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Name: Trevor Curtis
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I'm a mild mannered Computer Science student by day, musician and Free Software/Open Source contributor by night. I also enjoy ice and inline skating, hockey, and long walks off short piers.

I contribute documentation, bug-bashing, and the odd patch to the GNOME project. Bit by bit, my hope is to contribute more patches/code where I can.


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GNOME building

I'm trying to get back up to speed with GNOME development, so I've been trying to install from CVS HEAD. It's still the pain that I remember it being a few months ago, but jhbuild is making life a little easier.

BOSS but more

This year BOSS is joining forces with the two universities here in Ottawa so that we can RULE THE WORLD! Well... so that we can promote Open Source a little more efficiently anyways. I was a part of a meeting today, something which I managed to miss out on last year, and am shocked by the level of detail and planning that is involved. I understood there was some, but never really understood what was involved when getting a group of people to together to undertake a venture like this. I now have even more respect for those who are apart of the various GNOME groups (ie. the release team, the Foundation team, and the like) or any other organizing/planning groups.

For more information on the Open Source Weekend, please see

Just my luck. Get my wrists back into shape for some doc hacking, and my desktop goes on the fritz. Last week it started randomly rebooting. Arg. Trouble-shooted it to death (with my limited troubleshooting skill set) and found a bad stick of ram. Still had problems, so I bought good heat sink and fan; the Volcano 6. Nice fan, with a big honkin' heat sink. Still had reboots though. I found that the die on my CPU is "chiped", and flaking too.

Finally took it in to the good folks at the Clone Society. They found the other stick of ram and the mobo to be bad. Both got replaced and I have my computer back. But now it has only slight yet annoying errors. I thought I'd test my ram and ran this test: memtest. I kept seeing errors were the letter "u" was replaced by a "w", such as "number -> nwmber". I have _no_ idea why this is happening. I'm also finding that compiling glib gives the same problem. At some point "number" is used in a header file, and the compiler complains about "nwmber" not being defined. Maybe all this is due to the chip in the die.

The rest of my time has been spent working at a warehouse, fighting a cold that seems to have hit everyone in the city, and spending time with family as this weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.

I'm back. Wrists are a bit better (sound of tcurtis knocking on wood), so back to writing docs, drumming, and such.

On another note, now that the band known as Soma Radio does not exists anymore, I need to figure out what to do with the webspace ( In the end, I think I'll just end up putting links to all the pages on the server. <shrug>

There have been some BOSS rumblings, so I hope to lend whatever help I can to make sure things come off as smoothly as they did last year. :)

25 Aug 2002 (updated 25 Aug 2002 at 04:06 UTC) »

After a month of taking it easy around the keyboard, I'm back. I've taken steps to improve my hands and wrists. From wrist braces, to a new chair, I'm hoping that my hands and wrists will behave themselves.

I've asked for some help with the gnome-applets docs. The docs themselves are written, but there are a few omf/scrollkeeper things that need attention. I'm not very knowledgable in this area, and so I've asked for some help. I am trying to learn, but it would be nice to have the fixes and modifications done sometime before GNOME 3.0. I'm also working on the GnomeICU docs, which I hope will be ready by the time the GnomeICU crew decides to release 1.0.

My hands are complaining again. I'm not sure what exactly they are complaining about: using my mouse, using emacs' key sequences, or just being at the keyboard for so long.

I've tried a few things. One was to make an .Xmodmap file and map my PC keyboard to a more SUN keyboard (swap the Caps Lock and Ctrl keys). That worked for a bit until I had to use another computer. So lately I've just remapped my most commonly used emacs commands to the function keys. I have twelve of them, so I might as well use them.

Nothing more on the GNOME front. Still working on docs, still working on omf's and the like.

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