Name: Mark Tearle
Member since: 2000-04-03 08:11:12
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Currently is a Project Officer at The University of Western Australia working for "University Communications Services" Have written a telephone billing system for them, waiting for new manager to arrive to ask to release it on the world.  Hang around with the geeks at the University Computer Club
 I do stuff. Anything that doesn't really fit anywhere else or has been forgotten about for too long.
 Stupid Pluralisation
 That was written six months ago... it's now October 2000
 New manager has arrived, ... must speak to her at some point :)
 Still must get around to it
Vending Machines - Spent the majority of Saturday at UCC working on our Snack and Coke Vending machines. The Snack machine now has a RJ-45 socket on the back so we can speak serial to it's controller board with our custom ROM built by Bernard. (I built an evil simulator of the ROM UI in PyGTK to help people develop the server software for it). The Coke machine is now clean inside from many years of exploded coke can gunge and is now riced up with two new 12v fans so it actually cools drinks now. Hopefully Cameron will post the photos of the day soon.
Work - Politics: stuffed, Planning: crazed, Staff Development: hah!
Linux Australia - Making progress, much rantage about the GST.
Help is on it's way - Saw Farenheit 9/11 last night at the cinema. Watched it taking a critical view given the reportage that I listened to during the past few weeks, it still convinced me of it's argument. For our American listeners, do go see it even if you hate Michael Moore, be informed rather than ignorant - and ask why these arguments and accusations are even possible.
PS. Just saw JibJab. Where has all the Australian political satire disappeared to?
Linux Australia -
STATUS: MOVING FORWARD- things are happening (FTA, Media Training) overall, Treasury slowly appears to be coming together (although I spend too much time in spinlocks waiting on others presently)
Debian - The local reaction to the recent Debian GR has been interesting, mostly, Death of Debian, News at 11. At work, the largest common fear is that the GR will basically result in an even more out of date stable release and we'll have to migrate to a different platform for our various servers for up to date software with the features needed for the various systems that we support (for example, later versions of php)
With the usual synchronicity of my life things at work have highlighted the link between strategy, policy and implementation with each needing to support the other to make effective progress. The GR and AJ's subsequent post highlights the schisms between all three in the Debian project. GNOME seems to have tackled this (taking examples) with an organised release schedule (Strategy), freezes (Policy) and documented release planning and bug days (Implementation).
Of course, things are much easier for a desktop environment than a software distribution ... okay, now taking a step back and looking at Debian. Release is determined by the number of bugs (specifically release critical bugs, but the number of other bugs has impact too) in the "stable" set of packages (with the number of packages growing at an ever increasing rate). The disconnect here lies in the criteria for a release and how a package is chosen to be pushed into the release with the DFSG and number of bugs being absolute criteria for that; I don't think it's being viewed as a process from the creation of a package through to DFSG compliant bug free goodness with the community being able to take snapshots along the way.
On a related note, another observation that I noticed being made about the GR and recent election of the DPL was the low percantage of Debian Developers that voted. The Debian Project reveals it's American heritage here with non-compulsory voting (this is being written from an Australian point-of-view), developers are not meant to be uncontactable by email and are meant to be active, so why can they opt out of voting on things such as GRs that affect the whole project?
Governance - have being thinking about this in relation to the half dozen committees that I have been on and other projects that I have observed, why is it so hard to get it right?
shiny new work desktop - 2.8Ghz goodness, hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to actually getting around to doing some dev work on it before it becomes hopelessly slow :)
Barriers to entry... - It's good to see the Evolution guys giving ways for people to help out their project; however it's not the itch for me ... I wonder what ways there are for us with low attention spans to help out projects.
Thank $DEITY - Scored a HP Laserjet 4 for $5 AUD, it even works - sweet. Some days you'd have to agree $DEITY is smiling at you....
IV - IV is over. The concert with the Prague Chamber Orchestra of Dvorak Stabat Mater was a resounding success
Linux Australia - Just had our face to face committee meeting in Melbourne - interesting to see more of the city than just Tullamarine airport. Thinks look like they'll go well this year with a focus for the organisation solidly cemented. On a sad note, it meant I had to miss Oday for the first time in a decade at my University ...
Other stuff ... - jdub condolences at your workplace being eaten by iiBorg
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