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Judas Nokia makes darn good phones, but I'm not sure they know how to do testing on things as complex as a JVM or an emulator. But, if you want to do cool stuff on a phone, you ought to check out the Danger hiptop. Looks like it should be able to do a lot more from the cool stuff perspective, and I'll wager on data rates for it being a lot more reasonable than on typical cell phones.

davidr What about companies who, instead of releasing specs for their products, release drivers in binary-only form? BTW, which products does Logitech not release specs for? Their mice seem to work just fine for me.

As long as we're all thinking and talking about certifications and trusts, I thought I'd share some of mine. :)

One of the big things that I think lots of folks miss out here is the dedication part of certifications. The dedication part can change, and when it does, the level you certify someone at can change. I think I'll go with a hypothetical example, since it's easier to make fit. Let's say that Joe was one of three people who were the leaders of an important software project. They each had areas where they helped contributors, and wrote lots of code themselves. They were working lots of hours on their software, and getting folks involved. I come along, and start dinking around with this software, asking questions, and come to know Joe, and that he's really pushing this project along. Since it's an important project, and I'm pretty familiar with Joe after a while, I certify him on Advogato as a free software "Master". Some time passes, and Joe decides that he's not going to work on that project anymore. Perhaps he takes a new job which doesn't permit him the time to work on free software, so he's only contributing in smaller ways now. Joe puts this sort of stuff into his advogato diary, and it's clear that he's not putting the same kind of time into free software as he was. Joe may still be just as competent a free software hacker as he was, but since he's not pushing an important project along, I decide that he's fufilling a role as a free software "Journeyer" now, and change his certification to represent this. This is the right thing to do if Advogato isn't a popularity contest, since it represents the role that Joe is playing at the moment. Joe won't be offended, he's just doing something else now. I know of quite a few people who have change how much they work on free software, but not many of them have ever had time for advogato.

So, as for the rankings... It seems to me that there is some inflation of the certifications, but I'm not sure where it comes from. Perhaps it's just based on people not thinking hard enough about how they certify someone. In my mind, "Master" is a pretty exclusive group. It's for somebody who's not only the driving force behind a free software project, but is the driving force behind a big one. So, Alan pushes along a big part of the kernel, and David Merril pushes along the LDP pretty well. They're both clearly "Masters" in my book, since both the kernel and the LDP seem to be large important projects to me.

I want to write some more on Journeyer, and perhaps Apprentice, but I'm tired, so it will wait until later.

Spelling! :)

From: Chris Byrne <chris@chrisbyrne.com> Subject: RE: [geeks] aw yeah. Date: 26 Apr 2002 02:01:15 +0100

I live in Ireland now. My spell checker does that sort of thing ;-)

Chris Byrne

> -----Original Message----- > From: geeks-admin@sunhelp.org [mailto:geeks-admin@sunhelp.org]On Behalf > Of Gregory Leblanc

> > the town. He testified for the defence in the Texas case. > > Defeat of de cat went over defence before detail? (sorry, just poking > fun!) > Greg

ringbark: I see pmcgovern as having been certified by several more people than himself as master, but I don't immediately see how he's certified as master. I don't worry about it too much, because there are simply some things about advogato that are 'magic'.

wiki is clearly one of these weird "free software hacker" terms. It seems very bizzare to me, any time I see it. Eventually, it may even bother me enough to figure out where that reference comes from.

Alive without breath
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail, ever clinking.

I finished the bonsai section of my Webtools Howto today. It's in need of some more editing, both for content, and general gramar/markup issues. I'm very pleased to have gotten it done, and I think it's a lot better than the old docs.
I also fired off my mail to the gnome-sysadmin team that I'm ready to proced with the LXR and bonsai upgrades on cvs.gnome.org. I think I've got it planned out pretty well, although I'm going to see if I can't talk jdub or pzb into being "on hand" for assistance, in case I've forgotten something, or get stuck.


I certified pzb just a minute ago, as I didn't know he had an account before this. I also changed the level at which I've certified Telsa and jdub, as they are clearly contributing enough to be journeyers. Telsa may not believe that, but it IS true. drake just signed up today, and he's writing the GDP XSL stylesheets, so journeyer for now.


I didn't get out for a bike ride today, but I'll get there tomorrow. I need to make some long pants so that I can go biking, as it's simply too cold to go without them. My parents got some great A.M.C. (Applachian Mountain Club) poly-pro long sleeve shirts when they went backpacking for their Anniversery. They're GREAT shirts, they do a nice job wicking moisture away, keep you relatively warm, and let you breathe. Much MUCH MUCH more comfortable than any other brand that I've ever found. Amazing. I think I'll stop at the store and price leg warmers while I'm out tomorrow. I've got a rear fender hooked up nicely, but my bike doesn't have the clearance for a front fender (darn), so I'll just have to make due. I don't think it will matter that much, although I'd like to get some fenders on my fixed gear bike too.
I found this GREAT site tonight, from one of the bike mailing lists. http://www.ultracycling.com/ This is just the sort of biking that I want to get into doing, and it's got some good information on keeping healthy. I'm only doing about 60 miles on my long rides right now, but I think I can move that up fairly quickly, with a little bit of work. WAY past my bedtime now, so I'll hit the hay.

This is actually from 23 Oct 2001, I just forgot to post it.

I read through that Linux Certification article I mentioned yesterday. Pretty interesting to me, since I'm looking into getting some certs. The CompTIA Linux+ looks to be about on the same level as the last CompTIA exam I took. I'm A+ certified, and that exam was trivially easy. I might just go down and take the Linux+ exam next week, since I won't have to study for it (other than to edit a file with vi again, I haven't done that for a couple of months). I haven't finished reviewing the LPI and SAIR ones, but I think that the LPI one will certainly be on my list of things to get. I didn't realize that the RHCE was such a broad exam, or I'd have looked at it a lot sooner. That one is definately on my list, but I think I'll have to make sure I'm prepared first.

Tomas Ogren is helping me to get "push-sync" set up for ftp.gnome.org. This will mean that it gets updated immediately whenever somebody puts a new release on master.gnome.org, and we won't have so much trouble with things being out of date. The old setup is much too slow.
We got the "install-module" mess cleaned up there, but no further. install-module is the script that manages the ftp site, making symlinks, diffs, and that sort of thing. It's very slick, but we had a few dozen copies of it running around. Now, just 1 real copy is left, making things much simpler. Now we only have to keep track of a single copy, and can set up that single copy to "trigger" the sync. Hopefully we'll get this going to several machines soon, so that ftp.gnome.org is a RR DNS.

We've got to get new DocBook tools on the gnome.org webserver, but I haven't got time to do all of the research required for this. Darn. I sent out mail asking for volunteers to work on this, hopefully I'll get some replies.

I spent some time with drake this evening, trying to customize Norm's stylesheets a little bit. I think we figured out how things were getting called, but we don't have any clue how to customize it. Drake is going to email docbook-apps, and I'm going to read the replies. :-) I just found out that there's some XSL information in TDG, so I'm going to try to read that tonight.

"Simplicty does not precede complexity, but follows it."
Great quote.


I'm hacking on spec file today, and making some progress. I got a bunch of the needed cleanup done on the gnome-vfs one, although it's going to need a bit more hacking/cleaning. I'm working on gnome-applets.spec.in right now, and it's requireing a complete re-write (almost). Ick. At least I know where some of the problems were coming from before. the %configure macro is convient, but broken. Ah, well, what can ya do?
I'm also playing with Jonathan's doc-i18n-tool, because nobody else seems to be able to be bothered. I've got enough stuff on my plate, but this is too important to let slide. Well, playing with is a bit of a stretch. I downloaded it, tried it out a bit, got on #i18n, and started nagging people. :-) They're playing with it right now, and I'm getting tired and ready for bed. OK, email sent with some issues.

Here's a Tech Republic article on linux certs that I'm going to read in the morning (well, later in the morning). Enjoy http://click.online.com/Click?q=9c-xtXpQanxk_islEk2c9B3tOiR

OK, so I'm a complete moron. It's 12:50am on Saturday, which means that I leave for a group bike ride in 7.5 hours. I found my bicycle computer, and my bikes on the bus pass, which means that I can actually get to my ride. I also managed to swap the front tire on my bike twice tonight. I swapped first for a "spare" kevlar with a wire bead that I had around (it was giving me flats on the back, but I've determined that I need a steel-belted tire on the back to avoid that). As it turns out, that tire has "high" sidewalls, and was rubbing against the rivets that help hold my fender in place. I can't move the fender at all, so I guess I just need to stick with low-sidewall tires. Anyway, I'm using the tire from my track bike in the mean time. I think I'll put the original back on there. It looks a bit worn, but I've never had a flat on it. In fact, tonight was the first time that I've taken that tire off in the past 3 years. BTW, by worn I mean that it's slightly flat where it contacts the road, and it's got some tiny "cracks" in the rubber. From the inside, it looks perfectly fine, and there's still 3/32 of rubber left there, so I think it's probably safe.

dyork: That "new" SGML problem you're seeing isn't actually because of a new version of OpenJade, but because the the SGML Declaration that's being used. Dave Mason, the guy who used to be the lead on the GNOME Documentation Project, "fixed" the declaration that shipped with Red Hat 6 way back when, so that self-closing tags were valid. He told me once why that wasn't in the new packages, but I've forgotten.

Looks like I'll be updating my Instructions for Compiling Evolution pretty soon. I've got something that smells like Red Hat 7.2 installed on my desktop, and evolution doesn't compile cleanly anymore. I've -almost- got it working now, so that I can get back to real work. Maybe.

I went for a nice cruise on my bike today. It was only about 45 minutes, but I climbed every hill I could find, and a couple of them more than once. Not terribly exciting, and I can't gauge my performance anymore, since I've misplaced my bicycle computer.

This is slightly late getting posted, since I forgot. Oops.

Hmm, another quote, methinks

The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views ... which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering. -- Doctor Who, "Face of Evil"

I miss Doctor Who. SciFi has some good stuff, but no Doctor Who.

It's fruit season, clearly. We've got a bushel of grapes in the kitchen waiting for us to finish cooking them, then straining them. The apples are ripe, and we need to figure out something to do with them. Not sure what we'll do yet. I'd prefer cider, but I've been unable to find a hand-powered cider press for a reasonable price, nor even a good set of plans to build one from scratch.

If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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