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Boston:
Finally, I arrived after a 12 hour's trip ... to be more precisely, my baggage didn't. It's stuck in Philadelphia, where I almost missed my connection flight to Boston -- sucks!
Leon told me, that my baggage finally arrived in Boston today.
The summit's been great so far, lots of old friends meeting again; I'm especially happy seeing harshy again. I almost forced him, to go to Boston *g*.
Currently, I'm listening to the iFolder/Simias talk. Looks more promising than I thought. I definitely have to check it out some time. The Beagle talk should be also quite interesting.
I still don't know what I'm going to do in the evening. There'll be the Informal Ubuntu Party at Mako's place.
I'll put some photos online soon...
Back again to do some GNOMEing
Looks like, not much has happened while I was studying (I might be wrong, because I haven't been on IRC lately...). There's just now a pile of things to do regarding GNOME in Germany. Over the last few weeks I gathered some ideas what might be interesting for our guys and how they might get involved more easily.
But first things first...we have to find a new treasurer first, since Kay-Uwe doesn't have time anymore. Julius already told me, that he wants to do the job. So best thing is, to ask him again and announce it, if nobody else wants to jump in.
The other problem we're still facing is that there still is no bank account available for the e.V. Germany (and it looks like especially banks) are THE bureaucratic area. Murray found out, that we still have to go to the notary and change the names, since the persons on the board also have changed. So, I'm asking, do we always have to do that? What a waste of time and money! I'm quite pissed. Now, I somehow have to solve this matter, not very amusing.
But there are also other things which are worrying me a bit: it seems like HP isn't able to hold their (should I say) promise. It looked very good, back at LinuxTag when we spoke with them. They wanted to provide some HP laptops for fairs, so that we can show them at out booth. Those laptops are running Ubuntu. In the end it would have been good for both of us. Unfortunately, HP is a very big company and little things are a very big problem. As for now, we're on our own again, which is a bit sad, but we can manage. The e.V. is still young and there's lots of potential. Some of our guys are doing a great job, others don't care too much about it. That's usual...
The next big event is System in Munich. I hope I can be there for at least 2 days. Murray does a good job, he tries to solve things the easy way. I'm quite grateful. After System the LWE is the next big thing and personally I hope, that we'll have most of our guys there. Finally, we gonna have our general meeting there. Lots of things have to be done, I already mentioned some of them...

Boston Summit
I'm glad that I finally found a place to stay. Leon and Laura are kind to let me stay at their house. Initially, I wanted to stay at Luis place, but he won't be able to host anyone; at least I heard that.
I'm also planning to go to New York for two or three days. I wanted to do that two years ago, but didn't have time for the trip. I'm quite happy that the ride will only cost 10$ or 15$. That's really cheap. I'll try to stay at the youth hostel, finally my youth hostel card will pay off again. :-)

Writing articles
Currently, I'm working on a GNOME 2.12 article for LinuxUser. I'm going to finish it today. It already looks quite good: four or five pages about GNOME goodies for the masses. It always takes me quite some time to start writing it, but then, it's sometimes just a matter of minutes to finish a chapter. I also hope that our guys will finally start writing one of those articles. I have to ask them again. It'll work out...somehow.
Boston Summit
Just booked my flight for Boston Summit today. It's quite cheap, but I hope that I can get some money back from GNOME Foundation.

Home again
I'm in Munich again for about one week. After that I will have to learn for university. The test will be in mid-September which will give me about 6 weeks; should be enough, hopefully. Murray and I will meet up in Munich tomorrow. There's lots of things which have to be discussed about GNOME Deutschland e.V..

GNOME2.11/Ubuntu
Ubuntu (Breezy) is still broken regarding X. I really hope that someone will fix it soon. Otherwise, GNOME 2.11/2.12 looks promising. It's been running without any crashes (err, some random crashes *g*) since its early developer versions. I really like quality software.

Long time no blogging. I'm lazy, everybody knows. Besides, blogging takes lots of time, first because I have to think of something I want to write down. The second thing is, that my English could be better *g* Well, right now, there's not much to think about it, because there's so much to talk about what has happened the last 2 months. First, there's GUADEC which was a huuuuuuge success. I was quite worried the days before GUADEC, because communication could have been better (we're working on it). In the end our local helpers did a great job in making GUADEC rock! Thanks to all of them. I really love you :-) GUADEC was quite busy, I was mostly on my feets heading from one to another room. I wanted to make sure, that everything was in place. I met new people and this paid off; I'm quite happy...Everyone seemed to be happy. That's good... I volunteered to help out for next year's GUADEC again. It's been hard work, but enjoyable. I just want to make sure, that we'll do better in some areas.

I'm also very happy seeing that GNOME Deutschland e.V. is finally working. Our guys seem to be very excited about it. I think they've finally seen, what we're trying to do and that it will be for their own good :-) Currently, we're trying to get new sponsors like HP or Nokia (and others). The organisation of events has been much improved, mainly because of our superb wiki and our open mailinglists. Daniel Nümm is doing a great job designing logo's for CD's T-Shirts, etc. With the help of Andreas Müller we're now able to provide unique GNOME (Live)CD's for each event (and even more). Julius Bloch has done a nice job organizing LinuxTag. Murray also did a great job in motivating our guys. Thanks to all of you!

The next bigger shows will be Systems in Munich and LWE in Frankfurt. I hope that we'll again have lots of Ubuntu CD's and our own GNOPPIX ones. With the help of Mako Hill and Andreas Müller, this should be possible. We even might have our own unique Poloshirts; Andreas and I are on this. It'll work out :-) Maybe we'll already have our new HP laptops there, who knows. Anyway, I think we're well organized now, though we can do better in some areas. That's not bad, with the help of our members this can be solved.

Let's rock!

OK...as promised, I took some photos:

Looking out of my window in the morning

I like that :-)

...snow...finally (pictures coming soon)!

Originally, I wanted to post this as a diary entry. I just didn't pay attention. Advogato is so bad usability-wise...I feel quite bad now... :-(

Vacation

I'm going on vacation today. My suitecase isn't packed yet but it'll soon.

Have a nice time! See you in 15 days.
14 days without blogging...

I am just lazy and I really have so much time at the moment. Enough said..

Vacation

As I already said, I'll be on vacation soon which makes me happy. It's so cold/boring here and the best thing is to get away :-)
At the time I'm writing this (11.00 in the morning) it's 27C hot where I'm going to. Compared to 12C in Munich this sounds much better.

Job/Studies

Two days ago I filed an application for studying to the "Technische Uni" Dresden. I'm quite late because the application deadline ends today. Hopefully, I'm lucky; those universities in Munich have really become stupid (they reject you just because they think that you won't be successful at all -- bad days!).
If Dresden won't work out, I'll either try to work in the US or somewhere here in Germany. I'm really low on money and a company for which I was working for, still owes me a lot!

LWE

I try to be there...

Visited Countries

It seems to be quite common, to post a map of visited countries. Voila, for your viewing pleasure:

World Map

In exactly 18 days I'll be in Turkey again, although, I've been there 6 weeks ago. I just like the country... :-)

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