11 Jan 2004 sri   » (Journeyer)

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.

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