June 02, 2004
June 03, 2004
Time to resume Open Source work. But I have also higher priority stuff like
preparing my move to Montréal. It appear that moving 30m^3 from Lille to Montréal
will cost a mere 5000 EUR. This will happen in only 6 month or so as Stéphanie will stay in
France longer (I'll go there first).
My blog is finally XHTML valid and CSS valid. I had to hack the PHP code. Perhaps should
I partly rewrite this to be more modular and easier to modify.
Looks like I'll be going to Canada after GUADEC. Simply because otherwise it will be a little
bit too pricey (think 900 EUR for a round-trip to Paris-CDG) to go to GUADEC. More time to
sort out all my stuff. But I'm really getting impatient.
June 04, 2004
Started backporting to the STABLE tree (2.0.x branch) all the patches lying around that
have been committed to the HEAD CVS (2.1.x branch). I has been a long time since I
Advogato is still down. That sucks.
I have been told that the server had disk problems. :-(
June 07, 2004
Booked the hotel for GUADEC. Will be at Hotel Norge, with Stéphanie. I need to find
an hotel in Oslo for Saturday night (We plan to take train on Sunday evening to
I need to write my talk and slides.
Anyone could make dual screen work under Linux on a PowerBook
G3 Firewire ? I have m3mirror that seems to work (I can shutdown the lcd), but
apparently, I can't get the VGA output to display something. Looks like I miss some XFree
configuration bits. Google was not helpful either.
Otherwise I still have plan B: borrow a laptop with
AbiWord like I did last time.
Not much work, just a few backport, and unbreak the STABLE tree (silly me, I'm guilty).
There is a huge regression in the MacOS X version: typing has become slower compared to
2.1.1. I must investigate.
I upgraded partially GNOME with the new Debian/unstable packages. I still miss a few because
if packages missing in the powerpc distribution. Anyway visible changes includes new mouse
cursors (white). I don't know which package upgraded this.
I have been having strange problems recently with metacity window manager. Sometime it just
falls into an infinite loop, blocking everything in X. A ssh to the laptop and a kill -HUP
just solve the problem, but this is really annoying. I wonder why. Perhaps shall I restart
my session since the I haven't for 2 or 3 weeks dispite the various upgrades.
June 08, 2004
Nothing much this week-end.
Backported a few new bugfixes from Martin this morning to STABLE tree.
dcoombs: nice car. I think I'm too
tall to be able to use it :-)
Airlines are weird. A single ticket to Montréal cost TWICE the price than a return ticket for the
same day with a return for 9/11 (don't be mistaken, this will be my 5th mariage anniversary) not that I
really want to return. I don't get it. Anyway, this was with Air France, and far from being the
June 09, 2004
Back from a "night photography" session, still waiting fro Stéphanie to come back
home (working late, testing car headlightning at night). I can't make a gallery right know because
I take pictures on slide film. I need to have them processed to scan them. And I already have
14 rolls to process (vacations pictures).
I need to buy a new digital camera. I'm think of a Minolta Dimage Xt (or whatever the current model
is) because it is really tiny and still has a really viewer (LCD back screen are not really suited
as a view finder, because it generate more motion blur than traditionnal view finders). My old Kodak
DC-240 is so aged that I no longer use it (it killed me 6 AA NiMh batteries, brand new). I don't know if
I'll buy it before or after going to Montréal.
jdub: I think
is also for
pphaneuf well known to
follow the "no pants day". I myself
always wear pants, even in summer. Perhaps French summer isn't hot enough.
AbiWord 2.1.3 has been released.
It looks like I'm the
to release the MacOS X tarball and build. Anyway I'm responsible
of it, and shame on me, it did not really evolve. I have 2 major bugs to fix, and lot of cosmetics.
Not couting all the stuff I want to finish, and the rewrite of all the dialogs code, but that won't be
for 2.2. I need to find a real solution for MacOS X development when in Canada, since I won't bring with
me the iMac without my wife (it is hers after all). I think I'll just buy a Firewire disk to plug
to the laptop and use that as a MacOS X system.
I upgraded my kernel to 2.6.6 to be able to use libhal,
etc. in order to start eventually adding libhal support to
June 10, 2004
Getting hot, hot, hot. 30C here in Lille.
Committed a huge patch to rewrite the \shppict and \object keywords in RTF, to also
fix bug 6140. I still need
to add more stuff to this part to handle text boxes correctly.
I found a huge performance regression beetween AbiWord 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 on MacOS X (someone
reported it in bugzilla).
I really need to look for this bug. I'll check the diff beetween the 2 tarballs, but I'm afraid
the problem might not be in Cocoa code, but in the cross-platform part.
June 14, 2004
It has been a long time since I hadn't really hacked a gPhoto,
a really longtime. Today I started implement my secret idea to allow supporting
USB Mass Storage digital camera devices. This includes adding support for
libhal. I had to write some Perl code
to parse the XML file that I use to maintain my
Digital Camera Support
for UNIX, Linux and BSD page. This add 162 cameras to the supported list in
USB Mass Storage devices now gets auto-detected by gphoto2. I'm currently only
testing with a USB flash memory
because I don't have a compatible camera (Kodak DC240 has its own driver). Next step
is to add mount-point specification, either by getting it from command line or from
the optional libhal support.
June 22, 2004
The week-end is over. This is my last last week-end in Lille (I may return in
December for THE move, but nothing planned yet). I'll be flying to Montréal
on July 3rd. Finally. I'm really getting impatient. Before, there is
GUADEC, where I'll give my talk
scheduled on Tuesday morning. I'll be able to
attend dcoombs talk about WvSync.
Macintouch has a report about MS-Word alternative
on MacOS X. They forgot to mention AbiWord so I mailed
them about that. I need to start doing marketing on the project.
(update) They did publish my e-mail.
I'm taking some risks since 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 sucks on MacOS X due to some regression.
June 23, 2004
Last week-end was my last week-end in France before long.
I went to my mom's house to store a few thing I don't throw away
and that I won't bring in The Move. At the same time, I cleaned
up all the junk I left in my bedroom before leaving, including 6 years of
class notes (high-school and University). Looks like I throwed away 6 years
of my life. Nothing really significant in fact, because in the last 14 years I
didn't look for them, but a couple of things like my old Casio scientific
calculator I miss of binary and hex calculation. I now have it back.
I also when to Ludo's
place to bring him some really old
BeOS stuff I had here, like old prototype motherboards, old documentation
that I got from another veteran before he left for California. I made
Ludo really happy (see pictures) because he has the full hardware documentation
of the Hobbit BeBox.
Ludo browsing the Be documentation I brought him
The Hobbit BeBox with documentation.
For those who don't know, I was by the end of 1995, one of the first European BeOS
developers. I was not involved in open source like I'm currently am, but I
did some stuff that went open source, including BePDF
a port of xpdf (in fact I got
the starting code from another friend that had no time to complete the hack and enhanced
it a lot). Then I started coding on Linux AbiWord that
I tried on BeOS first.
Ludo also got a Macintosh Portable, the 14 lbs luggageable computer. A collector.
I still have to check with the airline, but it looks like they carry bicycles
for free. So I'll bring mine as it seems to be a good way to go to work in summer in
Montréal. And I need to do sports.
I need to write my slides. I bought an Airport card to have Wifi with my PowerBook.
So I can use it from Guadec. I don't have a Wifi router here, so to test it, I'll need to
bring it downtown to check. And I need to write my slides. I have everything in
my head, but I'd better start now.
June 25, 2004
saul: you might want to have
a look at AbiWord. Fast, light, and runs on Linux and Windows.
GPL off course. As for IM, I myself use gaim.
These are GNOME applications. If you like KDE, there is Kopete. But I haven't tried it.
Friendship is something very important. Sometime things don't go the way we
want. My best friend (perhaps should I add former) for example. We met in
high school (1992). He was one of the best men at my own wedding (almost five years ago).
Last christmas he called me to tell me that he got married 3 monthes
ago. What ? He forgot to tell me something so important ? I can't believe. I don't
even remember what was the output of the excuse mill, but I think that he said
something like "this happened so quickly." or "you were too far away".
I think I got really mad after him. Really. Every friend I discussed with told
me that he wasn't really a friend after all...
Recently we got back in touch. All began with an e-mail I sent him about
stuff I still have and should send back to him before I leave the country.
Since we have been chatting
on a regular basis (I haven't had the time to visit him, and won't have before
the move). I think I begin to forgive him; anyone can make mistake, this
one is not that severe. And we don't have so much good friends in our life to
neglect even one. Time passes.
I think getting nostalgic. Perhaps because of all this cleaning up (actually I'm
unpacking boxes packed a few years back, just to throw away old junk) that
reminds me to much souvenirs. Not bad souvenirs, just memories.
Oh and I have to tell to another friend that I'm leaving. Damn. His phone number
is in my cell phone, that my wife borrowed for 3 days to call me while being
away, and I don't have his e-mail (strange isn't it ?). I'll call him later.
June 29, 2004
I went today shopping to get music including French. Summer sales provide us with
a large stock of CDs at less than 9 EUR. I bought: AQME
Mickey 3D, Gemma Hayes and Therion (German metal).
bring you French music. Not the kind you described. The kind I like.
I think I'm now ready. Almost everything packed for GUADEC. I'll meet
dcoombs tomorrow in Oslo, and Sunday
evening I'll meet Peter
and wlach in Kristiansand.
Train at 8:49, flight at 12:36 from CDG to OSL.
I'm live from GUADEC, over the air. My Airport card works as is with Debian.
Met a lot of people, including dcoombs, wlach and pcolijn from Niti, uwog
and msevior from AbiWord, fcrozat, dodji and other French GNOMErs. We also
met a lot of other nice people.
My talk about Digital Photography in GNOME is in a couple of hours.
Before going to GUADEC we went thru Oslo. I posted a short
of pictures taken with my digital camera (a real oldy).
Unfortunately I dropped my camera in the hotel room. It got hurted as the
flash seems to have trouble popping up. Fortunately it does not look
that bad as I seldom use it, and never in a mode it pops up automatically.
I'll see after processing the films if it is really OK. Fingers crossed.