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Orkut seems to be hitting the waves here. It's a wonderful little experiment and I'm more amused by others and my own reactions to Orkut. I know that my own reaction has been a need to join to not only get in because of it's supposed "exclusivity" but to pit myself against this social network and find out what happens. So far, my number of friends is climbing. No pictures. (maybe a good thing!) I have added several of my local friends and family in an effort to bring them into the fold. It seems like a good way to keep track of friends both distant and close. At the very least I will remember their birthdays! :-)

More Later.

Boy it's been a long time since I've blogged. Whats wrong with me?!

Rhythmbox: I haven't done jack beans in awhile. The only thing I've done is updated my archives and played around with arch. Walters was able to do a dual central and distributed repository model with RB. Sometimes the whole model is more interesting than RB itself. :-)

GNOME: Greg and I have decided that we will try to do something for OSCON this time. Perhaps we will do a GNOME related track. Hopefully something relevant. Not decided what I would like to do as of yet. I'm also thinking of doing a track on the distributed repository model using arch.

Gnome-Summary: Lots of discussions on what to do here. Our group has grown by at least one more. More on that later. Lots of discussions with Danilo Segan on translated summaries. The main goal is to have translated summaries for as many languages as we can. We hope that people from a wide variety of countries would be able to read the summaries. Still more work to do. We got ourselves another interview this week.

Work: Work is work. It's gotten a little more busier. I used rsync to do transfers between different places and somehow I got tagged as an expert. You can be an expert on rsync too, just read the damn man page. Got cornered after a presentation and grilled for 45 minutes. That was pleasant. That should happen again. Really!

sisob: Man, I have no idea whats going on here. Why are we having so many young lives cut short? I haven't met Mark all that much but remember all his postings to ddl and his blog entries. Particurly, looking at his old blog entries is heart breaking. Farewell Mark. We'll miss you.

Rhythmbox: Well having had my gtkchooser stuff into rhythmbox, I'm now working on getting the bookmark portions working. While I don't really think it needs it I'm doing it for completeness sake. But I have to put that off as I have to finish doing the status bar which I said I would finish. Currently we have an extra widget at the bottom of the RB window.

I see that jorn has released his music player, Muine. Looks cool. Great to see jorn back in the swing of things!

elanthis sorry to hear about your job man. I'm sure you'll be able to pick up another one soon. It seems strange that just one misstep would get you fired. Weird.

Politics: I hope this is the last year of Bush. I can't wait to do my patriotic duty and vote. I hope the rest of you will as well. This is the biggest thing we can do as citizens, participate in our govt. If they know we are watching they'll not be doing things.

Other Crap: Well I finally switched over to 2.6.1. I'm really pleased. It feels a lot faster and I can't wait to add dbus, udev, and hal in and check out some of the cool things that rml and others have been doing with kernel <-> desktop integration. Truly I think this year is going to be the year of the desktop.

I need to decide whether I'm going to do a GNOME booth at OSCON here in Portland, OR. I'd like to do it because this time it's going to be desktop oriented. But I can't do it without the proper planning. Last year was a disaster because everything was so rushed. I also want to make it a bit more social this time. We hardly got to spend a lot of time doing anything social with the people.

Time to work on gnome-summary and get it out.

11 Jan 2004 (updated 11 Jan 2004 at 03:01 UTC) »

It's disheartening to know how badly my programming skills has deteriorated. I was involved in some conversation regarding threads and locks and while I understood everything on a conceptual level I had no idea how I would sit down and code such a thing. Thats sad considering I'm half way through my Masters programs. Obviously, work + masters doesn't give you good programming skills.

Rhythmbox hacking took a turn for the better yesterday. I was finally able to get the new fileselector in. It should have only taken about an hour or so to implement but for some reason or another it took longer. It took longer because I was getting some really strange errors and my gdb wasn't working. Not easy without it. Here's what RB looks like with the new file chooser:

<img src="http://www.aracnet.com/~sri/rb-filechooser.png"> RB with New Filechooser </img>

I'm slowly started to understand Arch. So have many others. It's a pretty cool system. The learning curve is a bit high but with the right amount of documentation and what not I think it should turn out good. I use Arch primarily with Rhythmbox. Colin Walters is a pretty patient guy in answering all my questions.

Gnome Summary. I really want to give a big shoutout to Uraeus. I don't know how he was able to do this every week by himself. It really shows how much dedication and time he and others have put into this. Simply awesome. Currently, I'm trying to learn a little XSLT. I need to be able to put in the A11y bugs that are sent out weekly by Calum. The translation stuff still hasn't been put in either because I don't quite understand how to make those changes as of yet. The rest of the team finally got CVS accounts and now can modify the xml file directly. Jim did his first commit ever to a open source project. I remember how that felt. It felt awesome. He's got another interview coming up this week, that I'm eager to see. We didn't see as much commentary last time with rml's interview. But it was a good interview all the same.

I've missed 3 days of work last week. Well I attempted to work from home but VPN connections were really really slow. The first day I couldn't even attend any of my meetings because all of Intel's phones were busy. Oregon and it's deep freeze. :) Banu didn't attend school either. So we had ourselves a mini holiday but was forced to stay at home. By the third day it was cabin fever and we desperately wanted to get out and simply do something, anything!

Job review is coming up and I need to write something. I have no idea what the hell I did the past year. It all seemed to have gone so fast. I'm sure I"ll come up with some bullshit. It's not like we are going to get any raises or anything. Damn IT industry seemed have really taken a plunge.

Happy New Years everyone!

Had my parents and my brother over. We had a pretty good time although a bit busy. I hope everyone else had a good time this year. We got ourselves a new phone and a new microwave. We got some other minor stuff. My dad got another pocket pc to replace his old one that he had lost. I also got a new 120G hard drive which is really nice to have. Considering my mp3/ogg has grown and the application/library codebase for GNOME is getting really huge now.

My kitten seemed to be the hit of the year and seemed to have charmed everyone here. The little guy is really growing up. He's started to learn some tricks now too. I almost have him walking on his hind legs by twirling a piece of paper on a string over his head. The funny thing is that after I stop he still starts looking up looking for that whirling piece of paper!

The weather has proven to be amazingly cold especially for Portland. We had a ton of snow and it was very amusing to watch all the cars slipping.

GNOME: I haven't done jack beans on this. I was able to pull out a summary with the help of Sayamindu Gupta for one week and Jim Hodapp on the second one. Jim in particular has embarked on doing something new like adding interviews. It's difficult to put original content week after week. I'm unhappy just copying what I see in footnotes. Thats the ultimate in lameness rehashing news IMHO. I really want to thank Sayamindu and Jim for the wonderful work they've been doing.

We hope that in the future gnome summary will have a magazine/newsletter component while maintaining the traditional summary. I read Andrew's blog about wanting to do a hacker version of the summary and that sounds like a grand idea. It would be nice to expand the team I currently have by another 3 or so. That would be very ideal and then we can do that sort of thing.

Rhythmbox: I've been doing some code work on here. One thing about hacking RB is that I can't seem to listen to music since I can't run two instances of RB. So my devel version will kill my stable. I"ve been having some trouble implementing my file chooser.

Merry Christmas everyone! Peace, Love, and international Groviness to all!


Merry Christmas everyone! Peace, Love, and international Groviness to all!


Wow, I can't believe they captured Saddam. Although I look upon it as both a blessing and a curse. Curse because we might have to put up with Bush, and more importantly Ashcroft. Bleah.

GNOME: I put out my gnome summary today. It was late unfortunately. I had no time at work so I wasn't able to complete it. Can't wait for these other guys to come in and get cvs access. Secondly, I think we are going to start putting in some different things in Gnome summary like Q&A and other stuff. Hopefully, we can branch that part off into a kind o newsletter.

Rhythmbox: My really simple status bar was put in RB. But Walters wanted me to merge the tooltips into the rb status bar. So I'll probably work on that. Wont' start on it until after I finish adding GtkFileChooser. It's pretty trivial to do it.

Personal: Tommorow I get to see Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King. I can't wait! I'm taking some time off of work to go see it. The tickets are paid for by a vendor and I'll probably be going in the morning before everybody else. My wife, Banu is also planning on coming along. So we should have a fun time I think.

Put together a piece of furniture in the bathroom. Looks alright.

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.

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