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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, catch up with Mike, planning call. Poked at
some bugs and did a bit of hacking in passing. B&A out for
a nice lunch in Cambridge with H,N,M. Caught up with them in the
All Saints in the morning, played with Cedric, Robert
spoke, back for lunch with Bruce & Anne over to stay,
chatted with them in the afternoon. Watched an SAS video later.
Up, mowed verge, filled the bin - topping it with
lots of mud from cast-iron soak-away drain that's been filled
Lunch, David over; replaced dead Xpelair ceiling
fan in babes bathroom with an improved Vent-Axia version.
Dunged out U-bends with plungers and soda crystals to get
house into some order.
Wraps for dinner & chatted.
Mail chew, poked at Wireshark and discovered zstd delta
non-compression, fixed that. Sync with Rashesh around K8s.
Caught up with Miklos, poked at project manager hiring
Sales call, 1:1 with Eloy, mail, projections, planning,
chasing annual reviews, all-hands call. Picked up E. from Soham,
band practice in the evening.
Tear-down on a rather interesting vacuum
dressing - curious, still if NICE likes
it it must be good.
Partner project mgmt bits, sync with Kendy, monthly
management call, more project mgmt bits. Mail chew.
Put up curtains for J.
Not entirely surprised by the amount of back-lash to:
and blockchain. Was much more surprised to get a number of
'WTF!' pokes directly to me on the topic; your ire is mis-directed.
For the avoidance of doubt I'm no longer on the TDF board,
Engineering Steering Committee (who AFAICS were not consulted),
and was not personally part of any such discussions with Etherium
(whatever its merits).
I'm also skeptical of asking the internet for technical direction / ideas
particualarly when there are lots of really obvious things to improve
in LibreOffice - that we should be getting on with. These are well
known. TDF's job, in my view, should be to get more involved with
spending its donor's money - working constructively with the volunteers
and companies: Collabora, RedHat, allotropia, NISZ, and others doing
the heavy lifting in LibreOffice to improve it. Still, probably good
to be in the news.
Planning call, start the E-mail catch-up, marketing call,
Busked All Saints in the morning, pizza lunch,
slugged variously with the family - nice.
Finally some sleep; checked-out, bus to the conference.
Somehow lost treasured, wife-knitted snood somewhere along the
line. Long chat with Marina - with time flying until had to
rush for a bus. A long journey home - good to be back &
spend time with the babes.
Up early, off to meet Simon at the Laurin - only
to find out we'd mis-timed conference start by an hour;
hot footed it to the NOI tech-park in a hurry - just
Gave a keynote on the opportunity that recent interest
in Digital Sovereignty brings for FLOSS, along with the fun of
aligning some of the various FLOSS business models there are:
Business match-making event in the afternoon. Wandered
the show, talking with people here & there. Walked back into
town - and enjoyed wine & jazz with Simon & some old
friends until late in the evening.
Up rather early, quick breakfast with Simon
and on to Bolzano via a delayed
train - attempted to catalog FLOSS business models I'd
seen - how to create scarcity ethically ? Bumped into
Matthias and the large FSFE team on the train - fun.
Arrived in beautiful Bolzano, admired lots of
mountains on the way, found an AirBnB & on to the
Caught up with various people, nice meal,
very interesting conversation with Brian + Jennifer
& Matthias - back late, more slide polish until
Breakfast, off to the conference, more discussion,
caught up with some non-profit friends .
Gave my talk on Documents and your Digital Sovereignty:
More catch-up, pleasant train journey with Simon,
and a passing crypto lady to Zurich, started in-earnest
on the next slide-deck for an SFSCon keynote. Stay-over
in Zurich late.
Breakfast, off to the conference - lovely to
catch up with Arawa & Nextcloud friends at their
joint booth, wandered the show floor meeting with
partners, and old friends variously - a busy day.
Drinks event and out for dinner with Philippe
& teams. Worked on slides until very late, little
Mail chew, planning call, really sad to see
another extremely talented developer - who has been
with us from well before the beginning of TDF and
who has served, wisely on several boards follow
Caolan out of the door and resign. Thanks to Kendy for the
huge amount of work he's done to make TDF better,
and for the kind, friendly way he has done it.
Travel to Paris to the Open Source
Experience, met up with Naomi for the Eurostar -
slides on the train, arrived at the hotel
eventually - met up with Eloy. Bed late.
Up lateish, All Saints - played with H. in the
band, shared lunch afterwards - good to see lots of
people celebrating Susan & Philips Allison's service
with us before they move on.
Home, brief hibernation, back out to Cedric's
blood-cancer charity fund raising concert at All Saints,
H. played the organ, cheese & wine - home. Watched
Enora Holmes 2 happily together, bed.
Up lateish, off to Sue & Clive's for fireworks,
supposed to write slides in the car . Met up with Sue's family, and Georgina,Adrian
& Isabelle, interested by Adam's cricket practice.
Great fire & fire-works display, home rather late.
Mail chew, updated our Product Management ranking,
lots of things got done - good. Sync with Andras, some idle
async & jsdialog work for calc, poked at slides.
Christina over to see H. watched Amelie; picked up
N. from a party very early in the morning.
Mail, catch up with Miklos, partner call, lunch with H.
Filed expenses, poked Eurostar for a refund (three hour delay and
a mostly broken-website).
Positive call with Herman & Hannah.
Mail chew, poked at people variously, sync with Andras,
who with Tor got my zstd stuff finished & merged.
Good call with Hannah & Herman, catch-up with Mike,
Tor, then Gokay.
Partner call, catch up with Kendy, annual review planning,
mail chew, sync with Gokay. Mail, admin.
Got some hacking in in the evening - too exciting; fixed an
ergonomic annoyance for Tracie.
Mail chew, smaller planning call than normal. Worked
with Kendy on report beautification & some polish - finished.
Encouraged water to more sensible places on the roof
with H. and spent quite a while with a boroscope trying to find
where the water escapes from the washing machine from.
Up earlish, Christopher & Jenny to play at AllSaints
with H. too - went well; Rick preached.
Worked much of the day until midnight on reports -
deadlines: such fun.
Admin, report writing & re-work all day.
Mail chew, sync with Miklos, stand-up, research &
Sales update call with Eloy, monthly all-hands call,
Catch up with Kendy, monthly mgmt slides & call.
Booked travel to the interesting SFSCON
in Bolzano. Worked on report bits, looong call into the late
Planning call, mail, lunch. Catch up with Mike & Naomi.
Rest of family off to see the Griffin inlaws. Another planning call,
late inter-vendor call, snatched dinner during that, on to minute
All Saints, played with 2m Peter, Bob spoke well.
Home for lunch with Len - pizza & relaxation - slugged
with babes variously in the afternoon.
Disassembled washing machine - discovered a set of
coins, hair-bands, and loads of limescale in the bottom
clogging things. Removed those & re-assembled.
Set too fixing J's door keeps; Dremel surprisingly
effective as a mini angle-grinder, machined the Al angle to
fit beautifully. David trimmed the hedge nicely, encouraged
water to flow constructively on porch roof.
Catch up with Mike, admin back-log, report poking.
Report writing, catch up with Miklos, COOL community
call, sync with Mili, Andras, caught part of the ESC call,
interview in the evening.
Sales call, admin backlog, report writing stand-up.
Gokay 1:1, chat with the Inkscape team, band practice in the
Up early, NGI Next
Generation Internet (DAPSI) conference much of the day - lots of
interesting projects funded. Met some good people. Trains home
Planning call, catch up with Kendy, train to Paris
in the afternoon - three hour delay outside Gare du Nord -
got to bed very late.
All Saints, Sue spoke, noodle stew for lunch.
Slept much of the afternoon, then badly at night: huh.
Watched some of Another Life with J. interesting
in places - often SciFi series degenerate into
over-complexity; lets see.
Set too at J's door, drilled out sections to
mount new Winkhaus lock into with some success. David
over. Managed to machine suitable holes in a face-plate,
and (encouragingly) create keeps from a piece of angle -
much more convenient than trying to buy precisely the
right keeps. Dinner together, bed early.
Partner call, catch up with Mike K,
catch up with Andras, admin, in-person with
Simon N. Reviewed nice slides from Miklos.
TROP in the evening until late.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call,
sync with Andras, part of the ESC call, catch up
with Eloy on sales.
Into Cambridge to get some aluminium sheet
and angle to mend J's door with - and to pick up M.
Catch up with Frank, Gokay, more admin,
calls, zstd bits. All Saints band practice in
Product / partner call for much of the
morning in German, K8s call overlapping that.
Mail chew, planning call, plugged away at
admin & zstd building on Android.
All Saints in the morning; lunch with Isaac &
Julie, bid 'bye to them as they start out for New Zealand
shortly. Slept, picked up babes into Cambridge.
Up early, Rebekka's hen-party, mended a few things, and
stayed out of the way; chewed through some work backlog.
Out to visit David, poked at replacing the rexene
cover on his chair, and fixing a leaking tap. Back late.
Mail chew, various calls, started planning the next events.
Rather impressed with the video
round-up of COOL-days.
Tried to start working through the E-mail backlog.
Julie & Rebekka over to start preparing for her
hen-party here tomorrow, natcho dinner, watched LOTR prequal,
Up late; tired - trains / tubes to BER, same plane home as
Simon - drove him back home, and back to see J. and the babes! so
lovely to be home again in one bit. Dinner with home-group at ours
as we finish up an Alpha course, bed - exhausted.
Up early, off to the bUm for the COOL
Days technical day. Lots of interesting lightning talks
back to back, and attendees. Missed some due to writing my
own talks during other people's:
Bid 'bye to friends - catch-up with Gerald, out for dinner
in the evening on the back of Thorsten's scooter: amusingly, apparently
I'm too young to rent one - talked together until late.
Up early, worked on slides some more. Off to the Nextcloud
Enterprise Day; lovely venue. Pleased to give a supportive COOL /
partner presentation - and then disappeared to our (unfortunately
parallel) partner event nearby.
Good to see Eloy & Naomi doing a great job getting that
setup and running, missed Peter though. Some presentations, and got
lots of interesting feedback from partners & customers - including
how to improve next time. Out for dinner with the remainder, and back
to the Radisson with it's in-door acquarium over the bar until late
to catch up with the Nextcloud staff & customers.
German national bank holiday. Visited the Berlin Computer
Game museum with several of our partners & much of our team.
Tram to Indoor Skydiving
with everyone - had a fine lunch, watched each other learn to fly -
talked with lots of people. Pleased to have Gerald, Nicholas & Dan
join us later. Some amusing video.
Up unfeasibly late writing slides.
Attended the Nextcloud conference at the bUm - really good to
catch up with another set of old friends & have some talks. Great
to have Pedro to do the COOL talk.
Plugged away at slides variously for COOL days. Enjoyed
the closing set of talks at the venue. Lunch; bid 'bye to everyone
and set off for Berlin with my team-mates. Delayed flight, nice
pizza lunch/dinner. Helped to connect H. to people while getting
on the plane
Arrived in Berlin met up with Eloy; out for dinner.
Up early, caught the end of Caolan's talk, and Miklos'
content controls. Lots of interesting technical talks from
various people. Hallway-track until the GSoC panel - lovely to
see H. showing off her Writer / VBA testing work.
Met up at the B&B Hotel, out in the evening for
pizza with friends ; bed late.
Up early. Off to the venue, opening talks,
Vegan lunch; somewhat slimming. Various other
talks, worked on slides.
Out to an equisite night of Italian pasta for the whole conference
kindly hosted by Italo & his wife - a good chance to sync with Florian.
Up early; mail chew; catch up with Kendy,
breakfast with H. and Cor too. More work, off to
Community day goodness, great to meet lots
of old friends & get a better feel for what the
community is thinking. Pizza dinner, worked on
slides until very late.
Packed, drove with H. to Stansted, flight together
to outside Milan, bus into town - got some pizza &
gelato. Off to the hotel, worked on slides for a while.
Out for dinner with H. and a lot of passing hacker-types.
Mail chew, planning call; worked on slides through
much of the day until late.
All Saints in the morning; back for pizza, watched
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with J. and H.
Quick catch-up with Robert.
Up lateish, mowed the lawn with J. packed away
summer patio furniture, crammed things into the garage.
Out for a walk with H. and M. around Gazely in the rain.
David over in the evening for pulled-pork, caught up with
Colin Furze's latest tunneling together. Bed early.
Mail chew, worked on slides, catch up with Gokay,
calls variously - more slide work. Watched Amazon's
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call, chat with
Frank, sync with Mert, lunch. Andras catch-up, partner &
customer call. Worked on slides.
Catch up with Tor, sales call, partner call, all-hands,
catch up with Gokay. Zstd compression held up by Android & iOS,
hmm. All Saints band practice in the evening with H.
Up very early cleaning up zstd compression to get it merged,
should be noticably faster. Catch up with Kendy, long partner call,
chat with Frank, Monthly Mgmt meeting.
Planning call, admin, H' sent her appeal.
Pleased with Justin Welby's sermon.
All Saints music in the morning with H, home for a
pizza lunch with Julie & Isaac. Watched new Amazon LOTR
bits in the evening with H. Picked up babes from StAG - E's
Worked with H. on her appeal variously; helped to build a
model of anomalies in examinations with many follow-on questions;
not looking very sensible.
Call with Gokay, Mike, Tor, Mert, Gokay. Long
overdue catch up with Karen. Interview with Italo.
Worked with H. on various bits.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community meeting,
Kendy, Andras, chewed the mail backlog. Reviewed
H's Durham appeal with her, and took her to Ely to
Sales call, partner call re: (mostly) Kubernetes -
interesting. Catch up with Gokay. All Saints band practice
with H. and Alex in the evening.
Sync with Kendy, surprising partner interaction
partner project management call.
Planning calls; E-mail, caught up with various
team-mates left & right.
All Saints, played with H. in the morning. Robert's
first service - an outstanding exposition of Isaiah 6. Tons
of smaller kids too - which was encouraging.
Home for a pizza lunch with David. Slept some of the
afternoon - exhausted.
Up early; read the news. Bruce & Anne over -
ate together & caught up - lovely to see them.
Visited the growing floral tribute to QE II nearby.
Got J's counselling room into much better order - pictures
up - lots of wifely nesting action; fun.
Research with H. in the evening variously.
Distracted by E-mail, time with H. call with a friend
for advice. Caught up with Andras, Gokay. Spent lots of time
reading Durham university rubric. On the plus side, Ukraine
seems to be doing encouragingly well.
Catch up with Eloy late.
Call with Mike K, Miklos, COOL community call
Picked up a very sad H. from the train station & spent
time with her in the afternoon. Caught up a bit in the
Posted a response to recent hard to believe:
trademark pieces; disappointing.
Caught up with Tor and dug over some tricky permissions /
design issues with COOL font management. Marketing call with Naomi,
partner call on a larger k8s deployment.
Productivity intern review calls - an interesting crop of
students & work - great to catch up with them and see what's up.
Call with Gokay.
All Saints Band practice in the evening with H. - fun.
Caught up with Kendy, mail chew & project mgmt bits.
Sync with Sophie in the evening. Picked H. and Sade up from the
train station - back from Athens.
Up early, E. back to school, worked - much of the day in calls:
planning, and individual catch-ups - marketing call.
Robert Otule's collation into his role as vicar in the evening
which was a most encouraging & moving experience - despite loosing
our organist & drummer at the last minute: good.
More teaching, singing, missed the rest of the family.
Helped tidy & clean up variously; home in the afternoon to
see the babes.
Rick taught on worship; systematic preaching is
far more challenging to get right than expository preaching.
Sang & played with Becky - badly missed a keyboard player.
Enjoyed getting to know our new vicar Robert Otule,
and his wife Florence & kids.
BBQ in the evening.
All-Saints got Talent in the evening - with a malfunctioning
Catch up with Miklos, Andras, COOL community call,
some more Prometheus format wrestling. J. dug tree-roots
out of the garden.
Round of calls left & right - set off to
Sizewell Hall for the bi-annual Church weekend away, lovely
to spend some time together with the wider church family.
Catch up with Miklos, Andras, COOL community call,
some more Prometheus format wrestling. J. dug tree-roots
out of the garden.
Meetings all day - partners, customers, student, slowly
falling behind again. Hacking in the evening - got
coolstress into some better shape, dug at
Prometheus format output.
Into Cambridge to drop off car for MOT, no action
on rattling breaks - Toyota Cambridge: abnormally annoying
when it comes to real maintenance on cars.
To the office to meet Naomi in person & try to
get her setup thanks to David, and go over marketing ideas
with Simon N together, lunch. Picked up car on the way home.
Back to E-mail; parents arrived - chatted to them
with the family.
Miriam's birthday; planning call in the morning,
got some mail chewed; H. back from Ireland around lunch
time. Out for a walk in Brandon Park, then Lynford
Arboretum with the family - fine. Caught up with work.
Watched eXistenZ - together not such a hit.
All Saints in the morning, back early - tidied house
and made Pizza for Andrew & Fran's family visiting - hit
by a transient plague of flies - annoying; enjoyed catching
up with them.
Watched Slum Dog Millionaire together.
Tidied things up, N. on an EPQ crunch, M. up late.
Got some admin done, tried to get new lock mechanism and
keeps for J's counselling room door.
Worked late while babes watched another
Up very early, to work. Call with Eloy, Pedro. BT engineer
showed up to diagnose internet failure: as expected someone had
dis-connected it in the fibre/cabinet - fun.
Into Soham with M. to get her (great) GCSE
results - what a privilege.
Internet out - poked BT, worked on 4G.
Started to chew through mail; calls with Miklos, Lubos,
Eloy, Kendy, Justin, Simon. Lots to do.
Up early, waffles for breakfast; walked to and up the
Montagne de Bueren & admired the citadel, wandered back
through various hilly streets of Liege.
Drove to Calais, queued for an unfeasibly long time
to get through UK passport control, last car onto the ferry,
and drove home at last.
Up and onwards - lots of driving to Liege, found
our AirBnB and rested.
Packed and cleaned the flat, oil in U-bends etc.
Drove through the train tunnel to Kandersteg; further
North to Burgdorf to meet Nicolas, Melanie & M. at
a fine Lido. Great to catch-up, swim, dive, and enjoy
company & hospitality.
Drove on to the German Black Forest for an
overnight stay in a lovely AirBnB. Played Fussball
& Pool with E.
Leukerbad Therme - had a lovely time, soaking
ourselves, sliding on slides, but mostly relaxing in
the warm water in a beautiful landscape & setting.
Unusual to find so many fine, welded, stainless-steel
Up late, Bisse walk in Lens - picnic lunch - lovely
views down the Valais valley. Cake shop trip, relaxed in
Breakfast, packed, checked-out - paid tourist
tax in cash: AirBnB should really ensure that's included
everywhere. Shopping, drove back through deep fog over the
Simplon; unpacked, relaxed & had some LOTR.
Up late, H. and E. swam, rainy day. Sheltered from bad
weather, shopping centre, out for dinner in the evening -
ice-cream on the Maggiore lake-front, back via small paths.
Watched Ready Player One, chat with Dad.
Up early, drove to Stresa, train to Milan - met up with
Italo who kindly showed us some of the sights, and the clothing
stores: fashion. A really lovely meal at Renato Bosco's - enjoyed
the Galeria, Doma, castle and company.
Train back to Stresa - raining encouragingly hard. Picked
up some tea, home, watched Inception together; bed.
Drove up to the Simplon pass, had a short walk and lunch,
drove over into Italy - after re-discovering some excitingly narrow
cobbled streets managed to get into Villa Anna.
Swam in the pool at the hotel; got to know the local midges.
Quested for missing Disney+ vs. listing - poked hosts; watched
Lovely views over the lake at night: lighting & lightning.
Call with Miklos in the morning - great to have
Out while H. did a four hour, open-book, online
thermodynamics exam at the flat. Wandered with J. while the
kids played at the lake. Lunch together. Bought cakes to
celebrate our walk & H's exam early afternoon.
Applied slugging at the flat, watched, read
Up early to avoid putative bad weather; breakfast, packed.
Set off on a >Bisse
de Ro walk - managed to get everyone to lake Tseuzier too and
back again - rather longer than expected though.
Enjoyed a rather excellent sermon as a family from Park-Street
wait to turn 50 - unusual to hear Ecclesiastes preached on.
Up lateish, pottered around town, enjoyed some
time by Lac Moubra - with the babes swimming. Home,
watched Jeeves & Wooster. Interestingly
pleasantly cooler at altitude, 1 degree less per
100m or so?
Up early, packed everyone into the car, and set off
for Geneva. Visited CERN with the babes - great visitor
centre and tour - but somewhat over-dumbed-down: needs more
explanation of the actual physics for eg. A-level students:
hopefully new visitor center will provide.
Impressed by old synchnotron - and 5m thick concrete
walls - with giant sliding door, good AV presentation.
Shopping, off to Crans-Montana and the flat.
Discovered the interesting things that can happen to a
bathroom if every U-bend dries out and a year of
ventillation brings not-so-fresh air through it.
Up - noisy city appartment living something of
a wrench; walked into central Dijon and enjoyed a wealth
of free culture: Museum of fine art, some churches, a
rude museum - etc. Lunch in a small park, browsed shops
with small girls, ice-cream, and home.
Watched Catch me if you can together, and
had a pasta dinner. Foolishly read E-mail; tried to sleep.
Up early, drove to Dover - missed the right ferry
but got on the next. Played smash-up on the ferry, and
enjoyed a fine view of both England & France.
Drove down to Dijon, located keys for AirBnB
& went to bed late.
Into the office to get some internet access.
Consultancy tem call. Got Mac Mini M1 installed into
build farm with Yunusemre. Met David new sysadmin the
office. Interview, sync with Simon & Eloy.
Packed for holiday tomorrow variously.
Quick mail chew, drove to near Aldeburgh for a
river boat restaurant trip with J's family. Worked in
Lovely meal and boat trip up and down the
Ore / Alde with J's family. Home - internet down - hmm.
All Saints in the morning, shared lunch.
Slept in the garden and read LOTR to the babes.
Up late, admin, payments, shopping, routed some
hinges in, website tweaks. Worked late - tried to live
upgrade Tumbleweed to openSUSE 15.4 - a very bad idea:
glibc flaked, pleased with the re-boot / snapshot
rollback though in the end.
Interview catch up with Kendy, Gulsah, ISO call,
partner clal, dug through tickets & tried to distribute
E. out on an Ark weekend with its friends.
Watched Parasite with the remaining babes - fun.
Back to work - lots of mail chew. Catch up with Pedro,
COOL community call, sync. with Andras & Gokay. Pleased
to see we had a COOL 22.05 enteprise release in my absence.
Up early, bid a fond but sad farewell to our American
family. Back to bed, slugged. J. chopped trees down. Got a
basic website setup for J's counselling business.
Beat back the admin pile a bit.
Alex over in the evening to practice bass.
Anglsey Abbey with T&B for a wander through the
woods and to meet their friends Sue & Chris, a fine time.
Out in the evening for a farewell dinner with the
Somewhat better; T&B and babes + E. went to
Roar - the awesome dinosaur park near Norwich. Continued
recovering slowly. Made a wooden hatch surround.
M&D left, slept much of the day - not well;
really sad to miss out on spending time with the family.
R&A&E&L left too.
Breakfast, prepped for an influx of family, B&A.
and Sue,Clive, A&J. arrived - with Mary Rogers. Had a
lovely lunch together in the garden - celebrating our wedding
anniversary and J's birthday.
Lots of neighbours and friends arrived for a party in
the evening with buffet - until late.
Our family ill overnight, bother.
Rob & Amelia arrived with L.&E. Rob worked,
while we slugged about in the sun in the garden with the
family. Lovely to see everyone and to have some time off.
Babes into the Memorial Gardens in the afternoon. J. cooking
much of the day. Slept in my office with J. - sixteen in
the house: fun.
Poked at some hackery, added some debugging bits to the
forkit to chase a problem. Submitted a LibOCon paper
really looking forward to meeting up with people in person. And
continued working on our very awesome (but no longer co-located)
days which will be in Berlin immediately afterwards with Eloy.
Tom & Beckie arrived, lovely to see L. & S. too.
Trampolining, pottered around with M&D who arrived later.
Mail chew, catch-up calls left & right; calls with
interns & Pedro.
Band practice with H. in the evening ; chat with Thorsten.
David arrived early, off into London together - long tube
ride, admired the Elizabeth line with E. - out to Grenwich Park
for lunch. Checked out a camera-assisted Aldi test-store: taking
things and putting them in your bag makes you feel like a
On to the Nautical museum, Queens museum, then enjoyed
climbing over the Millennium dome as a family with David,
Wagamamas afterwards, tube/drive home.
Mail chew, planning call, partner call, sat in on the first
part of the TDF board call. Setup calls with interns, tried to clear
various decks approaching holidays. Call with Caolan - sorry to see
him step down from the board - difficult problems to wrestle there.
AllSaints PCC meeting; minuted it.
All Saints in the morning, Alex played Bass for the 1st time:
nice, can play the violin instead. Pizza lunch. Read LOTR to babes.
Cleaned up and circulated the PCC minutes.
Up; poked at mail briefly; out to get some skirting
from the wonderful Barhams,
great service. Home, lunch, fitted in J's counselling room,
cut holes for lights.
Did two on-line Anglican SafeGuarding courses of 90mins
each, less traumatic than feared - and mostly common sense it
H's birthday - two back-to-back celebrations of babes.
Out to Holkham beach - enjoyed prolonged slugging & slept
in the sun for a bit while babes chatted, paddled & played.
Fish & Chips on the way home.
J's 50th birthday, babes prepared a cooked breakfast
for her, presents, cards. 1:1 with Miklos, COOL community call.
Assembled J's swinging seat with the babes over lunch.
Very pleasant catch-up with Miguel, what a hero - got
a lot of reading. House group BBQ in the evening - good to see
lots of people.
Early partner call, weekly sales call, early lunch.
CP all hands meeting, C'bra quarterly mgmt meeting.
Band practice in the evening with H. - Alex on bass
for the 1st time.
Catch up with Kendy, Cor; intern interview, lunch, another
intern interview, partner sales call. Thank God for AC in the
Monthly mgmt meeting, Gnome AB call in the evening.
Bid 'bye to the Eves; took E. to school, chewed mail,
planning call; lunch. Partner mail. Slides.
All Saints in the morning with Tim & S + H. music
and encouragement. Home for a pizza lunch. Got Time & S.
into windlands on Quest in the afternoon. Prince of Egypt
in the evening, tea, bed.
Up early, got a number of things sorted out around the
house - windows insulated, tried to adjust M's bloc-blind which
seems to want to cut a hole in itself.
Tim & Suzie, and family
over after lunch - lovely to see them, rested outside in the
garden for a while and caught up on SIL, Thailand, software,
Graphite and more.
Took J. to the on-call doctor late; thank God for
Mail chew, rescued J. from flat-tire nightmare at Tesco.
Home - Miriam Harley over with Mike to see us.
Amused by Lubos' huge
calc optimization blog. As always - the hardest part in improving
LibreOffice is finding customers who want to make a positive impact to
FLOSS by getting support; with thanks to Gerald.
Customer & Partner call, catch up with Gokay, and Jos.
Mail chew, call with Miklos. Out to drive J. for some minor
outpatient surgery. Lunch. Poked at memory sharing between forkit
children and their parents with Noel for a bit. Positive Bible Study
group in the evening.
Mail chew, holding the fort for Eloy in sales: fun.
Dev show & tell from most of the team at lunch-time, with some
hack-week news too - great to see the good things people have
been working on.
Mail chew, catch-up with Lubos & Quikee, 1:1 with Kendy,
poked at internship opportunities, met with Philippe & signed off
Dinner, J. out to a BBQ - caught up with some pending sales
Mail chew - great buckets of it of rather mixed quality.
Planning call, good to have Kendy back. Plugged away at admin,
curious TDF board call.
Played at All Saints with H. in the morning. Home,
story, slept exhaustedly on the sofa for much of the afternoon.
Watched Tomb Raider with the babes, early bed.
Off as a family to Lowestoft - lovely meal with B&A at Iconic.
Wandered the charity shops a bit, walked to Ness Point via a furniture
Sync with Eloy. Mail chew, quick lunch, drove into Cambridge,
lunch-time talk for Hills Road students on skills needed for a career
in Software Engineering:
David over for mexian food in the garden, attacked the hedge
and various trees together to get them a bit under control.
Catch up with Andras, COOL community call, pain in
the neck still; bisected a rendering problem out of calc at
some length. Estimation, etc.
Call with Emiliano; pleasant Bible study group in
the garden in the evening.
Sales call with Eloy, good to get back to that.
Spent some time debugging sheet geometry building in online,
chased and reviewed various patches, caught up with old mail.
Mail chew; chat with Tor, catch up with Mert; poked at
some LibreOffice tickets and code.
Watching these home videos of ammunition dumps exploding
through glass windows gives me the creeps: the Halifax Explosion
ended up with buckets full of eyes, after glass window fragments
damaged so many watching the show from indoors.
Spent some time filling the skip with unwanted bits of
junk & foliage with J. Managed to fall off a fatigued aluminium
ladder while cutting the hedge: and survived with bruises - thank
God. Ladder a write-off.
Mail chew, planning call, patch review. Lunch with H.
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Announced our hack-week internally - though we have to do this in
a staggered way to keep full-service for customers, and some are on holiday.
All Saints in the morning (school leavers service), H.
on piano; home for a chicken salad in the garden; missed Laura.
Took M. and N. to StAG / punting, watched Snatch with H. picked
up babes, bed.
Mihai and team worked on getting trimming up around our
un-rendered house facade; and the surfaces smoothed out; looking
J&H. out to get flooring, did misc. admin, booked
home in Italy for some days in the summer - looking forward to
A chunk of maths revision with E. interesting how the
algebra bit^wwet-rots with time and other subjects. Emily over
for dinner, watched some Man vs. Bee.
Admin, continued working back through mail. Took E. and
her friends to an escape-room in Cambridge and went to see David.
Back for pizza dinner & rest. E's friends around for a sleepover.
Mihai & team arrived early, got them setup - lovely job
plastering room in a day.
Pleased to see TheRegister write up the new
Catch up with Miklos, partner call, COOL community call bits,
call with Philippe & an old friend.
Today Collabora's app-store experiment with LibreOffice Vanilla
was ended. In time we will write up and publish the data more widely,
make final donations to TDF and as/when sensible finish up some Mac work
in due course. Many thanks to all those who
hard over the years to get LibreOffice into many app-stores - you rock.
Of course - you can still get Collabora
Office for your Mac, and help to support FOSS development that way.
Slide work with Eloy much of the morning.
Really pleased to see so much work from the team, and
the wider community released as Collabora
Online 22.05 - a first cut of our next round of development
work around the next-generation Collabora Online - quicker,
slicker, better, prettier and more.
Partner Council - really good to catch up with and
get feedback from our partners -
companies making awesome things happen in the world of FLOSS.
Community & partner call later. Sync with Miklos.
Band practice early with H. in the evening, Beckie's
Mail, team testing session; marketing review,
Partner Council slide review late in the evening.
Mail chew, new-look, quicker planning call; missed Gokay.
Patch review, dentist appointment & then TDF board call -
the Dentist was fun - a new chap.
All Saints, played with the band. Home for a pizza lunch.
Read to the babes a bit, Chris, Leanna & Annabelle over to
see us for a bit and borrow some tools. Enjoyed the sun together.
Up lateish; pottered around - strimmed some things with
birthday present. David over for lunch, relaxed for a bit,
sawed bits off door corners so they opened more fully &
safely & painted them up.
Mail chew, tried to catch up ineffectively with the backlog.
Went to see M. at her Prom - looking lovely, and smiley in a pretty
yellow dress from Amelia. Natchos for diner, hunted for H. at a
choice of railway stations. Collected M. from a sleep-over via
McDonalds, bed too late.
Up early, breakfast, took babes to school; worked
around the breakfast table happily. Took Eloy, Miklos &
Andras to Stansted.
Mail chew; caught up with family.
Up early; took babes to school; into Cambridge.
More meeting action, catch-up with Caolan over lunch.
Lots more working through of topics, round-up. Back to
Newmarket for a dinner at Unico, slugged in the evening
Into Cambridge to the office for meetings for
much of the day - lovely to have an in-person meet
again. Chewed over the strategic issues together,
lunch & back to work.
Out for a wander through Cambridge, punting,
fine steak dinner (met Tashie), drove home via the
office. Up late.
Mail chew, catch-up with admin & slide prep.
M. home - getting to the end of exams. Out shopping with
Eloy to stock up for the team's arrival.
Caught up with Eloy in the garden, BBQ, picked
up Miklos & Andras together from Stansted. Kendy
Up early, into town, breakfast in the castle court, enjoyed
choir practice and some quiet prayer in the Cathedral. Off to see H.
before heading to Kings Church Durham
having a baptism service in the student union for one of H's friends.
Lugged more baggage to the car, lunch at Hatfield, met
with Elize. Bid a fond 'bye to H. drove to my parents. Lovely tea,
cake, presents, swinging seat construction, too short: drove home.
Met up with the babes & Eloy.
Into Durham, via Tesco for breakfast: amazed to see a
Deliveroo chap (presumably) delivering Tesco cafe breakfasts.
Got some picnic food. Off to see H.
Had a very lovely time catching up with Mark Miller
at the Whitechurch pub; a ~twenty year gap gives a lot to catch
On to Wharton Park to meet up with Chris & Joy, S&E.
enjoyed some fine views, good company, a birthday picnic. Wandered
back to H's room, did some work with her before heading to Newcastle
for a lovely dinner & catch-up with them. An encouraging branch
of the wider family.
Caught up with R&A&boys in the morning, got R'
setup to work. Quick packing and set off to Ilkley with J. for
a birthday/20th' anniversary trip: fun. Caught up with Auntie
Nicky, on to Durham. Met up with H. lovely to see her - out
for some Thai food.
To the hotel, enjoyed the nearby pool / spa.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call, plugged away
at bug-fixing a particularly nasty delta related race around
versioning tiles, cancellation and more - finally nailed it.
Catch up with Andras, caught the end of the ESC.
Rob & Amelia arrived with the boys after dinner.
Caught up with them happily.
Sales call with Eloy, helped David S move some giant perlings
for his attic conversion with some friends. Finished the sales call.
Catch-up with Frank & Gokay.
Worked on some delta cache management pieces - cutting down
the number of FIXMEs that are left and scaling the delta cache with
the user count in a document.
E's birthday - presents at breakfast. Mail chew;
1:1 with Kendy, planned in-person mgmt meeting, updated
projections. Booked hotel room.
Mail chew, planning call, marketing catch-up, partner
call. Dinner. Minuted a busy PCC meeting in the evening.
Up, brief scripture & reflection from David, sung a song,
drove to Dedham for a fine walk in the forest. Enjoyed lunch together,
and David McGrath kindly drove me & Simon back.
Lovely to see the family again; tea with David in the garden;
watched the end of a movie, bed early.
Up earlyish, English Breakfast at the quay, caught a small
ferry across the river stour, and walked for some hours around a
rather fine piece of English countryside. Lunch watching a view
over the river, lots of interesting conversation - back to base.
Out for a Turkish dinner.
Packed for the mens walking weekend.
As TDF changes its approach
to app-store packaging I thought it would be worth
taking some time to look back and try to thank everyone that has
done such excellent
work over the years. I hope I didn't miss anyone - though of
course I have several Linux packaging heros that are (arguably)
not per-se app-store packagers I had to miss out: Rene, Petr,
Fridrich and no doubt more.
David picked me up, collected Simon N too, off to Harwich to
stay in an old fire-station with Men of Faith from All Saints.
Chatted happily, enjoyed Beckie's cake, walked along the shore,
fish & chip supper; up late.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call. Lunch,
ESC call. Took M. to the doctor's.
Chased a nasty delta crasher - obviously each tile
could only be compressed / delta'd once - it would be
madness to have the same tile listed twice. Except - we do
sometimes: added lots of assertions; fixed that. Lovely
Ubisan stack trace dumping fixage from Andras pointed at
exactly the problem immediately - lovely. Faster, and
Dropped babes to school, mail chew, sales call with Eloy,
debugged a few more issues with 22.05 while editing.
Helped M. with some physics, abortive band-practice: not
here at the weekend, worked late. Poked at Ubisan to find out how
to encourage it to print traces more reliably on detected badness.
Planning call; mail chew - got my blog re-located
something of a hiatus caused by the demise of
people.gnome.org - that lets me continue to be
a dinosaur and generate RSS manually and so on.
Why is it always at the very end of the day, when I
need to quit and emerge from my lair - that I'm most productive:
in the 'stolen time' from my family? Perhaps this is the secret
sauce behind the four day week ?
Thought this was a bank holiday, but apparently wrong.
Posted things, returned a substantial wrecking bar of the wrong
length. Collected medicine for M.
Played at Barry Bushel's funeral & caught up with
friends & family afterwards.
Home, chat with Kendy. Finally managed to catch the
focus loss bug on save that drives me up the wall in 22.05.
All Saints in the morning; Mary Rogers home for lunch, back
in the afternoon for a Jubliee celebration - talked to lots of
interesting people popping past by the church until late
Watched Jack Ryan with the babes bed early.
Up late, scraped back & painted some windows with J.
The profound annoyance of wooden windows! prolly need to turn them
to plastic with wood-hardener over time or something.
Watched Passengers with the babes, implemented some
bandwidth measurement for the deltas work in the evening - encouraging
improvements for cool 22.05.
Mail chew, admin. Sue & Clive over in the afternoon,
lovely to catch up with them. Lazed in the garden together for a
while before playing games indoors together.
Caught up with Miklos, COOL community call, misc.
meetings in the afternoon. Catch-up with Philippe.
Fun catch-up with Sean in the evening interrupted by a
Kebab delivery - reading LOTR together in the evenings.
Sales & Marketing call with Eloy. Some user feedback
& Product Mgmt ranking pieces.
Catch up with Kendy, N. out to a party. Distracted by some
performance hacking fun - made delta-generation very much faster,
spent a while reading hotspot profiles.
Planning call much of the morning; catch up with Sophie,
CRM call with William, Andras, Eloy. Partner call, out for a run
with J. part of a TDF board call.
All Saints, new Vicar announced; home for pizza and some
slugging. Watched Meet the Parents with the babes, bed.
Some code review; played with diamond concrete grinder
trying to avoid silicosis, loss of eyesight & hearing loss
concurrently with some trouble.
Helped J. in the garden removing hedge stumps, with our
neighbour Russell's help.
Mail chew; poked at profiles. Catch up with Noel,
positive catch-up with Frank, interesting times.
Sync with Miklos, COOL community call, Lunch. Plugged
away at some profiling action - pushed some low hanging fruit -
always nice to find and fix.
Helped J. dig a giant root from the hedge out.
Took babes to school; sales call with Eloy, picked
up Miriam from school; lunch with N. too.
Sync with Ash & Tor on chroot & file
management for fonts. Plugged away at adapting deltas to
All Saints band practice; merged deltas - lets see
what testing shows.
Sync with Kendy; ISO 9k1/27k1 call with Hannah & Herman.
Admin; long catch-up call with Eloy.
Reading LOTR to the family in the evening - fun. Worked on
Deltas a bit - got another chunk of code merged with them disabled.
Took M. to a GCSE, mail chew, planning calls, M.
dropped home. Lunch with N. too.
Mail chew, some research, poked at build issues;
turns out having the latest libstdc++ from gcc is really
important for clang.
Whiteboard turned out to be a hit with E. who
covered it with comic drawings.
All Saints, played, back for pork stew lunch.
Lazed in the sun in the garden, under a shade-sail
in J's lap - lovely. Watched Walter Mitty in the evening.
Had a fine time at David's helping with the guttering;
hopefully sealed everything up and replaced this & that
nicely. Lunch, had a go at holly-tree trimming up a ladder
Home, put up a white-board, had a chat with H.
Mail chew; catch-up with Andras, conference paper
submission. Worked on deltas happily.
Mail chew; some catch-up, 1:1 with Miklos, COOL community
call, catch-up with Pedro. Plugged away at the admin backlog.
White-board arrived, hopefully in-range of a web-cam somehow -
perhaps drawing big pictures is the real solution.
Bible Study group in the evening, good to see Thomas too.
Breakfast with Marc, Sales call with Eloy, packed,
more sales downstairs; bit tired; Marc did a workshop, lunch.
Bid 'bye to the remaining people. Set off for train station.
Hacked in the plane a little left & right. Drove
back. Lovely to be home with J. and family again.
Up early, breakfast with Marc, off to a theatre
for the (very impressive) Univention Summit. Talked with attendees,
and old friends and partners much of the day.
Enjoyed some talks with live translation too. Dinner
in the evening together, back to the hotel bar & up until
Up unfeasibly early, drove to Stansted - flight to
Bremen, checked in - planning call; Kebap for lunch; calls
with MikeK & Kendy, Tracie.
Met up with Marc, out for a pre-dinner together with
a number of Univention Summit attendees.
All Saints, chatted to all and sundry after the
service. Home for Pizza, N. not feeling at all good.
Julie & Isaac over, relaxed with the family.
Watched with E. and J. tea, packed for tomorrow.
Worked on slides in the morning, recorded video
& sent it out. Out to Screwfix with J. bought a 230mm
Mac angle grinder and some blades - interesting.
Call with a potential partner & demo. Sad news
around marketing , 1:1 with Eloy, Gokay,
Kendy. Out for a run with J.
Worked on slides for the Univention Summit until
Catch-up with Miklos, COOL community call: not the same
with Pedro on vaction, catch up with Andras, mail & admin.
Sales call & catch-up with Eloy; worked on deltas,
catch-up with Gokay.
More delta work - got down to 20 patches outstanding,
and lots of other important bits merged eg.
Thought it was working nicely until demo'ing to Kendy in our 1:1
Lunch with J. Back to deltas, catch up with Simon,
deltas, dinner, deltas.
Planning call much of the morning; started working on
re-basing deltas, squashing pieces out & getting everything
that will compile and run by itself into master with some
success, down to just 40 patches.
All Saints, played Beckie's guitar & worship -
with lots of good songs - although weak ensemble since we
can't hear each other well.
Pizza lunch, slugged in the garden; watched
Kiki's delivery service with E. picked the babes
up, and to bed.
Up late, helped H. with some electronics, and
babes with some revision. Rested variously with J.
David over, sat outside under the shade sail
& chatted, put up a gate catch, rested variously.
Worked late on deltas with some success.
Catch up with Andras, out for a run with J. Mail
patch-review & merging. Rotated my office somehow,
fast laptop still struggling tearing 4k youtube even
over display-port - interesting, no doubt a software issue.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call, partner
debugging session: some user-agent / poly-fill JS horror in
the end. Lunch. Catch-up with Andras. More mail chew &
admin - poked at Skia/PPC somewhat.
Sales meeting, catch-up with William, setup Intel/Thinkpad -
hopefully it will resume after suspend.
Partner call, catch up with Gokay.
Catch up with Kendy & Simon, caught up with mail, fixed
a chunk of FIXMEs in the online / delta work.
Partner call & planning call in parallel.
B&A over for lunch, quiche and home-made doughnuts.
Talked for a while together. Out to look at a local
Caught up some mail & code. Chat with H.
helped M. with some maths, ordered a new Lenovo laptop
to replace the ~catastrophic Dell G5s Ryzen 4800H -
horrible suspend/resume problems - disappears & never
returns, no logging, no errors, grim, well known & un-fixed.
All Saints in the morning, canned music, APCM meeting.
Len came back for a pizza lunch; lovely to get to know him a bit
better. Watched Skyfall in the evening with E. collected N.
& M. from StAG.
Plugged away at some building / concreting work with E.
now a rather skilled pad-stone manoeverer (with jack) - fun.
Catch up with Gokay, Pedro & Szymon, chat with Jos.
Helped H. with some engineering revision on Jitsi.
Men of Faith fish & chip dinner at All Saints.
Catch-up with Miklos, COOL community call, quarterly C'bra
mgmt meeting until late.
Tried to get wxPython setup on a Mac for a customer;
somewhat nightmarish, sometimes I despair of the Linux Desktop -
and then I see a Windows machine where an update has irreparably
broken screen brightness or somesuch and marvel.
Sales catch-up, quarterly C'bra mgmt meeting much of the day
Up late - blackout blinds; sync with Kendy (who also is
Furze watcher; sync with Simon, worked on some marketing together.
Catch up with Eloy, contract work, marketing bits.
Planning call; lunch, partner call, poked at planning
and LinkedIn, catch-up with Philippe.
Out for a run with J. Put up Bloc-blinds in the bedroom
All Saints in the morning, just me and (2 metre) Peter -
without having practiced: survived for the most part. Home for
a Pizza lunch.
Slugged, J. took babes to StAG, watched The
Hunt for Red October with E. Rested.
Played with E. in the morning, made some mortar together
and started improving the drive. Lunch, David over - chatted,
fixed up some wiring for roses, removed an ivy root, sealed the
garage door a bit better.
Lynn and Esther over in the evening, watched Silent
Witness with J.
Catch up with Eloy, admin, lunch, call with Cor, more E-mail,
poked at projections, reviewed Ash' save patches.
Watched Get Smart in the evening with E. it could
use a sequal.
Starting to feel somewhat better - good. Parents car not
charged enough in the morning: vampire drains over-taking the
trickle-charger? Took babes to school, made some jump-leads from
scrap cabling off-cuts - and jump started their car with some
help from M&D.
Helped to get H. sorted out and off to University - so
lovely to have her around, sad to see her go.
1:1 with Miklos, COOL community call, lunch, 1:1 with
Andras, chats with Jos & Simon. Booked flights for Univention
Back to E-mail and the backlog. Leo over in the evening
for home-group, lovely to catch-up with him.
Wedding Anniversary - twenty blissful years. Lots
of nice cards - lovely.
To work, a bit of E-mail, poked at slides, CP
Out for a lovely walk with the parents in the
afternoon at Lynford Arboretum - some fine trees, and
a potter around together - must be getting old.
Chinese take-out treat in the evening, thanks to
Catch up with Mike & Kendy, Lunch,
quarterly mgmt call, more E-mail backlog beat-back.
Discovered parents' Prius battery discharged
due to leaving the light on: odd to de-couple the 12V
systems from the (charged) motive battery. Left it
Up lateish; cooked breakfast with the family. Out to St
Albans together to meet up with S&C & boys - played in
the park together in the sun - still feeling throaty. Bid 'bye
to R&A and boys.
Home, did some work with H. before she went out for
All off to church, celebrated variously - easter-egg hunt
in the graveyard afterwards with the babes - walked home in the sun.
J. stayed for Leo's baptism, snacked and chatted in the garden
together - J. back - big lamb roast lunch.
Played with the babes; talked until late at night with R.
Bit of wiring in the garage with Father; helped H.
with some project research. Lunch together, R&A and boys
arrived late - lovely to see them, up late.
Up late, rested somewhat, out for a walk with M&D,
M&E along the dyke nearby, shade-sail up in the garden
& lunch outside - a lovely hot day.
David over, got insulated plasterboard stabilized by
injecting foam behind it, set too getting the floor fitted
with David's help - and some success; managed to (somehow)
almost level the floor with packing pieces.
Dinner, dunged out the U-bend in a parlous state in
Still feeling poor; out to Ridgeons to get supplies; set-too
cutting out & re-siliconing the top bathroom shower seal.
Interrupted by a friendly fencer - caught up with Sue & Russel.
Parents arrived in the evening, watched some Colin
Furze with Father and rested.
Still feeling poor. Helped J. with the shopping -
it's amazing what she does to feed us all. Triaged E-mail
to try to keep it down.
Up late, caught up my blog since Jan 27th in a block.
Still in something of a haze.
Feeling awful; planning calls. B&A over - stayed
away from them while trying to catch up - slept through the
Late night work with Eloy (on vacation).
All-Saints, precautionary mask wearing despite
another clear COVID test.
Put up Trampoline again after the winds, and
clipped it to the house. Managed to give a bike to
Cedric - slowly empting the garage of unused stuff.
David over, managed to get the tricky insulated
plasterboard pieces above and around the door together
having stuck some timber into the RSJ above it - 100mm
phosphate screws are the bees knees. Ran out of foam.
Ham, eggs &. chips for tea - nice.
Feeling pretty awful; took much of the day off; modulo
FOSS Asia presentation - great to be back there. Cut the grass:
walking slowly up & down is about my limit.
Feeling pretty awful - not COVID it seems though;
worked on & off.
Joint COOL presentation with our partner Redpill Linpro;
weekly sales call, monthly Productivity developers show-and-tell.
Worked on slides for FOSS-Asia talk tomorrow.
Discovered my blog is down - apparently I had missed
the notification: bother; kindly provided with a backup
of the last ~20 years of random up-loads/backups/slides & blog
bits from there: 1.8Gb.
Fond memories of when such things were stored at unam.mx in the very early days
Been wondering what to do about my blog anyway - some
people complain(ed) about the personal content - it's not
technical-enough and presumably ragged around the edges. They want
a tag so they can ignore the personal pieces - and can instead get
pure engineering updates - as if from some corporate entity. I'm
not impressed by such requests for several reasons:
Have spent some holiday to catch up, and will try to get some
- Hacker communities are made of people - not corporate
clones: people are wonderfully different & have real lives,
and interests. Its important to remember that communities
are not this homogeneous professional blob - they are made
of diverse experiences, viewpoints and interests.
- Reminding people that their software is created and
maintained by a fun but motley crew of random co-beligerents
can stop them getting the idea that they get a polished,
professional product for free - which is quite helpful
for the ecosystem who sell that.
- My blog is run from some legacy pybloxsm software from
emacs and I have little-to-no time to adapt it to make it
easier for people to read only the worker-bee part of it.
They are more than welcome to read none of it.
- My technical content is increasingly less substantial
these days I fear - primarily I do a lot of sales and
management which - while interesting & encouraging
doesn't lend itself to early publication.
Planning calls, early Sales & Marketing call -
trying to make some calendar space for a holiday.
All Saints; Mike Geach over for a pizza lunch,
lovely to catch up with him again; rested variously.
J. took E. to The Ark at Isleham for a YFC all-day
event: climbing, laser-quest and all sorts of useful teaching.
Managed to get roller-door removed, and new window
frames fitted - glazing sealed in properly this time, and
surrounds added. Hung doors, foam & frame sealant all
around, and - bingo - something approaching a room starts
More delta work, good to have Henry helping out too,
merged some of his changes to my branch.
Slept poorly; un-screwed leaking drain with H's help.
Wow; full of solids nearly to the brim, after some investigation
discovered the hole filled with a metre cubed bulk sand bag and
some rocks: which had been acting as a solid filter presumably
since construction by Pete Mathews Home Improvements Ltd. not
great. Set too trowling the volume down with H's help.
Interupted by a pleasant call with Simon & Nick
at Linux Format and lunch.
Worked on delta cache pieces until J. returned.
Finally solved the plumbing issue by the evening; grim.
You don't realize how wonderful modern sanitation is until it
Shut the bathrooms draining into the dodgy manhole;
still have some free capacity luckiy. Waited for drain people
Sales call, some marketing bits; more delta debugging.
No-one arrived to charge us some hundreds of pounds to
unblock the drains by the late evening - hey ho.
Managed to reproduce an annoying Online crash; Aron
got a nice reproducer good to get that fixed. Discovered the
drains not draining - things from upstairs coming out
downstairs: not cool. Called emergency drain un-blockers -
picked the one that gave a quote in pounds for tomorrow.
Pleased to find SSL issue fixed & released.
Planning calls; came to do tax & annual accounting
to discover a failed bank-pin RSA dongle - why is the battery
not user-serviceable ? odd.
All Saints, J. ran Kids For Christ (KFC). Relaxed.
Building in the garage with David; got more of the next
wall insulated, plaster-boarded and so on.
Up very late working with Ash on a rather surprising SSL
Some hacking time at last - lots of progress on improving
delta + keyframe compression and storage - nice. Catch-up call
Relaxed and caught up with H. who helped with the garage
building work somewhere here.
N. got a positive COVID test - and started self-isolating,
M. to the dentist, H. home - really lovely to see her after so long.
COOL community call, admin etc.
Sales calls, band practice.
Took babes to school; planning calls; mail chew,
All Saints; fine lunch, slugging.
David over; got much more stud-work with ply screwed
to the garage ceiling, floor, fibre-glass into sections and
plasterboard onto the back wall.
Mail & admin catch-up, sync with Gokay. Got some
cable pulls sorted out in the garage.
1:1's, COOL community call, catch-up with Julian
Seward - its been too long - really missing in-persons like
Debugged delta pieces, monotonic timestamps and so on.
Sales meeting; Productivity monthly all-hands meeting,
1:1's, slides, monthly mgmt meeting.
Planning calls, catch-up with Olivier Paroz; All Saints
PCC meeting in the evening.
All Saints, Kelsey over for lunch - lovely to get
to know her a bit better.
David over; dunged out the garage, built beautiful timber
frames overlayed with ply-wood and perfectly square. Fitted them
into place to discover the concrete floor and/or ceiling is far
from level; time for expanding-foam and packers.
Catch-up call with Rash, worked on slides variously.
COOL Community call, various 1:1s, bits of hacking,
catch-up with Peter G.
E-mail catch-up, sales call, band practice, finished
solding up the Geiger Counter - getting around ~1 scintilation
each second or two on average: not very sensitive I suspect -
hopefully sees more than passing muons.
Breakfast & meetings in the morning, train, plane
home again - good to be back.
Up earlyish, day of meetings - interesting people
lots of good things going on. Dinner in the evening together.
All Saint in the morning, B&A, S&C & boys over
for a lovely lunch; got a train to Heathrow - first time back
on the road after endless lock-downs. Arrived in Hamburg, got
to the Hotel, sleep.
Set too soldering components, David over too - E. turns
out to be the only person who can fit through a tiny gap - at
least one of the family can.
Worked with Ash on a Secure View talk; call with Florian,
catch-up with Gokay. Men of Faith pot-luck dinner at AllSaints
in the evening.
Catch up with Miklos, COOL community call, call with Andras;
got some hacking done on deltas.
DIY Geiger Counter PCB and components showed up: available
Sales call, competitor chat, customer call, catch up
with Gokay - life seems to be mostly calls these days.
Team 1:1's variously, Nextcloud catch-up, sales call.
All Saints, lunch, went to collect M. and N. together -
lovely building, apparently somewhat cold.
Just E. at home - up early and took her to Go-Ape in
Thetford to swing through the trees together: fair-do's - just
as with the others; but somehow a decade after my first trip
with M. I have more aches. Nice meal afterwards, enoyed spending
Sync call with Thorsten/Lothar, last gasp of board bits.
Interesting potential partner call. Took M. and N. to a StAG youth
camp in a rather impressive Catholic castle-like building.
COOL community call, mail chew, bits of hacking.
Slideware, encouraging Partner Council call.
Unusual but friendly call with a competitor.
Positive virtual meet-up with some NHS types.
Painted RSJs in the garage again - got a cold.
Caught up with Eloy, mail, slide-ware. Wrote a
unit test for root-cause fix - boost's default encoding
for unknown languages is unhelpful.
Mail chew; got a debug build of core to chase a nasty
to it root. 1:1's with people.
Monthly all-hands. Customer crit-sit chasing again.
New fridge arrived; unwound various cunning schemes
for keeping things cool - plumbed it in, wired it up.
Sync with Kendy; B&A over for lunch, ate up
lots of older, partially thawed food.
Monthly mgmt call; worked late.
Planning calls as normal.
J. out at her course, N & M at GenR8 - played with E.
Fridge compressor now starting at least, but cuts out
after a short while of cooling, and sounds unusual. Gave in and
ordered new fridge/freezer - hopefully for another 15 years.
Put up mirror for J, tidied up etc.
Hammerited steels in the Garage - aleady rusting despite
de-humidification: hmm, primed timber-window frame
Call with H. debugged some unexpected oddness in her Arduineo
Fridge failed ~15 years old - (Samsung) compressor still
working - soldered in a spare new relay in 5 minutes: should be
user service-able and socketed like motor brushes really.
Last TDF board meeting: deeply ambivalent about the state
of TDF governance as I leave; thank goodness for the many capable
new board members elected.
Worked on projections.
Meetings, COOL community call.
Sales call, catch up with Gokay; band practice.
Caught up with Lubos & Noel.
More data, continued on customer crit-sit until late;
discovered lots of brokenness in their own infra.
Catch up with Eloy; helped Hannah with some curious
matlab programming language: who knew that the
type function would do variable substitution by default:
most un-expected; lovely to chat with her.
Customer crit-sit, up all night testing & trying to
diagnose the root cause.
Caught up with Dave Neary, now at Ampere - its
been too long without an in-person FOSDEM or the like.
Work; always feel a bit bad buying a valentines day
card multi-pack. Took J out in the evening - such a delightful
Planning call much of the morning; tried to air the
formaldehyde smell from out-gassing book-shelves from the
room somehow without letting the cold in.
All Saints, David came over, slugged variously.
Visited Bruce & Anne, lovely to see them.
Shelves arrived from IKEA (finally), TDF employees call,
encouraging customer/partner call, mail, encouraging meet up with
Arawa's great team; catch up with Eloy, Gokay, and an interestig
west-coast start-up. Admin, mail, minutes, catch-up.
Catch up with Miklos & Andras; COOL community
call. Sorted out purple. C'bra quarterly mgmt call much
of the afternoon and evening; caught up with frenzy of
detailed task backlog in parallel.
Finally got to TDF budget ranking; tweaked my
ssh-config for gerrit thanks to mst & erAck.
PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes ssh-rsa did it
Transferred H. money for university food &
Took babes to school, CS3 interspersed with sales call
with Eloy; catch-up with Gokay. C'bra quarterly mgmt call much
of the afternoon - caught up with admin in parallel.
Planning call, TDF marketing call; worked on
CS3 slides until late, called Pad.
Planning call, TDF marketing call; worked on
CS3 slides until late.
All Saints, 2m Peter played the Organ well; sang
with Mary. Bob spoke, home for roast lunch. Slugged
vigorously; picked up babes from StAG in the evening.
Up lateish, breakfast with the crowd; got the garage
tidied up again. Worked on J's counselling room facade -
routed up the door sill, managed to take ~all the teeth off
the circular saw removing the top 1cm of the frame: which
made it substantially harder to cut with. Eventually cut
it down to size.
FOSDEM slides, recorded & up-loaded video -
looking forward to it; set to work on CS3 slides,
talk with Simon, catch up with Gokay.
Helped N. tidy the house, picked up Charlie,
and got to work making the garage habitable for boys:
amazingly there is a concrete floor under the dust.
Lots of N's friends turned up for 17th birthday
party & sleepover; good to see them, tried to teach
several lads to play 'go'. Left them to it, 2:30am the
singing stopped, 3:30 - boys out to the garage to sleep.
1:1's, COOL community call; discussion of the
color purple: fun.
Wonderful to see the team release
today - with all the goodness of CODE, and some new RTL
functionality for our Arabic, Hebrew and other Indic users
Catch up with Dennis, sales call, monthly all-hands
call. Release material review, TDF Advisory Board call.
All Saints, practice singing.
Press pre-briefing on COOL 21.11, catch up with Simon,
monthly mgmt call, mail chew.
New-approach to planning calls, mail, catch up with Philippe.
Up early sawed a barrel in half to grow potatoes
in for Father, re-arranged the garage contents a bit; lunch.
Drove home, sermon in the car, dinner with the babes;
Up earlyish, breakfast. Got support prepared by Dad screwed
into the attic, wire through, ceiling switch mounted and wired. Out
to visit a friend of Mum's who kindly lent H. a lovely full-size
Home - back onto wiring with Father; a fine lunch. Drove H.
to Durham, and managed to get her bits back to her study with E's
help. Wandered through the Cathedral, and out for a coffee with
her friend - lovely. Bid a fond farewell.
Drove home, dinner, watched Cinderella & had snacks
with the parents.
Sync with Gokay, TDF board calls, catch up with Frank,
go/no-go decision call with Ash, Gokay, patch review etc.
Packed left N. and M. at home, and drove to M&D's.
Chat with Miklos, partner call, COOL community
call. Lunch with H, sync with Eloy, partner call.
Provider check-in, caught end of the ESC, customer call.
Sales call, catch up with Eloy, Andras, Gokay.
Catch-up with Mike K, Kendy, Simon L, mail chew.
Into town with J. and H. to meet up with N. for
a birthday celebration at Nandos together.
Monster planning-call 2.5hrs - the joys of
approaching release time? Intro call for Italo, Mike
& Simon L. Partner discussion.
All Saints; band. Pizza lunch, relaxed variously
with the family in the afternoon..
Chewed at mail & some hackery in the morning.
David over in the afternoon, present opening;
played with arranging Spot-It cards into a 7x7 grid with
some vanishing points ineffectually for a while before
Got timber joinery sorted, and glued together,
dinner, relaxed together.
Mail chew, prioritization, patch review, some hacking.
Durham switched to online teaching for two weeks for
H. so she could stay home for a bit longer: fun; re-arranged
the weekend with M&D.
Various 1:1's, COOL community call, catch up with Gokay,
poked at tickets & bugs, caught some of the ESC call.
Susan around for house-group, chatted with her and J.
Weekly sales call, team dev show & tell - lots of
encouraging goodness being created. Call with Gokay.
Started adjusting window frame for the garage, cut a
suitable mortice in the nice mahogony.
Various 1:1's, catch-up with Ezinne, poked at delta
generation, and customer pieces.
Mail chew, planning call, J. got the decorations down,
caught up with Simon L, plugged at admin, continued reading back
through E-mail; out for a run with J.
All Saints with H. in the morning; dropped H. at the
train, home for a Pizza lunch with Hannah, Nick & Joni
played games with them; lovely to catch-up.
Out for a walk with J. H. M. E. - passed the somewhat
extraordinary Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital: (Hedge-hogs, why can't
they share?) - and had a nice walk around Ousden and admired
what looks like a bunker on Back Street.
Spent some considerable time adding a lock to
our en-suite toilet door; can finally put router &
jigs away after their long service - good.
Hacking until midnight - ooh it's addictive; got
compressed deltas almost working with zlib - lots of
bandwidth and CPU savings left & right I hope.
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