July 05, 2004
July 07, 2004
I arrived in Montréal Saturday. Since, I have been quite busy
as we had a NITI Welcome Hub BBQ at pphaneuf place, testing the
and meeting other NITI folks. We have all had great fun.
On Sunday we went with pphaneuf, dilu and mich to a photo store
for some magasinage and ended up downtown for diner and movie
watching at the office. We watched Love
Actually. Oh and I'm being hosted kindly by wlach.
Thanks a lot will.
GUADEC was great this year. I'm really eager to return next year. It has been announced as being
in Germany. W00t. I'll soon post my batch of digiphotos, and later 4 of 5 rolls of slides I took.
I don't have brought my scanner yet, so I'll have to find a plan B for getting them scanned.
I'll see with the labs.
Whoohoo, Advogato is back. I'll have to spend a NDF
to write an advogato to NITLog converter.
July 08, 2004
Yesterday, I found a 2 1/2 fully equiped. I was pretty lucky. I even got the keys
before signing everything; the lady did trust me. Amazed. Anyway, these stupid ATMs
don't let me get more than $200 (canadian) a day. I got a bank account as well, but
I need to get my SIN (Social Insurance Number) to get Interac card and to be on the
company payroll. I should get it within 2 days fortunately. I moved away from wlach
place (thank you for hosting for this couple of days) to my own. I also biked in Montreal
for the first time, going from Old Westmount to the office near McGill.
I have requested a phone line to Bell Canada, but still haven't found the phone plug...
I finally got a PC at work. I did setup SuSE 9.1 Professionnal (thank you SuSE for sending
a copy to me). However I had to re-do the whole setup because it sort of froze
before while configuring stuff, leading to an unconfirmed system with a really
screwed up GNOME. But the second attempt did work. Rule #1: in the graphical installer,
don't attempt to ctrl-alt-F2. This is what caused the freeze.
July 13, 2004
I got unboxed upon
arrival in Canada. Apparently customs did not mind.
Switched back to Debian. SuSE was driving me nuts, I don't why. Gnome 2.4 setting went south
suddenly, whatever. Debian has bugs, surely, at least I know them. When you have a nForce chipset,
don't try USB mice.
Yesterday was pphaneuf birthday. We went out for diner and then for a drink. Lots of pictures
taken, lots of beer drunk. We left at 2:00 AM and I ended up taking the night bus to go home.
Martin and Luca are working on integrating equations in AbiWord using Luca's GtkMathView
and our XP code. Looks very promising. shot 1,
shot 2. I'm really impressed.
I should find the time to get a hard-drive to install MacOS X for the laptop and then
resume work on MacOS X port of AbiWord.
Linux Journal Reader's Choice award
Linux Journal polling readers to pick their choice for the Reader's Choice award.
Damn. So much things that I have been involved too, in some way or other, including a
product that was Windows only in the past (was in a previous life).
I miss Stéphanie
July 19, 2004
and I went to Québec city for the "Festival d'été
de Québec to see the concert of Violent Femmes.
I shot 160 pictures of the concert with the Canon 10D camera
pphaneuf borrowed for the
week-end. I love this camera, but the lens I used is damn too expensive. I have put up a
gallery of my
After that we went for a night photo session, then for a beer.
Then on Sunday we went to Chutes Montmorency. Read Pierre
blog for a more detailled story.
I have been in Montreal for more than a week now. I'm about to have almost
everything sorted out. I even may soon have a real phone line.
I know why I'm not using vim:
(note: this is called "cif", at least in France.)
July 27, 2004
I like this country. I have been there for 2 weeks now, and I have lot
of fun. But I miss Stéphanie. She is still in France and
I miss her. I can't wait September.
I got a phone line, finally, and I went for some shopping on Saturday
to get a couple of books for reading when I'm at home. We also went to
see the Fireworks of the Mondial SAQ
from Jacques Cartier bridge.
Last week, I watched almost 5 movies. 2 in theaters:
Camping Sauvage, un film Québécois, and
Harry Potter and the prisonner of Azkaban.
We also watched with dilu,
mich 3 DVDs on
Sunday night: Office Space,
Pulp Fiction and
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.
This one is a movie made to be worse than
Plan 9 from Outerspace,
being and 2001 movie, with actors that plays really badly (at will), really bad
sfx using ugly miniatures, and a skeleton moving with wires....
I started serious work: hacking the
ExchangeIt Evolution plugin.
It is interesting.
Free software hacking
For my NDF,
I fixed a few bugs and AbiWord and continued my rewrite of the RTF
importer in order to get it work better. Now that I have a phone line, I may be able to
get ADSL at home aswell. Convenient for remote hacking, even though I live only 20 minutes
from the office.
Recent movie watching:
The Delicate Art of Parking
a documentary style comedy about parking enforcement in Vancouver, on Thursday,
The Bourne Identity and
The Bourne Supremacy the same evening on
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
on Sunday evening and
Anchorman the legend of Ron
Burgandy on Monday: really hilarious.
GNOME and scanners (and Linux)
At the office we had an unused scanner. Apparently nobody did bother to use it
and when really needed, they just fire up a Windows machine. Nah ! So I took it and
did install it on my desk and share it on the LAN, thanks to SANE. Works almost plug
and play. I need it because I have to copy some documents that can't fit into the
That make me think of more stuff we need to do about scanner than what I
talked about at
GUADEC. While the support for the hardware
is OK, we need support for those nifty buttons and all. And we need more software
like a GNOME library and a program to perform copy automatically: put your document
start the program, click Copy and voilà, scans to the printer directly.
Of course, with the buttons support, we could set up an action to start
automatically the program to do the copy.
We also need a nicer frontend to SANE. xsane is
fine, but it need more work, some in the imaging area, some in the UI area. Since
it is a GTK program, at least we have a good startup base for GNOME.
Ah, and networking the scanner. One good thing would be
ZeroConf support, like service registration to have
the scanner presence be broadcasted. That way, we could locate scanners automatically.
Life in Canada
This week-end with mich and
dilu we drove
to Ottawa to join the Niti
delegation to OLS and to have some fun (we did not attend the conference
ourself). However, since we were at the same hotel, sharing the suite, I could me a
couple of people I knew like DV,