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At Guadec. Headache. Probably too much beer yesterday...

Finally found a computer to look at my mail and check the GIMP ChangeLog. Whee, someone actually fixed a bug, so there seem to exist GIMP hackers that are not present here.

Next time I'll definitely bring a notebook, since even though the organisators did a great job overall, they didn't care much about the notebook-impaired. Three computers are definitely too few. But then I do not have a notebook...

After two days of having party I decided not to add a third day and did not join the main carneval event here in Düsseldorf. Was probably a good decision, since I had a few things left to do at my Diplomarbeit that has to be completed tomorrow and it turned out that my brain needed almost the whole day to get back to work.

It actually looks as if I would manage to finish my time at university tomorrow. I do not yet realize completely what this means, but we'll see...

Today my DVD player finally arrived after I sent it away for a firmware update five weeks ago. I was in the middle of writing a very angry letter to the service company when the packet arrived. Fortunately the new firmware allows to be updated via CD, so next time I won't have to send it away. Looks however as if it was worth the effort: Matrix doesn't jump anymore, it seems still to be codefree and it finally reads my MP3 CDs containing more than 24 directories.

Only a few days left to finish my Diplomarbeit. It's time this finally comes to an end; now turn off that DVD, and back to work....

Theoretically I shouldn't hack at The GIMP since I only have a week left to finish my Diplomarbeit, but once again I couldn't resist ...

The neverending i18n story seems to come to an end finally, since I just solved the last remaining problem: Script-Fu localisation. Just need to write a perl-script that parses the scheme code and extracts the translatable strings out of the register functions. I'm not sure if the translators will really like this since it adds another bunch of messages that have to be translated...

I've put so much time into hacking The GIMP lately, that I decided to certify myself as Master. This will however not impress the trust metric very much ;-)

On the gimp-devel mailing-list people instantly started to spread FUD and flames when the discussion came to the future usage of some of the libraries that evolved around GNOME. IMHO the GNOME people have done a great mistake by using the term "Desktop Environment" for GNOME. People instantly think they would be forced to install the whole GNOME thing and are not even able to argue about it.

I think there's alot of good stuff like libart, gdk-pixbuf and the canvas we should definitely consider for gimp-1.3.

Instead of doing useful things I hacked up a script that creates statistics about the status of the translation of GIMP's UI based on a fresh CVS update. It will run once a day and the output is available here.

Hopefully this will motivate some people to help with the translations.

Have been in bug-fixing mood today. Went through the list of open bugs at http://bugs.gnome.org/db/pa/lgimp.html, closed bugs that have been fixed earlier and fixed a few simple ones. Finally the list is getting smaller instead of growing all the time...

GIMP is coming along nicely. Bugreports keep coming in, but we are busy figthing down the number of open bugs. Still a long way to go until 1.2 can be released.

Worked a lot on i18n lately. Appearantly i18n had introduced lots of stupid bugs since people simply marked strings for translation that were used with sprintf (). This should be fixed now.

I'm looking forward to meet lots of GNOME and GIMP people at the Gnome Users And Developers European Conference which will take in Paris this march. Could be good chance to reuse my rusty french. But then again I fear we'll speak nothing but english there.

Bah! Received "Bad news for Germans (TM)" today from Deutsche Bank Alex Brown (what a farce!):

We are unable to meet all of the necessary regulatory requirements in Germany in order to extend the VA Linux offer there. Therefore, German residents will not be able to purchase shares at the IPO price through the VA Linux Directed Share Program.

Now it happens again! Just when I accepted that I got the RedHat letter and couldn't use it, it happens again! Probably its time to move to a more capitalistic country ... or probably not!?

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