Noticed that Channel 4′s on demand service 4oD is now advertising mac compatibility. So I gave it a shot on Ubuntu Jaunty (with the full fat dirty evil flash 10). Ladies and gents, it looks like 4 on demand now works on Linux too, shame they didnt advertise that on the tele.
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Having recently taken some books home, I find myself with “On Language” as the nearest book for the great book meme (Rob, a few metres to my rear, ended up with something much cooler).
In the same way, if somone speaks a collection of dialects, you will only discover a great confusion if you do not separate the elements of which this ensemble is composed.
Want to join?
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open it to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
After a long talk with a friend, I felt the need to dig out an old quote that I’m particularly fond of. For my own future reference:
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.” — Agent Smith
Lots of cool things going on. I’ve been name dropped by bkor and jcastro. A few weeks back I went in to York and met pvanhoof, learning much about Belgian politics The following Monday I met robtaylor. We talked about Git, libgitcore, wizbit and Conduit. A few days after that sabdfl called me! He tells me a lot of people have been talking about the Bazaar mirror of GNOME that i set up (bzr-mirror.gnome.org) and he wanted to talk about it.
Woot for meeting new people, and some of my heroes to boot, within GNOME and Ubuntu
It’s been far too long since I last blogged. I’d always think of what I wanted to say when I couldn’t get to my blog, and then forget. Bah. So here is a catchup post.
Upgrades. I moved servers! Everything has been moved over to a dedicated server from RapidSwitch. After 1 year of excellent service, my VPS will soon get switched off for good. I’m still a big fan of RimuHosting, but I needed a bit more power (OK, I needed lots more power..). Isotoma use RapidSwitch a lot, and we get an excellent service from them so I figured i’d try them out. I now have 2.2Ghz Core2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive and 4,000GB traffic. Really pleased with it so far.
WordPress also got upgraded, and i’m really loving the new control panel. Good work guys!
BuildBot. I’ve joined the Build Brigade on their quest to bring continuous integration to GNOME. My own efforts can be found here. The current solution needs to open up a port for each project, and we are trying to get it down to a single shared connection for all projects. When this is working I hope to set up continuous integration of the Debian/Ubuntu GNOME packages too.
I’m hopeful we can bring the same solution to the KDE and XFCE teams too.
Summer of Code. I will be mentoring 2 students for GNOME in this years summer of code:
- John will be implementing SyncML support in Conduit. His deliverables include python bindings of libsyncml, conduit support of SyncML clients and servers, simplified discovery and configuration of those devices and a demo of sync between EDS and a SyncML device.
- Alexandre will be implementing full support for the iPod in Conduit, and also improving integration with Rhythmbox. His deliverables include improved media transcoding, using GStreamer were possible, full dataproviders for audio and video support and work to provide a smooth, rounded “plugin and sync” experience for the user.
This is my first time mentoring in the summer of code, and i’m really looking forward to it.
Hardy. GNOME 2.22. I’ve just upgraded my work machine to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, after running the alphas since nearly the beginning on my main development laptop. Very pleased with both so far. The upgrade on my laptop was smoother as it has Intel graphics.
Conduit. We are proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.24. Exciting times. It seems clear so far that the biggest problem we have in acceptance will be a UI that really “works”. I’ve become quite fond of our current UI, but new users just can’t understand it at all. Anyone got any suggestions?
Just sorted out my facebook a little. Added applications for the websites that I actually use – stumble, twitter, my blog, pandora and delicious. Blog posts here automatically get poked over to facebook. Twitter updates change my facebook status. Stumble and delicious links show up on my profile and in my feeds. And you can see what i’m listening to on Pandora.
It’s all very nice.
I’m still not very comfortable with trusting companies with my data, but for now my geeky curiosity seems to have decided to risk it. Oh dear. At least i’m not hemorrhaging personal information like some people… You know, if you google hard enough you can /really/ find military secrets that have seeped out onto the public internet thanks to some careless contractor!
This blog was feeling pretty tired so I’ve upgraded to the latest release. Won’t go into the details but it was insanely easy and I’ve been able to drop the external tags plugin. Still crave a good tag cloud though.