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MiniDebConf 2014 Barcelona

Marga's blog - Tue, 18/02/2014 - 4:07pm

Debian Women is proud to announce that it will hold a MiniDebConf in Barcelona on 15-16 March 2014, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about the latest Debian changes and the Debian community, as well as to meet new and old friends.

The MiniDebConf is fast approaching, be sure to make your travel arrangements! It is going to be an exciting event, in a beautiful venue, in one of the most famous European cities!

Debian Appreciation Day Recap

Marga's blog - Wed, 18/08/2010 - 5:32am

It's been a couple of very interesting days. The thank.debian.net site was quite a success, and a lot of credit is due to Valessio's awesome balloons. Even though I didn't do much marketing about it, the site was linked on Slashdot, LWN, Ubuntu's and Debian's website, Planet, the BTS, and quite a number of blogs.

Debian Appreciation Day

Marga's blog - Mon, 16/08/2010 - 8:01am

Today is Debian's Birthday, and for a while I've wanted to do something special on this date. In order to raise the general motivation of the project, have a special day when everyone is invited to thank those that make our lives easier.

However long I have wanted to do this, I haven't had that much time to prepare the site itself. I've spent the past two days getting it working, with the help of Maxy, Valessio and Raphael, but there's still a lot more work to do.

After the campaign

Marga's blog - Sat, 24/04/2010 - 8:03pm

I spent the whole last week in bed with an acute case of pharyngitis, so I haven't been able to gather my thoughts in a blog post up to now.

I'd like to congratulate zack on winning the election, and I have faith that he will be a great DPL. I'm happy with my second place, I'd like to thank everybody that supported me and I think that I'll probably try again in the future, although not necessarily next year.

Running for DPL

Marga's blog - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 2:46pm

During DebConf8, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, there was one night where I had a terrible nightmare: I woke up one day and I was DPL :). I mentioned this to some people during the conference, and to my amazement they told me that I could actually be a good DPL.

I've been thinking about this possibility since then, but the post-DebConf stress was still too high for me to run for it in 2009. This year, however, I'm ready to stand for it, campaign, and either win or lose, whatever the Debian community decides.

Women event in Argentina

Marga's blog - Wed, 02/12/2009 - 2:31pm

Next Saturday a group of more than 20 women that work with Free Software in Argentina and Uruguay will gather to speak at a Free Software event in Buenos Aires, called Software Libre, Pasión de Mujeres.

It's your typical Free Software event, with talks related to the philosophy of Free Software and the Free Culture in general, and also technical talks related to using and developing Free Software. With one important difference: all the speakers will be women.

Barbara Liskov, mother of Object Oriented Programming, among other things

Marga's blog - Tue, 24/03/2009 - 3:02am

This post is about Barbara Liskov, for the Ada Lovelace Day.

Barbara Liskov is the first woman in the United States of America that obtained a Ph.D. from a Computer Science department, in 1968. However, this isn't by any chance her greatest achievement.

tzdata screwed up most computer clocks in Argentina.

Marga's blog - Mon, 06/10/2008 - 6:05pm

Last year, after many years of peacefully living the whole year in GMT-3, our government decided that Argentina should use DST again. This was done in a rush, but patches were written and applied everywhere to have a correct timezone.

Fixing the problem was not enough, tzdata's upstream decided to predict the future:

Life after DebConf8

Marga's blog - Sun, 31/08/2008 - 6:00am

Finally, after more than a year of preparation, and six months of very very hard work, DebConf8 has come and gone. Even if I'm not yet completely recovered from all that stress, I'm good enough to feel really happy about how things turned out.

The tyranny of Spanish users

Marga's blog - Fri, 23/05/2008 - 5:03pm

Caution: Latin American rant ahead.

With my Latin American Spanish keyboard (xkb code "la") I can type in:

  • English, Italian, Dutch, Basque: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
  • Spanish, Galician, Quechua: áéíóú ñ ü
  • Catalan/Valencian and Occitan: l·l ç ïü àèìòù áéíóú
  • French: àèù âêîôû ëïÿü ç
  • German: ß äöü
  • Swedish: å äöü é ç
  • Danish and Norwegian: æ ø å
  • Icelandic: áéíóúý ð þ æ ö

Languages of the world, unite!

Marga's blog - Sun, 20/01/2008 - 4:30pm

After reading Christian's post about the new ISO 639-3, I thought about the "what is the country in the world which as the highest number of languages listed in ISO 639-3" question, and thought, "It must be India or China", and sure enough they both have a high language count (428 and 236 respectively).

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