The artist formarly known as Hacker’s Ramblings

•15 October 2010 • Leave a Comment

So, my wordpress blag is closing shop today; moving to a self hosted blag, so update those feeds!

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•10 October 2010 • Leave a Comment

I should also note that I was a dork and broke my kolab install; if you need to get a hold of me, either or my cell if you have it until I get my Kolab back up πŸ™‚

UTOSC and stuff

•9 October 2010 • 3 Comments

Dude, I haven’t blogged at all.

I have pictures and stuff, but I’m not in the mood to go find my camera in my mess of a room.

So… yeah, UTOSC. Robyn and I left bright and early after the now-infamous lunch with Smooge. It was cool, I even got the quickie tour of Vegas! Wooh, shinies! So, after arriving at sunny moon-y, Sandy Utah, bright and early at, oh, 3:30am, I sidled up and caught up on email while waiting for the Californians to arrive, Karsten, Larry, Larry’s sig0 and their childrens. I got to meet MOAR contributors for the first time, including Larry who I was afraid to meet, because he would punch me for being so mean to him πŸ™‚ So, yay, contributor meetings! At 4am! They had slept, but I had not, so I decided "to hell with it, I’ll pull an all nighter!" and after a breakfast of meeting our shiny new FPL, Jared, we left for the venue, Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus, located, like, ΓΌber close to the hotel with the AWESOME suite that Jared upgraded himself and I in to. πŸ™‚

And then chaos ensued. πŸ™‚ I didn’t have Jeremy’s phone number and had no idea what would be happening, so began to COMPLETELY stress about that. Thankfully, Chani saved me with a mobile number πŸ™‚ and jp is on the way. And my harddrive dies. WTF. FAIL. EPIC FAIL. STRESS MOAR. OMG MY SLIDES. STRESS STRESS. BACKUP AT HOME. NEAR BREAKDOWN. FAIL.

Oh, and UTOS, the sly dogs they are, put us next to GNOME, who had a freaking awesome booth setup. Next time, we harass Alex for the pseudo-boothbox, so we don’t have to rely solely on the awesomeness of KDE screenshots to survive, even though it’s easily enough to compete with GNOME stickers πŸ˜‰

We hung out for the day until I went back to the hotel to crash for a while, since I was, like, operating for 36 straight hours. fail. Before the last call of UPS shipping, I had my roommate overnight me my backup. He made it in time, and rocks.

The next day I completely over reacted on the lack of sleep. I woke up at about 10:30 to check if my drive had arrived, then each hour afterwards until about 2pm, when UPS finally dropped it off, at which point I headed to SLCC and began to rsync my backup.

After it restored, I had a working system, which is strange since it wasn’t really ext4 spitting errors, but ata, making me think the drive had completely died. Oh well, I’m back in business πŸ™‚ Karsten’s keynote was pretty freaking awesome, which was, like the only talk I saw that day, since I had arrived so late.

After the talks, I attended the SLC LaunchUp event, where they raffled away (much to my distaste, and a few others according to the reaction to my tweet on the twitter stream being displayed in the auditorium between sessions) an iPad and other Apple products. At an Open Source conference. :\

At this point, I held the Campus Ambassadors BoF, which was attended by Robyn and a guy from U Colorado, whose name I lost 😦 … And I think Jake Edge from LWN was there, but that entire day is a blur to me; Hi Jake! πŸ™‚ We had some great ideas, and I think they will begin to coalesce in to something awesome in the back of my mind; I’ll blag about that shortly πŸ™‚

Then was IgniteSLC, my first Ignite event. It was pretty awesome, and completely freaking entertaining. Some of the best quotes were livedented by Robyn since I forgotted most of them; I kinda wish the IgniteSLC slides were online because they had quite possibly some of the best pictures accompanying the quotes:

  • β€Ž"I put salt on my salt."
  • β€Ž"not only are you supporting the mafia, but you’re also making the flying spaghetti monster cry." (with photo)
  • Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city
  • This is way better than Christmas at drunk Aunt Irene’s house!
  • Disappointment builds character.
  • β€Ž"mom smoked CRACK when she was pregnant with you!"
  • "This is what happens when Bill Gates tries to look cool."
  • peecasting and crapcasting
  • Traceroute is a hack

We also had the awesomest FUDCon idea ever: UTOSC had a Nacho bar between LaunchUp and Ignite, which is TOTALLY FREAKING FULL OF FREAKING NACHOEY GUACAMOLEY WIN. To say the least. So Fedora may have a Bacon bar, which would be totally better.

So yeah, then there was the Geek dinner, at, ironically, Texas Roadhouse. Noms and stuff. I was so freaking full. And today was an actual wakeupearly day, but silly me set his three alarm clocks all incorrectly, causing him to arrive fashionably two hours late. i staffed the Fedora booth most of the day, except for the Balsa Glider competition, where the F-14 (fedora 14) flyer flown by Larry and myself did fairly well, but Karsten’s flyer beat us all I think.

Then teardown, oh noes the sadness. 😦

Now we’re at the hotel, and I’m trying to figure out how these people are playing Settlers of Catan which is really confusing.

Then tomorrow Robyn and I leave bright and early for PHX. UTOSC was a really great show, altogether, and was really fun. Oh and I got two shiny new Novell bags, and a tee shirt to match my new Red Hat job πŸ™‚ Just gotta get the other stuff that I need first D:

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Links from the week of 27. September 2010 to 04. October 2010

•3 October 2010 • Leave a Comment

Links from the week of 27. September 2010 to 04. October 2010.

A screencast!

•1 October 2010 • 6 Comments

So, aaron screencasted last week, and talked about the Plasma kpart from a general point of view… Let’s take a gander at my bug-ridden code which uses said kpart to make a plasma dashboard in Kontact! πŸ™‚

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Still Alive

•28 September 2010 • 2 Comments

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blagged…

Well, school has been fun, it’s been exciting, and it’s been busy. That’s taken the vast majority of my time since my last blag post. I’ve been having a lot of fun hanging out with my roommates, who are all really awesome people, playing Battlefield 1942 with them and exploring campus late at night, wearing a lab coat and goggles πŸ™‚ Oh, and nerf guns. yesh :3

I’ve also joined the robotics club. That’s a consider timesink, but it’s fun and incredibly interesting. Some fun folks, too. πŸ™‚

I also have taken a part time internship with a little company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina… You may have heard of them, they’re called Red Hat. πŸ™‚ I’m working in the community with Mel Chua, as well as spending some time on Campus Ambassador stuff (Expect some more writeups soon..) … I have the job description Mel and I wrote in Etherpad, feel free to take a look.

And in other news, I’ve been thinking a lot about the community behind, the community that introduced me to, well, GNU/Linux communities. It was how I got involved in Phoenix LUG, and subsequently ABLEconf, Fedora, KDE, etc, etc.., so I feel I owe a bit to myself and the community in general to breath some new life in to it. The founder of ToL and a personal friend of mine, Tuna, is working with me to transfer the site to my ownership, so hopefully I can bring the community back to some semblance of the "days of yore"… πŸ™‚

Uhm, what else?

I’ve began to transition to hosting my mail, web, shell, etc, on a locally hosted "server" (old tower) being hosted by Digital Desert, a Data Center locally owned and operated by ASU graduate and past ASULUG president Zach Giles. So far, I have a wonderful uptime and connectivity, props to DigiDesert. πŸ™‚ This, of course, means that I can deploy my own system on the server. I debated a homebrew system, hand configured, etc etc… but meh. I ended up spending a short afternoon and evening deploying a dedicated Kolab server on the machine (which already had Fedora 12 installed), which was dead freaking simple to set up. It was nice to have webmail again, for the times when I break kmail and kontact, and having accounts on that machine stored in LDAP will lead to the ability to do a lot of fun stuff. A single log in and password will provide access to (eventually) a private mediawiki install, statusnet, my wordpress, possibly a jabber server and a bunch of other niceties. Props to the Kolab folks for putting together a supremely awesome suite of software.

I mentioned KMail and Kontact… That must meant I’m still hacking on them if I’m breaking them, right? Well, kinda. The Calendar plasma data engine has been misbehaving yet again, meaning that I really cannot get reliable work done on my PIM applets. They were really starting to get fun, too, and usable. I plan on talking to John Layt when I get the chance, and get everything ironed out so that the applets can be used again, and I can provide screenshots et al. I really want to see them in KDEPIM 4.6, but if I cannot solve these issues, we may only see Sebas’s awesome work on LionMail in the 4.6 PIM+Plasma category. 😦 Btw, you should go play with the new LionMail work, it’s super cool! πŸ™‚

Oh, and of course Robyn and the rest of the FUDcon team are still kicking butt to bring FUDcon to ASU this winter! I haven’t been as active as I’d like to in planning it, but hopefully with this Red Hat internship, I will be able to carve more time out for FUDcon lovin’. You should preregister, come and meet up with (me and) a bunch of awesome Fedora hackers! There will be pie! $adult_beverages at the FUDpub event Saturday night for those who can! (Nadim? πŸ˜€ :D) You know you want to!

Oh, and last but not least: UTOSC. I’ll be there, leading a BoF on Fedora’s Campus Ambassador progream. Will you be there? πŸ™‚

Well, I guess that’s about all that is going on in the regular life of a Fedora/KDE/ToS/ASU dude, until next time (hopefully sooner!) πŸ™‚

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Links from the week of 20. September 2010 to 27. September 2010

•26 September 2010 • Leave a Comment

Links from the week of 20. September 2010 to 27. September 2010.

Links from the week of 13. September 2010 to 20. September 2010

•19 September 2010 • Leave a Comment

Links from the week of 13. September 2010 to 20. September 2010.

  • Google Internet Stats — For later reference. (Sweetmorn, the 37th of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3176)
  • Links from the week of 06. September 2010 to 13. September 2010

    •12 September 2010 • Leave a Comment

    Links from the week of 06. September 2010 to 13. September 2010.

  • Utility Tunnels under ASU — Sounds fun ;P (Boomtime, the 33rd of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3176)
  • Links from the week of 30. August 2010 to 06. September 2010

    •5 September 2010 • Leave a Comment

    Links from the week of 30. August 2010 to 06. September 2010.

  • Too Few Women in Tech? — interesting… (Prickle-Prickle, the 25th of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3176)
  • Akira — That is an awesome set. :< (Prickle-Prickle, the 25th of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3176)
  • Electronik Supersonik — 5,4,3,1, UPBLAST (Pungenday, the 29th of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3176)