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Well, it's official -- I won't be moving to Boston to make a living by joining the Free Software revolution. It's the right decision, family-wise -- but it's still a bummer.


(... in case anybody actually reads this and cares, more details later as I can make them public ...)

Last week at the office, it struck home how Free Software / Open Source is really winning the battle for the "hearts and minds" of developers.

My job, at the moment, is to help do the legwork for people doing the real work on buzzwordy, web- based technologies. So, I'm looking at web servers, XML and XSL software, CORBA, etc.

And every single developer that I work with has expressed the equivalent of "don't even bother me with some proprietary crap, I want the good 'open source' stuff."

So, my sample is no doubt biased because we're a Unix-centric shop, but still, it's interesting ...

GNU does not eliminate all the world's problems, only some of them.
-- RMS, "The GNU Manifesto"

Nothing to do about free software ...

Tonight my daughter Rachel was baptized at the Easter Vigil service at Grace Episcopal Church, Defiance, Ohio. This is the first time I've been to an Easter Vigil service. It's pretty neat (although long); the readings and the prayers give an overview of salvation history from Creation through the Resurrection.

Some small children cry or scream when baptized -- Rachel giggled. And gave everybody one of her 1000 watt smiles. It was too cute for words.

My family very graciously turned out, and the sheer Catholicity of it all didn't send them running out screaming in terror, so I guess we're all OK. :^)

Good music selections (I should hope so, Nancy was on the worship comittee), but the execution was ... lacking. (*sigh*) Oh well, there's no way to learn to walk without a few stumbles, right? But I think this may have been the whitest performance of "Go Down, Moses" in history -- I don't know if that means we need to try singing spirituals more often, or just give it up as hopeless. :^/

He is Risen! Alleluia!

Well, I bit the bullet and subscribed to gnome-devel-list, and I find myself unswamped with email. So I guess I was being a pessimist. Too bad I'm swamped with Real Life(tm) at the moment.

I really should get together with Steve, figure out what he wants gnome-terminal to do, and submit a wishlist bug report.

Silly test diary entry.

ObContent: A coworker mentioned that he likes gnome-terminal, but he would really like the ability to add custom macro automation to the menus/keybindings, like some PC terminal programs that he's familiar with. [I knew that if I just installed GNOME at work I'd get some nibbles!] We took a quick look through the source, but it wasn't Blindingly Obvious to us GTK+ newbies what a good way to begin would be.

Ideally, one of us would subscribe to gnome-devel and start by asking opinions, but that's such a high-traffic list. :^(

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