting. Friendly chat, partner call, dinner, worked
NCC, ran the older kids bible-study; re-capped John 1:1-18
and had fun; home for a big lunch. Played Othello with the babes,
started to feel somewhat unwell, bed - v. groggy.
Worked on a proposal, slugged at home for much of the day.
Managed to blow most of the sockets in the kitchen - MCB seems to
be broken; or was it plugging in my laptop PSU ? hmm.
Mail chew, read commits on master (always encoruaging), misc.
E-mail. Into Cambridge, another box arrived, got the cluster setup
to a degree, made a mess of the server room with non-rack-mount
hardware, got several windows' installed & an openSUSE 13.2
Encouraging catch-up with Matus; home early, put babes to
bed, call in the evening with Thorsten.
Chewed mail slowly. Looked for a replacement battery for this
iBUYPOWER CZ-28, thank God for
dmidecode - Chassis is really
a MicroStar Int'l MS-176K, leading to BTY-M6D; turns out it's easier to un-plug the
battery and read the serial number from it though.
Churned through mail & project updates. Lunch. Catch-up
with Philippe, ESC call, partner call. Arun around for bible study.
Mail chew, call with Laszlo, train into Cambridge, got started on
some hardware setup in the office; installing Windows is always a
depressingly poor experience. TDF board call. Always deeply encouraged
by the compound failure of Windows - installed the latest video
drivers, and an un-bootable, hard-locked system; nice. Waited late into
the night in the office, home by train.
Worked even later on tiled rendering performance / tests;
amazingly it seems we're rendering invisible progress bars on document
load, and rulers that don't show up in tiles and; bed.
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