Monday, March 30, 2009

Ph.D. Proposal

I'm excited because my Ph.D. Proposal is off of my desk and has been sent to my committee. Presentation preparation is to ensue.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Salsa on the installment plan

I was at the home improvement store yesterday and decided to try my hand at some container gardening. Here's a picture after I got everything planted.

GNOME Accepted For GSoC 2009

We've been accepted as an organization for Google's Summer of Code 2009! If you want to help judge applications and/or be a mentor, go to and sign up.

NB: Right now the interface to accept people as mentors only shows your "link id" or "username" filled out in your profile to the admins and not your "Display Name". Please enter something recognizable, either your nick from GNOME/IRC or firstnamelastname.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SoC Organization Application

GNOME's application has been submitted and developers and maintainers will be able to sign up when/if we are accepted.

Remember to continue suggesting project ideas at our ideas page. We're going to start triaging ideas this weekend but will continue to triage as they come in.

Watch this space for more details as they come in.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dear Blockbuster,

I no longer find your service to meet my needs. I expressly chose you over Netflix because I could exchange DVD's in the store and while the next items in my queue were shipping, I would have something to watch. I don't have a cable TV subscription and thus watch a lot of movies and TV on DVD. Your new policy of counting my store rentals against my total number of rentals and not shipping the next items in my queue until they're returned defeats the purpose of subscribing to your service. Netflix is less expensive per month, has free streaming with their unlimited plan that works with Linux, and has faster DVD turn around rates (anecdotal evidence from nearby friends with Netflix). The cure for bad service is not worse service. I will be cancelling my subscription with you as soon as I figure out how to migrate my queue to Netflix.

So long,


Lazy web - So far I've found no easy way to migrate my queue from one to the other. Please let me know if you know of one.

Netflix - If you're listening, other Blockbuster Total Access members that heard this policy explained to them in the stored sounded just as peeved. You could have a windfall if you provided an easy way to import my queue from blockbuster, say CSV or such.

Update: The streaming doesn't work on Linux as I've now found out. mea culpa.