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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Leg still worse, missed church & slept much of the
morning; read stories to babes, chatted to M&D etc. most of
Up lateish; set off to Ickworth House with the parents; an
unexpected wool festival going on there too. Celulitius much worse
in leg & spreading; off to get antibiotics with J. Lay with it
elevated a lot.
Mail chew, closed a few bugs; interview; parents over in
Up early; mail chew; call with Niall, admin; CRM bits,
filed holiday; signed CP up for OIN. Chat with lfrb.
Day off - up late, into Cambridge; wandered around the
Fitzwilliam Museum a bit with the babes, interesting place. Lunch
in the courtyard outside in the sun. Back to the office for a
partner call, then a customer call; picked by by a homebound
family; TDF board call. Worked late.
Mail chew; pushed a few patches; Linux Format Column;
customer call, chat with Niall, team call; more hackery.
Up lateish; off to Bruce & Anne's for a Warren End party.
Good to meet up with Sue, Clive & boys; as well as lots of
neighbours. Hacked in the car on the way back.
Up late; read news, watched fascinating SpaceX GPU compute talk.
J. and babes home in the afternoon; nasty cellulitis infected bite in
leg - hmm. Out to Histon Baptist church for an afternoon service; pizza;
Up early; into Cambridge together by train, encouraged to
have Andrzej and Ben show up - and see Andrzej's nice calc work;
and get Ben's GSOC bits started. Many left; out for curry with
Bjoern, Thorsten, Ben & Andrzej. Back home late; hacked on
some bits until even later.
Up early; train together to Cambridge - more hack-fest
goodness much of the day; fixed a number of VclPtr issues.
Out punting in the evening with the lads; back for a
swift drink & train home. Talked with team, bed late.
Up early; breakfast & music practise with babes;
breakfast with the guys; E-mail, drove into Cambridge - thanks
to Doree - hackfest has food, rooms setup. Sam out to buy hubs,
people started to arrive; encouraging to see such a great
collection of hackers working away.
Out to the Cambridge Beer Festival in the evening, thanks
to them for sponsoring the conference attendee's presence; fun -
talked until late. Drove the team home - 7x seats full of adults -
Up early; into Cambridge - Andras & Kendy showed up,
Quarterly review, lunch while working; misc. paperwork left &
right. Back home for a roast meal, up late.
Mail chew; slideware production & stats generation.
Built ESC stats & agenda. Sam over in the evening, followed by
Niall - good to catch up with them.
Mail chew, document review, 1:1 calls variously. Lunch,
team meeting, mail - dug at a SplitWindow regression; team
Fit new Dishwasher catch. Re-assembled the bath, having
angle-ground offending nails off the back of the panelling.
Up early; played violin at NCC; home for a fine lunch.
Slept a chunk of the afternoon, dis-assembled the bath to clear
the U-bend at some considerable length. The trainee-carpenter's
"Easy to remove" ignored a large number of concealed
screws, over-long nails & more; hmm.
Up earlyish; helped N. with LibreOffice draw - building
a maths board game; replaced tyre on her bike. Attacked M's
computer - Mozilla reporting all certificates as invalid even
for google: turned out the date was mis-set (surely easy to
check and do better here ) - a horribly unhelpful error message
Out to Harminda's birthday party; populated by a large
group of people from the gym & spec-savers - an interesting lot.
Mail chew; sync. with Niall; dish washer door catch spring
broke; dis-assembled and adapted (a rather weaker one) from another
spring. Project review call. Couple of bugs fixed in the evening &
a hair cut.
Into Cambridge, chat with Tim; paperwork; sync. with Tracie.
Home early; bug fixing on the train.
Finally found my VclPtr
horror by using a perl-script to process the gdb H/W watchpoint
output; uncovered a rats-nest long overdue for fixing too - the
power of applied prayer etc.
New washing machine arrived; another Hotpoint (now Whirlpool
apparently), if it does another decade - will be happy. Set too
cleaning the code / rats-nest out. Lunch.
Mail chew, chased horror VclPtr smart-ref. counting issue -
2700 acquire/releases - and some of them wrong, for just one object;
Partner call; Philippe call.
Mail chew; 1:1's, poked at VclPtr issues. Lunch. Team call.
Chat with Tim, more mail chew, another team call.
Up late with a head full of compressed fluff; in bed much
of the morning, family off to church; deck-chair based slugging in
the garden in the sun. Paddington movie with six small girls (Amie Jane
& Sophie) in the late afternoon; stories, put people to bed.
Up late; not feeling ideal. Set too trying to buy a new
washing machine to be delivered soon. All sites dedicated to this
appear to miss the: "I want it soon" angle - "whatever it is I want
it Monday" seems to me to be the primary buying criteria for
replacing broken stuff; why do people carefully hide that data
behind layers of web-fluff ? Finally ordered something.
Out to clean the church toilets - rota-fun; back and
out to a Lode Chapel barbeque; put babes to bed.
Chased bugs & paperwork much of the day; accountants,
Companies House, HMRC, etc. Took washing machine partially apart in
the evening to diagnose horrendous racket; apparently bearings gone
again; 1cm of play on the tub - irritating; only coaxed (almost
exactly) another year of life out of the machine.
Yes Minister with the babes in the evening; J. out at a party;
worked late - helped H. with her %ages.
Lots of VclPtr bug fixing; hmm. 1:1 with Tim, ESC call.
Into Cambridge, chewed through some bugs on the train. Meetings,
with finance, HR, election fever in the office - luckily already postal
voted. A slight irony in all of this is that the Conservatives campaigned
vigorously against the (fairer and better) Alternative Vote plan; yet they
would probably have got some 2nd or 3rd choice of my (protest) vote if
it was in-place.
Call; hacked at some bugs; beat back E-mail a bit; paperwork.
Carlo over late for a lightning tour of Cambridge which was interesting;
headed home for an ad-hoc dinner together. Put babes to bed, read stories,
poked a bug, sleep.
8am partner call; sync. with Kendy, 1:1's, team meeting. Lunch.
Interested to see the Roundcube
Next Fund-Raiser, looks very interesting. I'm particularly pleased to
see (something like) an Affero-LGPL in action: hopefully that will allow a
mix of Free Software & Proprietary companies to collaborate on a Free
Software core that everyone can re-use, without some awful (C) assignment
awfulness around it; nice work Roundcube !
Built ESC bug stats. Document review; Consulting team call.
Up lateish; big breakfast; out for a walk with the babes in
the sun, found a geo-cache; back for a late lunch, slugged in the garden
in the sun in a deckchair; and finished reading the babes: "Selling the
Wheel". Tea, read long stories, bed. Struggled to sleep - late-night
conference fun messes with sleep cycles it seems.
Up early; off to the conference with Cor; chatted with
and caught up with people variously much of the day; checked
GUADEC dates: mid-family-holiday sadly. Bus, tram, train,
Airport; charged batteries, filed a few of my queued up
Fixed a VclPtr silly or two on the plane; worked in the
Up early; slide hackery; tram to the conference - why can
The Netherlands get this Ubicard thing right across bus, train, tram
etc. When the UK is still all paper-based ?
Gave a talk at the openSUSE conference on what's new
Followed by a rather similar talk in the Kolab conference
track - to some interesting guys; overall rather a fascinating set
of conference attendees. BBQ dinner together, and talked late into
the night; back to a cheap hotel with Cor.
Up at 3:30am, flight to Eindhoven, meeting; on to Den Haag,
caught up with old friends at the conference - wow, a fun conference
with both free food, and free beer. Out for the sponsors dinner
in the evening; to a hotel to write slides; up rather late.
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