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Wed 2010/Feb/17

  • By the end of January, I started to feel an annoying pain in my right hand, starting somewhere in the thumb and moving through the wrist on to the arm. Pain was mild, but enough to scare me, so I made a visit to the doctor (when I finally discovered that terveysasema was the word I was looking for).

    The doctor at the Finnish health center diagnosed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Something that I didn't really believe in the first place, since she didn't run any specific tests and just checked the inflammation and my story. Also, it is known that CTS is usually misdiagnosed to people with this type of pain and coming from the IT industry.

    Later, I made a new visit to the doctor while I was in A Coruña, who after performing a few basic tests came to the conclusion that it wasn't CTS at all, but some sort of Repetitive Stress Injury. A couple of weeks in a sick leave, away from the keyboard, the phone, and guitar, and I should be fine.

    These weeks were pretty frustrating on the one hand [1], but on the other hand gave me some time I needed for some tasks more related to my personal life, so in the end it wasn't so bad.

    Now pain is mostly gone, and I've changed the way I type to something less stressful. I still need to get used to this and get back to speed with my work.

    [1] no pun intended.

  • FOSDEM was really cool. It was a good motivation to stay away from the laptop for several days and allow the hand to rest. Talks were as cool as one can imagine, I met many of the good old friends and made a few new ones. But anyway, isn't that the usual thing at conferences?

    I guess it's better, as usual, to let the pictures speak.


  • It's been an unusually snowy winter in southern Finland. As a proof of the spring coming soonish, it's already possible to see bicycles starting to bloom in the snow fields:

    That much snow

Syndicated 2010-02-17 18:26:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Wed 2010/Jan/20

  • After spending the first week of February in A Coruña, for Igalia's 1st Assembly Meeting of the year, I'll bounce to Brussels to attend FOSDEM. Igalia was kind enough to sponsor me this year even when I plan to just attend the talks and catch up with the people.

    I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

    On a related note, I noticed a bit too late that Pat Metheny will be playing in Brussels one day after I leave the city. It's a pity I didn't notice earlier, since he is touring Europe but won't visit Helsinki.

  • During the weekend, I finally met Xan after his trip to A Coruña for the WebkitGTK+ hackfest. This means that I finally received my christmas gift from Igalia: a shinny N900.

    The nicest part of this present is that it doesn't come in a top-down manner as in most companies, but from the Assembly members. Meaning, we all decided if we wanted to give ourselves a present and what.

  • mafw-lastfm is doing quite well. Even when the project is still in extras-devel only, the userbase seems to be growing. I received some patches and ideas from Felipe Contreras, and I think that a simple gobject based library for scrobbling will come out of this.

    It's also nice to see that some of the users went ahead and created a last.fm group.

Syndicated 2010-01-20 17:31:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Sat 2010/Jan/02

Syndicated 2010-01-02 10:38:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2009/Dec/29

  • Last night, around 3am, while I was still awake, the fire alarm in the building got activated. I was already thinking it had to be a false positive (it happened once at least since I live here), but anyway quickly grabbed my jacket and phone, in order to evacuate the place. When I was reaching the third floor, the smoke made evident that it was not a false positive: something was on fire, and it was downstairs.

    The feeling of knowing that you are in an upper floor of the place where something (that you can't really see) is on fire, is a bit scary, so to say. Anyway, when I was reaching the first floor I noticed that the fire was coming from inside the store located in a big portion of the floor (Tarjoustalo, for the finns reading this). Something was on fire inside, and luckily at a good distance of the gate I was using, so I had no problem to leave the place, call 112, and wait for the firemen and police to appear.

    A few hours later, the fire was controlled. I read this morning in Helsingin Sanomat that the fire was extinguished by the fire sprinklers in the store, and most of the damage was caused by the smoke and water accumulated. For me, only a good fright, a bit of smoke inside the flat, and a couple of hours waiting outside in the cold. Next time, I will grab the scarf and gloves, even if I think it's a false positive.

    Fire in Tarjoustalo

Syndicated 2009-12-29 21:32:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2009/Dec/22

  • If you've had the chance to play already with a N900, you've probably noticed that you can typeahead your contacts' names in the Phone application, in order to filter them and find the person you're looking for quickly. Similarly, the media player will allow you to filter the list of artists/albums/songs/etc. by simply typing the first letters of the media you're looking for. This is probably one of the most praised features of these two applications, specially in times when contact lists grow up to several hundreds of people and dumping your media collection inside the phone takes no effort.

    This feature, known as live search, used to live inside these two applications, each with a different implementation. Third party maemo developers wanting to have a similar feature would have needed to cook it themselves inside their applications. Clearly, a waste of effort.

    But luckily, that's not the case anymore. I spent a big part of the last two months (when not in holidays nor flying from and to A Coruña) working in a consolidation of the live search widget originally written by the good old Jörgen and later rewritten by Xavier, part of the osso-abook library. With the blessing of Nokia, I took it and removed all the osso-abook dependant bits and made it as generic as possible, in order to allow its usage in any application using a GtkTreeView and a GtkTreeModelFilter. This widget, now LGPL and named HildonLiveSearch, landed in hildon's master around a month ago. Better yet, I also took HildonLiveSearch and made it a feature of HildonTouchSelector, the hildon widget for pannable lists that you can see in most of the N900 applications. This already landed in the stable branch of hildon and I'm confident that Nokia will release it at some point with an update of the phone's software (don't ask me when, though). Rumor has it, this is already a feature in one of the latest releases of Hildon Application Manager.

    HildonLiveSearch in a HildonTouchSelector

    For developers interested: if you use a HildonTouchSelector, don't worry, you'll have live search for free in your application. If you just use GtkTreeView, have a look at the HildonLiveSearch widget implementation and its simple example, as well as the HildonTouchSelector implementation for a more complete example. Of course, you can imagine that the changes to make it work inside HildonTouchSelector are quite invasive, so I'd please ask you to grab hildon's code from the repository, build packages, smoke test it in your application, and file bugs if you find any. This way, we minimize the possibility for regressions by the time this hits the public. Shall you have any concern or question, don't hesitate to contact us in the hildon-devel mailing list.

    Let this be my christmas present to the world for this year. Special thanks to Xavier, who was of great help during the push of the live search into hildon.

Syndicated 2009-12-22 16:15:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Mon 2009/Nov/30

  • El árbol que tú olvidaste
    siempre se acuerda de ti
    y le pregunta a la noche
    si serás o no feliz

    El arroyo me ha contado
    que el árbol suele decir:
    Quien se aleja junta quejas
    en vez de quedarse aquí

    Al que se va por el mundo
    suele sucederle así,
    que el corazón va con uno
    y uno tiene que sufrir
    Y el árbol que tú olvidaste
    siempre se acuerda de ti

    Arbolito de mi tierra
    yo te quisiera decir
    que lo que a muchos les pasa
    también me ha pasado a mí

    No quiero que me lo digan
    pero lo tengo que oír:
    Quien se aleja junta quejas
    en vez de quedarse aquí

    Atahualpa YupanquiEl Árbol Que tú Olvidaste

    One year and counting.

Syndicated 2009-11-30 18:08:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2009/Nov/17

  • Maemo Summit '09 gave me the chance to visit Amsterdam for the second time. A city I love and can't get enough of it.

    near amsterdam centraal station

    All photos of Amsterdam, in its flickr set.

  • Also, Berto and I took a couple of days of holidays after the summit. We visited Den Haag (flickr set):

    Den Haag HS

    Delft (flickr set):


    and last but no least, Rotterdam (flickr set):

    Rotterdam Centraal

  • Of course, I also made some pictures during the summit. Not all of these are so great as this one, though:

    Maemo Summit Postcard

Syndicated 2009-11-16 22:24:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Wed 2009/Nov/04

Syndicated 2009-11-04 12:59:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2009/Nov/03

  • Arrived in Helsinki yesterday evening after a rocking Igalia Summit near Padrón in Galicia. Unfortunately, my luggage didn't make it with me.

    This is the third time in a row that my luggage doesn't make it with me (same happened when I came back in August after spending two months in A Coruña and on my trip to Amsterdam for the Maemo Summit in October). Downside is not having things I need with me, positive side is that it's comfortable to get your luggage delivered to you instead of having to carry it all the way from the airport. Of course it would be nice if this would be predictable, in order to have the important stuff in the hand luggage instead.

    Hopefully, it will arrive safely as it did the other two times.

Syndicated 2009-11-03 12:47:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

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