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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
All Saints in the morning, Pizza lunch, LOTR in the
afternoon. Plugged away at soldering with H. for her Pi2
Took H. to practice the Organ and tried but failed
to buy stamps. Spent some time trying to fix a VIVE controller,
failing to pair - much dis-assembly later no closer; wish there
was more sensible and detailed console output to allow
real diagnostics. Neverending Story in the afternoon -
not as good as it seemed 25 years ago.
Started working through list of pending tasks. Sealed
kitchen worktops - removing one item from the side, while J.
dunged out E's clothing mountain.
Out to see the Brighty's for a nice lunch, on to Ickworth
for a walk.
Drove to Aldeburgh for lunch with B&A, Sue, Clive
and babes there too - played variously. Out for a walk along the
beach to the Martello Tower, back for more slugging. Fairground
candy grabber given to Anne for Christmas making an horrific
racket during serial uses. Home; watched Extant with H.
Watched the falling snow & chatted with M&D,
much of the morning, lunch - bid 'bye to them. Played with
babes, watched Les Miserable - a wonderful musical.
Put babes to bed.
Breakfast, R&A left early - lunch, out
for a walk on the heath, H. played the organ for M&D,
Chris, Cheryl & girls dropped in for a while -
replaced H's malfunctioning ATX power-supply driving
her LED light strip with Chris. Up late talking with
Woken by babes at 8am top open stockings
in our bed - joined by R&A&M, fun. Breakfast,
out for family service in the morning.
Back for a fine roast turkey lunch - B&A
arrived - lots of fun, present opening - fell asleep
and work up surrounded by the oldies: in something
of a haze of tiredness.
Played 'family row' with Tom & Becky in
the US via the internet. Up late talking.
Played with family in the morning; David over
for lunch; out for a walk - All Saints crib service.
Back for a jacket potatoe dinner, and games until late
feeling increasingly unwell. Packing, wrapping etc.
Up late, tidied the house. Lunch, out for a walk
on the nearby dyke in the afternoon; Rob & Amelia
arrived when we got back. Up talking to them.
Parents arrived for a late breakfast; spent a chunk
of time summarizing the commercial year for CP. for the team.
Cut out a chunk of mouldy old silicone sealant & replaced it.
Up early, mail chew, poked at this and that. Thrilled to see
3.0 released with the start of our rich dialog support; update your
docker / packages & get stuck in with hacking it.
ESC call, posted the minutes. New floor fitted in upstairs
toilet - bought some stainless screws, and a new seat for good
Admin, dinner, mail chew. Re-plumbed in the toilet &
screwed it down (holes at the back only, hmm).
Up rather early, into London for meetings, Ben and
then Lunch & Tony - interesting people, fun times.
Some IRC & E-mail bits.
On the train opposite Rowan Williams on the way back,
avoided disturbing him.
Up early, mail chew. When I look at some UFO
I see an out-of-focus insect inside a sensor - what is wrong with me ?
Mail chew, sync. with Andras & Jona. Patch review,
fun. Commercial call, filled paperwork, confirmed FOSDEM talk.
Mail chew; sync. with Miklos, consulting call. Lunch. BoD call.
Plugged at admin, sync with Kendy, partner call. Dinner, sync with Timar
Up late, trained N. in cleaning the shower trap; worked with
H. on toilet plumbing. Watched National Lampoons Xmas - sadly more
vulgar than I recall. Out to the All Saints Carol Service in the
evening, very well attended - N. did a reading. Back for tea &
Up lateish, checked mail, house tidying left &
right, Sue & Clive and babes, and B&A over for a
lovely lunch together; really good to see them and to
catch up. Out for a walk with J and S&C.
Bid 'bye to all; slugged a bit, did some work on
memory sharing in the lounge; took H. to Charlotte's party.
Talked to lots of parents of friends.
Out for a run with J. chewed mail, poked partners,
estimations, customers worked on letter. Team call. Sync
with Jona in the evening.
Mail chew, sync with Kendy, amazed to read on slashdot
in 2013 ... that 14.7 billion people visited [PornHub] -
obviously the aliens are watching us - but I didn't realize what
Looked at switching to clang for building LibreOffice - fed-up
of wasting scarce CI horsepower just to fall over one of our increasingly
awesome set of clang-based checking plugins. I have a soft spot for
gcc: the FSF heritage, etc. despite them taking two years to review
my first patch to it - but needs must. Discovered that icecream appears
not to work with our clang plugins: bother.
Call with Eloy, and a customer, admin. Lunch. ESC call,
more admin. Poked some code with kendy late.
Mail chew, call, sync with Jona. Pushed custom allocator pieces, poked
at URL launching in online.
Off to Ely Cathedral to play in the Soham Village College orchestra,
packed cathedral (but not noticably warmer for it), and some great music.
Mail chew. Built ESC stats, poked at ESC stats building to
simplify some of the more annoying tweaks.
Mended vive controller in the evening - the small rubber pad
on the micro-switch moved - re-glued it into the right place &
re-assembled. Lydia & Janice over.
Mail chew, consulting call, mailed customers, worked through
admin queue, customer call, dinner, sync. with Kendy, managed to finish
my string dumper and analyze the ~64k UCS2 strings we allocate on startup,
with ~1 million chars - so at least 3Mb of heap. Some gems in there, 6k
copies of "en-US", 7k strings starting "com.sun.star.". Hopefully can use
the string pointers to make sense of more apparently random chunks of
memory that are un-shared in error.
Fed and entertained small girls of various kinds, tried to get
them to eat crumpets as well as playing in the snow (some bare-foot).
Dispatched them to parents, packed instruments, cooked roast-potatoes,
and more - and off to All Saints.
Service; Max spoke on courage, faith, redemption and example of
the four women in Luke's genealogy of Jesus. Church family Christmas dinner
afterwards - lovely, All Saints 'got talent' featuring H' on the Organ, a
quartet, and lots of other fun bits.
Home; some slugging, watched LOTR #2.2 with the babes. Wrestled
tired people to bed.
House tidying action, took H. to practice the organ,
brief shop afterwards. Home for lunch, got her RPI / LED
light-ness sorted out with Elize.
Friends & families arrived for parties, good to
see Jan & Roman, Silver & Maria and Tania as well as
the normal host of smaller girls. Various babies got to bed
Took E. to school, mail, admin, catch-up, mail backlog processing.
Booked FOSDEM Eurostar. Finally got annoyed enough with X crashing to
file a bug.
Dinner, larger three went ice skating; played with E. Bit of
hacking, and some patch review - nice.
Mail chew, re-built code, train into London for a customer
meeting. Good to see Bob again, out for a fine Indian meal, enjoyed
the company late into the evening, Thai dinner, trains home.
John & Louise over in the evening, stayed up rather late
catching up with John, fun.
Sync with Dennis, collected data, admin, lunch. Customer call,
more slideware work. Plugged away at calc bits & report
writing until the small hours.
Mail; admin. Lunch with J. Commercial call. Spent much of the
day doing the things that are supposed to be quick & get done
before you work on larger tasks - but somehow fill the time.
Out to the Hopbine in Cambridge in the evening with J. for a
lovely Collabora Christmas party, good to catch up with the local
part of the team.
Mail chew, consultancy call, synched with Dennis; admin:
customer, partner contacts, variously. TDF board call.
Up, NCC - played the violin - goodbye service as we leave
the church, sad in many ways - 17 years of service there; moving on
to All Saints for now.
Home for lunch with Sandra & Lydia,
played games & music with the family, out to practice the Organ
with H. Read God's Smuggler to E. + babes in the evening.
Watched Extant with J. before bed.
Mail chew, Elize over to make christmas present with H.
Played games variously, lunch. Out for a walk up the heath in the
afternoon with the family, lovely. Home, movie, bed.
Plugged away at memory sharing amidst admin bits. Found lots of
likely looking pages and improve the loolmap tool significantly. Turns
out allocating 1 byte with the internal LibO allocator gives you a minimum
of 32bytes as we configure it. Hacked up a custom arena for Online
Mail chew patch
review, bug pokeage, customer call.
Pleased to hear from Tim Farron
Up in the night; worked on un-shared page dumping. Back to bed,
up to practice with the babes. Mail, call with Dennis.
Mail chew, built ESC proto-agenda, started (early) on 6.0
under-the-hood stat building - merging 5.4 and 6.0 into one; admin.
Spent some time looking at heap sharing in LibreOfficeKit
after a pre-init; read pagemap
docs and added support too
loolmap to print bitmaps of
Mike over for dinner & catch-up.
Mail, status report, consultancy call. Caught up with Eloy,
sync. with Andras. Lunch, plugged away at paperwork. Poked at
writer page border rendering - something that's annoyed me for
a while (before seeing the memory it can waste).
Slept in, off to All Saints; Abraham from Christian Aid talking
about their work to reduce maternal & infant mortality in rural
Kenya, talked to Max. Home for pizza lunch.
Played 'go' with H, re-strung her Velix blind too & re-fitted
it; watched HP#2, removed the old table made from a door from her attic room;
read story to N. - finishing Voyage to Venus; bed.
Mail chew, pulled code to the laptop; reviewed patch,
built profiling sheet in the car on the way to B&A's. Good to
see them. Lunch, talked with Bruce in the afternoon, tea.
Bit of memory profile reading and hackery in the car
on the way home, sickening somehow.
Took E. to school so J. could lie-in, ran home. Mail,
partner call, mail. Submitted an Open Document Editors paper
(FOSDEM rocks - be there, or get a hard stare).
Poked at a nasty UNO/SolarMutex deadlock for a customer; fun.
Watched a movie with the babies, Lynn over in the evening for a bit.
Mail chew, chat with Marina, reviewed a pathaological conditional
formatting case with Tor, lunch. Sync with Jona, Miklos, contract
ESC call & posted minutes. Finally got around to unwinding the
gitdm-config situation to my satistfaction, good.
The story so far
Two and a half years ago Collabora started to maintain
LibreOffice in the Mac app store - checkout LibreOffice
Vanilla: Fresh from the community to your Mac. This made it
extremely easy and convenient to install LibreOffice on the Mac,
and it is gratifying to see that around 365k users have indeed
As a company our raison d'etre is to drive the success of FLOSS,
however in order to do that we need to raise funds to drive
development. As such a major
motivation here was to try to bring enough money into the Mac ecosystem
that we could start to fix bugs, and address longer standing problems
with the Mac - something everyone wants to see.
To try to achieve that we included a risque 'nag' dialog, that
would encourage people to donate
to The Document Foundation (TDF) - and also encourage them to buy
Collabora Office on the
Mac to help fund engineering work. This would show up on first-start, though
we moved that to monthly, and remind Mac users that while
so much of far greater value than money to
UX, and in many
nevertheless the quickest & easiest way to make a small
contribution if you're missing the skills is with a small donation to TDF,
or failing that by buying a paid Collabora Office through the
Each month we have on average 54 people purchasing Collabora Office
for Mac for $10 (we get 70%), and around 10 donation page visits per
month that we could track, TDF's average donation is around $10. So
estimating this is around $380 per month of income for Collabora, and
say $100 for TDF.
That doesn't sound too terrible, until you look at this two
- The cost to Collabora - of the up-front investment needed
to get the Mac build sandboxed as well as ongoing costs to work around
changes to the sandbox, as well as fixing nits that reviewers find
each time we submit a new version. So far that cost between two and three
times the income (at cost ) - so quite some loss. This explains why we
have not been investing as we'd like to in keeping LibreOffice Vanilla
- The cost to TDF - what cost you say ? they got $100 per
month for nothing. Well yes, and no. TDF serves install sets at
around 50k per day - that is around ~20 million per year. TDF's
awesome donors gave
Eur 800k last year to drive its mission - so around Eur 4 cents
each download (though user counts could be significantly greater).
So from 12k downloads per month, we'd expect $485 in donations from
this many Mac downloads, assuming an average generosity of Mac
So - this current situation seems to be a lose-lose for
Collabora and TDF, with only Apple winning its 30% cut. That is
far from ideal - we didn't go into business to lose money and to
income (even by 0.6%); so how can we fix this ? (ideally without
going back to phase one: "collection of underpants"
A more elegant plan for now
Moving ahead, as applications are distributed in app-stores,
there will be a super-easy payment mechanism placed right next to the
download button. What is the convenience of an app-store worth ?
How much will people pay for getting & maintaining a signed
LibreOffice Vanilla through an app-store ? Put another way - in the
future it will be critical to understand what the market demand
curve, and elasticity of demand is for just that convenience.
We've discussed this with The Document Foundations' Board
of Directors (BoD) and they asked for a proposal on how best to
deal with this problem. We proposed an experimental solution
which they agreed, so we are today starting an experiment
which will make the following changes:
- No more nag dialog - we ship an almost completely
generic LibreOffice Vanilla, and subsequent Fresh
releases - perhaps with a few earlier fixes.
- Charge money for the convenience of an
app-store install. This interesting question is: what is convenience
worth ? We'll have to find out - starting low, say Eur 2/user, and
increasing from there ? will everyone click the link to
download it for free from TDF (and donate there ?) or is
auto-updating, something they like ?
- Make it super-abundantly clear that LibreOffice Vanilla
is a pure convenience purchase - prominently link
to and direct people who don't want to pay to use the
free manual downloads, from TDF.
- We're also updating to the latest 5.4.3 version, plus
we've fixed the most annoying bug around page orientation when
- What happens to the money raised ? Clearly, we don't want
TDF to lose out; so we will donate 10% of the price to them.
So for Eur 2, that would be Eur 0.20 - five times the
average donation. Apple get 30%, not ideal - but perhaps it
goes to subsidize the cost of the hardware (or not). The rest
will go to defraying existing Mac related costs, as well as
Mac specific bug-fixing, and (ideally if it works out)
feature development. Is that convenience worth Eur 2 ? or
Eur 3 ? or more ? we'll be exploring the market demand curve
for convenience in an upward direction over time.
The hope is that this approach provides a win-win, where we
can finally invest more in fixing and improving LibreOffice on Macs,
while also creating a template and valuable data we will share with
TDF on how to deal with app-stores - it is entirely possible that
app-stores will become the dominant mode of software delivery in
future, so TDF needs to be prepared.
FAQ / comments ?
Why doesn't Collabora just do this for free forever ? -
We do invest a lot in LibreOffice, but if we're going to do
something loss making long term, it should probably be to drive
the success of free platforms, not subsidising convenience for
wealthy Mac owners.
Why doesn't TDF do this for free ? - I don't speak
for TDF here, but the fundamental economics don't change by someone
else doing the same work - it looks like a loss-making business
subsidizing Mac owners' convenience at this scale for TDF too.
How does this work with the trademark ? - TDF have
Policy for the LibreOffice trademark that this fits neatly into.
Of course - we need to make it clear that we're not TDF, and fit the
other criteria. Discussing this with the BoD it seems that TDF
may want to do this themselves in future in a different way, and if
they're distributing LibreOffice in a given app-store, the duplication
is likely to cause confusion - which would not be ok. Fair enough for
the future. For now, there is nothing special about Collabora's use
of the trademark.
Why doesn't TDF charge instead ? - perhaps this makes
sense in future, that's up to TDF. Practically, this would be a
for-profit activity that would need to be done and accounted for
separately in the Stiftung, it would be necessary to do the same
work and publish & award tenders for the relevant development
pieces. That's a lot of work and overhead for TDF, with an unclear
benefit vs. this approach. It would also mean TDF going into
business itself, which could be seen as impacting its vendor
neutrality. Clearly I expect TDF to continue to provide Mac
downloads for free from libreoffice.org, as normal, indefinitely.
How can I help translate the app-store page ? -
clearly we'd love to have help and community input here. Mail me
to get more details, and/or with your translation.
Why is your app-id com.collabora.libreoffice-free if
is no longer free ? good question - glad you asked that - but it's
hard to change and not really user-visible.
What makes improving Macs special ? - interestingly
the Mac platform accounts for a large chunk of our high priority
regressions, currently three vs. a total of eight. The majority
of developers are comfortable with and work on Linux or Windows,
and the vast majority of paying customers in the ecosystem are
also on Windows or Linux. TDF has tried to improve things by -
making Mac hardware more widely available, but thus far without a
huge impact. We really don't want to get into a situation where it is
hard to improve things through LibreOffice's platform abstraction
due to an under-resourced platform.
We're going to see if charging for the convenience of the
app-store can help to improve the LibreOffice on Mac situation by
funding its development. It is an experiment - who knows - perhaps
selling convenience could evolve into a way for FLOSS projects
generally to fund development. Possibly TDF will do this themselves
in the future , or could even put out the use of their brand in
app-stores to tender for the highest bid / contribution mixture.
Perhaps you're a volunteer - and talk of optimizing donations,
or income streams sticks in your throat - I get that too. Many of TDF's most
valuable contributions are in the form of time - and not money, from
our thousands of volunteer
contributors; still - converting cash
into code is something we love to do.
Mail chew; poked at online SSL ciphers configurability for a
partner, several sales & partner calls.
Mail, built ESC stats, sync with Dennis, pleased to see the
calc threading work merged to master for 6.0, some more cleanup
patches to come.
Helped Shinnok unwind some alias confusion in our gitdm-config,
monthly commercial call, catch-up with Philippe & Tracie.
Profiled using perf using
sudo perf record -e machine_clears.memory_ordering --call-graph dwarf -a
and found a number of things to fix, fixed them - but still no significant
concurrency improvements: somewhat irritating really.
Mail chew, chat with Dennis, Consultancy call, partner sync.
Lunch. Mended some blog entry time messups from the recent past.
Mail, text hackery, sync with Jona, partner call.
Band practice at NCC, service. Home for a roast lunch with Lydia, re-arranged H's room
for carpet fitting. Out to collect N. from Curve-motion roller skating.
Gordon sermon in the evening.
Up earlyish, into London with H. on a trip to the Royal
Observatory - stood on the meridian, admired various telescopes
and other machinery for star-gazing. Enjoyed a Planetarium show
on the Carrington event with lots of super-computer rendered
plasma-ness. Out for a nice lunch at Cafe Rouge, fast Catermaran
to the Tower and tube, train home - late.
H. up late doing her History homework.
Early morning partner call; J. under the weather. Caught
up with Martin, customer call. Lunch, J. unwell, call. Collected E.
Mail chew, catchup with Jona, partner call, lunch with J.
Chat with Tom, built code left & right.
crashes when it fails to read kernel symbols as a user.
Read some memory profiles with Ash; interesting. Poked at
ways of profiling for scalability bottlenecks, some nice blog
on perf - but still, working out what processor events to trace in order
to find contended mutex's, or contended atomic references still puzzles me.
Late night partner call.
Mail chew, built ESC stats, estimation bits. Lunch with J.
Chat with Jona, sync with Eike & team on calc threading merge.
Mail chew, commercial team call, estimation, partner call,
caught up with Robert.
Mail chew, status report, consultancy call, partner calls,
misc. admin, partner call in the evening.
To All Saints for Rememberance Day; pizza lunch, took M. to a
parade later, and H. to practice the organ. Back home, dunged out the
perennial hair problem from a sink. Slugged, played 'go', attacked H's
Velux roller-blind; the cords cut through their plastic fittings after
a time - annoyingly.
Lie in, poked at mail, picked up H. & took her into
Cambridge for an Apprenticed themed Naomi B. party.
Out for a run with J. Mail chew, sync with Andras. Mail chew,
poked at a bit of headless theming code. Hannah & Nick over in
the evening for an art class on tone with charcol.
Lots of partner, customer, quote, pieces through the day.
ESC call, posted minutes; Taxi'd babes a little in the evening.
Mail chew, chat with Eric, poked at Calc, chat with Muhammed.
Discovered the interesting
you Sure? Chrome plugin:
"Are you sure? is a simple extension to help you stay
productive on the internet. Distracting sites can be fun, but it's too easy to just
visit them without thinking. You can be in the middle of some important work and,
before you know it, your fingers have betrayed you and you're looking at cat pictures again."
Indeed. I love the 'my fingers betrayed me' characterization. If the secret
to productivity is planning, and scheduling some tedious tasks before some fun ones,
then finger-betrayal is the spanner that busts the scheme apart - unless it is included
into the mix (perhaps): work before news etc.
Mail; admin, built ESC stats, got lots of smaller tasks
done; good, partner calls, one late into the evening.
Mail chew, admin, status report, cleaned up the consultancy
sales pipeline a little. Lunch. Lots of Hangouts these days - I hope
it's just me, but with these small mobile-phone ear-buds, I find
myself from time to time trying to insert the 3mm jack into my ear,
that is when I'm not plugging it into a USB port by mistake without
looking; hey ho.
Played Call of the Starseed: Emberstone - in the evening,
the graphics are fun, but gameplay is frustratingly constrained
really - something like a 3D, slightly interactive movie really.
Up; All Saints in the morning - baptism service, great talk(s).
Back for lunch - out to practice the Organ with H. Julie over in the
afternoon, played games, fish & chip dinner, read stories; watched
Up lateish, cooked breakfast; worked in the car on the way
to Sue & Clive's - good to see them, setup fireworks with Clive,
caught up with Adrian & Georgina & the nephews / niece. Good
bonfire, fine fireworks, excellent food. Home late.
Walked E. to school, ran home; plugged away at remote
debugging. Partner form filling, profile reading, call with
Mail chew, poked at some code with Dennis; customer call,
Lunch. Poked at code variously; ESC call. Plugged away at more
admin - some hacking, chat with Kendy.
Mail chew, call with a friend; lunch. Catch up with Pranav
& Kendy, sync. with Philippe, Jona. Time to do some typing.
Early morning interviews, mail chew & admin left &
right. Out to help run the kids games at a Light Party -
why people appear to choose to celebrate the vile things in life, and not
the victory over death and evil on All-Saints eve is unclear to me.
Rather good hands-free doughnut-on-wool eating game, Pinata
(shepherding a queue of kids away from the most dangerous spot: right
behind the hitter), Pizza, movie, and more.
Mail chew, status report, admin, lunch. Consultancy call, and
catchup with Miklos. Customer cold-call, sync with Eloy & Jona.
Julie over for dinner.
To NCC, helped with the older kids work; home for a Pizza
lunch. Played go with H. and M. variously - getting into it rather.
Slugged in front of a movie in the afternoon, put babes to bed:
Vernor Vinge short-stories for M. and playing Raspberry-Pi &
colored light strips with H. nice.
Off to see Bruce & Anne, fine lunch; out to walk along
the beach the other side of Sizewell, good to chat with Bruce. Back
for tea, some sandwiches & set off home again. Read stories in
Watched Inside Llweyn Davis - rather underwhelmed for
a Cohen Brothers film.
Up early; out for a run with J. Chewed mail, dug through an
strace, sync. with Kendy. Lunch. Sync with Dennis & Miklos, poked
at profiles, admin, and more.
Out to Fountains Abbey in the morning with M&D,
attended a free stone-carving workshop - and spent some hours
chipping away at blocks of limestone (apparently a low silicosis
risk stone). Had a great time, and carved some nice lettering.
Admired the extremely creative Joseph Hayton exhibition
of our tutor's work - Monks growing out of the Abbey, and more.
Home, a fine pasta lunch, packed and hacked in the car on
the way back; with a stop for some chips; relaxed - read until late.
Mail chew, out into York to see the National Train Museum,
lots of fine trains, wandered through the shambols, bus back,
sadly missing the nice electric busses both ways; home - caught
up with work variously.
Up lateish; got stuck into The Rise & Fall of the
Third Reich by mistake - bother. Out for a walk into town with
J. and M. Back for lunch, consulting call, mgmt call. Built ESC
Mail chew, admin, partner call; wrote status report.
Sync with Eloy & Jona. TDF board call. Set off north to
Knaesborough with the family.
Up lateish, picked up H. and on to West Road, good to see
Barry; but forgot violin to return to him. Clear teaching explaining
Home for lunch, room painting action, N. and M. returned
exhausted; tea, put them to bed early; painting action & reading
Adrian Plass to H. and J.
Up in the night with horrible neck pain; hmm, poked at an
online bug in a curmudgeonly way - found a cut/paste coding horror
& tried to fix it. Back to bed.
Up at midday; breakfast - David arrived; J. and H. back
from organ practice; set too painting H's room, cleared moss off
the roof with E. Dinner, H. out to a murder-mystery sleep-over.
Listened to A monk's tale with David by the fire; while
E. and J. played smash-up.
Mail chew; marketing / analytics training much of the day.
Managed to get some admin done too.
Off to Cambridge in the morning; caught up with Hannah,
Traice, Julie, met Olivier, Jakob and more - lunch with the team.
Chased admin bits. Mgmt meetings all afternoon, out for dinner in
Up early; mail chew, admin bits, chat with Andras. Lunch.
Sync with Kendy.
Mail chew; bug poking; Commercial team call; built ESC agenda,
showed a local young gamer: Bailey the VIVE, interesting to see his
improved situational awareness - it never ceases to amaze me how normal
people put a Vive on and look at a very limited field of the scene:
perhaps 45 degrees (if that) - without prompting to 'look around'.
Two lots of maths revision in the morning with H. and M.
Mail catchup, started working through the backlog. Lunch,
consultancy call. Read to babes in the evening.
J. off to do the NCC kids work. Played with H. and N.
variously, lunch, Chris over - and out to church in Histon,
stayed for a meal afterwards. Back, read stories put babes to
Up rather early with Kendy; set off to St Peter's
Basilica to have a look - arrived in good time 7:30 or so
to find it closed for a service; bother. Got a Museum trip
instead, the expensive 'tour' option horribly over-priced
but interesting. Sad to see so much wealth, and focus on
the art, and artists rather than what they're trying to
say about their inestimably more interesting subjects.
Sola Dei Gloria (as they say).
Wandered around myself, curious at the various
celebrations of syncretism on display. Lunch, back through
the Sistine Chapel - hard to express how beautifuly rich and
the colors are, on into St Peters - guilded, but not as
gaudy as some.
Train, bus, to the airport - RyanAir; poked at mail
and the task backlog.
Up earlyish, presented the great work we've been doing
with South Eastern Health Trust:
Various encouraging customer & partner meetings
Out for ice-cream with some
awesome French guys. Caught Ash's non-blocking socket talk
and Armin's EMF+ bits.
Great closing session - was an amazing conference,
congrats to all who were involved! Out for dinner together
at a Pizzaria near the Colosseum (named after the gigantic
golden statue of Nero that used to be there apparently).
Back to the flat, farewells, bed.
Conference, lots of hallway-track goodness;
positive CoC panel / discussion with Marina & Simon -
Lunch with friends great to see Pranav's Dialog
Tunneling talk; gave a talk on Online Unit Testing:
Off to the hack-fest in the evening, fine food,
good company, lovely.
Enjoyed the introduction, and the staggering depth
of history, and richness of the venue - very grateful to
the City of Rome for hosting us.
Massed board & MC & employees panel thing.
gave my Collabora Opening keynote with some examples of
the exciting thigns we've been up to for the last year:
Lunch; and minuted a rather lengthy ESC meeting
afterwards - with some ideas of where to go next in
graphics & code cleanliness.
Out for a pleasant social event in the evening in
town with the conference.
Up early, breakfast from the Termini Station &
waited around - sending scouts to find the missing bus,
collecting partners and Collaborans variously.
Eventually found the bus, got to the Airsoft venue,
and played a surprisingly fun team-game - lots to learn:
Coach to a nice Italian restaurant for lunch,
and on for a presentation (minus working projector sadly),
still - good stuff.
Back to Termini; and had an all-afternoon team
meeting & brain-storming / planing session until late.
Out for dinner together; talked until rather late, bed.
Up, quick breakfast - Kendy & I tried to get
Uber working to get us to the Hotel. Board meeting all
day, board dinner until late.
Back with Kendy to try to locate somewhere to
sleep; thankfuly found Miklos & woke Andras to let
us in; quested for (and found) the necessary extra bed
in the end; phew.
Worked until 3am polishing slides; tiring.
NCC in the morning, helped with the older
kids work with Uche. Home for a quick Pizza lunch
with Julie. Finished packing, J. drove me to
Stansted, Ryan-Air-ness to Rome; got gotcha'd by
an overly-expensive bus into town - should cost
Eur 1.50 for a std. bus ticket.
Found Kendy, out for Pizza together; back
to enjoy the free bottle of sparkling red & catch
up until late.
Slugging in the morning; into town later to get
some organ practise with H. only to discover a day of
quiet prayer in AllSaints going on: fair cop.
Waited in Spec-Savers for an hour for a trivial
repair-job on N's glasses - before discovering that we'd
just been forgotten; hey ho.
Home, some travel preparation; bit of hacking.
J. out to counselling course; took E. to school & ran back.
Sync. with Dennis, mail chew, slide-ware & stats, customer meeting;
picked up E. from school; babes returned.
Babes out for a Compassion bake-off competition evening,
another customer call, chat with Philippe; mail chew.
Mail chew; admin, more admin, sync with Tor, Dennis. Partner
call, lunch. Interview with Lenny, gap, another interview.
Blizard of E-mail & admin. Lunch. Call with Nico,
admin and calls until late.
Mail chew; built ESC stats, lunch; sync with Kohei.
mgmt team call, reviewed
CVs for our opening & setup interviews.
Dinner; read stories, admin, setup interviews.
Up rather early; prodded mail, wrote status report. Breakfast.
BT engineer arrived to diagnose our line problems - not in the home;
seemingly the wire to the exchange actually died: wow - tree roots,
water ingress (the cables are underground) ? who can say.
Lunch; more mail poking, consultancy call, sync with Tor.
roadmap planning, chat with Bruce, bed exhaustedly.
Up; packed random books, face-paint, sweets etc. NCC for kids
work; home for a roast lunch, Martin & Marie-Jane, Talitha &
Tirza over to share it. Chatted much of the afternoon. Tea, read stories
to babes & put them to bed.
Up, onto the roof to measure chimney pots for new covers, greased
the angle weather-vane too. Lunch, out for a walk along the Dyke with the
babes; back just in time to catch Nick Webb - enjoyed some tea & time
Watched a somewhat reduced version of The Matrix in the
evening with H. before noticing I'm on kids work tomorrow. Stayed up rather
late planning games & events.
Up early; out for a run; mail, partner sales call; Bruce & Anne
over for lunch, sync with Eloy, lunch. Team call. Admin & accounting
Lots of kids over for a Baptism Class evening meal, review. Watched
High School Musical together, H. and N. had their friends over for a sleepover.
Mail chew at length; smaller team call; sync. with Bruce.
Continue to be amazed that Barnier insists that the ECJ
continues to have jurisdiction in the UK. Theresa May's Florence
said: It wouldn’t be right for one party’s court to have
jurisdiction over the other. - which does seem transparently
sensible; to argue the converse - that the British High Court
should have jurisdiction over the ECJ in discussions of British
National's rights in Europe would sound equally absurd.
Endless admin, calls etc. Got a bit of hacking done in the
afternoon on time based delta compression.
Sync with Miklos, admin, mail, lunch. Consulting catch-up,
sync with Tor, customer call.
Practice with babes & packed them off to school. Mail chew,
lots of admin; analyzed some GL logs, caught up with some of the
conference E-mail backlog. Consultancy call, out for dinner with J. in
the evening: lovely.
NCC in the morning; to All Saints to collect Mary Rogers; big lamb
lunch. Quartet practice in the afternoon; out to a Organ
at All Saints with H. in the evening; fine.
Flight arrived late; picked up by J. at midnight; slept eventually.
Up early, drove to Insane
Terrain YFC fund-raising run - pleased to see all small girls wading happily
through the thick mud, running, clambering over obstacles, and nearly swimming in
deep ponds: great. Picnic lunch.
Home, some degree of relaxing; watched 2nd Hobbit movie; babes
to bed early.
To the venue, talked much of the day with
various people; tried to get some mail & admin
done too. Out to the party in the evening; before
heading onwards to a late-evening RyanAir flight.
Walked to the conference, abortive customer call; gave
Caught up with Markus over lunch, talked with various
customers and users, poked at a bug with Thomas.
Up unfeasibly early, coach to Stansted for an early flight
to Nuremburg for the ownCloud conference. Poked at slides. Arrived,
good to catch up with lots of people, out for dinner with Holger,
Thomas, Michael & some CERN guys in the evening.
Mail chew; chat with Eloy; lunch; partner call; built slides
for monthly mgmt meeting. Admin, chased invoices; built ESC agenda.
Dinner; out to H's organ practice; did a bit of
hackery while it happened on unit testing, walked home and
put babes to bed variously.
Practice with babes; mail chew, installed ownCloud X for demos.
Lunch with J. poked at online unit testing some more. Consultancy call.
Into Cambridge with a 4K screen to seek out some memory
issue; caught up with Tracie.
Picked up H. NCC in the morning; dropped her and Elize to
Katie's to setup a surprise party for a friend
Home for Pizza; Julie over in the afternoon, slept a little; out
to NCC AGM in the evening. Bed.
Took H. to All-Saints for some Organ Practice & dropped her
at Emily's; home, slugging variously. Took H. and Elize to hers in the
afternoon for a sleep-over. Back to play with the babes.
Got some hacking in while re-watching a Prince and
Out for a run in the morning with J. mail chew, partner call,
Lunch. More mail.
Mail; finally noticed Java EE going to Eclipse
on the grounds that a copy-left license is good for communities; good for
Oracle. Looking forward to seeing how they can make that blossom &
Admin, ESC call, sync. with Shinnok, call with Kendy & Heiko,
plugged away at admin until late.
Mail chew; patch review; sync with Tor & Miklos. Poked at
partner mail; plugged away at spell checking in the evening.
Mail chew; poked at tile diff compression; built ESC agenda bits.
Travelled into Cambridge to setup some hardware, quick partner call.
Lunch. More machine poking, consultancy call, home. Worked away until
late; Lydia & Janice over.
Mail chew, booked another AirBnb in Rome for the LibreOffice
conference. Lunch with J. Consultancy call, signed things; more mail
Out to Giles' baptism in Mildenhall at Kings Church - really
encouraging to hear his testimony of the rescue of his family and
himself: from aggression, obesity, living to play xbox and being
abusive to his family - to freedom, peace, a normal weight, running
for charity, and with hope for the future.
Back for lunch with Julie-Anne, caught up a bit; and slept
on the sofa between playing Windlands on the Vive.
Up late; played Vive with M.; poked at callgrind profiles and
threading goodness. Prodded at team-building opportunities around Rome.
Slugged in the afternoon variously.
Up early; practices, packed babes of to school. Mail chew,
out to get the car services & MOT'd - price of Prius Plug-in
seems to be GBP 35k, presumably around the Tesla / Model3 price -
of course, you get a hybrid / engine too.
Worked (on the laptop) in a nearby gym until it was done;
sync. with Kendy, feature ranking etc.
Mail chew; partner call, admin, lunch. TDF admin, contract
pokeage. Distressed by the hyper-load pops / clicks coming from
pulseaudio + chrome + hangouts, starting up a hangout is far from
ideal with headphones on - scary.
Out for an Organ lesson with H. and Roger at All Saints -
good to hear the pedals in action. Home, read to H.
Packed oldest three babes off to school; did some practice
with E. and tried to avoid getting stuck into M's bigger 'cello for
its novelty value.
Mail chew; planned the day; call with Eloy. Interview with
Kevin. Amused to re-read the Economist Style-Guide on
Collabora is hiring
always looking for smart people - but Collabora Productivity is particularly
looking for a sharp Marketing
Specialist - could it be you ? let us know; do you have just part of the skills
we seek: also interesting - drop us a line.
Customer call , another interview ,
admin. Dinner; assembled a hex core Ryzen PC with the babes - showing them
how relatively trivial it is.
Up in the night; worked, built ESC bug stats while doing
CCPAS on-line training.
Booked flight to the LibreOffice conference.
M.'s first day at secondary school; made tea in bed for J.
and walked her together to the bus; lovely to see them grow up -
such a privilege.
Did a live update direct from openSUSE 42.1 to 42.3 (as
not recommended in the docs) - apart from having to delete a number
of snapshots (was unaware that they were being created) - it worked
flawlessly; continuing to work while it went in (wow).
Up, mail & IRC poke-age; sigh. Chewed mail in the
car on the way to Aldeburgh. Lunch, chat with Buovjaga, out for
a walk to Thorpness with B & A. Back, more mail; poked at
backlog of admin in the car on the way home.
Off to Soham Baptist Church - encouraged to hear
the Gospel preached & the word patiently explained &
applied. Back for a pizza lunch; played smash-up, BosWars with
E. and slugged generally in the afternoon. Watched the last
Tick in the evening with H. - un-necessarily terrible language.
To a kids-leaders' prayer & planning meeting at Klara's.
Back for lunch with David, out to wander around Ickworth - back for
a roast dinner, read stories put babes to bed.
Out to Dianne Curtis-Prior's funeral in Histon in the morning,
a really lovely service, lunch afterwards; back for lunch. Switched
from IRC to Mattermost's IRC bridge. Plugged away at mail.
Mail chew; call with Tomi then Thorsten, Miklos; lunch,
Tor call; mail chew; an organ teacher arrived to meet H. ESC call;
sync. with Philippe Watched
The Tick on Amazon Prime in the evening with H. and J.
Out for a run with J. lots of mail chew, reviewed Azorpid's
Summer of Code work on the fast-parser - really great to see some
nasty threading issues fixed, and performance & memory use much
Poked at tax paperwork with a partner at some unbelievable
length; booked AirBnB appartment-ness in Rome for the up-coming and
conference, 15 of us can make it - fun.
Built the ESC proto-agenda for the first time in a while; fun.
Dinner; put babes to bed - hacked Heimdall to just write the PIT
file; but - no go. Bought a USB/resistor jig to try to force download-mode;
but really need a JTAG
solution I guess. Dear lazyweb; does anyone near Cambridge/UK have a
JTAG/RIFF box at a loose end ? ideally with a 12pin header to match the S3.
Bought J. an S4 as a stop-gap.
M's birthday - celebrations and presents variously.
More admin, mail, sync. calls with team; management call;
partner call in the evening interspersed with DVD setup, and pizza.
Booked travel to the ownCloud
conference in Nuremburg (a beautiful city !) later in September.
Tried to flash J's phone - seems it has totally corrupted its flash,
up in the night poking at Heimdall
which looks awesome - an open-source, Linux compatible Odin-alike;
seems it won't push a Partition Information Table without partition
contents though; hmm - and the phone is no-where near 'download'
mode, corrupted screen etc; fun.
Started to climb the mail mountain; while having team calls
with Miklos & others; lots of admin to get done.
Late up, off to Teversham / Hope church - and picnic afterwards
with James & Kate, picked them up with H. & had a fine afternoon of
playing Smash-Up, Sabatour Gold, fine food & talk into the evening.
To the conference, lightning talks, sadly missed
mine due to lunch, and having to get a flight home,
typical travel / experience.
Picked up by J. and babes at Heathrow, home, bed,
Up early; off to the conference for Frank's intro talk.
watched a number of talks, met and caught up with people in the
breaks, lunch upstairs; back to present my slides:
More catching up with people, up late having dinner
with friends; bed.
Up early; breakfast, hair-cut with J. to de-wool. Poked
mail, into Cambridge for coach to Luton; built ESC agenda,
updated projections. Flight to Berlin, out for a fine dinner in
the evening on a boat with the Nextcloud team, back - up late
Up earlyish, packed beds away, snatched breakfast, drove home.
Started on some mail chewing, calls with Lenny, Eloy, Miklos, partner
call in the afternoon, sync. with Tor. Put babes to bed (H. out at
Up early, into Haarlem to see the Corrie ten
Boom museum - great to see St. Bavos, and show the kids the
reality of the place we've been reading to them about. Enjoyed the
tour - saw the physical Hiding Place, visited St. Bavos - kids lost
in the kinetic-sand flood-defence play-area.
Drove to Delft; out to lunch with Bob & Brian, meetings
later in the afternoon , picked up by J.
and to the ferry. Overnight boat - thankfully with a cabin, tried
Up early; re-booked ferry with beds for tomorrow evening;
into Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh museum with some eager
sketchers, queued, tickets - rather crowded in the gallery.
Lots of interesting art.
Back home via a shop; caught up with Bob in the evening
relaxed on the roof of our boat with J.
while babes watched.
Enjoyed a small hand-drawn rope ferry in the port with
the babes; bed.
Drove North; stopped at Tiger
and Turtle magic mountain in Duisberg - a beautful installation
rather marred by N. falling and badly injuring her knee. Off to
the nearby Sana Kliniken for four stitches - poor dear.
Picked up lunch & drove on to Arnhem to meet Cor and
Gerlinde, and enjoyed a fine public park together, lovely to
Drove on to Almere Marina to stay on a boat / house.
Out fo Pforzheim Tiergarten in the morning - an excellent
petting zoo, lots of feeding of animals, and all for the price of
parking: Eur 5; wow. I guess it is achieved by relying on people
being sensible - and not eg. releasing the goats 'for fun' - glad
Drove north to near Pulheim, and unpacked in the pouring
rain. Out to a local BrauHaus for a really German dinner experience.
Put babes to bed, stayed up chatting with Angela & Anthon in
some German-lish mix.
Up early; tidied & hoovered & packed the flat.
Drove to Lausanne, and on past
Stuttgart; stopped to see Frank & Olivier. On to Pforzheim
and a fine AirBnB place; had a Turkish dinner with the babes -
to save time & expand their taste.
Up early, drove out to Grimentz - some great engineering
on the road; a beautiful old, alpine village with several
Walked up the mountain heading for Roc d'Orzival; went
up to Bendolla on the lift; made good progress until Lunch by
a tarn; set off up a rather precipitous off-path slope; not
ideal. Turned back without making the crest when it got
dangerous; ran back to the telepherique, and down for a well
deserved cake in the sun.
Drove home, put babes to bed.
Worked in the morning on admin, pricing, E-mail
backlog. Lunch - left-over cheese fondu sandwich &
saussage. Out to Lac Moubra for a 5k walk & the kids
played in the lake. Home for vet movie & crisps.
Out to Lens to see the statue of Christ de Roi
lunch enjoying the view, not enough walking: so set off as
well to the rather impressive Lac de Tseuzier dam.
Watched the birds fly under-us in the impressively precise
curves. Walked around the lake happily - flattish at least.
Up early, inflicted my French on a number of tire
replacement places; finally found one to do the work today.
Pneus Mannia. Slugged and worked a bit in the morning. Lunch.
Taught H. to jack the car & replace tire - down the hill
to the pros - two new tires; back; slugged etc.
Up lateish, walk together along the Bisse du
Tissoret - to the unusually named Cave du Sex
before walking back to the bus & cake-shop. Watched
silly videos with the babes, pork chop dinner; read
stories to the babes. Car tire seems to have grown an
un-wanted screw & lack of air - bother.
Walked along the Bisse du Ro - some impressive
legacy engineering capturing water from the mountains
and bring it around precipitous cliffs over great
distances. Better these days with dynamite to make
better channels - the original works must have been
even more impressive. Lunch at a waterfall. Walked
back home. Cakes with tea. Worked on a short talk for
the C'bra Montreal party.
Early rise, set off for home via Bergamo, enjoyed
walking around the walls, admired some churches packged with
art work. Pizza lunch, skipped the rain - and drove on.
Shopped & returned to Crans Montana late - quick tea;
put everyone to bed.
Up late; played in the pool; bought lunch,
down to the lake to enjoy it; back home before the
torrential rain; watched movies inside the rain.
Out to try to find a restaurant, before
returning home to cook pasta, slept.
Up early, packed, off to Italy to see Studio Storti,
lots of driving - met up with Paolo & Marina, positive
meetings, admired the team & office.
Drove back to the flat in the rain - English-style
weather (but warmer, and with pretty mountains). Lovely
meal with Marina, Alex & Brando near Lake Garda.
Up rather early, quick breakfast - off to Leukabad
Therme. Enjoyed the thermal baths, sauna, water-slides,
picnic, , N. & M. enjoyed
diving to the bottom of the 2.5m pool, playing with
toroidal and cylindrical inflatable rings. Home late.
Reading In my Father's house to the babes,
very moved by one section speaking of Mr ten Boom putting
his babes to bed, and resting his hand on their head before
leaving them - and how they would stay still to keep the
memory of that touch; more so - by a couple of babes piping
up to say: we do that with you! (and another chipping in -
sometimes I get stiff and have to turn over before sleeping).
Convicted that I should be even more gentle with my
sensitive darling daughters.
Up early, bus to the lifst, and up to Cry D'er. Walked
up to BellaLui, and on beyond Col de Pochet, along the cliff,
and down a ladder there, before walking down to Violettes, and
ultimately to Arnouva. Rather tired. Bought cakes & walked
Slugged; vet DVD; roast chicken, brief E-mail poke; bed.
Up late; bus to Plumachit, and walked back across to Montana
a beautiful place; cakes from a patisserie. Slept part of the
afternoon, while babes played.
Watched Sherlock Holmes & a Vet, Natchos for dinner,
put babes to bed late.
Up late, walked into Montana, enjoyed the parks, persuaded
the bank to allow us to use our cards; had lunch - went up to Arnouva
for free, and walked back home.
Watched Ocean's 13th with the babes. Pizza dinner, bed.
Up early; visited the nearby cemetry with 7000 dead,
2/3rds Known unto God - and packed so close, surely
were pre-dug graves originally in places. Interested to note
the nearby French cemetry full of crosses.
Drove and drove south; to see Norbert on a friends'
dairy farm - a lovely setup, calves and small pony to pet,
good to see how it all works & lovely to catch up with
Norbert in-person, fine food & set off again to
Managed to find a supermarket just before closing;
Drove on to Crans-Montana, arriving late - got the flat
setup, babes to bed, and slept eventually.
Up rather early, drove to Dover - ferry to Calais,
French food in the car while driving to the
Memorial - to the 70,000+ with no known grave who died around
the Somme, built over a trench. Sobering & good for the babes
Off to stay at a nearby B&B near Mailly-Maillet,
several smaller cemetries visible from the window; bought some
food, put babes to bed late.
Up late, N. went swimming with Naomi B, J. out counselling,
H. Organ lessoning; mail chew etc. Lunch. J. packing, dropped PCs
into the office .
Home to get the car sorted out; tried to inflate tires.
Unfortunately - some cheap 'tire pressure guages' combined with
Kwik-fit's tender attentions conspired to sieze them onto the
valves. Penetrating oil, gentle action, pliars - eventually got
the mole-grips on both sides and broke the brass valves;
horrible - flat tire. Hunted 24hour tire repair people, and up
until extremely late, rather expensive - moral never fit
anything to your tire stems except rubber caps.
Cooked breakfast, reading Ungentlemanly Warfware or sim.
about saboutage in France; mail chew, out shopping with Anne for a Jack
Wills birthday present for H. Out to Thorpness for an ice-cream floaty drink,
brief walk on the beach.
Back for a pork & cheese-cake lunch, slugged, out for a walk
on Sizewell Beach, checked mail; drove home, put babes to bed, watched
Parks & Recreation.
Up, quick mail chew; sync with Andras, Kendy &
Miklos. Drove to Lowestoft - worked on mail in the car,
had a fine meal at Iconic, left early for a board call
with B. while the ladies shopped.
Board call, customer call, mail chew; buffet tea,
Up lateish, played with T,B&S for the last times
before they left; Lasagne lunch, photos in the garden, bid
a sad 'bye.
Tidied the house up a bit; had a service at home,
listened to a STAG talk together; watched a movie, put babes
Up earlyish, finished slides, poked at a local
online demo. Gave my talk.
Alberto pointed out that I missed out the great work on
Commander DConf based lock-down done by Stephan B; mea culpa!
Caught up with some more guys around the place, and
set off home by train, wrote a number of connection mails to
join some missing dots.
Caught up with the family, put people to bed;
Run in the morning with J. back, quick mail chew,
paperwork, train to GUADEC - its been too long. Arrived,
talked and caught up with lots of old friends, out to a
coffee shop for some more action, then a pub, then the
evening buffet event; caught up with the SUSE team.
Up late talking & writing slides.
Poked at Raspberry-Pi driving a WS2812B LED strip
with H. got the electrical pieces sorted out, plugged it all
in, got some smoke: ATX power supply shorting itself via
some helpful trailing leads - phew. Very early RPI not doing
the PWM magic at all - mis-detection of the H/W it seems.
Out to Bury Gardens, babes recording a wizard movie
with T., to augment with Blender at home.
Back home, got the LEDs setup & working with some
cannibalized Pi 2 - did some programming in the evening
Rather a rainy day; up late, J. out for a run, H.
off to play the organ at All Saints. Bit of mail chew, home,
Julie-Anne over in the evening, fine Indian meal with
everyone, caught-up with J.A., T&B out dancing.
Up late, mail poke, call with Kendy; Out to Lackford
Lakes for a walk, play & ice-cream with S. & babes.
N. out swimming with Naomi B.
Becky cooked a lovely dinner, H. took pictures of a
sun-dial. Played Cover Your Assets & Smash-Up in the
evening; bed late.
Up late, raining enthusiastically - S. not sleeping
nicely; call with Miklos; did a bit of work - Support &
consultancy calls. Played Windlands racing with T.
Watched TomorrowLand with the babes in the
evening(?) - some scary robots - but some great female
leads & heroism - nice.
Up early; Violin at Church with Mel & co. Home for
a fine roast lunch with the whole wider family. Slugged
variously, R & A left for home. Played Windlands together.
Up lateish, presents with H. lovely pancakes made Becky for
breakfast, presents. Put up the tent for H's birthday party; poked
at the LED light strip & Raspberry-Pi present while H. and Becky
and Elize went shopping.
Friends arrived, watched Beauty & The Beast
together, put babes to bed, played Sabbtour Gold with H's friends.
Put them to bed in the tent, despite strange fox calls in the night.
J's birthday - presents at breakfast, out for a run together.
Reviewed a number of fixes prior to -5-4-0, looking good.
Rob & Amelia & Thomas arrived in the evening - out
for a lovely Birthday dinner at Kings, all home later.
Mail chew, catch-up, patch review, ESC call,
Advisory Board call.
Partner call, built ESC agenda, plugged away at excessive
memory usage by meta-file rendering to canvas / drawing-layer.
Mail chew, paperwork, lunch, build slides & projections,
commerical call, did some memory profiling; always nice to spot a stray
1Gb of RAM allocated in error.
Really pleased to notice that ARM release their v8a
machine-readable architecture spec/ - have always been irritated in the
past to see gcc/as, valgrind, llvm, mono, etc. write their own hand-coded
machine-code parsers / generators - would love those to be auto-generated from
some decent descriptions for all of the modern, relevant CPU architectures.
Mail chew; product & consultancy calls, paperwork,
board call, partner call. Played a little with Samuel at lunch
Got babes up, fine cooked breakfast with the wider family &
friends, packed the car, bid 'byes, set off home via Sue's with
T&B&S. Good to see the other nephews briefly, home - got
unpacked, and T&B&S. to sleep.
Up, enjoyed watching the extraordinary preparations of hair,
faces, dresses for a slew of young beauties. Set off for the wedding
venue, went rather slowly so as to be on time, arrived. A lovely,
moving service. Off to Wyck Hill House for a fine reception - babes
played quartet for light music; fine food, speeches, toasts - much
dancing & chatting with interesting people until rather late.
Everyone up early, quartet practice, out for a run with J.
Mail chew. Set off early to collect babes from All Saints & Soham,
drove at length to Swindon to stay at David & Gillian's house
before Robert & Amelia's wedding. Fine food, home & company,
lots of preparation - bouquet making, and so on. Up late drinking
port & enjoying cheese with David.
Mail chew, sync. with Eloy, partner call, got a few minutes
of hacking in somehow. ESC call, left for music lessons, quartet
practice, dropped M. straight back to her play with H. babes at
home, back for a fine Aladdin play. Put babes to bed, wired up new
lounge light, bed.
Mail, some patch review; poked at product features, pricing,
bugs, sync. with Philippe.
Mail, admin, more mail, commercial call.
Up early, quartet practice with H. and N. ran home from school
with J. Mail chew, gerrit review, more mail. Product call, consultancy
call, mail chew.
Up lateish; off to All Saints for Miriam's leaving service; and
picnic lunch & school graduation ceremony; ringing the bell as they
leave - only E. left now.
Home; set too at E's room making it suitable for Tom, Becky &
Samuel next week. Played with babes variously, tried to separate H's rather
broken S4 display from the frame assembly for N's phone-of-pieces - nearly
(but not quite) succeeding (accidentally severed the connector in the
process - bother).
Dinner, put babes to bed; admired Chris & Allison's extension.
Up lateish, cleaned the home with J., mended the hoover,
worked on un-completed task list. H. swiming with Alex & Madeline,
Vive playing on their return.
Dis-assembled part of E's bunk-bed. BBQ, practiced
Quartet late, put babes to bed. Stayed up mending J's phone
with N., and H. installing a new screen.
Practice, mail, work, more mail, calls, etc. M. out on
a sleepover; J. out for dinner with Louise, E. back home from
adventure holiday - exhausted, put her to bed; watched Indiana
Jones - and the Last Crusade with H. and N. then worked until
Quartet practice with H,N and later M. Mail chew, built ESC bits.
More mail & admin pieces. ESC call.
Quartet in the morning with the biggest three. Mail chew,
partner call - sync with Pranav. Lunch. Customer call - always nice
when a customer says 'Wow' when we show them the work we did
Tried to get skypeforlinux audio working; seems the wrong
fallback input in pulseaudio (or something) - but having many dozen
Test users registered obscuring the real 'echo123' user makes testing
skype audio awful; hmm.
Curious that Corbyn's 'Glastonbury' speech (really at the
'Pilton Pop' festival) ("Build bridges not walls !": fair enough)
occurred behind a huge fence with watch-towers (to keep out those
who didn't pay the ~GBP250 entrance fee), and he is now attacking their litter picking
Mail chew, patch review, profile trace reading, admin. Sync.
with Andras, commercial call, mail, some hardware maintenance - taught
M. to install a graphics card. Partner call, dinner.
Up, practice with E. until she left for her Grade 2 Violin exam.
Mail chew, prodded at this & that. Lunch. Product team call, followed
by consultancy call, customer call, dinner. Picked up Josh & Julie at
Up lateish; breakfast with Josh, out to Bury St Edmonds to
chuch, good to see Alan & Sue. Back for a pizza lunch. Applied
slugging in the afternoon; cleaned out E's room to make room for
T&B&S arriving in the UK soon.
Up earlyish; off to Wicksteed theme park with the family.
Lots of fun had by small people, a real pleasure to see them
enjoying the slides, smallish roller-coasters, and so on. E. finally
big enough to go on most things. Lunch in the field. More rides,
laser-quest etc. Home in the afternoon, dropped H. at Katie's party.
Home, Josh & Julie-Anne over for dinner, good to talk
with them until late.
Up, but not early enough - missed prayer meeting,
out for a run with J. mail chew, into Cambridge to meet up
with an old friend - Dhanajay, Bindu, Mihir and Mrinalini.
Punting, botanial gardens, and more, fun.
Home, put babes to bed; mail & work until late.
Into Cambridge for a meeting; worked in the station for
a bit; lunch on Kings Parade.
Interested to read an Ubuntu
Phone post mortem. I was predicting demise from the start of
the project having seen the Nokia/Maemo/Meego outcome - for economic
reasons, lots of people made really nice, different FLOSS operating systems,
and some pretty but proprietary ones eg. (Windows, Blackberry).
I'm glad Simon points as #1 to the lack of a "profitable niche" as the
ultimate problem. When Android has a zero (or probably negative) cost -
how can free fund building a compelling alternative ?
Mail chew, chat with Thorsten, mail; admin backlog,
pre-vacation sync. with Kendy. Julie over for dinner in the
Mail chew; extraordinary. Reviewed a nice FastParser
improvement, commercial call, chased a late-payment. Dinner.
Mail, built ESC agenda late.
Mail chew; consultancy call; more mail. Lunch. Contract pieces.
Out to see The Shack rather late with Lynn & Paul, well produced,
some positive portrayals of God, the trinity etc. a bit concerned wrt. leaving
room for God's wrath being missing; I will repay is a vital part of us
letting go - I think; cf. coals.
Up early; to the Stable for band practice & service. Did
the kids work with Uche. Back to play Boswars with E. - collaborative
play worked best. Out to HT
for the evening service & to see Janine & Ben.
Back, put babes to bed; played Windlands - alternating with J.
Woke early, mail chew, played Windlands much of the morning
with H. and others. Lunch, out shopping alone with J. fun.
David over in the later afternoon for dinner; H. and M. out
for a sleep-over; enjoyed catching up with David until later.
Up late preparing for Kids work on Prayer tomorrow.
Mail chew, plugged away at code for much of the day.
Interview. Bought Windlands
for the Vive, played it in the evening - rather mistake, an
extraordinarily addictive game.
Mail, admin, contract bits. Lunch. Sync. with Miklos, Ash,
Kendy, Eloy, Armani and ran out of day.
Mail chew; massaged priorities. Thrilled to see the great work
from the team ship in Collabora
Online 2.1.2 with avatars, and various other UI features; well worth
Lunch. Martin over in the afternoon - really good to catch up,
despite dentist' inspection; what fun.
Consultancy call, mail chew, built ESC agenda. Lunch.
Commercial call; super hot - and 3x active building sites
two next-door, and one across the road: wow.
Worked lateish and got my hash to wire-id conversion
working nicely in online; more efficient and more readable.
Mail chew, aborted team meeting; patch review, prodded leads.
Lunch. Dug through older E-mail looking for gems. Partner call. Finally
got around to de-bonging the online / slideshow unit test. Poked at a
particularly fun unit test deadlock for good measure. Tried to unwind
what is the same DNS lookup issue as this with
unpleasant BT Home Hub. TDF board call.
Birthday - 40th' today; a fine clutch of presents over a
continental breakfast to enjoy with the family - they're such a
Out to Louth Evangelical Church, good talk on Jesus' teaching's
power to amaze & convict people from Mark 1:21-27 from Mark Plumb
visiting from Huntingdon. Home for pizza lunch & more Spa'ing.
Drove home; un-packed, stories for babes; movie, sleep.
Up earlyish, out for a walk through the countryside around Louth;
with the family - lovely; picnic lunch in a field. Back for a long swim
together at the lodge Spa; lovely. Fine steak dinner, bed.
Out for a run with J. mail chew, mail chew; calls with
Miklos & Kendy; lunch. Set off to the Lincolnshire Wolds in
the early afternoon with the babes; picked up H. and N. on the way,
worked in the car. Arrived, meal, watched some Black-Mirror, bed.
Mail chew; disappointed to see Tim Farron stand
down from the Lib-Dems: "... we are kidding ourselves
if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society."
Shame on those lazy interviewers who attack the man not
Back to poking at calc formula iteration;
Tor fixed the problem; nice.
E's birthday - present opening at breakfast, so lovely. Mail
chew, re-built master, admin - lots of it. Plugged away at Calc, and
at online in the evening.
Patch review, built ESC agenda. Plugged away at some calc
pieces with Tor, commercial call, partner call & two customer
calls. Visited a friend in the evening for some advice.
Mail chew, a trio of team calls; partner call in the evening.
NCC in the morning; some disappointing suggestions. Home for
lunch in the garden; tried to get Unreal Editor working nicely with
the Vive for H. crimped some ethernet cables, tried to get the editor
UI to work at all; eventually managed to find the documentation
on how to use it.
Up early, contract review in the early morning; setup the
Vive for E's friend to play with; J. out to funeral parlour to do
bereavement counselling. Lunch, out to studlands park green for a
family fun-day with M. & E. - lazed in the sun.
Home for tea with Kiaran & Amy & Julie-Anne, lovely
to catch up with them.
Packed H. off for DofE expedition, mail, got used to the
idea of weak and unstable Government for a while - and moved on.
Chewed through admin quickly, worked on making tile
hashes more comprehensible and smaller on the wire. Partner
calls. E's birthday party, caught up with Marina, E's friend
over for the night.
Mail chew, carpet fitter arrived; reviewed nice patch fixing
our zip handling's thread-safety from Azorpid. Lunch. Plugged away
at re-implementing the gsf-vba-dump tool built into LibreOffice -
using our much improved VBA import; added a
command-line parameter. ESC call.
Up in the night to check on the election - oh dear. I used
to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure..
Mail chew. Sync. with Timar & Nemeth. Catch-up with Cor,
Lunch. Call with Eloy. Wrestled contract bits in the afternoon.
Moved furniture around in the evening with H. and J.
Mail, partner call, consultancy team call, code review,
built ESC prot-agenda.
Really encouraged to see the great recent work going on
with German comment translation from Johnny M & Jens Carl.
Down to a single top-level module (writer) to translate, and only
18 individual files (at least as far as the auto-detection goes)
with around 500 strings - the end is in sight. Also great to see
Johnny M cleaning remaining un-detected bits. If this floats your boat -
before the tasks runs out poke at:
list, clone the git repo
and make your mark in technical translation !
Lunch, commercial call. Added some more ethernet cabling
to the front room while the under-floor is accessible in the evening.
Mail chew. Customer call, contract review; admin. Poked
at some GSOC patches with Mohammed. Customer call.
Collected H, off to church; Luciano & Simone back for lunch
with their girls. Played in the garden & on the VIVE-ness a bit.
Put tired H. to bed, then brace of babes. Watched Tower Heist
with J. - amusing.
Worked in the night, back to bed; up lateish; played with
the babes, H. out to a party / sleep-over. Out to see Hannah, Nick
& Joni for a walk, good to catch-up with them. Back for a BFG
movie and home-made pizza.
Out for a run with J. poked mail, call with Kendy, reviewed
a lengthy report.
Up in the night; worked away at a printing issue on Linux; a
weirdness in printer / page settings detection that's reproducible; bed.
Interviews, mail, lunch. Customer call. Poked at a patch.
ESC call. Sync. with Tor, Miklos.
Up early; mail chew, started on the backlog; lots to do.
Lunch. Partner call. Built ESC agenda, GSOC patch review - some
nice unzip / threading code coming along from Mohammed. Truck
loads of admin.
Some mail triage in the morning. Lunch, J. packed the car.
Off to Uncle John's funeral at a crematorium in Leeds, a sad time,
but good to encourage the wider family; Mother gave a eulogy. Out
for a fine tea afterwards.
Drove home with the babes, unpacked, poked mail quickly.
Up super early; breakfast in the car, arrived in Clapham
early, walked up into the hills to Gaping Gill - for the Bradford
Caving Club's winch-meet. Booked in, got dog-tags, waited in a
tent in the rain.
Descended down the very friendly, and competent winching
experience - through the spray of England's tallest single drop
waterfall - 98m down into the depths of the ground - a giant
flood-lit cave. Enjoyed exploring some nearby tunnels, galleries,
great. Chair-lift up.
Walked back with David & bid 'bye to him. Drove home
to meet up with Bob, Amelia, M&D, scrubbed mud out of coats,
slugged exhaustedly in the evening.
Out to Jennyfields Evangelical Church - great sermon:
enthusiastically explaining and applying the passage - refreshing.
Out for a picnic at Cold Stone Cut; on to Brimham Rocks in the
sun to finish off the climbing action. Back for tea & to
watch Johnny English.
Lie-in, played with the babes. Slugged variously
until David arrived. Set out together for Brimham Rocks,
had a nice picnic on a suitable rock. Set too climbing
this & that. Driven to shelter in a small cave by
thunder, lightning, lashing rain & hail concurrently -
exciting, cave overwhelmed by torrents of water; fun.
Helped to push someone's car out of a rather deep puddle.
Drove back; wrung out clothes, J. managed to get
the clothes sorted while I stuffed the boots with
newspaper variously. Watched James Herriot in the evening,
Out for a run with J, mail chew, calls, patch review.
B & A over for lunch , more work,
packed & J. drove us North - while working on a text. Up
very late working on a pair of contracts.
Packed up computers, dropped off babes, into Cambridge with J.
Un-loaded the PCs, customer call, meeting with our accountant. Mail
chew, patch review etc. Into town to the Beer festival; good time with
the team, back by train to Newmarket; showed Lolu the Vive, dinner,
put babes to bed, more work.
Mail chew, sync with Kendy, admin, Lunch. Sync with Tor,
also with Andras & Aron. Ron & Iris over for dinner - lovely
to see them; put babes to bed. Back to work, sync. with Kohei, worked
on a report & contract: the care-free hours up to midnight.
Poked at printing for H. mail chew, paperwork, a bit of
mentoring, sync. with Tor. Lunch with J. Built ESC agenda.
Commercial call, interview.
Mail chew, admin, consultancy call, sync. with Miklos.
Calls variosuly; Vive action in the evening with the babes; stories.
Up lateish; NCC at The Stable, back for roast chicken lunch;
out for a walk at the race-course. Back to get Robert's Vive setup -
babes played with it happily. Quartet practice, tea, bed.
Poked at mail in the morning; bought some eggs for breakfast;
out to see Kenilworth castle together; lunch, back - met the cleaner
& passing estate agent. Out to get measured for a suit, bid 'bye
and drove home. Put babes to bed.
Out for a run with J. chat with Chris, mail chew, Lunch,
client cold-call, mail, reviewed some patches. M. back from PGL.
Drove to Warwick to see Robert, out for a fine Indian meal
together; back, watched TV.
Mail, interview, more mail, contract pieces, call with Miklos.
Another interview after dinner.
Up early; quick mail chew, drove to Cambridge Station to meet Heiner,
wandered through Cambridge, to the office, back to back customer meetings,
got tooled up for the new office with fobs etc. thanks to Doree. Drove home -
horrible traffic. Dinner, admin backlog, put babes to bed.
More mail, contract pieces, commercial call, call with Andreas & Eloy,
built ESC agenda.
Mail chew, consultancy call, sync. with Tomaz & Kendy; more
Up earlyish, breakfast. Idly read Vitz's Psychology as
Religion, tragicomic. NCC. Back for a pizza lunch, applied
many deferred Windows updates while fixing minetest server.
Up lateish; out with N. to Ely Cathedral to do the octagon tour;
lovely, pub lunch & a further wander around before returning home.
Great to spend some time together. Poked at a VclPtr issue or two
Awake in the night; got a bit of hacking in on this & that.
Up later, mail chew, reviewed some patches, some crypto research. Lunch.
Customer call, sync. with Miklos, call with Philippe.
Mail, more admin, testing, chat with Thorsten.
Annoyed to see that Ahok
goes to jail in Indonesia for two years for blasphemy, despite no prosecution case or
real offence; pleased to see that
Fry walks free, although he is beyond utterly wrong about God who as Psalm 89
tells us has Righteousness and justice as the foundation of his throne. Not
a fan of blasphemy laws, discussing all things is important.
Poked at improving online unit tests.
Took E. to Addenbrooks in the morning; back, mail,
built ESC stats, call, plugged through the task backlog.
Read Firefox & Chrome's seccomp-bpf usage - which are
not particularly obvious.
Admin, commercial call; Board calls; call later, revised
Biology with H.
Up early, M.'s SATs start today - music practise, Bible
study etc. Mail chew, consultancy call, sync. with Tamas. Lunch,
more calls & admin.
Up earlyish, practice & played at NCC; Julie over for fine
roast chicken lunch; tidied up; played some games. Snoozed, finished cupboard
side kick-board. Out to play running games nearby the statue of the Queen,
racing, so walked through the graveyard rather than the heath; such a lot of
hopeless tombstones. Tea, read stories to babes.
A large degree of lazy slugging, up late, fine breakfast & lunch.
Tried to buy cheapish >700mm extension ball-bearing cupboard runners for H's
attic; without much luck. Up late revising Physics with H.
Slept poorly; out for a run with J. mail chew; and a series
of customer mails, calls, and so on. Lunch. Managed some fun hacks
between fixes. Re-worked online inter-thread socket transfer to
clean it up a bit.
Mail chew; sync. with Paolo; Lunch; chat with Lenny.
Thrilled to have Collabora
Online 2.1 released: months of work by Kendy's team
since 2.0. Naturally everything is already included into
what will become LibreOffice 5.4, which enters feature freeze
in a couple of weeks - for a first release in June. You can
checkout the latest CODE
docker container and get it setup. There is a huge amount of
work under-the-hood in Collabora Online 2.1; here are some
- Re-worked threading model - our 2.0 version
worked well, but suffered from significant complexity —
the Poco socket code was easy to start with, but that used
a blocking model. Thus to get both non-blocking read & write,
with sensible queue management required two threads per user
socket. This combined with another two threads per document, to
give four threads in the Web Services Daemon - along with a
multitide of locks, conditions, and corner-cases. Collabora
Online 2.1 replaces all of this. We've migrated to a mostly
non-blocking approach for almost all our SSL code. This yields an
simpler model - one thread per document, with almost no locking,
no lock contention, and significantly simplifies both the code
and reasoning around the interleavings as we change it - thanks
primarily to Ashod Nakashian & Kendy for their
- Improved socket code - the new non-blocking
socket code is rather simpler, more readable, maintainable
and of course built-in; easy to find who is responsible for it.
- Improved Bandwidth - in 2.0 we hashed tiles
to avoid re-compressing identical tiles (since PNG compression is
surprisingly costly), for 2.1 (thanks to Tor Lillqvist) -
we propagate these hashes to the client - to allow us to avoid
re-sending un-changed tiles. This reduces our bandwidth use
by ~50%+ in normal writer editing.
- State dumping - the non-blocking code uses
state machinery to a greater degree than before; to help debug
what state your server is in you can
pkill -USR1 loolwsd
to see any queued/un-processed data, queued messages, state of
document loading etc. in the logs.
- Calc row-limit - increasing this is thanks to
Marco Cecchetti who has been nobly wrestling with the many
and various ways Calc's non-affine, non-linear co-ordinate system
intersects with browsers for months.
- Commenting & Change tracking - lots of
hard work here to improve the core code to expose changes &
comments via various UNO commands from Pranav Kant, along
with helping out Henry Castro with his work on the JS side,
animations, prettiness and so on
- l10n & packaging - with many fixes from
Andras Timar improving lots of aspects, and with grateful
thanks to the LibreOffice translation community for their hard work.
- Code quality improvements - running the same
plugins as in the LibreOffice core.git by Noel Grandin and
- SVG icons instead of PNG for better experience on
HiDPI displays by Tomaž Vajngerl.
- Lots more -
git log collabora-online-2-0-branch-point..origin/distro/collabora/collabora-online-2-1
shows we had ~1300 commits, with 11 from non-Collaborans -
hopefully that will grow over the GSOC period. There are lots of
fun things that can be improved in Online, please do checkout the
and get involved.
ESC call, and minutes.
Early to rise - out for a customer pitch together;
a quick lunch, M-J kindly dropped me at the airport for
a near endless round of plane / bus journeys. Worked on
various bits of admin in the time. Lovely to be back home
with the babes.
Up rather early; long bus journey to Luton; worked
on E-mail etc. Eventually got my flight with some interesting
Arrived in Lyon, rescued a lost Moldovan Police Lady
travelling to Interpol, met up with Marie-Jo & Philippe,
enjoyed Marie-Jo's kind hospitality, helped Sarah's English
and learned lots of French.
Quick mail skim; out to Brandon Park for a walk
& play with the babes. Back for lunch, poked at home
tidying. Watched Interstellar with M. and the other babes -
hmm. Watched Line of Duty - great; sleep.
NCC at The Stable; home for a roast lamb lunch
with Sandra; played a card game, and running game in the
garden; H. injured her wrist. Tea, put babes to bed.
Slept in, finished The Amazing Maurice with E.
Breakfast, Bacon butties & H. made heart-shaped fried egg
Edged the lawn a bit, found the ice-maker water supply
was leaking in the fridge; bailed the drip-tray; re-fitted the
push-fit connection; interestingly there is a water-mill style
flow-monitor just after the solenoid actuator: presumably to
fill your ice-cube tray just-right independent of pressure; nice.
Up-ended the piano on its side, onto a skate-board (such
wonderful things), and moved it into the kitchen; swapped
other bits of furniture around to make more of our front-room.
There is always hope that after enough musical 'chairs' that
something drops out of the house at the end.
Watched Bill with the babes, put them to bed.
Poked at mail & bugs; really encouraged to see
Jens Carl and Michael Stahl nailing even more German comments;
calc down to ~1100 detected lines - 500 translated in the last
two weeks: wow. On that trajectory this is a final call for
getting your name into the roster of noble German comment
translators in LibreOffice; if Lennart
can help out - why not you ?
Took babes to school & ran home; bid 'bye to the parents.
Mail chew & other hackery.
Lunch. Chat with Swapnil. Worked away at seccomp-bpf pieces to
better isolate the LibreOffice Forkit processes; fun - eventually got a
signal handler working nicely; unclear how to trade paranoia for
performance when it comes to black-listing syscalls that look scary.
Dinner; Lynn over - read M. a story; helped H. with guitar
chords; sync. with Andras.
Parents off to Hazel's funeral; mail, code review, testing online,
call . Lunch with J. Merged improved compressed
file serving from Aditya with some cleanup, fixed a certificate issue with
Mail chew, chat with Tor, sync with Miklos, then Eloy.
Lunch. Poked at new ESC stats generation pieces from JanI and
built ESC agenda. Sync. with Lenny. Mail and task chew, read
stories to babes, parents arrived, bed.
Mail chew; code review; call with JanI; QA / smoke-testing etc.
Lunch. Long overdue commercial call. Discovered the washing-machine
inlet leaking & replaced that - PTFE tape is your friend.
Plugged away at admin and calls
much of the afternoon. Up late making thread safe socket transfer
easier to maintain in online.
Mail chew, consultancy call with Miklos. Submitted a brief paper
for GUADEC deadline today. Plugged
away at backlog of admin tasks, code review etc. Poked at plain-text import
performance here & there for a customer.
Nicolas over in the afternoon, great to see him - caught up, dinner,
made some nail-blocks to avoid cat sitting on M's bird-box. Soldered new
relay into the fridge & re-assembled: working again. Talked until late
Fine breakfast, checked-out, swam & sauna-ified; off to pick up
the babes - who had had a fine time with B&A. Lovely lunch, drove home.
Picked up H. from Lynn's, back for some songs & bible study together -
tea, put H. and others to bed. Watched Line of Duty - gripping.
Up rather early; room a bit light (despite otherwise
being lovely) cooked breakfast; took a turn around the fine
lawns, out together to Sutton Hoo for a walk around the bluebell
woods & fine views. Back for a snacky lunch.
Enjoyed the pool, sauna, spa, massage, relaxing. Idly poked
at fixing and merging my DelaySocket development implementation for
Online some more in the evening - it works.
Fine dinner in the evening together, Parks & Recreation
Out for a run in the morning.
Saddened to see Russia's
Supreme Court's approach to Jehovah's Witnesses (JW). Personally I have serious theological
problems with JWs on so many levels - their frequent Conjectural Emmendation
(ie. willful alteration of the text, by un-named 'translators') in their New Testament eg.
around κύριος (Lord) speaks volumes for their confidence in their understanding of God.
The Trinity undergirds God's very nature as love: Father, Son & Holy Spirit - and is (in
my view) a foundational understanding of Christian theology from which so much beauty and truth
flows. As a footnote Christ-ians
(a label they are fond of presenting)
has a sense of partisans of Christ (His people who are crazy about Him) which
is far from my experience of JWs. The anti-intellectualism expressed in their general avoidance of
higher education concerns me - although I know of notable exceptions; their use of church discipline -
particularly with a mistaken lack of precedence for honoring your parents, and the primacy of loving
your family is also troubling. Anyhow - I routinely invite in, and enjoy respectful conversations
with those JWs who come to my door - despite our differences. When a society is not willing to
tolerate and listen to passionately held, different views, and goes so far as to confiscate property and stop them from meeting and praying - it is in
deep trouble. It seems to me that the defence of liberty is most important at the extremes.
Mail chew. Poked at a performance problem with text import - lots of dynamic_casting
cost from a dynamic_cast with no check for a NULL return; hmm.
H, picked up by Emily for DofE expedition. Set off to Aldeburgh
to drop the babes with B&A - kindly baby-sitting. On to Seckford Hall
for a lovely meal and evening together.
Fifteenth wedding anniversary - it seems like yesterday - time flies
when you're enjoying yourself; of course having an amazing, patient, graceful,
intelligent, beautiful, wife is an amazing privilege as well. God is
extraordinarily good to us, despite our general depravity, so much to give
Mail chew; more reading about COM interception - a lovely
on the very thing is out there; in today's world I'd hope the same paper would
have lots of nice URLs, including a github link. Chat with Florian. ESC call,
sync. with Tor.
Long delayed fridge relay turned up: good. Dropped M. to Scouts for
the first time, put babes to bed, worked away until late.
Up late; still with some post-holiday excitement. Call with
Jos. Lunch with J. Built ESC bug stats; sales & contract call.
Setup new 4k monitor - to try to avoid looking down at a laptop all
the time. Required a new kernel to get the skylake support into good
enough shape to drive it; all well.
Up early; woke babes, mail chew; consultancy call; 1:1's,
lunch with M & E, setup a movie for them; commercial team call.
Plugged at E-mail left & right. Dinner, read stories to babes,
worked extremely late.
Up early, out for a run with J. tidied the house,
cleared up, put up N's new swing seat, and bathroom shelf.
Misc. shopping on-line; played games with babes, early beds,
stories; watched Line of Duty, sleep.
Out to Mowbray Community Church; sermon interesting but
disappointingly disconnected from the text. Back for a fine lunch,
quick chat with Tom & Becky; drove home, dinner, stories, bed.
Up; helped H. structure her work a little; read some
E-mail; thrilled to see Jens Carl burning down the
(calc) now clean; 1600 detected lines left across ~100 files
in writer &
David & Gillian around for lunch, and a wander
through Knaesborough; good to see them. Puzzling & games
variously with the family.
Out to Sandra's to swim as a family; fun but tiring.
Back for lunch. Did some carving with the babes in the afternoon.
Rob & Amelia arrived, did some jigsaw puzzling with them.
Up late chatting.
Off to Brimham Rocks with the babes and Dad; lots of
excited rock climbing - taking the initiative, leaping of chasms,
wiggling through cracks, bunking people up & so on. Great
to see the girls as a team, all helping each other kindly,
and not needing the Father nearly as much. Lunch in the sun.
Into Pately Bridge to see Auntie Nickie, admired a nice
glass blowing place; out for tea together. Babes home - and went
out for a lovely evening with J. alone - wonderful to spend some
quiet time together.
To Leeds/Bradford airport early - terrible set-down
experience; flew to Ulster. Positive customer meeting all day,
with some debugging mixed in. Flight back late.
Up, bit of mail chew; out for a walk with the family
down the river, and back to Knaesborough - found some Oak (
and other) leaves to carve; enjoyed seeing a heron fishing.
Back for lunch; cut some lime pieces, Dad got his
carving chisels out & started the babes off in pairs
on wood carving - lime: such a great wood for that.
Early up, packed car, synched mail & code - set off
to Leeds - reviewed code & mail in the car.
Positive meeting for some hours in the afternoon. TDF
board call in the car while en-route to M&D's. Arrived -
settled babes in.
NCC at The Stable; back for a light lunch, made a
replacement swing seat with N. - good to practice routing
the seat's rounded edges. Some quartet practice in the
afternoon. Stories for babes.
Suffered the horrors of FluxPlayer for Adventures in
Oddesy - no Linux version; doesn't run under wine; some lame
DRM-thing - far from ideal for USB MP3 input in car.
Late Breakfast with babes, relaxed; worked on Windows
tracing a little; made a shelf for the downstairs bathroom, J.
painted it. Pottered about, watched James Herriot in the
Out for a run with J. early partner call; reviewed changes,
triaged mail. Lunch including a partner call; sync. with Tor &
Spent some time digging around injecting DLLs into windows
processes for debugging; loads of duplication in this space -
something as trivial as LD_PRELOAD is (apparently) too much to ask
for; it is necessary to write reams of rather dodgy code instead;
had the radical approach of not only creating the source, but making it
easy to build (MS' Detours fails to build eg.). Of course - having
examined the project files they spectacularly fail to build due to
things like this
of genius from Microsoft - breaking innumerable project files;
installed VS 2015 on top of VS2017 (not recommended), hey ho. For
someone used to smooth
works across all manner of different UNIX's and cygwin too - all
this hard-coding of random sub-paths into Visual Studios seems
Early morning mail skim; out with the family for the day
to Oxburgh Hall - a brick-built castle-alike; amusing to see the
ornamental battlements go around only a couple of sides of the
estate; nice mirror-like moat though. Built a den in the forest
together, played a large-piece chess game with the babes at
lunch, enjoyed the house; home for a call.
Watched iRobot with the larger babes, and up late
nailing a memory corruption with Ash.
Mail chew; another grateful mail from a near-victim of Zelda
Now complete with a google map-view of an address that (when you
look in street-view) clearly doesn't have their brand there.
Sync. with Tor & Miklos.
Mail chew; family (except N.) out to see Sue & babes.
Interview; code review; built ESC bug stats. Commercial call.
Up lateish; consultancy team call, catch-up with Miklos.
Mail chew. Lunch.
Thrilled to see so much excellent German Comment translation
coming from Jens Carl particularly, but also Michael
Stahl (RedHat), Johnny M, Bubli (CIB) and some others. The good
news is we're down to 2200 detected lines and only 160 files.
If you've always wanted to have a commit in LibreOffice, and German
is your thing, act quickly by checking out the list,
clone the git repo
and make your mark !
Got the MoneyGram account details from the 5th victim of Zelda
Coatings to poke me, but inadequate
fraud reporting page demands a US-style phone number and wants a physical
address; huh ?
Chat with Kendy, customer call.
Watched Mirror Mirror with babes, M's friend Nicole over
for a sleep-over. N. sadly ill.
NCC at The Stable; home for lunch; slugged with babes.
Out to Laura & Creighton's 'bye party - sorry to see them go,
met some interesting people there. Back, watched Line of Duty
before bed - a recepie for poor sleep.
J. out at counselling training at Addenbrooks, played with
the babes generally, bit of spring cleaning; finished the shelves.
Naomi & Grace over to play. Played some pirates maths game. J.
returned in the afternoon. Read stories, put babes to bed - up
late sketching the moon with H. for her Astronomy GCSE. Julie
over for dinner.
Mail chew, called absent customers, mail, sync. with Kendy.
Lunch. Sales calls. Cleaned some more online pieces up.
This morning I was saddened to get a mail from a friend in
Brazil forwarded from a Zelda Coatings and Construction
(not linked). The content of their offer (they were selected for approach
from a jobs site rather quickly) was for a project management job - with
some unusual hooks:
- Basic Salary: Between £120,000.00 GBP - £180,000.00 GBP
per annum (this is will be disclosed after interview).
- Allowances: Hazard/Inconveniences allowance is 10% of Basic
salary. Entertainment allowance is 5% of Basic salary. All allowances
are paid weekly and locally in Pounds equivalent at the existing
- Paid Home Leave: All expatriates are entitled to a one (1) month
paid home leave, which can be taken once at a time. All expatriates
shall be entitled to a leave allowance (in Pound) of an additional
100% of their basic salary. All expatriates are entitled to free
flight tickets to cover the span of their home leave.
Now I don't work in the construction industry, but I see it as
a low margin, high risk sort of place - offering a salary of three times
the Market Price seems an
This offer is (I guess) designed to appeal to people from outside
the UK; and therein comes the rub; you need to attend an interview here -
but (not to worry) - they will refund the fare later. For a large &
reputable company - I would expect a detailed telephone interview first
before they ask you to travel anywhere.
"With respect to the expected timeline of work
take-off, Zelda Coatings & Construction Company has mandated
a reliable travel agency based on your choice of travel
documentation to ensure the processing of all travelling
If the conditions stated above are acceptable to you, you are
hereby directed to contact the designated travel consultant (with
your contact information) so that they can start the processing
of your relevant documents/immigration particulars to facilitate
This travel agency turns out to be "Latona Travel" - which has
another web-site long on (presuambly stolen) stock images. I wonder if
you insist on paying your own way - whether they will continue to humour
you and let you knowingly burn that money, or not.
For the benefit of anyone that wants to fund a criminal
underworld, their details are as follows
RECEIVER’S NAME: Elizabeth Olivia MONREAL
RECEIVER’S ADDRESS: 1 New Change Road, London EC4M 9AF, UNITED KINGDOM.
ID NUMBER: 9170433600513
Nice web-site content
Apart from being a 'coatings' company (ie. usually paint) - they
appear to have lots of nice case studies (without deep links or supporting
press releases), and have stolen lots of content. The (apparently authentic)
Bros appeared to get ripped off eg.
The domain name registrant (who may be another victim) is one
Kelly Dodder of 85 Dogwood LnApt/Suite, Fairfield,
Connecticut, 06824 United States - which looks odd in itself.
Update 2017-04-05: now the company appear to have a
google-maps annotation; but if you use street view to find any sign of
their logo - you rapidly discover it is just a junk-yard (there is
something apt about that).
Up to you - but I would recommend immediately cancelling any
credit cards you may have given them details for. I'd also recommend
a holiday in the UK - it's a lovely place - although I suspect the
scammers of not being based here.
Update: - apparently the scammers ask for a money
transfer; presumably to avoid delay to making off with your money.
I assume that every permutation of scams will eventually be tried;
it is interesting that the initial ones preyed on people's avarice and
dishonesty: "I will transfer millions to your bank account, then you share
with me" - with subsequent scams appealing to another demographic: "I want
to donate a large sum to your religious charity" - to perhaps capture a
more virtuous but still credulous lot. Where will it end ?
It seems particularly sad to prey on vulnerable people who are
between jobs, and extract potentially limited free capital from those
who may not have much of a float to keep them going. Sadly our anti-fraud
systems are insufficiently quick to deal with this stuff, but my hope
is that eg. Google's Anti-Phishing
team are faster.
Mail chew, customer call, lunch. Calls with Miklos, Lenny,
ESC call. Got some hacking done on online unit tests in the evening
and watched the SpaceX launch; LibreOffice isn't rocket science -
but am always somewhat encouraged by the relative size of
Mail chew; partner call, chat with Kendy, partner call,
mail chew; discovered my E-mail address was broken in the CRM for
some years and fixed it - wow.
Took H. and N. to their piano exams; out to a cafe
afterwards with Nickie too.
Worked late, poking at COM tracing - something that should
be so simple - made so awful; and why ?
Practice with the babes, mail. Built ESC stats, speculative
crashreporter fix while doing it - a crash fix per week keeps the
doctor at bay (or something). Sync with Andars, poked at Azorpid's
proposal; nice. Lunch.
Mail chew; toilet flush broke: stainless pin had managed to
wear itself through the cheap aluminium handle casting, drilled
another hole a little further back, re-assembled & hoped. Poked
at another mysterious post-dispose crasher related to context menus
If someone endorses you on LinkedIn for the skill of
'subversion' - is that a good thing ?
In case it needs saying: I'm convinced about in the
equality of men & women - both made in the image of God,
alike in dignity and also (sadly) in depravity. The BDSM
community trouble me deeply; I think many need professional
help (this can incidentally be added to my list of other 'phobes') -
but - given the lack of
about the alledged mis-deeds of Garfield - it seems pretty clear
to me that injustice has been seen to be done here. Significant
sanctions on ones career (linked to an open-source community)
would appear (to me) to require a transparently open & just
process; which (apparently) this is not. The argument archetype of
"lots of people voted this way, just trust us" is made much
more convincing when the information put the to jury is public
and constrained by a sensible process.
Mail chew; consultancy call, bit of patch review. Lunch.
Plodded through more admin in the afternoon, ESC call, contract
Unexpected call to play at NCC; did that, and back
for lunch with Lionel, Uche & Julie, dropped L. back into
Cambridge. Back to see J., the babes, put some shelves for
shoes up with E.'s help. Tea, put extra tired babes to bed.
Up & out to the Cambridge Science Festival -
picking up a Nieve and Nicole on the way - enjoyed the
Whittle turbo-machinery display & tour, the Cavendish'
Chaos pieces, with a good kids lecture on gasses.
Into Cambridge to pick up Lionel with David; home
for dinner, up late.
Up early, helped M. with her maths homework; famiyl bible
study, breakfast, ran home from school; interview. Reviewed &
merged some patches.
Lunch; call with Bubli, Cor & Marina. H. and N. out
to Burwell for a YFC weekend.
Mail chew, sync. with Eloy. Mail chew, built ESC bug stats,
pushed a work-around for a popular printing related crash report.
Worked on a delaying socket implementation for debugging online's
sensitivity to latency.
Interview; partner call; sync with JanI; Miklos; lunch.
Mail chew, customer call; late partner call & chat with Cor.
Up early, noticed the ice-crusher motor relay is the same as
the compressor one (and presumably far far less used), de-soldered
both relays, swapped them and bingo: a working compressor. Bench
testing suggests the duff relay is only good at making nice
clicking noises, rather than power switching; good.
Poked mail; pushed fixes. Calls variously, code reviews,
built slideware for monthly mgmt meeting. Call with Aron; tea,
took M. to cubs, read N. a story, then H.
H. ill, fridge compressor appears to have packed-in; spent
a while dis-assembling it variously; annoying. Consultancy call.
Lunch, sync. with Andras & Tor, code review.
Poked at the Daewoo FRN-U20DA in the evening ; no error
codes, nothing doing, compressor not running, but starter seems
ok, and continuity good. Brian over to help; jumped the compressor
all working well there in the plumbing section - good. Set to work
on the electronics; found the RT (Room Temperature) sensor, seems
to be fine; hmm. Ordered a new compressor relay: OMIH-SS-112LM.
Off to NCC at The Stable; did the kids work with Klara
downstairs - fun. Back for a pizza lunch, snoozed with J. for a
while. Pottered around with babes. Out for a walk with Sue &
Russell & back for tea. Put babes to bed.
J. out to take H. and M. to "Shine"; got on with some
plumbing bits with M. machined a new tap chain connector out of
aluminium sheet together. J. back, out to buy some marine plywood
with M. Lunch.
Knocked together some shelves for walking boots in the
porch together in the afternoon. Out to Sandy's birthday party in
the evening; nice to see Daniel, Adeline & family
there too. H. to Charlotte's for birthday
Up; out to NCC for Men's Prayer Breakfast; mail chew.
Partner call. Lunch.
Slightly scary with J. training in bereavement
counselling to see a calendar appointment labelled: Sudden
and Traumatic Death.
Hackery left & right, chat with Eloy.
Mail chew, customer call; built ESC bug stats, lunch.
Spent a while mending the admin console auth token problems
with http - fun. ESC call. More admin cleanup & re-factoring.
Off to Cloud Expo Europe in the morning; hacked on
mail and the Admin console on the train. Switched it over
to non-blocking I/O on the train.
Out in the evening with J. great that H. can baby-sit,
lovely to have a quiet drink & catch-up together.
Mail, calls with Miklos, JanI, Andras, Tor, Mike;
prepped agenda for next call. Commercial call, sync. with
Lenny, partner call with Eloy in the evening.
Mail chew, customer call. Consultancy team call.
Chat with Kendy; lunch, product call, AMD Ryzen arrived -
awesome maingear.com model - started the ultimate benchmark:
compiling LibreOffice from scratch.
Worked late; helped a partner issue; poked at
credentials on Admin Console.
J. to All-saints for Nichole's baptism, NCC at the
Stable; back for a roast lunch with Nicole; babes played
happily, relaxed with J. did a stamp jigsaw puzzle together.
Practiced quartet, girls singing You lift me up nicely
Up lateish; out to Kelvendon Hatch with M. to tour
the bunker; had a nice pub lunch afterwards - lovely to spend
some time with her.
Home; watched The Slipper & The Rose an
old-time DVD favourite with the babes, while hacking on online.
Worked late again.
Mail chew; a number of calls through the day; managed to
get back to Online / non-blocking hackery - good to see this
merged to online / master. Up until midnight chasing a silly
reverse lookup issue hurting lock-file creation.
Up earlyish, mail chew, couple of encouraging partner calls.
Lunch - ESC call, caught up with Philippe, worked late.
Mail chew, built ESC stats; finally dunged an expensive
but useless chair out of my office. Call with Miklos.
Pleased to see AMD's Naples
announced with video.
32 core /64 thread Ryzens, with 128 threads over 2 sockets; it is
really time to start (safely) using more of those in LibreOffice.
Mail chew, partner call, hacked on Online a little,
truck-load of admin, commercial call; dinner. Customer call in
Mail chew, consultancy call, quick lunch, product call.
Up late, NCC - home for lunch; finished
The Green Ring Conspiracy in the car/house. Slugged
in the afternoon with babes, started to read Prophet to
older babes; quartet practice: improving steadily. Read
stories, put babes to bed - pillow-talked late to J.
Up early; out to Wimpole Hall with the babes - wandered
the gardens happily - bit boggy; dropped babes home. Went with
H. to do some DofE group activity around filming some movielet,
spent much of the afternoon with
Home; watched a movie with them while working on online.
Up until midnight hacking away at non-blocking-ness.
Took babes to school, and out for a run with J. Back
to chew mail. Builders working on extension next door -
hopefully finishing the noisy phase soon.
Up early; mail chew, gerrit review, chat with team
Mail, ESC call. Out to take J. to N's parents evening, pick up
other babes, take them to music; home. Dinner. Bit more work,
took H. out to sketch the moon: again too misty to discern
Mail chew; analysis; partner call, sync with Eloy, lunch,
partner call prep. Estimations, chat with partner, built ESC bug
Met up with Luciano & Simone in the evening.
More mail & opportunity chasing; extraordinary to see
WordBasic (obsoleted in Word 97) still being actively used in
macros today - fun.
Commercial call, plugged away at testing LibreOffice and
some E-mail; sync. with Philippe.
Pancake day - enjoyed some fine pancakes.
E-mail chew, meeting, status reports, analysis;
TDF board call.
NCC in the Stable; rather sad to chat to a long
standing church member abour what I do, and find she's
using OpenOffice: five years behind the feature curve -
Ran the younger lot of the older kids work ( or
something ), Ephesians 4 - the decietfulness
of sin, putting off the old self & on the new one and
Back for a fine roast lunch with Dwayne & family;
chatted happily through the afternoon. Played Port Royale
with the babes afterwards. Tea, put people to bed.
Tidied the house a fair bit; Julie over for lunch,
cake & games - her Birthday; Dwayne, Heather, Phillipa
& Jessica over for the afternoon - lovely to meet the
whole family & catch up. Up lateish preparing kids work
Up early; took babes to school, went for a run with J.
Back, catch-up with Marina, sync with Miklos, lunch somewhere.
Caught up with Lenny, and some document work. Alex & Madeline over
after school. Did some baptism prep. with them: Christianity is
a fight, count the cost - etc. Back for a Bourne movie
with H. and N.
Customer call; partner call; analysis. Discovered that
my presentations were being mangled by some text/fit issue
since I'd set export format to avoid some vital extensions:
phew; reset my export settings.
Up late preparing material for Baptism class on Friday.
Excited to be demoing a new Ubuntu / Snap based
Ubuntu and Nextcloud at MWC Barcelona.
Also pleased to see AMD release Ryzen
Making 16 threads accessible to everyone - helping your LibreOffice
compiles (and load times of course too); good stuff.
Mail, financials with Tracie, call with Eloy; then
Ash & Kendy. Built ESC stats. Out to cubs in the evening
with M. - ran a code-breaking table with several fun encoding
Poked mail; sync. with Kendy, consultancy call. Out for
a walk, lunch. Back to financials / 2017 projections and calls.
NCC in The Stable in the morning; Tony & Anne back for
lunch, played a game; quartet practice, tea & read babies.
Up rather late; breakfast; slugged variously. Driven home
with babes and more Green Ring-ness. Relaxed variously & watched
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.
Up; worked through the morning on the mail and task
backlog. Out for a walk to see some ponies with the babes at
Back for lunch, and then to tackle the plumbing problems.
Attacked an amazing amount of congealed fat in the sink plumbing -
simply extraordinary; eventually had to cut the pipe-work out in
sections and replace it with H's help.
Relaxed in the evening with some fine food. Couldn't
sleep, hacked on socket code instead.
Poked at socket code a lot in the morning; drove to Aldeburgh
with the family - listened to the Green Ring Conspiracy in the
car. Chat with Philippe, ESC call. More hackery.
Awoke again to the dulcet tones of the neighbours extension
being drilled / compacted / etc. Hey ho - they get to enjoy our
early morning piano practice I suppose.
Built ESC stats. Most encouraged to see that the German
comment count has dropped by ~10% in the first two weeks of
February - ~320 lines fewer (of 3600) thanks to:
Johnny M, Michael Stahl (RedHat), Katarina Behrens (CIB), and
Lukas Röllin - wonderful.
Sync. with Ash; interview in the evening.
Nice set of Valentines Day cards for the whole family;
dug away at drear contract review much of the day.
Watched and fast-forwarded some James Bond for H. and N.
in the evening. Hacked until late on improved non-blocking socket
Up lateish; babes on half term holiday - team meetings;
E-mail, code review with Ash. E-mail deluge, board call,
chase Cyber Essentials certification; dinner, more paperwork.
Overslept vigorously, to the stable for NCC; Claire explained
Ephesians 1 well - helpful; back foor lunch. Off to pick up littlies
but too late for the service. Lots of stories. Played with them in the
afternoon; stories, bed.
Up very late indeed, slugged in bed chatting to J. &
bigger babes. Late breakfast, H. out swimming with Alex, Elise &
H?. Spent my time mending the toilet - new float valve is much
larger than the previous one - requiring odd angles, silicone
bodgery and worse.
Out for a walk with J. on the heath - nice. Swimmers home,
for a Bourne movie with N. followed by tea & card games. Dropped
Alex home. Put babes to bed.
Mail thrash much of the day; caught up with Kendy before
he left for vacation; sync. with Ash. Dropped E. M. and Kelsey at
Mail chew, admin, contract review, built ESC stats rather
late; ESC call. Out to H.'s GCSE choices day - interesting stuff.
Up lateish; mail chew; to work ! H. feverish and
at home; worked away at mail by the fire with her a bit.
Beta Co-working; actually got some hacking done:
whoot, though very trivial. Worked away on the train, got
a few patches CI'd and included between network black-spots.
Lovely to be home again and see four babes, and one
Off to the Beta Co-working; had our own room this year -
to avoid distracting others; good to have so many hackers in one
place. Pursued by admin. Out to the same restaurant as last night
Another great day of FOSDEM; stood around saying what-ho
to all and sundry, good to catch up with so many.
FOSDEM - a riotous explosion of FLOSS goodness, as always
tons of old friends and new people to meet & discuss with.
Lovely to meet up with so many. Out for a TDF / LibreOffice dinner
in the evening with ~50 or so others. Gave a talk on threading
for LibreOffice next: 5.4, about some of the work ongoing on
threading the suite (hybrid PDF):
Up early; Bedford is rather good; walked to the FSFE
offices, a whole day of (occasionally exciting) TDF board
meetings. Out in the evening for dinner - but went instead to
a kebab place & on to the Delerium Cafe - which was much
less dangerously crowded than previously, good.
Up, interesting customer call; is it easier and cheaper
for Collabora to reverse engineer a 3rd party's usage of COM for
automating MS Office, than getting a large SI to react ? -
probably. Loraine B. over to see J, nice to catch up with her.
Trains variously to the Eurostar for FOSDEM, TDF meetings
on Friday, and HackFest afterwards.
Today we release LibreOffice
5.3.0, the next step in our journey: rich in features indeed - but
(understandably) the media like to focus on the things you can see. What about
the things you cannot ? the increasingly awesome underpinnings on which we're
building the next round of improvements. Again - to see the pretty things
people made and (more importantly) who did the heavy lifting checkout the
features from many great hackers, translators, UX designers etc. Here
I am going to focus on the under-sung heros of making everything else better.
There is an official 5.3
wiki page, but I expand on this and dive in more deeply here.
First apologies if I missed your good work; (and this is
a very incomplete view based on a few hours of analysis) -
please do add yourself to the wiki page and potentially mail
me a unified diff to this; thanks ! It is only really possible to
skim 9750 commits and nearly one hundred thousand lines of git log
message across core and online - with:
26,080 files changed, 1,698,565 insertions(+), 361,298 deletions(-)
The last stubborn German comments
One thing that perplexes me about LibreOffice 5.3 is how we can have
managed to translate 50,000 lines of German comments to English, but the last
3700 lines continue to defy us. Is it that people don't like finishing things ?
Is it that the interest in comment translation is proportional to the number of
remaining comments ? Seems unlikely - many of the remaning comments are in writer
and calc. Either way - there is some lingering low-hanging glory for the person
who can rid us of the last comments here ! Many thanks to Johannes Berg,
Maarten Bosmans, Tor Lillqvist (Collabora), Julian Mehne and Albert Thuswaldner
for taking on a few comments and to Phillip Szelat for updating the
list of strings to whet your appetite; please do help finally dispatch this
gasping dragon if you're a native German speaker (or competent context reading
Markus Mohrhard's great work integrating a Breakpad
based crash reporter has been extraordinarily useful. You can browse the
crash reports here
by version, and we've had over thirty crashreporter related fixes in 5.3
targetting particular issues. It is great to see commits like
that can quantify the win (20% of daily crashes in 126.96.36.199). We managed to
nail lots of the most frequently reported issues soon after deploying the
Unfortunately, as Tomaz fixed another very long standing issue
that was deadlocking the Windows clipboard code we managed to create a big
spike in crashes (when exiting with a live clipboard) - this immediately
jumped out of the stats:
Which allowed us to somewhat accelerate the next release
containing a fix (hence 188.8.131.52 vs. 184.108.40.206). Markus also nailed a
whole clutch of evil badness around processing of events during very
late shutdown of LibreOffice that we hope will improve things still
Another curious issue is that Windows, even Windows 64bit has
a fairly hard (for an ISV) limit
of 10,000 gdi objects (should
be enough for anybody) handles per process. This
was leading to lots of extremely diverse symptoms - with inexplicable
failure cases above the window abstraction. Thanks to Markus
Morhard for adding the ability to report the number of open GDI
handles to crash reports, and Kohei Yoshida (Collabora) for fixing
a gratuitous consumer of these handles for 5.3.1.
Ongoing Code quality work
As always lots of work from many people
- Coverity scan - our Coverity numbers continue to be
outstanding, thanks to the hard work of Caolan McNamara
with a nice round 256 commits in this release. Happily (or not)
we upgraded coverity version, and found a new check - throwing up
another 400 warnings just before the release.
- cppcheck - some great cleanup work chewing through the
latest cppcheck report
with over 40 fixes thanks to Jochen Nitschke,
Caolán McNamara (RedHat), Zolnai Tamás (Collabora), Julien Nabet and
Muhammet Kara (Pardus)
- Enum scoping - Noel Grandin (Peralex) has had 180
commits cleaning up and making consistent our very many old,
inconsistent & poorly scoped enumerations.
- unique_ptr - lots of our code uses a pImpl pattern, thanks
to Xisco Fauli, David Tardon, Arnold Dumas and others for
cleaning this to use the safer unique_ptr template.
- At many places, we were using own integer types instead of
standard ones due to legacy. Many of them were cleaned up
previously, but there are still various outstanding uses here and
there. For 5.3, many of TCHARs / _tstring, sal_uIntPtr, or
sal_Size uses were changed - thanks to Stuart Swales, Marian
Scerbak, Michael Stahl and others.
- Google Fuzz - the lovely ossfuzz project is providing some great value to us
thanks to Google, and also Caolan McNamara (RedHat) for
getting LibreOffice integrated into their tooling.
- Clang Plugins - with 200 commits to the
directory this series - we
gained a number of Clang plugins checking corner cases, and
enabling lots of cleanups. Overall this gave nearly 800 commits
to the core fixing some auto-detected badness - from a who's who
of Clang users - thanks to:
Stephan Bergmann (RedHat), Noel Grandin (Collabora),
Miklos Vajna (Collabora), Tor Lillqvist (Collabora),
Caolán McNamara (RedHat), Michael Stahl (RedHat),
Markus Mohrhard, Mike Kaganski (Collabora),
Kohei Yoshida (Collabora), Jochen Nitschke and others
The top plugins generating commits were:
passstuffbyref, expandablemethods, singlevalfields, stringconstant,
countusersofdefaultparams, staticmethods, redundantcast,
cppunitassertequals, constantparam, unusedmethods.
- a script to sanity check library dependencies:
check-elf-dynamic-objects was implemented - to ensure that
we don't get unexpected and unhelpful new library dependencies in#
release and bibisect builds on GNU/Linux thanks to Michael Stahl
- Address & Undefined Behavior Sanitizers - its great
to see more than sixty patches referencing ASan and UBSan -
finding nasty memory issues faster.
- Crash testing - continues across a growing suite of
around 100k documents; thanks to the RedHat team for
keeping the numbers consistently at or near zero.
As always we continue to grow our unit test count, and number of
assertions (and assert calls). The tests are run by the Jenkins CI
infrastructure on commits before they are merged. Thanks to so many for
adding tests and stopping things from regressing particuarly those who
had more than 20 commits to the unit tests:
Zdeněk Crhonek, Miklos Vajna (Collabora), Stephan Bergmann (RedHat),
Caolán McNamara (RedHat), Justin Luth (SIL), Eike Rathke (RedHat),
Noel Grandin (Collabora), Armin Le Grand (CIB), Michael Stahl (RedHat)
And also to those with more than 10 commits to the unit tests:
Tamás Zolnai (Collabora), Laurent Balland-Poirier,
Tor Lillqvist (Collabora), Katarina Behrens (CIB), Markus Mohrhard,
Mike Kaganski (Collabora), Takeshi Abe, Mark Hung, Giuseppe Castagno
It always takes more time to write a test, there is always a temptation
not to - thank goodness they helped.
Thanks too to Michael Stahl (RedHat) for tackling a
number of horrible threading races and mis-designs causing intermittent
failure in our unit tests.
One notable improvement in 5.3 has been the work from
Zdeněk Crhonek adding 280 or so nicely organized unit test
sheets for each Calc function and some of its corner-cases to the
tree, and even more encouraging to see these extended when bugs are
Another area that got a number of nice unit tests was the
old-style Parser and new XFastParser implementations thanks to
Mohammed Abdul Azeem laying the ground for our incremental
adoption of the XFastParser for LibreOffice 5.4 for ODF formats.
Great to write tests before the code.
Thanks to Markus Mohrhard and our generous donors we
have a shiny new UI
testing framework in LibreOffice 5.3. We even have tutorials (
part 1 and
to help people add new tests. Checkout the code in
It is always good to see a whole new class of testing enabled,
and provides a nice place for people comfortable with python to make a
really important contribution.
There were really a lot of changes in the LibreOfficeKit APIs
and in the online code to interface with them; these two modules are
tightly coupled. For details and credits I wrote most of this up for
2.0 release, around the time of the feature freeze.
A number of important fixes and performance improvements made their
way into 5.3 (many of which are back-ported to 5.2 as well). We have used
guards - which are created and destroyed in pairs around any OpenGL
block - to catch buggy & crashing drivers inside those execution blocks,
in order to disable OpenGL. In 5.3 these were adapted to OpenCL as well thanks to
Tomaž Vajngerl (Collabora). In addition Michael Meeks
(Collabora) added a test spreadsheet that is re-calculated using
OpenCL whenever the driver changes - in order
to catch badness in driver implementation - somewhat sad that these are
necessary; it would be hoped that just asking a (software!) OpenCL driver
for its version (to see if we can black-list it) would not hard-crash,
but apparently that is too much to ask. Anyhow - now we cope well with
lots of sub-optimal situations, and as such removed the legacy 'Test'
button for manual CL driver selection.
The VCL / OpenGL backend got a large number of performance
improvements from Tomaž Vajngerl (Collabora) including batch
rendering of pixels, lines, rectangles and polylines and deferred
texture rendering - these help to push more work to the GPU in one go
- Automatic screen-shotter - one of the problems of
maintaining documentation in LibreOffice is that of taking UI
screenshots and keeping them up-to-date for all languages.
Thanks to Katarina "bubli" Behrens (CIB), Armin Le Grand (CIB),
Thorsten Beherens (CIB) and our donors - we now have
an automated tool for building screenshots. Checkout the
- Threading wins - we deprecated the grim old windows-like
osl::Condition API in 5.3 in favour of the much more
sensible (Unix like) std::condition_variable - which makes it easier
to write safe code. Thanks to Stephan Bergmann (RedHat) for
fixing a related Thread Pool thread-safety issue. Also to Kohei
Yoshida (Collabora) for unwinding an underlying threading issue
in our ZIP file handling hurting threaded XLSX import.
- gtk+3/Wayland - thanks to Caolan McNamara (RedHat)
we have much improved gtk+3/wayland support in 5.3, one gem is
- Improved MathML support thanks to Takeshi Abe who
continues to do excellent maintenance and bug fixing work on our math
- MS Office URI schemes - were added to much improve LibreOffice's
integration with Windows web browsers and particularly Sharepoint for
launching and editing documents thanks to Mike Kaganski (Collabora).
- Firebird - it has been good to watch
Wastack fixing lots of blocker bugs for us to be
able to use the upgraded Firebird 3.0 as our default
database engine in 5.4 with lots of great commits.
- Calc dynamic columns currently we have a
fixed array of columns for each sheet; thanks to
Dennis Francis we are creating a nice new
encapsulations to eventually change this to a more
powerful, and efficient sparse data structure.
- Thanks to Maarten Bosmans for moving rapidly
from translating German comments to improving Calc
style and formatting performance as well as
- Much improved Calc functions with many bug fixes
and new functions thanks to Eike Rathke (RedHat),
Winfried Donkers, and others.
- Significant interoperability wins thanks to
Justin Luth who has tackled over eighty nasty bugs
across DOC, DOCX and other formats.
- Android cleanups - its great to see lots and lots
of code cleanups this cycle and many ongoing improvements with
some great work from Aleksandar Stefanovic, Mert Tumer,
Christian Lohmaier (TDF), Mirek Mazel and Otto Kekäläinen
slowly making the app more polished.
QA / bugzilla
The QA team do a noble job struggling against great odds; you
can see those doing the hugely valuable triage and fixing work in the
for 5.3.0 wiki page. During this release cycle in August we had the
pleasure of having Xisco Fauli join TDF - funded by our
generous donors -
to support and contribute to the QA team; their hard work together has
got our UNCONFIRMED bug count way down - accelerating a vital feedback loop
between users and developers.
upgraded this cycle bringing a wealth of improvements for our translators.
From little things like allowing special characters in usernames, to major
performance improvements allowing us to extract translations into our builds
much more quickly. Other great features such as improved notifications with
feedback on changes, off-line translation memory are much appreciated. Thanks
to Dwayne Bailey (TranslateHouse) and our sysadmin team.
Updated bundled libraries
LibreOffice depends on many 3rd party libraries. To stay up-to-date,
they have to be updated from time to time, their patches re-evaluated (ideally
up-stream merged them) and they need re-testing. For 5.3, the following were
- boost: Removed headers that are not used any more, and many more
cleanups(Michael Stahl, Stephan Bergmann)
- libxslt: Updated, and removed some LibreOffice-specific patches (Michael Stahl)
- libzmf: Integrated, to support import of Zoner Callisto/Draw
documents (Aleksas Pantechovskis)
- libxmlsec: Upstreamed more LibreOffice patches and updated to new
version (Miklos Vajna)
- Added or updated fonts (Akshay Deep, Andras Timar)
- libstaroffice: Integrated library to support the old StarOffice
- firebird: Updated to Firebird 3.0 (Wastack, Lionel Elie Mamane,
- harfbuzz: Updated to new version, and enabled to be built with
Graphite support (Khaled Hosny)
- libmwaw, mdds, nss, curl, poppler, cairo, pixman, openldap,
redland, orcus, liblangtag, libwps, icu, libmwaw: Updated to the latest versions (David
Tardon, Kohei Yoshida, Caolán McNamara, Jochen Nitschke, Michael
Stahl, Jaskaran Singh, Eike Rathke)
Lots of fun stuff going on at LibreOffice - quite apart from the
visible feature development. Its a great place to find a home and contribute.
If you want to get involved there are plenty of great people to meet and
work alongside - come and see us at FOSDEM
for example this weekend. As you can see individuals ('Assigned') make a huge
impact to the diversity of LibreOffice.
In terms of diversity of code commits, we love to see the
unaffiliated volunteers contribution by volume, though clearly the volume
and balance changes with the season, release cycle, and volunteers vacation /
Naturally we maintain a list of small, bite-sized tasks which you
can use to get involved at our Easy Hacks
page, with simple build /
setup instructions. It is extremely easy to build LibreOffice, each easy-hack
should have code pointers and be a nicely self contained task that is easy to
solve. In addition some of them are really nice-to-have features or performance
improvements. Please do consider getting stuck in with something.
Another thing that really helps is running pre-release builds and
reporting bugs just grab and install a pre-release and
you're ready to contribute alongside the rest of the development team.
LibreOffice 5.3 is great; it is made by a set of developers
having fun, working together, and building an increasingly attractive
and beautiful Free Software Office suite, I hope you enjoy using it.
Thanks for reading, don't forget to checkout the user
visible feature page and thank you for supporting LibreOffice.
built using our gitdm-config - are available for many of the above graphs.
Mail chew, sync. with Bubli, text tweakage with Lenny.
Worked late building an under-the-hood update with Kendy's
Mail chew, interview, built ESC stats. Worked on trying
to build the 5.3 under-the-hood stats: involves reading a vast
number of commits. Chat with JanI. Commercial call, more mail.
Mail chew; poked at admin, checked some gitdm-config bits variously.
Consultancy call, various 1:1's.
Up, finished up kids work prep; NCC, talked with the
bigger ones. Back for a roast lamb lunch, slugged happily.
Watched one of the most terrible movies I've ever seen; naff,
corny, groan-out-loud awful: Hop - apparently we got to
the bottom of the barrel of Amazon Prime free Kid-friendly movie
content in under a month.
Watched some Laugh your way to a better Marriage;
why not ? with J.
Up late; exhausted. Babes out to see friends; out for
a walk with just E. lunch. Prepared kids work for tomorrow.
To Lynn's birthday barn-dance in the evening; fun to catch
up with people - good food, rather tired.
Breakfast and bed; up for lunch. More mail chew, partner,
customer calls; good stuff, albeit exhausting. Babes out to Friday
Club. Watched Esio Trot on the free Amazon Prime subscription
(suckered into accepting it by mistake) with the babes; fun.
Mail chew, admin, sync with Miklos, admin. Lunch. Poked
at more code. Somehow managed to work all night - when the customer
Customer call, paperwork. Reviewed Azorpid's XFastParser
implementation for our ODF filters, and pushed it - to see if
the crash-testing likes it. Started chasing Cyber Essentials
Briefed Miklos, breakfast, interview; commercial team call,
back to Calc bits until early in the morning.
Brief mail chew; poked at intricacies of the Calc core for
much of the day chasing an issue, dinner, worked very late - enough
to catch up with Kohei; nice.
Andy & Jo's one-year anniversary & marriage
blessing at the Memorial Hall; played violin in the band,
talked to a number of people afterwards
Up lateish; played with babes, started to learn to
play a new German Pirate card-game with the babes; fun.
Got the circular saw onto J's kitchen lintel, lunch,
mended a tap. J. out to the PCC annual quiz, worked away
at some profiling pieces until very late.
Mail chew; read up on F5's iRules wherever I could.
Craig arrived to fix the boiler: inflated the expansion tank
bladder again: I could have done that!. Plugged through
admin and E-mail backlog; finally got to looking at a Mac
bug in the evening, inconclusively.
Bus into Cambridge - C'bra quarterly mgmt meetings
lots of good things going on there, and great to see Guy,
Amelie & Philippe in the flesh. Out for dinner in the
Mail chew; timesheet analysis, friendly chat &
catch-up with a partner. Lunch.
Mail chew; estimation with Kendy & Miklos; lunch.
Customer call, contract work, chat with Bob, Monthly mgmt
call. Customer call, partner catch-up in the evening.
Visited the Doctor, customer call, mail chew & closing
FY2016 finance call with Tracie.
Up lateish, visited David at Christ Church - lovely to
see lots of people there, met a BlackRock Analyst there;
interesting; David back for lunch, chatted by the fire
afterwards. Dis-assembled E's laptop to remove the Broadcom
Wifi card which requires proprietary (and thus predictably not
working) drivers. Installed a new Ralink card cheap on ebay -
which worked flawlessly out of the box; nice.
Watched The House of Magic with the babes, put them
Up earlyish; train to London with the family.
Tube to the Tate Modern for N. to find some things to sketch,
over the Millennium bridge, past St Pauls, to Mansion House
tube. On to South Kensington and the Royal Albert Hall - to see
which was really rather excellent. Out to Pizza Express
afterwards, trains home - rather late with the babes.
Mail chew; sync. with Andras; action items everywhere,
poked at the Mac, more E-mail. Sync with Philippe.
Mail chew; customer call. Amused to see a paper on
suggesting it is not a vestigal organ; less amusing my Mother
had her spleen removed some years back as another useless /
vestigal organ before that too was found to be rather useful.
TDF Mac Mini arrived, and I started to set it up to
build LibreOffice, hopefully will have some spare time to fix
a Mac issue or two.
Mail chew, contract work, encouraging partner call.
Took H. out to try to draw the moon at night (Astronomy GCSC)
- immediate cloud cover: hmm.
Mail chew; contract re-working; Lunch. Weekly
commercial team call, filed bugs.
One to ones, projections, lunch, chat with Eric.
Customer call. Board call. Dinner. Bought a lameish 2nd
hand Mac Mini to fix egregious bugs with; thanks to TDF.
Up lateish; off to NCC, Pizza for lunch; rested
Up; mended things around the house variously -
maintenance everywhere. Lunch, snoozed by the fire. Out to
play at Sam & Paul's marriage blessing; on to see Julie's
nice new flat. Back together for a meal. Stories, bed.
Mail chew; poked at contracts, priorities, encouraged
people to buy good LibreOffice'y things - caught up with Robert.
Worked through mail. Really thrilled to see the legacy
StarOffice file formats being worked on by Laurent Alonso in libstaroffice.
Great to see the rather embarrasing gap left by StarOffice's old
and unpleasant binary file formats start to get filled.
Plugged away at some rather tedious ESC / budget ranking
bits to try to build consensus on what strategic things to push to
the board. ESC call - good to see the guys, lots of good things
Mail chewage; customer contract bits. Booked travel for
FOSDEM which will be
awesome as ever.
Measured my Wife's rather tired (original) Galaxy S3
battery as I replaced it; somewhat concerningly it has swelled
from 5.7mm to 7.8mm some third wider than it used to be:
Up late filing tax for Julia.
Back to work; team calls and structural shuffling.
Chewed through masses of E-mail, synched with Miklos. A
long series of bitty calls with a new customer.
Worked in the morning long enough to discover that
most of the team wanted another day off, but didn't file it.
Abandoned ship to wander around Wicken Fen - with family jumping
on the fen-land. Supposedly the top metre is 3/4's water - but
then so am I.
Home to work through a task list of small things to do.
Off to Isleham Baptist in the morning, N. to play at
Emmas, home for a use-ups lunch; Bobbie, Tyson & Emma over
for fixing 3D Goggles, silly games & tea.
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