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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, bug review, ESC call, customer call, bed.
Mail chew; early partner call; paperwork; lunch; partner
call, interview; sync with Tor.
Early interview; mail chew; customer call; sync. with
Philippe, customer call. Tea, took H. to a Soham music event.
Built ESC stats in the evening.
N. ill, Beat back the mail-queue; team call(s); sync.
NCC in the morning, ran kids work with J. - forgiveness:
a great exercise for mixed-age kids: race to make the tallest
jenga tower in teams - one brick each - lots of opportunity
creation for sorries etc.
Julie & Sandra back for lunch, out with H. and M. for
a music pre-exam practice concert. Back for tea, Mike G. over in
the evening - lovely to catch-up.
J. out counselling; spent much of the day fielding
babes going to friends houses (H.), returning from a sleep-over
(M.), going to see a movies (E.) and reading to N. recovering
from her PGL experience. Fun; bit of work in the evening.
Out for a run before school with J. On Brexit - I voted in,
so disappointed, but interested to see what the result will be;
presumably not an Irish style neverendum; will the golden rule be
applied to exiters ? why are the CAC40 and EURO STOXX 50 down
8.5% now when the FTSE 100 is down 5% ? when does the curse of
"interesting times" go away again.
Crimped a new RJ10 connector to my 'much loved' phone
headset, much better. Lunch. Amused by M's (10 years) question:
"If we leave the EU, does it mean we're still a member
of NATO ?", "yes", "That's a relief !".
Customer/partner call. Pre-vacation hand-over from Kendy.
Up early, mail chew, customer call, pleased to see our
product integration on the market with ownCloud. Some ideas
take lots of time to mature - I recall discussing what was needed
with Markus Rex at CeBIT, March 2014. Some amazing work from the
Collabora team to get everything together for today.
Lunch. Plugged away at slideware until late.
Mail chew; meeting / slideware prep. poked partners.
Admin, paperwork, etc.
Reviewed Noel's nice patch after dinner and stories
for VclPtr'ing all Menus - turns up some surprising things
in the code. Boggled with Azorpid at the namespace mis-handling
corner-cases in the code.
Mail chew; customer / partner calls; sync. with
Philippe, poked Azorpid's GSOC work, and filed mid-term
Up early; music practice with the babes - mail chew;
team calls, partner bits; customer call; board call somewhere.
Up; Fathers Day cards; out to NCC - Roy spoke; home for a fine
BBQ lunch; with Baked Alaska - wow. Watched The Martian - which
(apart from some gratuitous language) was good fun for the babes.
Party left-overs, put babes to bed.
Up earlyish; slugged - cooked breakfast; a 39th birthday - nearly
officially 'old'; some nice cards & presents. Barabara & Colin popped
in - a nice surprise, and Mary Rogers too - lovely. Prepped for E's party lunch.
Into Cambridge on the train with H. and N. - started them on Truckers;
went Bowling with the David, E. and lots of small people - fun; home for a
party tea, and a series of games.
Neve had a sleep-over, plus Simpsons The Movie with E. Bed.
Up; out for a run with J, partner call, mail chew; out
for a fine lunch with Bruce & Anne; & J. partner call.
Wrote LXF column. Submitted backlog of GCloud6 nul returns.
Poked at Elize's computer - apparently un-bootable,
Windows MBR corruption; odd.
Up early; sometimes it is annoying getting https://
certificates right; but then I poke Orange's website to top-up
H's phone - and discover a litany of failures: poor certificates,
scripts loaded from elsewhere etc. fun.
Postal voted (somewhat reluctantly) for 'Remain' (for
now) in the EU election. Built ESC stats. ESC call, JanI call.
Mail chew; team call; sync. with Philippe, partner call,
To the office; met a series of pleasingly smart engineers,
and business guys back to back; fun. Rushed to the airport - to
home in time for E's birthday. Lovely to see her, installed
openSUSE Leap onto her laptop - so the much-requested
pink-pony works - even if the Broadcom wifi doesn't.
Up; mail chew, quick calls; train / plane for a customer
visit; plugged away at bits of work; bus, train, finally arrived.
Out for a fine dinner with Christian in the evening.
Up; of to NCC - Claire explained Psalm 3 very clearly,
back for pizza lunch - Ben & Miriam over in the afternoon,
dropped and collected N. from a party; M. returned home -
Got laptops upgraded, installed and played pink-pony
with small girls; read stories, put babes to bed, slept.
Up earlyish; missing M. (at cub camp), breakfast together;
off to the Queens Birthday Celebration on the studlands green: free
food, bouncy castle, music etc. Popped in to see Roy too.
Dropped Maurizio at the station; back to clean the church
with Mike, got a few work related loose ends cleaned up; watched
some iPlayer, sleep.
Up; off to morning customer meeting - met Julie in person,
and an interesting set of IT managers; admired an extraordinary
container-ized HP data-center - fun. Lunch, and to the airport,
customer call - caught up on E-mail.
Sat next to a Quentin Coehn on the plane; a fine Christian
chap with an amazing life story; encouraging. Home, cider with
Maurizio, and up late talking.
Up; mail chew; calls; video-con. demo with Maurizio,
train to airport, flight to Belfast; why can't Google Maps
deal with public transport here ? eventually despaired and got
a taxi. Met up with Maurizio again at a fine AirBnB place.
Up late working on slides.
Wow - one of the pleasures of my job is getting,
and approving bills; imagine my surprise to get a pucker
looking, but clearly fraudulent invoice from thepinklight.com
(also scammed?) - for booth babes (which are morally repugnant
in concept) for InfoComm; creative.
Up very early; document preparation; customer call;
booked travel. More truck-loads of adming; small GSOC student
review funlet - Azorpid getting somewhere with faster parsing.
Sync. with Italo.
Up early; busy morning; sales call; partner calls, worked
late catching up.
Mail chew, team calls - lots of good work getting done
left & right. Sync with Philippe.
Up lateish; out to NCC, Ben spoke about his work with
Myriam - fun home for a lovely
roast lunch. Out to see Roy & Sandra in the afternoon to
examine an un-co-operative fax machine; home for tea, read
stories, put babes to bed.
Up early; out for band practice at NCC for much of
midday; very tired. Slept in the afternoon, bed early.
Up earlyish; off to Norwich Dinosaur Park - enjoyed the
upgraded A11 - very slick. Had a great time admiring many ages of
history in the form of GRP, and concrete moulds - as well as lots
of climbing, petting etc. Customer call at the zoo.
On to visit Ursula, for tea, who kindly lent us a violin -
lovely to see her again.
Drove home; caught up on E-mail to some degree, worked
until very late, failed to sleep - looks like some malefactor
may have come over our fence & through our garden in the
Prodded at mail; reviewed Lenny's nice copy. And ... we
launched Collabora Online 1.0 - the culmination of really a huge investment
to bring this first basic editing / 'Engine' version to market.
So what does it look like:
Of course, a great way to play with it and integrate it
with your infrastructure is to download:
Collabora Online Development Edition - and send patches. This comes
with an example ownCloud integration, but we love to see other
integrations and have many other excellent partners.
What about Collaboration ? in our first release - we have
Shared Editing - ie. many people can view, and follow a shared
editing session with a single cursor, and you can take the cursor
on demand. But of course, we're working on multiple concurrent editor
collaboration as well - watch this space as CODE updates itself over
the next months.
Where is the code ? the CODE page has all the details, but
the essence of it is - that this is all FLOSS, and all up-stream;
you can build it yourself if you need to.
This was "Made In Collabora" - with 99% of the commits to
'online' from our engineers. Nevertheless - it is squarely built
on re-using the work of thousands from the LibreOffice community,
as well as all of those contributing over the decades of the
code-base' history - to whom we're indebted; there's never been a
better time to get involved in contributing to LibreOffice.
So - why Collabora Online ? (and this is the commercial plug).
I believe we're uniquely placed to provide some huge value for our
partners and customers around this code-base; here are some examples:
My hope is that as we go to market, our partners and customers
can help us to accelerate the pace of investment, and continue to
deepen the richness of LibreOffice for the benefit of all.
- Support and long term maintenance from
the authors and experts in of the code, from security issues
- Service Level Agreements - to give you confidence in
the availability of your site.
- Integration services with your infrastructure - to
make it a seamless part of your product or service.
- Input into Product Management and feature roadmap
to ensure that we build the best product for your customers
- And more eg. Marketing support, a deep commerical
relationship and so on.
Beyond that - what to say ? Many thanks to the incredibly
dedicated engineering team at Collabora, putting in some very long
hours to make this a reality.
Up; admin; calls; a little prodding at some calc code; bed.
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license. I encourage linking back (of course) to help people decide for
themselves, in context, in the battle for ideas, and I love fixes /
improvements / corrections by private mail.
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Collabora, SUSE,
Novell, The Document Foundation, Spaghetti Hurlers (International),
or anyone else.
It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)