Hey, wow! I'm rather surprised by the welcome with which I was greeted! Where do I start?
Thanks, hub for giving a "shout out" in your diary, that was really cool! Thanks for the certs, everyone, though I don't feel I deserve them! Let me go on to explain, after these BR from your local station.
You see, I probably should have mentioned this in my first entry, but there are two of me. Two Ryan Pavliks, both curiously involved in open-source. Both with open source and computer things on the first page of google. I even share some of his mannerisms, to the degree I wondered if I really wrote that email to the bug-ncurses list without even knowing it. It's rather spooky.
However, it would appear that my friend and partner de nom, Ryan, is a bit more accomplished than I am. I have nothing to do with Ruby, first of all. I didn't even know what it was besides "a package in Red Hat 7.1" and "that thing the other guy with my name contributes to or uses" until my friend prompted me to research it. I believe my friend may have submitted a kernel patch at one time, I never have. He's "ogmo" on freshmeat, with the project "Quickey".
I, on the other hand, am a goodly percentage newbie, still. I like to think I catch on to things quickly, but I still run Windows, so not that quickly. :) My only open source contributions have been to Abiword and GNOME Office, as far as I can remember. I do have the #1 Google hit for my name, though ;)
So as I was saying, I appreciate the certifications given to me by members here. Some of them I know from their user name or page. Some I have a sneaking suspicion I know. Others, I'm afraid, mistook me for my more well-traveled counterpart. I don't really know if you can "take back" certs on this site, but I would not be in the least offended if those who may have been mistaken would do so. I still feel rather sheepish about joining this site to begin with.
In any case, I'm writing far too much. From now on, I'm likely to post a weekly status update or whenever something spectacular happens (Aptiva1 stops being cursed, my tube amp DSP for Winamp runs in XMMS). Thanks for reading! Later, friends!
(PS: uwog, I read your 25 April entry, I know what you mean. Thank you. I'm sticking around. )
Just signed up for this Advogato account a few minutes ago, because I wanted a place where I could post my Open Source diary without cluttering up my already cluttered AbiWord open source page (linked to in my info). I had tried a Xanga blog, but the place is overridden with too many angsty teen emotions, and in general just is the wrong audience. I feel kind of sheepish signing up here, since I don't know if I, dunno, deserve to be here, but it seemed to be the right place, so it's worth a shot, I guess.
That's about it, for now. Did a lot of QA stuff on Abi last night, reported over 15 bugs (only 2 were dupes!), did some confirming of bugs. I hope CharlesGoodwin finds some time to upload my stop-gap measure web site for GNOME Office, I'd like it to be useful in some way... I'll probably find more time tonight for more QA, and maybe KJD will be able to help me with the win RC2 files for my icons!
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