Older blog entries for sri (starting at number 11)

Work: Work was kind of fun. I had to help with an AIX upgrade from AIX 4.3.3 to AIX 5.1. It's scary wiping out a whole server and then pray that it will come back when you do an importvg. It didn't quite work out since we had an automated installer that tried to recreate the filesystem. Oops.

It was also an end of an era. We removed the last of the old generation Auspex servers and we had a nice meal as we put an end to 8 years of troublesome servers. Yay! Tommorow should be fun with a all hands recreational event. Bowling and pizza! :) Looking forward to getting a decent score!

GNOME: Been working on getting the new GTK filechooser into the codebase. It's not very hard. But I haven't been able to get time to do it with everything else going on.

I was very sadden to hear about Ettore. While I've never interacted with him other than a few words here and there. I knew that a lot of people respected him and my heart goes out to those who were close to him. This has been the second death in a month in the GNOME community. It's been a tough time for the Ximian guys. The next drink will be in Ettore's honor.

I have to finish off my OGI (Oregon Graduate Institute) application by tommorow so that I can take classes in the spring!

Loosk like I haven't updated in awhile. Been busy and I've been trying to figure out how to mirror this blog to advogato. I've succeeded but I haven't been able to quite make it permanent yet.

Gnome-Summary Well, I've been doing a lot trying to get these summarys in shape. It's been a bit of a struggle and I have to do some development work in order to make the text files. So I have to quickly grok how to do these DTD's in docbook. That should prove interesting. Oh well. It's never boring in the FOSS community!

The nice thing is that I've gotten a number of volunteers who are willing to help out with the summary. So far there is four of us. I'd like to get a mailing list going and be able to get this really kicked off with doing some rotations so that people don't get burned out doing the summaries. It really requires some discipline and energy to want to find out whats new.

I've had some discussions with Danilo on putting translation stats. I also have to follow up with Calum Benson about A11y stats as well. Then we should be able to get a good idea of how the project is coming along and maybe use it to figure out which parts need some lovin. Thanks to all those people who spoke up and want to get the summaries into good shape.

It was gratifying to see so many people appreciate the gnome summaries. I've taken a lot of the suggestions and criticisms to heart and hopefully this next one will be better. I've tried to get some real meat this time instead of repeating whats going on footnotes and announcement. Hopefully this will generate more buzz. I've also decided to take on Freedesktop because they haven't gotten anybody to pimp for them any of their accomplishment.

One last note. Gnome summary stuff is really well maintained. It took me no time to pickup and do it. Hats of to Uraeus and everyone else who helped really get this bad boy into a nice system that anybody can do.

Gnome-Marketing: I got on this mailing list recently because of my involvement with Gnome-Summary. Not much going on although we've kicked off several mailing lists to do activities in several countries. I really like to really see something with this. There is also a nice bit about a government entity mandating GNOME as their official desktop. Find out in the summary ;)

Rhythmbox: I have been hacking on this codebase to try to get this one feature in and it's been a pain in the ass. I ended up having to learn a little bonobui and learning the database code. I don't quite understand the database stuff yet. Walters hasn't been around due to school so I haevn't been able to get much enlightenment. The only thing I did do was write a patch that will show the tooltips for the menu on a status bar. Apparently you can't do tooltips on menus. Which I can understand as it would be annoying. I think I'm going to have to give up the idea of getting the next song and previous on hover.

Life: Well life has been really been busy for me. Work has been kind of bleah. I haven't been doing a hell of lot. But I do have a couple of projects that are long term. One is that we are going to have to update all our AIX servers to AIX5 from AIX4. So I need to figure out a long range plan in doing that. It's a cinch. Since most of the work has already been done. I'm doing some skunkworks stuff to. I've started learning python and was writing up some utilities that I could use to streamline some of the things I do. We have all team event next week. Going to do some bowling.

Banu has been really busy with school and I don't see her till the late evening. I need to come up with some better recipes to cook. It's kind of hard to get the motivation to do that.

Did some house lighting but ended up needing some extra gear to get it really nice. I have some other ideas that I'm going to try to do tomorow.

Well it's another thanksgiving. I actually took the trouble to get up at 5:45 and see if I can pick up any good deals. I picked up a new tv for the bedroom and some bathroom furniture. The prices were negligible though. What a rat race though. Next time I'm going to Frys! :-) I also started putting the home lights. Being on the roof is no fun. One thing not to do is to use your pocket pc as a mp3 player. The damn thing kept changing volumes, run other programs it was a pain in the ass.

GNOME - Well I've been trying to hack rhythmbox for awhile and trying to add this one feature I wanted. The codebase isn't that hard to learn but working with some of the routines can be kinda confusing. All I was trying to do was add some tooltip loving and it looks like it might actually be easy to do. Today I finally figured out the part of the code that will do it. Admittedly I didn't have to try too hard it took me about 25 minutes to figure what was going on. I hope to get it up and going tonight if at all possible. I would love to see an embedded version of RB so that I can put it in my palm pilot.

I need to finish up GNOME summary so that it's ready to go by Monday. Last week was a bit of a mess since I wasn't getting all my stats. In fact I think I'm still running into trouble. Hopefully I will get it in time and I can add it again this week.

Heard in #freedesktop with Keith convincing Havoc to do something interesting with minimizing of windows. Looks like there might be some very interesting things with the new compositing manager for X. I can't wait. Too bad it doesn't support my nvidia video card. :/

Sorry guys, last spam I promise.

I'm testing out this advodairy script to see if I can mirror my blog to here. So that I can actually have people read what I'm talking about. :-)


Man, these questions for the GNOME foundations can be quite thought provoking. I have the hardest time with the last one. What I want to say is that being a volunteer organization it's not going to be easy to summon up resources then prioritize for documentation. You just dont' have that kind of control. You have sort of nudge things into the right direction. Thats always the challenge of a large software project like GNOME.


I had another fileserver crash today. Lucky me I was at the vet when it happened. I also got tasked to find out how many times the servers I'm responsible for have gone down n the past year or so.


I took our kitten to the vet today. The vet says it might have worms and it definitely has upper tract infection. Poor kitty. And it's been behaving so well. After we gave the antibiotics today (that was fun) Kitkat seems to be a lot better. Animals can really improve your quality of life iff you're into that kind of thing.

Well I'm testing out this applet called Gnome blogger. I haven't done jack crap on blogging in so long. Maybe this will get my lazy ass off and actually post something. SO here we go.


Well, it's like 8-9 months or so since I've actually written something. I guess I'm just not a diary type of guy or something. I got reminded about this when I was doing my status report for work today. It sounded like something I would type in advogato!

Well, life has been the same for me. Actually it's kind of depressing because we are doing another round of layoffs at work and possibly yet again more layoffs in June. This is really bad. I hope I can survive. I think though after this it would be very hard to cut more jobs without really affecting how we do our work. Oh well, we'd go from a big team to a much smaller team.

Other than that things are pretty swell. I haven't worked on my mp3 player box in awhile. I have most of the pieces working but I'm having trouble with the GUI. I lack the motivation to continue becuase I have to spend more money on getting something to output to the TV. I need a serious vga->ntsc or svideo to finish the whole thing. I also think I"d like to try converting it to a TiVo type device.

I think I'll finally be able to join Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI) as a part time masters student in CS. It feels good to be in school oddly enough. It's such a nice countepart to being in industry. There so many cool and interesting projects that are nice to talk about.

I think I'll quit while I ahead. I"m going to try to write more often.

By the Jagged, Thunderous Balls of Thor! After months, I'm finally going to write something.

I'm too lazy to keep a diary I think.

So..last time I had talked about:

MP3Box: Well FINALLY, I got myself a celeron 400 that I can fit into my motherboard. I paid 16 dollars for a customized plexiglass case to fit the stuff. The final footprint ended up being 8 3/4" x 12" x 5". I found a power supply that was 3x5x3. This is going to be one small machine. :)

So far though I have ran into one problem. The motherboard does not have an parallel port and so I'm screwed on getting on something power and interface with the LCD. I thought about using USB but I have to use a microcontroller and spend $60 bucks. It has one PCI slot so I'm kicking around the idea of just putting in a parallel port PCI card and be done with it.

The infrared parts I got. I'm just waitign to put it on a breadboard so I can test it. I haven't had much luck in the past. I'm simply not very good at electronics.

More later.

GNOME2 GNOME2 is shaping up to be awesome. There are a number of bugs though that I"m not comfortable punting. One being the fact that you can't seem to add more default apps to a mime type and the second eludes me at the moment, but I know it's important!

I have some projects that I think I'm intrested in working on that doesn't involve gui. Try as I might I just can't seem to get into GUI programming. I feel like a plumber. (which is funny since I"m about to put in a drip system at home) I really like the gnome-vfs stuff and I think I might work on getting a USB method working. Not usre what it involves but it's something interesting.

Normal Stuff Work's been a pain in the ass. I"ve never been so busy. Oh well. With my wife being gone for 2.5 months it's easier to come home late and work. But doing the cooking and all that is murder. I did learn some new recipes though which tastes awesome.

That damn GeForce card I had got busted when the fan I bought started making a bunch of noise. I had trouble getting it back and when If inally did and replaced it itw as giving me all kinds of lines and funky screen output. Ended up being a GeForce2 card. Sheesh. Looks like Nvidia got the cheap bastard I am.

Thats about all for now

MP3Box: Well, I finally fixed my Debian box. Quite cool. Looks like the cd was all I needed to get it fixed. Of course, now I have the problem of my root partition being too small.

Personally, 500GB should be enough for a single purpose computer system. I'll probably get rid of the development header files and hope that all is well. Otherwise I get to start all over again. Whee!! I haven't gotten sound working either.

GNOME2: I've done nothing. I think though once I get my box upgraded to 256MB I'm going to be able to plow through this stuff.

Normal Stuff: I'm so stoked today. The GeForce 32MB card I found in the recycling area actually works. So for the price of going to Frys and picking up a $9 fan I got a working card. It's amazing what people throw these days.

My brother told me he saw Blade 2 and said it was a pretty awesome flick and that the stunts were awesome. I'm looking forward to dragging my wife to see it.

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