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DHL phone service

Safe as Milk - Thu, 16/10/2008 - 2:48pm

Apart from a very pleasant Julie, everyone I’ve talked to from DHL today has been shockingly disagreeable. I’ve gone from people hanging up after 5 seconds (raises the agerage number of calls) to one woman who insisted on interrupting me half way through every sentence.

Decision time

Safe as Milk - Fri, 10/10/2008 - 9:58am

I bought some shares in Sun a while back when they were pretty cheap (pre-reverse split, around $4) - I really liked their product line, and liked the noises I was hearing around their free software strategy. For a while, the share did well, at one stage I was up about 50% when the share went over $6.

Congrats on 2.6.0!

Safe as Milk - Wed, 01/10/2008 - 9:35pm

Congrats to the GIMP team on the release of the GIMP 2.6.0. This is the first version to depend on GEGL, which makes it a major milestone for GIMP historians. GEGL can optionally be used for colour operations, and an experimental GEGL operation tool exposes the power of GEGL operations to the user - in a future release, these will hopefully be available as configurable effect layer modes. There are some other pretty impressive new features described in the release notes. redesign IRC meeting

Safe as Milk - Thu, 25/09/2008 - 10:01am

To follow on from various discussions and the unfortunately short BOF we had on this subject in Berlin, Ryan Abel (who couldn’t make it to the summit) suggested holding an informal IRC meeting to talk about the next steps in the revamp.

The IRC meeting will be at 19:00 UTC on Saturday the 27th of September, on the #maemo-meeting channel on


Safe as Milk - Mon, 22/09/2008 - 2:52pm

For those of you wondering what the motivation behind that last post was (and for the benefit of one commenter, it’s not because I’m voting McCain - I’m an Irishman living in France), it’s because I’ve been growing increasingly disillusioned with the level of discourse in this election.

“X doesn’t even know Y”

Safe as Milk - Mon, 22/09/2008 - 10:03am

I find it amusing that we hold our politicians to standards that 99% of our citizens could not meet in terms of knowing stuff which usually figures as useless trivia. “Who is the prime minister of Spain?”, “How many soldiers in an army brigade, and an army battalion?”, “What is the Bush Doctrine?”, “How many chucks would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?”

Maemo Summit day 1: Meeting people, learning stuff

Safe as Milk - Fri, 19/09/2008 - 3:15pm

Coming to the end of the first day of the Maemo Summit in C-Base in Berlin. From just outside, you have a view of the antenna of the space station that the C-Base group have been mapping out for the past few years. For those who don’t know, this is the terraforming space station which brought life to earth, and which crashed in what is now Berlin 4.5 billion years ago.

ACCESS Pub Quiz at OSiM World

Safe as Milk - Thu, 18/09/2008 - 8:10am

Last night, “the Roaming Gnomes”, a team I put together, participated in the ACCESS pub quiz at OSiM World, organised by Lefty Schlesinger.

Congratulations to the new Maemo community council!

Safe as Milk - Thu, 11/09/2008 - 11:34am

With the Maemo community council elections over, I’d like to congratulate the newly elected council. Good luck to Eduardo Lima, Andrew Flegg, Ryan Abel, Simon Pickering and Tim Samoff, who will make up the inaugural community council.

The council serves for a six month term, so they have a big job in front of them to define its role, and ensure it’s relevant to the Maemo community for years to come.

McCain picks Palin: A Smart Move

Safe as Milk - Wed, 10/09/2008 - 4:13pm

After pvanhoof opened the floodgates earlier, I guess I’ll follow up with some thoughts from across the pond…

McCain’s spent the last 8 months being painted by the hard-right nuts in the US republican party as an independent moderate Republican - I think this is an election ploy to make him appeal more to the swing voters.

Last chance to vote in Maemo Community Council election

Safe as Milk - Mon, 08/09/2008 - 1:00pm

The Maemo community council election has been running for 5 days now, and voting closes at midnight Wednesday - I’ll be announcing the new council (subject to any contestations, protests, etc) on Thursday the 11th, one week before the Maemo community gets to meet in person in Berlin for the Maemo Summit.

Maemo profile changes and community council

Safe as Milk - Thu, 14/08/2008 - 4:37pm

A couple of major things are happening around Maemo just before my holidays (oooh, scary) - first is that we recently rolled out some improvements to Maemo profiles - there are many new fields, including IM and IRC usernames, and the possibility to enter multiple email addresses for karma, and in general we prettied things up.

Testing Alfresco

Safe as Milk - Wed, 06/08/2008 - 12:05pm

I’ve been evaluating Alfresco over the last day or two, and I’ve had some trouble getting started.

The main problem I’ve had is that there doesn’t seem to be any docs specifically for people trying out the 30 day hosted evaluation. All the docs I’ve seen have, at some stage, entries like “If you are unable to map your drive, contact your system administrator or refer to the topic Setting up the CIFS server in the Installation Guide”. There seems to be an underlying assumption I’m self-hosting.

SSL security & Firefox

Safe as Milk - Wed, 06/08/2008 - 8:14am

Federico: Completely agree. In fact, you’re now training people to go through a whole new “ignore security” conditioning - previously it was just “Add exception” or whatever. Now it’s “Next, Next, Add exception, Get certificate, Next”.

From that presentation you link to, this statistic stood out:

SecuritySpace survey found that 58% of all SSL certificates were invalid (expired, self-signed, unknown CA, incorrect domain, etc)

New community logo

Safe as Milk - Thu, 31/07/2008 - 1:18pm

As part of the judging panel for the logo contest (along with Peter Schneider, Tim Samoff and David Greaves) I had the daunting task of choosing the winner from the long list of entries to the contest. There were 62 people who submitted logos for consideration, and a total of around 120 logos to choose from (excluding variants of the same logo), we had our work cut out for us.

In the end, we went for  this logo from glaolivier:

Sun Micro math

Safe as Milk - Wed, 30/07/2008 - 10:37am

Can someone who understands markets better than me explain why this doesn’t imply I should go to the bank & borrow 10 or 12 billion dollars right now?

  • Sun Microsystems assets (end March 08): $14.262 billion
  • Sun Microsystems market cap at $10.21 per share: $7.98 billion

Incidentally, Sun’s market cap on the 15th of July, at $8.78 per share, was $6.86 billion.

Of course, you have to clear liabilities, and get a good price for the profit-making businesses, but doesn’t this smell to anyone else like a fire sale in the waiting?

Live from OSCON

Safe as Milk - Thu, 24/07/2008 - 1:12am

OSCON has been pretty cool this year so far. It’s been really weird, since I haven’t been in North America too often in the past, and this is my first ORA conference, to be meeting people I’ve exchanged email with for years in the corridors, and bumping into people that I’ve been hearing about for ages. There’s also a decent scattering of people I already knew, too. Far too many to name individually without leaving people out & insulting somebody…

To stir or not to stir?

Safe as Milk - Tue, 22/07/2008 - 7:39pm

That is the question…

I am honoured to have become the latest GNOME personality to catch the eye of Sam Varghese.

Off to OSCon

Safe as Milk - Fri, 18/07/2008 - 9:38pm

I only just got home Friday evening, and after a weekend with the family, and 3 working days this week, I’m off again to OSCon, for the first time. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing some familiar faces :) I’m currently posting this blog entry (which I wrote on the airport) in room 640 of the Doubletree (anyone who’s reading this & wants to grab a bite tonight, ring me at +33 677 019 213).

GUADEC in hindsight

Safe as Milk - Fri, 18/07/2008 - 9:35pm

It’s been a hectic week, but I really wanted to write up some notes from this year’s GUADEC for posterity, and to share some of the great stuff that happened that people might not know about.

GNOME Mobile

After arriving late (very late) on Monday, I was up early to go & lead the GNOME Mobile BOF in the nice luxury bar on the top floor of the building.

iTWire - Shuttleworth has some nice words for KDE???

Safe as Milk - Wed, 16/07/2008 - 8:49am

I hate to give attention to Sam Varghese, but he is, after all, my favourite free software Shock Jock - always looking for conflict, or the controversial angle on the most innocuous statement.

This week, he wrote:

Is Mr Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, slowly warming towards KDE?[…]

Thought of the day

Safe as Milk - Thu, 10/07/2008 - 2:24pm

Courtesy of Juliette Jarry of AJEL


  • What I think
  • What I want to say
  • What I believe I’m saying
  • What I say
  • What you want to hear
  • What you believe you’re hearing
  • What you’re hearing
  • What you want to understand
  • What you believe you understand
  • What you understand

…there are ten ways to have problems communicating with each other.

But let’s try anyway.

Malt Appreciation Society

Safe as Milk - Sat, 05/07/2008 - 9:16pm

So when’s the Malt Appreciation Society meeting this year? I have a bottle of cask strength 12yo Glengoyne I picked up today & was planning to bring along - no idea if it’s any good. So… when do I get to find out???

Also, anyone interested in going for an early morning run (not the day after the Malt Appreciation Society meeting) drop me a line, especially if you’re in or near the Golden Horn Sirkeci… we can do some early morning tourism at about 12km/h.


Safe as Milk - Fri, 04/07/2008 - 2:14pm

I rebooted my computer and went out for lunch with some friends. When I came back, it was particularly unresponsive, so I went hunting, and top showed me this:

19055 root      20   0 1343m 453m 1524 D  0.3 45.3   1:46.13 rsvg-convert

A quick ps…

dneary@sligo:~$ ps -ef | grep 19055
root     19055 19054  0 12:25 ?        00:01:45
  /usr/bin/rsvg-convert -o /var/log/bootchart/hardy-20080704-1.png



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