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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up, triaged image rendering bugs, sales call. Built
proposal. Lunch, chat with Kat, misc. Product Mgmt bits.
Customer call. Dinner, poked at estimation and proposals
while babes watch LOTR-next. Tested calc bits with Marco
Mail chew; into town to get photos for a new passport - ten
years of travel nearly killed my old one - covered in security
stickers and with the crown embossing nearly worn off the outside.
A terrible DocuSign experience - first worse .doc
conversion to PDF than LibreOffice does, then failing to handle
quite small and simple PDFs, then trying to over-charge for an
upgrade; unfortunate; at least customer services are helpful.
Fixed a contour dialog busy-loop bug from the new idle
handling work, updated our gitdm-config.
Mail chew, poked at a pivot table import profile.
Spent a while triaging and prioritising bug/features. Out
for a fine pub lunch with David.
More mail, bashed slideware, read stories in the
evening. Read some of the Traefik, and Oxy code in go -
quite readable. Fixed
make dump-deps-png in
Mail chew, commercial call, built ESC stats, synched with
A series of meetings, team and otherwise through much of
the day - feeling really ill & groggy - annoying.
NCC in the morning, picnic lunch; slugging and tidying.
LOTR take-two after tea. Rest.
Put up Miriam's shelves and mended a music stand in the
morning; lunch - out to the races (free tickets) - to see some
horses run; not my scene really - an amazing gender imbalance at
the race-course: ~all men. Back, watched some Scorch Trials
movie with H. and N.
Discussions with partners, signed up to Docusign to
save some bother; interestingly their first docx conversion
produced a mangled PDF with a blue overlay - annoying; Collabora
Office did it properly. Sync. with Eloy. LOTR in the evening with
Mail chew, actioning items etc. customer call, ESC call.
Increasingly thrilled with new Dell Inspiron 7000 - fast (at least
running Linux), quiet, powerful etc. suspends, (and better resumes
again) etc. Poked at Apple's iCloud apps a little; interesting.
After a very long time of trying to de-bong Thunderbird's
plain-text editing behaviour - by searching in the global 'send'
options (to stop HTML mail sending), and on the brink of quitting
back to Evolution - I finally discovered a magic per-account setting
in "Composition and Addressing" with the lovely legend:
"[x] Compose messages in HTML format" - which, when turned off
appears to make the mail composer actually usable for plain-text
loving developers; nice !
Finally got my blog back together on the re-constituted
Laptop surgery; quite pleased with Windows 10 - but
the latest openSUSE / Linux on an SSD whips it for speed and
familiarity; as well as reliability for external USB/Sata
bits. Moved VM pieces into the real world again; good.
Caught up with Kohei, team call.
Mail chew; slide creation, quarterly mgmt meetings much
of the afternoon. Read stories, collected M. from cubs, filled
out customer data-request until late.
Up early; mail chew, 1:1 calls, team call(s), admin.
Continued to try to migrate to Thunderbird, Evolution can't
export my calendars as ICS - odd. Moved mail back across to
the IMAP server - rather slowly.
Arrived home sometime rather early in the morning.
Ran kids group at church; home, for pizza lunch; snoozed in
the afternoon a little. Bed early, exhausted.
Up; prepped demos, walked to the conference venue;
met up with Andras, did a lightening talk / demo. Compared
notes with Jane Silber, caught up with Niels over a burger
Workshop afterwards, did some brain-storming,
Lukas fix a set of nasty bugs; poked at a
Chatted to people variously, caught up with Frank over
dinner at the nearby beer garden; train to airport,
flight home late.
Up extremely early, coach to Stansted for the
Nextcloud conference, raining really hard on the coach,
good thing I checked the weather forecast (low prob. of
rain) before leaving my coat behind.
Delayed flight, huge queue to buy train ticket,
train lines being mended; hey ho - eventually got to the
University for a pleasant lunch with Mike S.
Back for some talks, and the Nextcloud box launch.
Out for dinner in the evening, up late poking software
Up lateish, chewed mail, team call, built ESC stats, wrote
minutes. Signed and scanned through some of the partner paperwork
backlog - good stuff. Slept in the evening, Lydia over.
Up late, took the morning slowly. Team meeting,
customer call, up extremely late with Ash & Andras,
testing and delivering builds.
To the airport early; worked on the flight home - getting
acclimatised to T-bird slowly, though the conversation view is a
huge time-saver. Home - caught up with J. before school, plugged
away at mail, played with babes etc.
- Early breakfast, walked to the venue. Out into central
Berlin to find just the right sort of bank to counter-sign
a slew of TDF paperwork for. Back eventually.
Enjoyed lunch, some talks, while Andras did some training.
Catch-up and meeting with various leads, and partners.
- Dinner with Holger, Daniel, Christian, and Tobias, bed
- Sleeper train to Berlin, pleased to find that it was an all the way
through sleeper, not stopping at Dresden.
- Taxi to the venue, met Andras, got some slides together and spoke.
- Continued trying to rescue my data from SSD, meet with interesting
people. Out for a meal and drinks in the evening, bed late.
Off to RedHat's office in the morning, a round of TDF staff updates
with the board up to lunch. Out to eat with the other guys. Back for a
meeting, more staff updates, discussed with MC etc. Out for a meal in
the evening. Back to the hotel late to work until 1am.
Great talks in tracks, and hallway track through the
Very much enjoyed the guided tour of Brno - gave a
lovely flavour for the place. Small dinner, met up and bid 'bye
to the team, back to see Lenny & Eloy to sync. Bed late.
- Interesting talks much of the day - lovely to interact with all the
great developers, partners and users around LibreOffice.
- Off with Kendy to get a replacement laptop, a Sata to USB thingit,
and some screwdrivers. Back to play with Windows 10. Installed T-bird to
have a go with it - learning a lot. Excited that powershell can tab
expand paths, cope with forward-slashes and tilde: and even Free Software
now; nice. Joy somewhat terminated by the lack of a pre-installed vi,
and the notepad.exe file-selector hating ~ and forward slashes. Tried to
swap caps-lock and control - requiring a re-log-in; hmm. Got openSUSE
installed in a VM. Poked at customer issue on Windows.
Late to the lovely beer & food event at Charlie's
Square in the evening.
Gave part of the State of the Project talk with
Italo and Florian. Caught a number of talks in the rooms
and hall-ways variously.
Gave a sponsors keynote on Collabora and LibreOffice:
Tried to buy a thinkpad with Kendy, but failed. The
premium for detachable batteries these days is amazing.
In the end, ordered from alza.cz to pick-up tomorrow
Breakfast at a local bakery, train to the team-building
place. Excellent team building time with the guys balancing
high in the sky with ropes, wires, etc. Huge swing to finish,
and off for a fine lunch nearby. Back for a rather quick
corporate update & brain-storming.
To the venue for a pre-conference party, drinks and
catch-up with Jiri & the other organisers, as well as lots
of old friends; fun.
Up late building slides for tomorrow's project update
and Collabora keynote.
Up, walked N. to the bus for her first day; bid 'bye
to other babes; prayed with H. off by train (meeting Richard
Wood) to Stansted, via the office - dropped off some copy &
said Hi to Jordi.
Mail chew, and slideware pokeage on the train, plane
etc. Fine student accomodation in the center of town, nice.
Reviewed, merged, and fixed up some gerrit patches; back to
slide-ware. Out for dinner with the team and Cor.
Laptop comprehensively died - curious timing, Kendy
kindly lent me his overnight to build slides.
NCC in the morning; home for a pizza lunch, relaxed with
babes and finished Diggers. Took H. to Madeline's, and talked
with N. for a bit. Tea, put babes to bed.
Off to Ely Cathedral earlyish with H. on her trip out,
to climb the Octagon, and stare down from the paintings at the
people below - fun. Had lunch.
Home, chewed mail a bit; knocked up some shelves in the
evening for J. to better house the ever-growing book collection.
Up late; looked after babes in spare cycles; mail chew,
caught up with backlog of tasks. Parents arrived for lunch, and
Nick too - which was nice; back to work afterwards. Spent the
evening with the parents.
Up early. mail chew, hackery, Product team calls, poking at
performance. ESC call, back to bisecting with Kendy. Got around to
for the LibreOffice conference.
Up very late, debugging, testing, documenting & meeting
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