Monthly Archives: October 2013

GUADEC videos

Interns lightning talks by Ana Rey, CC-by-SA 2.0The GUADEC videos had been put up a little while back on SuperLectures, where they will be available at least until next year. As a more permanent solution, the videos are also available on (incidentally, this also means that we’ve run out of space on our backup machine).

If anyone is interested in creating a pretty website, which is, for downloading the videos, they should come forward as I hope we will have more videos to add next year.

Also, I found out this year that there were no videos from the Desktop Summit 2011 (Berlin) because, after the network failure, the USB hard disk impromptu backup solution did not work as the camaras produced data too fast and the recordings were jittery.

Writing about Mallard

Google Doc Camp 2013This week, some of the Documentation Team are visiting Google in Mountain View to write a book about starting with Mallard. The sprint is being facilitated by Adam Hyde and Allen Gunn, who have organised book sprints before. The aim is for a small team to produce a book in three days. What makes this sprint more interesting is that two other teams are working alongside us to produce introductions to OpenMRS and BRL-CAD development. We have also been joined by the very enthusiastic Amanda French and Heidi Waterhouse.

Our first day was spent getting to know the other teams, sharing our project with them and pinning down the table of contents. In the evening, Amanda and Heidi started setting up a working environment for using Yelp. It has been very useful to see how our tools are presented by the Internet at large to potential users. For the most part, the available information is accurate, although some details needed to be clarified, which we will do in the book.

We are now half way through our second day and the first version is almost complete. Tomorrow we will be refining the existing content and expanding the book where necessary.

Chromebook Pixel plugs

20131014_001If you happen to have a Chromebook Pixel which was bought in the US and you would like to have a BS 1363 plug, then you either have to shell out around £50 for a new charger… or you can sit down for lunch next to Dan, one of the awesome engineers who works on the hardware and has a whole bunch of them lying around his office. Thanks for the new plugs!

It was also good to know that the loose power connector is a known problem and one of Dan’s colleagues is working on getting it fixed for Chromebook Pixel version 2.0.