Archive for July, 2005

When you walk the line, don’t look down.

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

GNOME

Well OSCON is almost upon us and I’ve been gearing up for it. At this point pretty much all the logistical stuff is done and I’m just trying to get something to show off. After many days of frustrated attempts to make little videos to show off features of GNOME I finally got vnc2swf to work on breezy. I just have to do the demos now.

My frustratino was only compounded by the fact that my internet access was very spotty but now I find that my upload speed is equal to my download speed! Woo!

I’ve been trying to recruit my brother into using GNOME or to use his skills as a professional designer at an auto firm somehow. He came through for me by helping with a poster. Getting some feedback on the poster would be great! Check them out:

GNOME Poster 2
GNOME Poster 6
GNOME Poster 7
GNOME Poster 11

Other than that been pretty busy with personal stuff. This weekend, we hope to complete the painting of the house. We only have to do the trim and do some touch up but getting an early start should help finish everything up.

The place I worked out, 24 hour fitness had a bunch of news people buzzing around there. Turns out that someone there got arrested for child molestation of some 8 year old in the day care center. Not sure who the hell would try (or even want to) in front of all those kids. No doubt, they are going to have to be more careful who they hire.

Some kid died in southern oregon somewhere on some camping trip. Strangel enough when I found out it was some Ukrainian youth trip I seemed to remember that the guy who did our wooden flooring was talking about setting up some camping trip down south and I thought it was in august but not sure.

GNOME Journal released!

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Ladies and Gentleman, the new issue of GNOME Journal released and on time and on schedule. :-) Lots of nice stuff, so please read it and send feedback to the team. Browse to http://www.gnomejournal.org/

We are still looking for new columnists who have a passion for writing and are interested in helping out. We will work with anyone!

sri

hail to the brits!

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Just wanted to post and relay my sympathies to those who may have been affected by the London bombing. It’s clearly a crime to escalate tensions and force the country to do something stupid. But it’s just great how wonderful the Brits have weathered this. We all have to move on and we can’t worry about these sort of things. While I could go on a nice rant I’ve decided not to and spare everyone!

GNOME Journal has gotten itself some new editors to help out Jim out since he recently got hired after graduation and has been busy with life. John Williams and Laurie Vandine (Ken Vandine’s wife of Foresight Linux fame) are continuing to edit for us. We should get a better turn around time. Hopefully, we will also provide faster feedback to those who have turned in articles and were wondering what happened to them.

For those of you who are thinking of writing articles, we are more than willing to meet you half way when it comes to writing them. Especially authors who are interested in writing something they are enthusiastic about; we are happy to help write it for you! Provide us with an outline and make yourself available for questions and we can help.

If you are interested in writing or want to get familiar with what GNOME has to offer, GNOME Journal is a great way of getting your feet wet and meet people

Fourth of July was fun, but very busy. Spent most of my four day vacation painting our house. Our house is a beige colour with a green trim. The colour is more of a greenish gray with a white trim. Overall it looks pretty cool. I learned how to use a spray painter. The worst thing about these spray painters are the fact that it takes over an hour for me to clean them and it’s messy. We only have to finish the trim and then we’ll be done painting. Then we move on to doing a walkway in the backyard with pavers and sand. Not sure how thats going to work out since I”ve never done such a thing before.

Weather has turned to shit. I haven’t been able to cycle to work like I planned this summer. Neither have I’ve been able to go on hikes. It’s become too cold and rainy. Unusual for Portland weather in July. Today it was 59F!

We have about 6 weeks left before we go to India. That should be fun. I need to buy my tripod in order to get pictures. I also need to buy antoher 1 G flash card. Hopefully that will be soon. Finally, there is a party to plan as well.

With all my social and house plans I have been unable to actually concentrate on doing any coding or commit to anything significant.

First week of August is OSCON and I will be having a GNOME booth for the 3rd year in a row. I need to make sure all my materials show up so that we can have a kick ass booth this year. Specifically, getting t-shirts and live cds will be important. One idea is to have that included in the conference packet if possible. Something to follow up on. OSCON is a cool conference with lots of government and company participation. The difference is that technical folks come and not a slew of marketing types unlike other conferences. It’s a fun conference and I’ve enjoyed being there and schmoozing with everyone.