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Busy having too much fun to remember to write about. Recent work includes uploading new versions of bluez-sdp, epiphany-browser to Debian. I'm insanely obsessed with Dashboard. Splashing around with Mono is fun, I managed to find a test case for a race condition in the runtime the other day. It's nice that newbies like me can play.

7 Jul 2003 (updated 7 Jul 2003 at 11:39 UTC) »

A big update, for which I apologise...

O'Reilly Open Source Convention

I'll shortly be heading off to Portland for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. As an aid to myself and other attendees I've set up, together with Dave Beckett, a publicly logged and "chumped" IRC channel on irc.freenode.net, channel #oscon.

The chump bot produces a collaborative weblog from IRC chat. We used one of these for the WWW2003 community coverage site to great effect -- participants could share URLs and comments relevant to the talk in real time as with any chat, but the results are preserved in a web site.

It's my hope that anyone either finding or creating web pages relevant to OSCON goings-on will drop into the channel and add their URLs to the list. The site's also available for syndication via RSS.

I'm sure there will be many ways people will use web technology to cover the conference, and there's probably not going to be "one true" IRC channel. I offer this channel and service in the knowledge it'll be handy for me personally, and the more people who want to contribute, the better! More at oscon2003.xmlhack.com.

Dashboard, Mono, .NET, and PowerPC

Nat Friedman's Dashboard got me interested in finding out more about Mono and friends. I've reported my findings in full on this morning's weblog entries, but here's a brief summary: Mono is cool, but doesn't work on PowerPC Linux; it's easy to play with Dashboard, and I extended my Phone Manager GNOME applet to send Dashboard clues; shame I can't write .NET applications in Python.

GNOME Bluetooth

I got my GNOME CVS account over the weekend, and checked libbtctl in already. I'll be moving all of my GNOME bluetooth tools over there shortly.

To facilitate opening up development of these tools, I created the gnome-bluetooth mailing list.

7 Jul 2003 (updated 7 Jul 2003 at 11:40 UTC) »

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30 Jun 2003 (updated 30 Jun 2003 at 16:03 UTC) »

The time has come to put GNOME Bluetooth into the GNOME CVS. It's accumulating users now, and Red Hat are looking at packaging it. As a result, people want changes. I can't keep up with them, so it's time to get more folk involved. Besides, a lot of the code is quite crufty so I need the help of others to beat it into shape. Anyway, I sent off a request for a GNOME CVS account, so we'll see....

Packaged epiphany 0.7.1 for Debian unstable today. Happily, I was able to close 11 bugs with this upload. Epiphany's heading towards stability now, it's good to see.

Behind the Times -- I've finally bowed to pressure and started my own weblog. I had various places where I wrote before (I've had a weblog at O'ReillyNet since 2000), but none that I "owned." Despite my misgivings about the blogging world at large, weblogs have undeniably become a forum for getting your opinions and ideas heard. Various friends have reacted well to my new site, so I suppose for now I'm doing the right thing.

I'll try hard to continue posting stuff related to open source and hacking here, though. In that vein, a few words about setting up my weblog. I used Zope, which I use for all of the usefulinc.com site. There's a neat product called BlogFace, which takes content you already have stored and catalogued and puts a blog-like interface on top of it. That suits me down to the ground -- I don't want to get my content locked into only one system or presentation method. With a little hacking, BlogFace has proved very suitable indeed.

16 Jun 2003 (updated 16 Jun 2003 at 10:29 UTC) »

Here at GUADEC until Wednesday morning.

Last week I made a nifty hack for sending email into my ZWiki installation. I often find myself writing email with ideas I want to preserve, or point other people to at a later date, and unfortunately you can't rely on mailing list archives, they tend to come and go.

You can find the hack here: EmailToZWiki. I used the 'log' field of ZWiki to put the first 150 or so characters of the mail -- this can then be extracted via an RSS feed, like this one from my wiki. (Googling for 'RSS and ZWiki' yields reasonable results for adding RSS to ZWiki, as long as you figure out you need to Catalog-enable your ZWiki.)

I used WebDAV to get the content into my ZWiki. You need to have a trivial PUT_handler in your ZWiki to make it set the type of new documents properly. Again, Google is your friend here.

One day, it'll be simpler :)

Released version 0.5 of The Daily Chump IRC bot. This is a bot that produces a collaborative weblog site from IRC input. The major change for this version is that the bot understands UTF-8 input from IRC.

Got my GU4DEC slides done. I'll be showing a lot of Bluetooth demos, which I sincerely hope go well :)

Late night hacking and long term feelings of guilt led to the release of version 0.5 of FOAFbot. FOAFbot's an IRC bot that acts as a community support agent, helping people to get to know one another through information they provide in their FOAF files.

It can also do some nifty stuff like find codepictions and read the RSS output from chump bots.

The brief story on this is that I last made a release of this software in August 2002, but it had become very slow due to lack of native support for context tracking in Redland, dajobe's RDF framework. Dave has done great work in implementing contexts since, and so I have been able to revive the code, simplify it considerably and make it a going concern once more.

Released another version of my prototype GNOME Bluetooth Subsystem. Implemented Bluetooth file push (OBEX PUSH) and a gnome-vfs plugin for discovered devices. You can now send a file to your phone, PDA, whatever, by dragging and dropping in Nautilus. I wanted this feature complete before I show off the work next week at GU4DEC.

New Epiphany release, 0.7.0. After a little bit of tweaking uploaded it to Debian sid.

Played a bit with SMan (warning, weird frame script on that page, to find SMan go to the 'Droll Software' link on the left first). It's a nice set of hacks for the P800 phone.

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