QA continues, and I feel like I've done nothing else for
the past few weeks. Apart from a recent (rather
discouraging) mass filing of serious bugs, the count
does seem to be coming down - but damn, it's a long
tunnel and I can't really see the light at the end yet.
Fortunately, my general feeling is that several more people
are going through the list on a routine basis than before.
I've taken work on my own packages down to a fairly low
priority, which is why my one remaining nasty
bug is still unfixed. Sometimes it's scary how long it
can take to review a patch properly.
Ups and downs. Two people I like and respect have decided
to jump ship recently. I won't go into the details here, but
suffice to say they made me half-contemplate following them.
On the other hand, my pet project (wish I could link to it
...) is on the company strategy, and I do enjoy my work much
more than I used to - which in the current climate is not
something to be sniffed at.
I still turn green with envy at the people being paid to
hack on free software. :-)
"Ticking over" is about all I can say. I don't feel as if
anything particularly exciting has happened for ages, and I
can't feel motivated to do anything much about that either.
(That said, a local club that a lot of us go to is reopening
tomorrow, which always helps.) Maybe the fact that I have no
time is something to do with that. Sometimes I wish I was
committed to fewer free software things: it's rewarding, but
it really does chew up an enormous amount of time, and I
doubt it's doing my social life much good.
Oh yes - the importance of vacations. Many companies
insist that you take the time off that's allotted to you.
Should we strongly encourage people in volunteer projects to
take breaks? By the very nature of volunteering, people tend
to forget to stop occasionally, and it contributes to good
people burning out. For my part, I think I'll bring my
involvement down to a minimum for a month or two after woody
is released, just to unwind and relax.
I was reminded of an old flame recently. That
relationship has been definitely over for a long time, for
various reasons, but I still seem to love her. Bah. I should
really learn to be better at letting go - it would make
the inside of my head a much more comfortable place to be.
Mumble. Before that, though, I should stop rambling in
diary entries and get some sleep. 4am approaches ...