So, last day at Debconf. And I've got sick. Bah. That's what I get for not sleeping enough. Too many late night saunas (well, only 2, so perhaps not enough?). It's been good to put some more faces to names, and also to see the people I met for the first time last year again! I'm not quite sure I was as productive at hacking on stuff as I was last year, but then that's never the main point in these things for me. I did manage to get CACert assured while here and can now assure other people which is cool. JD will no doubt laugh at me for this. Plus I've been pointed at some groovy looking GnuPG compatible smartcards which I'll have to look into more closely. Is it wrong to see them and immediately wonder about whether the code is available and if the key size can be upped?
My flight's too damn early tomorrow morning, so I think I'll be spending the night in the airport. Less hassle than getting 2 or 3 hours sleep and waking everyone else in the room up when I'm getting ready to go.
Oh, and Robot101 rocks.
After staying up on Thursday night until at least 4:30am (times are hazy after that) I'd planned to get an early night last night. Until Uncle Steve said there was a party on our floor after the keysigning. This never quite happened (people gathered outside instead), but I still ended up getting to bed at around 7am. It's probably put me in the right frame of mind to continue looking at mjg59's x86emu issues though.
So I had this conversation with Hanna last night, where I mentioned about the fact I find prolonged online conversation usually quite hard work (say in a debian-devel thread, rather than personal mail to a friend). And she replied by saying that based on her original email/irc conversations involving me she'd thought I was quite bland, but after actually meeting me she'd decided I actually was interesting enough to talk to. Which is interesting, because I like to think I can be entertaining enough to talk to (don't we all). And I got to thinking that perhaps the fact I never seem to able to blog is related. So, I'm going to try harder to do this, in the hope that it will also persuade me to participate more in mailing list discussions where I feel I can add something.
As I write this I'm sitting in tiny Air Wales twin propellered plane, going from Norwich to Dublin. Possibly the smallest plane I've ever been in - only 4 seats wide. Much more civilised than having to travel to Stansted to fly back to my parents' though.
Went to see TFM in Oxford over the weekend; it was good to see him again - we're very bad about keeping in touch. Bizarrely ended up playing Doom the Boardgame (and staying up until 4am doing so). This has caused me to install prboom again with the aim of completing Doom 2 - when it came out my machine wasn't fast enough to cope after the 5th level or so.
Out last night in Cambridge; Monday pizza followed by the Live and Let Live with Debian folk. Finally gave Steve back his pliers and a WMA11B - told him he had to help me convince Vince to get mainline kernel support for it. It's the only device lacking IPv6 support on my home network as present. Ended up walking back to the car with tbm and discussing his PhD; he seems to be focussing on release management now and I'll be interested to know what conclusions he comes up with. Oh, and Nattie decided my shoes needed to smell of apple and melon and spilt her drink over them.
So, let's try this blogging lark. I'll at least start writing stuff and if in time I think I've written anything interesting then I'll look at sticking it up.
Today I got acused of regarding Debian's founding principles with contempt (msgid: <20041216232946.GF13139@zewt.org>). mjg59 stepped in to protect my honour and said "Given all he's done for Debian at various points", which gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, but makes me wonder what good I have done Debian. I'm a keen supporter of it and try to recommend it whenever I can; I admin a buttload of machines (both personal and business) that use it, but how does that really help the project? I've been finding our inability to release quite depressing, but I can't figure out what I should be doing to help us forward. It's not like any of my packages are critical or holding things up. I don't have the appropriate knowledge to help out on the infrastructure holdups. Or maybe this is the wrong attitude? Maybe I should be diving headfirst into the archive code and seeing if I can come with some neat stuff that helps us? I don't know. There just aren't enough hours in the day really.
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