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San Francisco Release Party!|
Votes are in: We'll have a San Francisco release party on Friday, at 7pm, meeting in Sparky's. (on Church St., just south of Market; reachable by Muni, or walk-to-able from BART) It's a diner, so all ages. We can always go elsewhere if teeming masses show up, or maybe we'll want to hit a bar later on. You can follow me on twitter @blauzahl and find out.
So... Tell your friends!
I'll be wearing a blue KDE shirt with the white edging. First person to show up that I don't know gets a blue KDE baseball hat. Woot!
Tags: kde, kde42, release party, sparky's
CampKDE: the last day, or A Cautionary Tale about Security and Toiletries|
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. CampKDE being one of them. So I tossed myself out of bed early in the morning, survived yet another crazy Jamaica drive, and found myself chilling at the airport, as I was the last in my group to leave. Oh, but first I had to check-in...
One of the things I'd bought at the Appleton Rum factory (see the unwritten Day 6 post) was a small <3 ounces bottle of rum. "Cool! I can be sure this doesn't get broken/stolen/etc in my checked luggage!" They'd also given us a cute sample of the "overproof" (good for colds!).
So I checked my one suitcase (Will it make it? It did.) and headed through Immigrations and then security. FAIL. Security confiscated both bottles of rum, because while they were under 3 ounces, they weren't "toiletries". Security obviously hadn't been on the Appleton rum tour, or they'd know it was a toiletry and that you could sniff it, or apply it to your face. (Where's a link to those photos?) They wouldn't let me go back to check them into my luggage, as I'd already gone through Immigrations. Hmmm.... I'm not sure how legit that was, but I was very glad I'd actually bought the larger bottle of "overproof", because it is indeed good for colds, and I very much have the CampKDE Cough now.
But, this entry actually was an excuse to entice you to come join the KOffice Krush Day going on right now on #kde-bugs (freenode)! It's in full swing so come join us! A free swig of Appleton Overproof to all participants (must collect in person, sorrel juice not provided (can you get that in this country?)).
Tags: bugday, campkde, customs, immigration, kde, krush, overproof
you don't have to be a kde user. Want an excuse to go to Zeitgeist I think on Wednesday?
San Francisco users? 4.2 release party?|
KDE has to have a few fans in SF, after all, you filled Google last year. Anyone care to fill Zeitgeist this year?
Tags: kde, party
CampKDE Day #4|
The downside of Jamaica: Bugs. Big bugs. Not the kind you put in bugzilla, either. :D Everyone but me seems to be allergic to mosquito bites or something. And tonight we saw a cockroach that seemed bigger than the ones I saw in Texas.
Maybe that's why everyone decided to suddenly start hacking? At least, I see code up on screens, and people have passed up karaoke for laptops. Which is good, I don't want to think of what the 4.2 release announcements will end up with...
Not to say that we haven't been doing work per se. It's really interesting to see how this all works. Tons of informal planning and discussion. I talked to all the "weird" OS ports that were here and asked them about their bug situations and future plans: answers tended to be that they need people who are willing to triage for them and provide user support. I'd like to point out that could be you. ;)
Since I've done some parallel computing stuff, I found till's training talk on QtConcurrent really interesting. Rock on to our sponsors for sending him.
As Jos notes, he talked for a while. :D
We took our group photo this morning, so I'm sure that will go up soon. Yes world, there were videos of talks, and I expect those will go up soon too. Hmm. I haven't had my daily swim yet. I wonder if I should skip a day? I've got a recent svn up to play with and not /too/ many distractions atm. Yes folks, that means my poor laptop finally works! Working wireless makes me very happy. Even though it only works on the patio next to the ocean. :D (Ok, and in the meeting room. The hotel is seriously built to withstand hurricanes apparently, so signal doesn't penetrate.)
OH and btw, there's a BugDay Sunday: All you need is a 4.1.0++ kdelibs/koffice and you can help us look for bugs. They'll use what we find to help decide what to include in the final release! So come Krush with us!
Tags: campkde, kde
Welcome to CampKDE|
beach <----10 meters---> patio with wifi <---10 meters---> bar with really good coffee
Need I say more? I just gave a bugs tutorial on the beach, egads.
Tags: campkde, kde
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...sorry! I'm sure I'll misspell it again though. It isn't just you: I have the same problem with Prague (gu) and anything with too many ia ie ei etc.
At any rate, I even went and registered, which you can do now, and you should! They don't give you a cute icon, however. Maybe there will be something once I'm done with finals...?
p.s. riddell's toothbrush comment should NOT be taken literally
Tags: jamaica, kde, toothbrush
Jamacia! Airfare is booked!|
There might as well be something useful about being a student, and today I remembered what --- STA Travel and student rate airfares. I am now booked to Jamaica (open jaw). With a one-way on Southwest to get me home in the first place. Sweet. I didn't realize it would be that easy. (If you're going home for Christmas, and then straight to Jamaica, and are in the US, hurry and book because you're running up against 7-day advance & blackouts for your outward flight. I am literally on what seems to be the last flight before SW fares jump x4.)
FossCamp was great, I hope to make it back for a day or two of UDS, but I'm sort of in the middle of finals week right now. Still --- heated swimming pools and mobile phone discussions in hot tubs FTW. :D
I also got to talk to one of the bugsquad people from the Other Side, which was useful. And seriously, mobile talk popped up everywhere: lunch, the bar, the pool... With topics like: "Do we or don't we need to have kde ported to Qt Embedded to properly take over the world?" "How do you have a decent IM protocol in your device?" etc etc... I'm not sure if this counts as a proper write-up or not. But I suppose I still have photos to post. Maybe you want to see the bizarre inspirational quotes in the wallpaper of the hotel?
I should write something about DevDays in California too, at some point. It was fun meeting more trolls, even if I was too shy to really say much to any of them. Maybe they'll all go to Jamaica. :) Maybe you, oh lovely reader, will go? ;)
Current Location: hiding under blankets in bed with a cat on my feet
Current Mood: finals week tired
Tags: android, campkde, jamaica, kde, mobile devices, qt embedded, qt extended, the device
Woot Riddell! And FOSSCamp|
FOSSCamp is quickly approaching (ie Friday morning!), and Riddell just flew in from Germany for it. I'm putting him up for the night, so he gets to marvel at my office, apparently. At least, that's what he's doing right now. This is quite amusing for me, because I see it as kind of bad. Otoh, I'm the one trying to turn it from a pathology lab into something friendly to humans and computers.
You can still sign up for fosscamp, do a googlesearch and there's a wiki. Its in Mountainview at the google campus, and free, woo hoo.
Now, if only I can make a good start on my project... Due just after. :P
p.s. He has a really cool bike.
p.p.s. His phone doesn't work here.
Tags: fosscamp, kde, plant pathology, riddell
Jamaica! Hurry! Offer expires soon!|
All of you who put off submitting a paper for Camp KDE had better hurry! You have till midnight in your time zone to follow the instructions in that link. It sounds like tutorials are also ok. I would love for there to be things directed towards newbies! So many things are arcane mysteries!
Tags: jamaica, kde
off to the press!|
Those of you wondering when you get your next People of KDE interview will be happy to know that it's in the pre-press rounds now. i.e. people other than just me are responsible now. :D
Sorry it took so long. Things kind of went haywire there for a bit.
Tags: kde, people of kde
Very last minute KMail BugDay...|
I guess people's Belgian hangovers are gone, since people got very suddenly bored and restless, and decided we HAD to have a BugDay. KMail being next on our hitlist, its a KMail BugDay. And following tradition, its on Sunday. If you can't make it, don't worry, I didn't even know about it. As always, feel free to drop in early and I'll be around to teach you exciting things about triaging. We even have a mailing list you should join, on which this kind of thing usually gets talked about.
Hopefully this won't get in the way of my BBQ plans too much. Well, I don't have any right now. But I should, right? Especially as I've spent way too much of this week playing with upgrading my system, thus X, thus my video drivers, thus watching everything break. So I get to tweak to see if I can generate some sort of more useful bug report... Unsurprisingly, as I was playing with video stuff, I played with composite. Its quite mesmerizing to turn on both KWin debug effects and then wobble some windows around. Actually, I can just sit there and watch the debug stuff. Maybe this should be a screensaver...
And I've had about 8 disconnects while I've sat here typing this. I've had the weirdest networking issues going on for a while here... Maybe this weekend I need to make an expedition to Fry's and buy a bunch of new cables. If I'm lucky, that will solve things. If I'm not, I'll be reading up on networking protocols. :P
EDIT: This doesn't work if I forget to tag it for syndication... Blah.
Tags: bugday, kde, kmail, no blue hair
George attempts to collect blue hair samples for me|
...and fails, as apparently he was then picked up and thrown immediately after. Hopefully he was not injured too badly, as he is in charge of setting up an aKademy BugDay on Wednesday for KMail. Perhaps this gave him practice, as his plan is to corner some developers to help, by dealing with "needs dev judgement" and policy issues on the spot as we go through bugs. People from around the world are welcome to join in. We haven't actually triaged kmail yet, so this might be a bit of a test run.
(That's Bram in the background, btw. And yes, I finally got my BugSquad group shot. But this one is more entertaining to post. Maybe George will get a fanclub too now. :)
Tags: akademy, blue hair, bugday, grundleborg, kde, kinky, kmail, seli, wrestling
BugSquad wins round one!|
EDIT: Please be nice to Lubos! He doesn't need paparazzi, as I have someone who has already agreed to take some nice photos (ok, and I have seen the evidence :). He is very sweet, and has been a good sport about all this, so be nice. Also I would like to not die.
There are reports that Seli is walking around with blue hair. I expect someone will post a photo once a good one gets taken. Or even (poor Seli) a bad one.
So I think he believes we exist now. And now we can start working on Ossi's bet. Which is kinda convoluted, but not as convoluted as some things you might come across at aKademy. I took some photos, I need someone bored to pick their favorite and turn me blue too. I'm wearing my new OpenSuSE shirt, I figured it was only fair. ;) Btw: I need the same for Ossi. ;)
Lurkers: Join BugSquad! Blue hair for all!
Tags: blue hair, kde
Linuxworld 2008: Penguin overload|
I figure this will instantly scroll off planetkde due to aKademy (which I'm not at!), but oh well. Linuxworld 2008, my report:
We didn't have a booth because people went to Belgium and stuff. But Gnome didn't have a booth either, so oh well. Instead I walked around wearing my KDE hat and shirt and had a few people ask me, "Is that a KDE logo?" Um....yes. I did have a few people be happy to meet a random KDE person, so that was nice.
Wednesday had a nice party put on by The Linux Foundation. Someone there came up with the great idea of having a person dressed as a penguin run around. She was friendly:
There was also some bizarre contest put on by omb.org to win a Playstation 3 if your picture is voted craziest:
So more penguins. And I suppose I could abuse my position and send you all to vote for me.
I went back Thursday, except I made the mistake of staying up *much* later than usual the night before. One of the booths gave out energy drinks, that kept me going until the show closed. Then I crashed. Amazingly enough, I managed to feign consciousness long enough to hang out with the PC-BSD crowd for a bit. They had one of the nicest .org booths with a big ass screen that had KDE on it. :) OpenSuSE had a nice booth too, they showed off wobbly windows and plasma stuff. And they gave me a t-shirt. So I have something to wear for a blue hair mockup. I tried to get them to join us afterwards, but they all claimed to be too tired. Or I didn't recognize them at the bar. Which is quite possible, as I was sleep-walking by then. I didn't stay long though, figuring it prudent to go home and sleep.
I'll probably make it to Picnix tommorrow. If you show up and wear your OpenSuSE shirt, I'll give you some KDE swag. Assuming all the involved parties make it there....
(Actually, the only thing I remember from the bar was the BSD babes wanting to know who Seli was after they saw his fake-blue-hair picture. So instead of teasing him for having blue hair, perhaps you should tease him for having an international fan club.)
Tags: 2008, blue hair, kde, linuxworld, pc-bsd, seli
FAKE! But soon to be real!|
Warning: fake fake fake!
I went to LinuxWorld today, so I'm behind on bugs. I saw way too many penguins, though, and even a few wobbly windows. Photos of me with penguins will follow shortly. For now, you can enjoy Seli's fake blue hair. Thanks to Half-Left for the coloring.
Tags: akademy, blue hair, bugsquad, kde, seli
What are his intentions? (Last week for Seli vs. BugSquad!)|
Perhaps I should have not have shown Seli his photo in which Half-Left had carefully tinted his hair blue. Perhaps we should not have all ganged up on him last week (he asked if I'd paid you off, btw :) and knocked him off the top 20 (until he noticed and managed to at least put himself back in the top 15).
At any rate, Seli is trying to make us nervous. :D He did 10 bugs in the last 24 hours, which is his usual weekly count. So either he just finished all his bugs, or he's decided he really doesn't want blue hair. It would be very sad if we came this close and then failed, so come to #kde-bugs and help out! At this point konqueror is green for the past 365 days! (By which I mean it has had more bugs closed than opened over the past year.)
We don't have any planned BugDays RSN, although something during aKademy is in the works. Also, be sure to find the lovely grundleborg aka George for a BugSquad group photo with our favourite blue-haired developers (ok eventually-to-be blue-haired in Ossi's case). This is probably as good of a place as any to mention that I'm not going to aKademy:
*insert some kind of I'M NOT GOING graphic here*
Yes, this tears me up, but alas. Don't fret, I'll go to Jamaica! And perhaps Jonathan can bring Irn Bru again. :D You'll also find me on the floor of LinuxWorld in San Francisco tommorrow. I'll wear my bright blue KDE shirt, but unfortunately, we don't have a booth this year, so if you can find me, well, I guess you win a star. Or maybe a KDE sticker.
(Oh, and thanks to mornfall and adriaan de groot for deciding to clean out some of their bug backlog, I didn't expect that.)
Tags: akademy, blue hair, blue hair is cute on kde developers, jamaica, kde, ossi, seli
The water does not glow... but do our ants?|
What were all the urban myths about our school's radioactive ants in Ryerson? Or did it all just involve mercury?
Tags: everybody dies, radiation
Seli vs. BugSquad: 3 weeks till blue hair?|
I'll believe it when I'm not in the commit digest. ---Luboš Luňák
We haven't done that bad. If you look at the aggregate of the last 60 days, Seli is at #8. For the last 30 days, #11. He took a vacation last week, so that can't really count. I think the aggregate stats are a little off, though, because he did one or two binges. Usually he seems to be around #10.5. So how do you exactly count? We talked about it, and decided that if he makes the commit digest (which counts the top ten) anytime from now till aKademy, then I lose. So 3 weeks.
Then I'll have to start figuring how to pull off not losing Ossi's bet, which would actually give *me* blue hair...
P. S. He was a tease, and wouldn't tell me if he would actively thwart me, so this should be interesting. Can I get the BugSquaders who are doing SoC to come back if we need you?
Tags: bets, blue hair, bugsquad, kde, seli
syndicating "upskirt" photos|
I am very tempted to write something about my choices in dress and manner and how I act at tech shows and conventions. I'm not sure if I want to bother yet, though.
Not syndicating this one.
Tags: flirt, gender, open source software, women
BugSquad Kopete stuff this Sunday|
We're finishing up the Kopete bugs this Sunday. Remember, you just have to test the bugs, no programming required. The Kopete team went crazy and i think fixed everything we verified, so you might want to grab the latest version from SVN. I'm told the OpenSuSE stuff makes this easy. And their are always the Nightly Neons. We need people with webcams and stuff, we'll be trying to do all the really *odd* bugs this time. We might find ourselves doing something else as well. We've had a lot of incoming bugs lately...
Kopete BugDay: ...sweet! Thanks and we love you all!|
A proper report this time: Grundleborg and I, along with Matt Rogers, our wonderful onlooking Kopete developer coordinated a nice turnout of 13 other people (in no particular order): PhilRod, gaurav, hays, zarvox, knusperfrosch, plus first timers: kwilliam, mcirsta, Aikurn, fhp, CondorDes, konjani, Romanesen, RedLizard.
Look at that! Eight first timers! Wow! And it looks like we are between 40-60% through all the kopete bugs. (The number is unclear depending on people finishing their bugsets, and of course, people are /still/ going. :D )
Feel free to join in, we're triaging, which mostly means we look and see if a bug is still there and if we can reproduce it. The first link in the topic of #kde-bugs is fairly self-contained and explanatory.
At one point, we had an Amarok Bugday:
From Amarok, we had around Nightrose, Nikolaj, sebr, and Mamarok. Plus their SoCer, Ramblurr. Also joining: Grundleborg, Kage_Jittai*, Mdhowe*, Aides*, lemma, annma, progger1986*, Krop, Leuty*, Bram85. (That's five first timers! yay! I put little stars by their names. :)
While I'm at it, I'll further catch up in name listing: Konqueror BugDay 5: jtamate, sahaqiel, azuriel, dpalacio, Ramblurr, knusperfrosch, Krop, katastrophe, Frank78ac, FiNeX, gaurav, zarvox, hays
And I'm going to thank our incoming triagers. We've had a ton of bugs come in with the 4.1 beta release, and a few people went on a tear over the last month:
Our top 10 in order:
apaku, aseigo, krop, Pino, FiNeX, wstephenson, Mamarok, Ack Seli! Peter Penz, & Bram.
Resulting in 1980 bugs opened, 2151 bugs closed in the last 31 days and who knows how many verified, duplicated, commented on, analyzed, etc. We don't really bother to do statistics for that yet, so this isn't entirely accurate. And seriously, I think that apaku and aseigo were possessed by demons... Definitely apaku, he single-handedly removed KDevelop from the top 30 list of "most open bugs". Plasma has the unique distinction of having the most incoming opened/closed bugs. Note that Aaron is on that list, and probably shouldn't be wasting his development time dealing with bugs. So want to come help triage?
Tags: bugday, bugsquad, kde, kopete, triage
And the winner is.... Kopete!|
For our next BugDay, we're doing Kopete. So put all of your accounts and passwords together, and come join us. I bet we can knock it down a few places in the rankings. Again, you don't have to know anything about programming to do our work, although if you do, and are curious in working on kopete, this would be a great way to start learning the codebase. And I know they'd love more developers.
Meanwhile, konq is below 2400 open bugs! I think it was over 2800 when we started. And lots of modules are suddenly green, which is great! Especially if they stay that way... And how did Seli get to be #7? Probably because people are getting heavily into their SoC stuff, or decided to go walk their dog or something. So come be our newest member of bugsquad! Join #kde-bugs and soon you can see your name in the commit-digest and Seli's hair turn blue. (And Ossi's hair, let us not forget him. But Seli first...)
If you want to do some advanced triaging, kmail, kdelibs, and kio all need some love. Big thanks to Will Stephenson for writing our newest techbase page on triaging systemsettings bugs.
p.s. If you need poetry, maybe this will do. It might be about hair, I'm not sure.
Tags: blond hair, blue hair, bugday, bugsquad, kde, ossi, seli
A note to people who have added me and who might be wondering wtf is kde|
Its eyecandy for your desktop, see: http://kde.org/screenshots/ http://kde.org/whatiskde/
Also, its a good guess that any post about it (except for this one) is being syndicated to http://planetkde.org and I'm not sure how many people read that, but probably a lot. And if you make a comment on one of those entries, they might see it if they bother to click through. :)
Just so you have fair warning.
Catchup: bugs of course, people, and "communication"|
Disclaimer: I have no clue what users will make of this post, and developers will probably just ignore me. Anyone who feels inbetween should join bugsquad. And I'm too shy to introduce myself because I'll probably just get flamed or something. Plus I have too many long sentences which border on being run-ons.
So we just had 3 bugdays (ok, one was a krush, where you look for bugs) in a row, which probably burnt out everyone and is why nobody ever blogged about how they went, or even sent anything to the mailing list. We've picked up several new people each time, which is good. You can see the effect its had if you look at the right database query, both konq & amarok have had tons of bugs closed in the past month, with "unassigned" getting some too. In fact, I think amarok dropped several rankings in the "most open bugs" list. If you want to learn how to triage, we're still training. And reports are starting to come in on the new release...
Speaking of which:
If you expect your software to have half of its incoming bug reports be duplicates of one very noticeable bug (or even, heaven forbid, flamewars), especially if its not a bug that is easy to find in bugzilla because of how it is named or something, please tell bugsquad. Send it to our lovely mailing list, as we love it when we get technical help, and everyone reads the mailing list, whereas not everyone pays attention to or is on irc. Sending us a list of canonical bugs would be very nice. (ex. What do we dup all the nVidia bugs against? I expect they'll show up in kwin, plasma, and konq...)
I've had some people ask when the next "People of KDE" interview will go up. Probably by the end of this week. I have several others partly done, and when I finish those, I'll start on round two. ;)
I worry a little about those. Am I contributing to developer-as-celebrity status? Does anyone really care? Do people get fan mail from these things along with their hate mail? Do guys feel different about having fans then women? (Guys: my survey says that being maintainer of something makes you hotter, btw. Does that bother you?) I would babble more about this and tie it into the recent going-ons, but instead let me just remind you that developers are people too. And passionate enough about what they do that they put tons of their spare time into free software, giving up all kinds of other things. Not all of them will be vocal, but they are passionate (mmm, maybe that's why developers are hot?). And I have enough trouble trying to convince people who ought to blog more to blog any. But why should they open themselves up to being flame targets? Especially when writing about what they're doing takes away from actually doing it. And they'd rather code.
Tags: bugs, flames, kde, people of kde
Betting on climate change|
How much money are climate denialists willing to risk? Very little, apparently.
I mean, come on, you publish your paper in Nature, you should be willing to stand behind it for an easy 10k usd. (Ok, I figure that's what our dollar will be worth by the time the bet closes, it is actually proposed in euros.)
btw, http://www.realclimate.org is a pretty interesting writeup of the current media/science intersection.
And a list of ongoing (mostly refused) bets:
Tags: climate, gambling, publicity
BugDay4 redux; super quick note because zzzzzz|
I don't know if it was Seli's challenge or what, but we had double the turnout we've had before. At least 12 completely new people! So somebody must read this?
I'm also hoping that my Silly Seli challenge isn't actually a bad idea, as I hear certain other software projects greatly increased their incoming bug reports after overzealous closing. And I really don't want developers to hit me. So those of you who have or are about to get your bugzilla perms, tread carefully. Remember, our goal really isn't to outcompete each other in closing bugs, it's to make KDE better.
Having said that, Seli with blue hair would be nice. But getting twenty people to consistently do triage isn't going to be easy. Or is it? How do we get there? I really irc way too much, and tend to forget that we have this thing called a mailing list. So it's time to talk about long-range planning. And that's probably the place to do it. BugDays are great for training people, but then what?
p.s. Thanks for helping out everyone, and new people do drop back by irc to help cleanup. After string freeze and sleep though, please?
Current Mood: zzzz
Tags: bugday, bugsquad, kde, seli
"Is he serious?"|
Recruiting blue hair developers?|
Ossi wants to join in on Seli's challenge...!
(He's more specific too: He gives a time limit of next year's aKademy for us, and will dye it for an aKademy he goes to.)
Anybody else jealous of the attention being heaped on Seli?
Tags: blue hair challenge, kde, seli
Seli doesn't think we exist: help us turn his hair blue!|
So Lubos/Seli made disparaging noises as to whether or not BugSquad would do much good:
"I'll believe it when I'm not in the commit digest."
Now if you look at that query I put in my last post, you'll see a bunch of people with brand new bugzilla accounts (plus some old-timers!) who are all in the top. (FiNex, nixeagle, lemma, pino, brams, grundleborg are all accounts I recognize.)
Unfortunately, you'll also see l.lunak clocking in at #5. So he has a point. And it's a good one: we'll be self-sustainable in the long-run if it isn't just a few people doing this. If we can get people to do regular triage, and continue to participate in BugDays, we should easily have ten people who will kick all the developers out of the top ten.
So upon further talking with Seli, he told me he'd dye his hair blue for aKademy if we could reliably kick him out of the top ten*. This is totally doable for us! He closes about ten bugs a week, so all we have to do is find enough people to beat that, and we're set. Now this doesn't mean you can just look at ten bugs and close them. Odds are they'll be valid, and verifying them is important too, even if it won't put you on the commit digest. So at the risk of making people bug-closing crazy (remember: even if a website isn't reachable, sometimes there's still enough information to reproduce what the underlying issue is), I give you this challenge: Close more bugs than Seli. Help us turn his hair blue!
(If you've helped out before, drop back by channel, and we should be able to give you some closable bugs. And a woot to katastrophe, jtamate, Jannex, Talavis, and szotsaki for having started on "Sunday"'s BugDay already! Some of us are going to have to finish work first.... Thanks also to Grundleborg for setting up this week's page! Oh, hey, look, that's eleven people already... Ha, I should also thank Seli for being such a great sport about this. :)
* [Edit: this said twenty at one point, but we actually agreed to "ten", since that is what the commit digest counts. Ossi went for the top twenty. Edited to reflect that.]
Tags: bugsquad, kde, seli
BugDays: Why Konqueror?|
I was asked a good question last night, "Why does BugSquad keep doing Konqueror?" There's a few answers to that. For one, it's an easy place to start. You don't need to know much about how KDE is supposed to work. Also, the old documentation did a nice job of talking about triaging Konq, so that made it easy to go and update it. But the best reason is that if you look at the bugzilla stats, you'll see that Konqueror is at the top of the "open bugs" list, with 2677 open bugs. Kmail is next with 1471 open bugs, and then things drop dramatically: kio has 641. If you look to the side of those statistics, you'll also see that Konqueror is very "green" right now. That's cheating a bit, since I'm including past bug days here. If you use the default query of 7 days, we aren't as green as I'd like to be. That's why you should come join us now, though. ;)
Oh, and can I mention that our sysadmin team is wonderful? They make bugzilla go!
Tags: bugday, kde
So I should probably say something about it: We're doing another BugDay this weekend to see how many of the old Konqueror bugs (unsorted "general") we can finish off. Whoever FiNeX* is, he's been tearing through bugs lately, but I don't think he'll have closed everything by then, so come join in and get your name in the top 20 of the daily Bugzilla stats!
But wait, there's more! The following week we're doing a Krush day on the kdepim apps, so come help us find bugs in them! You really need a copy of trunk for this, which you can get by following the instructions on techbase. If you have problems, you can drop by #kde-devel for help, and then walk over to #kde-bugs to join us.
We tend to be more active in Europe and PST evenings. Feel free to drop by anytime and we'll point you to the documentation and give you a feel for what you're doing. If you're trained ahead of time, I can do more bugs. :D
So I'm looking at our page for this weekend, and I see that four people have already started. You can be one of them!
* p.s. If you've done a BugDay before, or are one of the ongoing triagers, or want to join, can you give me a name I can use in our publicity stuffs? I'm going to feel very silly crediting something like c00lchix2....
** p.p.s Entirely unrelated, and I think this only applies to Americans, but if you used a credit card or debit card internationally in the past decade or so, there's a class action lawsuit which you have 17 days to join. At the very least, you get $25. Something about them overcharging you.
Tags: bugday, kde
BugSquad's BugDay #3!|
This Sunday we're having yet another BugDay, and are going to see how many of the "Konqueror - general" bugs we can get through. I say Sunday, but as usual, you can start now and stop whenever. Also, we still have a few bugs from earlier that need special setups like a yahoo account or something. If you can replicate it and make a testcase, that would be great! Join #kde-bugs to get more directions.
Coming up: Two weeks after that, we're doing a complete switch to something else...
To find out what top secret thing, come help us organize! Join the mailing list (bugsquad) or the irc channel (#kde-bugs)!
And hey, check out all the new names on the commit-digest! We are rockin' the stats! Have we made a difference? See for yourself! Konqueror has moved from being 559 in the red a year ago, to being solidly in the green the past several weeks. Let's finish up the old stuff in it!
Developers: Your app may be next! But we need your help! We need application-specific documentation. We need to know how heavily your app has been triaged in the past, and if old bugs are likely to still be valid or not. Is there anything special to know? Are you a lurker in your favorite app's irc channel? If you've been reading and memorizing an applications general issues, we want you to join us!
BTW, your memory hasn't failed you, I'm new: Thanks Clee, for adding me on!
Oh? And who am I? Well, obviously I do BugSquad. I do a few other things, one of which you'll find out RSN. :)
Tags: bugsquad, clee rocks, kde
http://www.pcbsdbabe.com/ for pics of our booth (its the one that is all blue) at LugRadio Live, and a tale of how we drunk the BSDers under the table. Hint: that red drink in front of me is missing a certain ingredient.
Plus BugDay2 is this weekend, cool! Join in! #kde-bugs! (Is anyone in KDE-world reading this, even if it isn't on planet?)
Tags: bugs, kde, lugradio
Bugs bugs bugs!|
So I helped organize the first Bug Triage Day in a while, and what do you know, but with my one day or so of newly having bugzilla permissions, I make the commit digest!
True, not very many, but still kinda cool, and rather unexpected.
Anyway, other Bug Triage days will follow, and most importantly we've got some solid techbase docs and a live #kde-bugs irc channel again. We even have a new mailing list!
Meanwhile, "LugRadio Live USA 2008" is this weekend in San Francisco at the Metreon. How you have an exhibit there, I don't know. And having never been to a LugRadio Live ElseWhere, I have no clue what it will be like. But KDE is having a booth there, so contact me if you want to help out, or just drop by! We'll have spiffy stuff that didn't get to the release party in time!
I will leave you with this lovely picture and quote:
"At the end of the day, the geek guy is still a guy." "The geek gal just wants the laptop?"
Tags: booth, bugs, kde, lugradio, sex
*bounce* I have a new computer...|
I just need to pick up some other hardware to go with it... It might even have more than 1G RAM! I think only 2G, though. Running valgrind will be sad... I will never replicate that tab bug. :P
** This being a failure, I think I'll stick to fredrikh's demos. Which are top secret, as he won't blog about them.
Tags: facebook, new computer, privacy, statistics
How am I supposed to add people I know to twitter when I do not have a useful account on any of the usual places and I don't want to enter a list of email addresses (which it sounds like it will immediately invites to)? It wants to go through my "contact list". Well, great, I'm not sure what that would be, and while I do have a gmail account, I use it for a super-high traffic list that I usually ignore. Do they really expect you to only have an email account with one of 6 companies? WTF?
So I go to see just what gmail counts as my "contacts". Apparently anyone I've actually sent email to. So I have <7, and most of them are myself. (I forward :)
Well, the only person I know who is on twitter offhand is Aaron, so it's easy enough to add him to my contacts, and *then* let twitter load that. But this is really really silly.
Does anyone else use twitter I wonder?
And why do I want to you might ask? Because I like getting text messages. *g* And nobody in the States actually uses SMS, so sad. So if you like, add me. Same nick. Hmm. Guess I should offload my old SMS.
Current Location: Hilgard Hall
Tags: sms, test, twitter
I am perversely fascinated with|
ratatok's winner in the lolcat Burma Shave contest.
In other news, I *finally* got to see steluch and enf's new house. I even got to attack the wallpaper in it!
And best of all, my brother decided to get a new machine and so I get one of the old ones with a few niceties. It'll be a little light on clockspeed, but good for a testbed. *g* And maybe I can actually stand to look at photos on it.
Tags: burma shave, desktop, lolcat, wallpaper
R.I.P. Allan Milkerit|
I did part of my standard book cruise through the Mission last night, and grabbed another Strugatsky. At Adobe Books, I found out that Allan Milkerit, who owned one of the stores in the Last Paint building, passed away on June 24, 2007. Has it really been that long since I've been by there? Apparently.
At Borderlands Books, I found the clerk (the one I don't know!) had lived in the same apartment as Allan. Or maybe that was the guy who had wandered in. At any rate, I found myself with two people who actually knew him and found out that he'd had some health issues and didn't go see a doctor and ended up dying of a heart attack. Which is very sad, because he was the nicest rare book dealer I knew, and also one of my favourite people to deal with when at Don's.
So what's happening with the space? A Bolerium page says that "LibrosLatinos is busily moving thousands of books on Latin America, Spain and Portugal down the hall into the old Allan Milkerit space." I couldn't find any mention of what happened to his old stock, but I imagine it went to pay off estate bills. When I'd last talked to him, he said business had picked up, but I'm not sure if that was picked up in terms of "profit" or "I can mostly pay the bills now". Alas, the fate of all independent bookstores these days.
The public library dedicated their booksale to him.
In pace requiescat
Current Mood: somber
Tags: books, rare books
KDE 4.0 release party|
It was awesome and there is scary karaoke of me to possibly prove it. gg: karaoke KDE 4.0 release
Flash got fixed for the 4.0.1 release, whee!
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