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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail, admin, fixed an l10n bug in Online; put babes
to bed - Chemistry with H. call with T. got N. setup with a
wordpress instance. Relatively depressed by the mysql setup
and authentication aggravation vs. wordpress and other DB
integrated apps - it all seems un-necessarily unpleasant.
Played bass & violin at church; stayed for annual
church members meeting. Back for pizza lunch, played Sushi Go
with Sophie, H. to church to practice; tidied up variously.
Watched the next Oceans film together, read stories, bed.
Did another astronomy past-paper with H. David over
for lunch; J. out to see Lydia, out for a walk on the heath with
J. back, out to All Saints with H. to practice the
Organ; helped Cedric tidy up his babe's party. Home for
sliders, chatted to David, put babes to bed. Watched Gataca
Calls with Miklos, Kendy, Lubos, Andras & partner. Admin,
documentation. Customer call, Allison over for a fine dinner.
Mail, profiling, calls, lunch, more calls, admin; hmm.
Network Installed Tumbleweed/Server into a rather old VirtualBox,
surprised it failed to boot even after an upgrade, got a nice
Sync with Kendy, ESC call. Admin, patch review; fixed a
couple of bugs idly for fun.
Partner and customer calls for much of the day. Worked late
Mail chew, full of enthusiasm tried to setup a 300Gb crypted
file - gave up waiting after an hour or so of an unusable laptop;
Lunch with J. admin, mgmt call, sync with customer. Had fun
with babes. Worked very late on admin & built ESC agenda.
Breakfast with babes, mail chew, got stuck into admin
before realizing I was meant to be in Cambridge for a mgmt
meeting. J. dropped me in a hurry - minus phone & PSU.
An encouraging set of meetings; good to catch up with
Guy, Philippe, Olivier & the local team too. Out for a pub
meal in the evening. Herman kindly took me to the station,
Up, played bass at NCC; home for lunch joined by David, Jocelyn
& Sophie. Talked happily in the garden much of the afternoon.
Took H. to practice the Organ for a bit, tea, put babes to bed.
Woke early, breakfast, poked at Quartet pieces for the babes
to play; ideally hard Viola, easy Violin 2; hmm. Some mail IRC. Lunch.
Out to Saffron Walden to enjoy two of their mazes, a lovely
day in the sunshine + ice-cream. Home. Moved some async client
web-socket puzzle to the next step.
Out to Barn Dance in aid of a Burwell Print - babes
up late dancing.
Mail chew, chat with Florian, customer call, sync with
Tor & Miklos. Lunch. Plugged away at tasks in the afternoon.
Worked late on client web-socket code.
Mail chew; hunted the house for a spare disk, and was encouraged
to use Clonezilla via a great image
from Taiwan. Call with sales & marketing team. Lunch.
BT Phoned up to say I'd run up a $100 phone bill calling India
yesterday and could they do something about that; surreal.
Thrilled to see the team get Collabora
Online 3.2 released:
A number of great new features for our customers & partners, including
data-validity - so you can limit the options in a drop-down for a cell - so that
they make sense (to Patriot watchers anyway), as well as basic things like
Insert -> chart something not present in Word Online (for example).
Pondered why Windows 10 fails to boot in curious ways when its disk
is copied to another disk without the disk label being made to match; any why
it then proceeds on a length series of hour plus long "Attempting repairs".
TDF Advisory Board call.
Sync call with Miklos, mail chew; poked at some socket code.
Still sad that there is no good C event-loop, and as such no async
structure that a nice DNS APIs could fit into; ho hum. Of course there
is getdns but it in
turn has several dependencies.
Customer call much of the afternoon. Pleased to see the free
Samsung SSD imaging tool do a great job of moving a Windows install
to a new disk.
Out to brand practice in the evening at church. Packed the
bathroom cold tap washer with a piece of plastic milk-bottle before bed.
Mail chew, patch review, planning.
Great to see some nice work by Tomi to get Collabora Online support
integrated into JODConverter
(increasing security), and to see Miklos's nice writeup around Document
Conversion there - several of our customers get support for document conversion
use-cases that help to improve LibreOffice.
All those poor souls still struggling with manual management of LibreOffice
processes for document conversion can relax & use something sensible
Weekend mail fun, poked partners, sync. with Miklos,
Andras, created a unit test for thread stranding problem with
fork-kit - whereby having threads lurking around at the time of
a fork - is a really bad idea.
All Saints in the morning; H. played piano for a song.
Back for pizza lunch plus Charlotte & Grace, took H. back
to practice the organ.
Home; tea; read stories; out for a drink with Chris in
Drove to Aldeburgh to collect N. and H. - who had both
made pretty rings with Bruce. Silver-soldering up settings and
bands, and setting a stone in them - good stuff.
Out to wander Sizewell beach, back for tea, home.
Partner call, mail processing, admin, sync. with Eloy.
Lunch, TDF BoD call, sync with Kendy.
Mail chew, H. and N. off to learn some jewlery making with
Bruce. Commercial call, lunch with smaller babes. ESC call.
Pleased to see LibreOffice Writer used as the word-processing
workload in the Powerhammer
Hospital app't in the morning - West Suffolk: they at least
know a difficult case to be referred; good. Filed holiday, mail
chew, poked at receipts & expenses.
Still no voice, mail, admin; lots of friends over for
lunch before Tania's funeral at All-Saints - very sad; a packed
church. Back for a customer call.
Plugged away at tasks variously; dinner, put babes to
bed, worked in the evening.
Practically no voice; not ideal; swallowing a challenge.
E-mail doesn't require a voice-box however.
Breakfast together at Burger King supposedly
the only place open at this time - hmm; interesting
engineering going on nearby - parts of a TBM(?) nearby. To
the office - for a status update, and more sync with
Lengthy flights back, J. picked me up, lovely to
be home, but a horrible throat to go with it.
J. kindly dropped me to Stansted early, flight delayed
by an hour - plugged away at calc, vlookup-ness. Eventually
found my way to the Freiheit offices - a beautiful venue
kindly donated for the hack-fest.
Met up with and talked to lots of old friends. Up
late talking, caught up with Miklos & Tomi at our AirBnB,
some mail chew, sleep.
Waded back through the accumulated mail pile; lots of things
going nicely. Checked-in for the Hamburg
Hackfest tomorrow - should be interesting.
Worked in the morning, bid 'bye to the parents; J. drove
home while I poked at calc internals a little - ESC call and chewed
mail in the afternoon.
Into Harrogate for Spring Harvest; not entirely convinced -
but spoiled by big (free) conferences like FOSDEM that are so well run
and scheduled. Some interesting content of course.
Poked mail; drove to Stockton to meet up with Joy, Chris &
their young ladies. Holywood Bowl, Pizza Hut, Pets At Home &
back to the parents'
Rather a rainy day, slugging in the afternoon; reading The Rise
and Fall of the Third Reich - fascinating.
Lunch; out to Sandra's for swimming & cake. Home tiredly,
feeling rather under the weather - fuzzy head & cold-ness.
Easter day - off to Jennyfields in Harrogate for
a lovely Gospel-centered family service. Home for a fine
roast lamb feast, out for a walk to the town castle,
up the steps, back to see R&A, watched The Sound
of Music together, bed.
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