Month: September 2009

issa gone expode!

In Switserland today. It’s great to be in the mountains again, it puts a spring in my step — although the travel also puts a crimp in my email responsiveness. I’m in Winterthur for OpenExpo, where I’ll be showing off all three of my hats. Stop by for a promotional talk about the Open Web […]

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Software Freedom Day

[ Maybe I really mean Talk Like a Pirate Day ] This year’s Software Freedom Day saw me weeding the garden, pulling up spent corn stalks and cursing the stinging nettles. So I hope they had fun in Barcelona and Amsterdam; I see Jos was a speaker at the latter, so let’s assume (KDE bias […]

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Return to blogging

Fell quiet for a bit there. After ferreting out some anti-blogging quotes written fourty years or more ago, I headed off to the UK. Lincoln, which does have a very nice cheese shop as well as a cathedral. There was ale and innuendo — and a blind taste test to see if Stella Artois is […]

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And grumpy evenings

Reading through John O’Mill’s Puure Piffel, I found Homer never wrote a line, nor Buddha, Christ or Constantine, but you – poor pen and paper clown, you cannot wait to write it down. O’Mill – pseudonym for Jan van der Meulen – wrote nonsense rhymes; to him the EBN owes the word “omphaloskepsis”. There’s no […]

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Bad mornings

Woke up from a very convincing dream featuring a book – well worn and from the style printed mid-’70s – describing revolutionary Lego CAD / CAM techniques. Woke up with back pain, unsure if that’s related, so it was a matter of packing the kids off, painkillers, and back to bed until they started working. […]

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Cookery (5)

A Chinese colleague of mine — Ling, since moved to Boston I think — taught me to make won tons. It’s the kind of meal that is therapeutic in its preparation, because you can spend about an hour folding these little dumplings. Mira, who is six, just loves helping in the kitchen, so she climbs […]

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KDE 4.3.1 on Sun Ray

The Sun Ray thin client is a nifty piece of hardware, especially when it’s painted with a KDE Oxygen logo. It’s a thin client with USB forwarding and sound and session management and smartcard support (but it does not support the FSFE’s Fellowship smartcard). You can put the roughly the same thing together with Free […]

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KDE 4.3.0 IPS packages for OpenSolaris 2009.6

This week I’ve spent a few late nights working on the OpenSolaris packaging of KDE 4.3.0 — since 4.3.1 is out, it’s just about time, don’t you think? FreeBSD has the good stuff already. New development repositories: we have been using Mercurial for a while for maintaining the specfile repositories that drive the packaging of […]

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FSFE microblogging ; office

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has got an infestation of interns. Under Matthias Kirschner’s lead, they should be blogging and denting away — as well as getting actual work done instead of exchanging witty banter on IM networks. Welcome to Hugo and Lena. If you look closely you can see the current chaotic status […]

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A look into the past (2)

I wrote recently about a little machine logbook I found in a disused storage cabinet in the old science building. The machine it refers to might be one produced by Floating Point Systems, Inc., since I found a processor manual (part #860-7259-003) in the same cabinet, and some of the instructions seem similar. The manual […]

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