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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, call, quick interview; poked at some code,
did some competitive review of Office 365 - which appears to
function as a nearly non-stop advert for the off-line client.
PPT Online is rather pretty though.
Partner call, re-estimation. Dinner, partner call.
Mail chew, research, lunch, partner call.
Thrilled to see the announcement
of the work we've been doing with
the guys at CCS to provide great savings for the UK Government as they migrate
to a supported Collabora Office. It is
clearly a rather hard role to be a centralized purchasing
department, tasked with working with SMEs to deliver change - and this is an
impressive result from all involved. The back-story is that many UK purchasers
that we interacted with in the past didn't believe there was any need to tender
or consider cheaper alternatives (with far better Open Document Format support),
since the CCS had an agreement with a one proprietary vendor. This lead to
some amusing chicken & egg situations - eg. to join the OJEU tendering journal
it was necessary to respond to a tender; but there are zero tenders for Office
Suite software (across Europe). Its great to work with CCS to address this issue,
and raise the profile of alternatives that can meet the Cabinet Office's guidance
for a more open, and accessible way of communicating with citizens and storing their
data. It is very pleasing to be able to help to turn great policy around open standards
from the top of Government into positive action on the ground.
Dinner, took M. to cubs; read stories, helped H. with maths revision.
Tweaked ESC bug stat generation tool & built new stats.
Mail chew; booked a hotel for the Hamburg
Hackfest at the weekend - should be fun; come if you're nearby.
Wrote status report.
Lunch; upgraded to openSUSE 13.2; conservative transfer of
data, discovered that workspace-grid is (sort of) working again in
gnome-shell so switched to using that in place of XFCE for now.
Did the teens work at Church, a small group but went well.
Brian & Andy over for lunch, played games. Applied slugging,
read some LOTR to E. long stories, bed early, iPlayer action.
A lazy day; mended various laptop problems with babes - nasty
XFS related kernel panic on start that made the system unbootable;
worse after the panic
xfs_rescue wouldn't. Got various
mine-testers with extensions installed and happy.
Lunch. Out to Claire Country Park with the family, via
Glebe Farm near Ousden ; fun.
Poked at mail, some bugs, read a lot of profiles, did some
scratch estimation, customer call.
Poked at some bugs, built ESC stats rather late; boggled at
the new calc perf. regression I created with Markus - high frequency
creation & destruction of config objects while calculating is
Mail chew & catchup - customer call; built some analytics
and crunched a chunk of data. Good to read some stories to babes in
the evening at last.
CP. Quarterly(cough) management meetings today; presentations,
financials, robust discussion - sensible conclusions - the works. Out
for dinner together in the evening - a good team.
Up earlyish; took the Kendy & Andras to Thetford Forest
for 'Go-Ape', misc. team-building, snacking, Orienteering,
Segway riding with Guy, David & Diogo and mixed success; fun.
BBQ, drove home with the lads - sat around and caught up with mail
for a bit; out to the office for some Pizza & DVD action - bed
Breakfast, bid 'bye to G&A, NCC - Helen spoke; back
for a use-ups lunch. Measured the roof for Solar Panels with
Robert - fun.
Into Cambridge for the fabulous Collabora 10'th anniversary
bash; encouraging presentation, fine food, good company, gadgets to
play with, and more. Great to meet lots of people in-person. Drove
people back to bed late.
Up earlyish; party preparation in the morning, J. has been
doing heroic work; people started to arrive - lots of fun with the
family, wedding ring stretching with Bruce, read stories to babies
etc. a cracking party for Mum's 70th. Chris even got a pass-the-parcel
and a quizz in which was fun. Good to catch up with Richard. Great
news from Tom (arriving later). Twelve sleeping overnight.
Mail; admin; poked at configmgr listeners a bit. Lunch.
Sync. with Tor, partner call. More mail chew.
My parents arrived in the evening for dinner, and then
Grant & Anne too - slept in the attic.
Bid Robert 'bye for now; mail chew, code review; fun customer
pitch. Lunch. Tiny piece of hacking, mail, built ESC stats much too
late in the day. Dug through interminable legalese. ESC call. Partner
call, dug through more legalese, partner call.
Up rather early; poked at mail; bought some RAM to try to
take advantage of the (apparently) low price. Interviewing.
I like Matthew Garret a lot, and have huge respect for his
work, and I'm glad that he has the right to fork too. What concerns me
most about his suitability for any leadership role - is not
his impassioned feminism (I like to learn from and interact with spicy views) -
but his eagerness to condone
the sort of shameful,
ochlocratic, attacks on people - hounded from their
jobs - on the basis that they don't happen to share his political views.
Apparently it's open-season for advocating glass ceilings for those
whose views you don't like: so let me follow suit.
Personally, I can cope with some unpleasant language (cf. the casual
mjg scatology & (2nd hand / ironic?) 'deepthroating' metaphore in his post);
and vigorous venting of frustration at me from time to time (though I would note that the
totemic examples of Linus' apparent vituperative I've seen in the press
are rather dated) - indeed, Sarah writes of
being allowed to get away with subtle sexist or homophobic jokes -
apparently a tad hard to pin down.
I'm certain that I thoroughly disagree with Linus on all manner of political
and religious topics,
but who cares ? I'm sure that Linus (and the kernel community) wouldn't hold my
personal views against any of my patches (as/when I have time for some): I guess
that's the professionalism I value most - a focus on the technology. Personally,
I'm attracted to places where free communication is allowed (even if it sadly
ends up reading like an outraged trashy newspaper). As a bootnote - my hope is
that LibreOffice provides a much friendlier place for people to get involved -
the freedom to give offense doesn't have to be over-exercised to be present.
More interviews; interesting; closed a couple of VclPtr bugs.
Robert around in the evening - great to see him.
Up early; mail chew; proposal writing all day; finally got
one of them finished & sent. Mentoring lead interview in
the evening; bed.
Mail chew; reviewed some numbers; worked on proposals;
plugged away at avoiding those most of the day. Handed over part of
a project to Tor.
Up earlyish; drove to Hertford Town Church, spoke, had a fine
lunch at Tania's, and caught up with the various families - and admired
the home improvement works. Home later afternoon. Played with Minetest
with a series of girls, installed WorldEdit for Naomi.
Lazy day; mended things variously around the house; prepped
sermon on Colossians 1 for tomorrow in Hertford; applied slugging.
Plugged away at misc. calls & meetings - eventually did a
little Friday hackery; trying to make the configmgr UNO API for change
notifications (an amazingly unused function) reasonably usable from
the code - lets see how that goes. Sync. with a customer.
Watched LOTR Return of the King side #1, with suitable
censoring of particularly gruesome bits for the babes.
Mail chew; partner call / code reading / estimation frenzy;
sync. with Kendy. Lunch. Chat with Philippe, partner call,
filed expenses, ESC call. Fixed a nasty OpenGL / printing issue
plaguing Windows users.
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