Even though some three months have passed since DebConf11 has successfully ended, I still wanted to give you just a glimpse on how some parts were played through the eyes of a lunatic (read: organizer). Of course, blog post can’t come close near of explaining anything but at least it should give some insight and hopefully some pointers to the future DebConf organizers.
If you don’t feel like reading this much text you can listen to last episode of “This Week In Debian” podcast and after it just head to “Beginning of the end” part.
First of all I’d like to apologize if I offended or hurt anyone in this whole process as it wasn’t my intention and during DebConf organization this is nothing irregular, for you to get hurt or you hurting somebody else. One thing that got stuck with me this whole time is when Martín Ferrari approached me after I did bid proposal of Bosnia/Herzegovina for DebConf11 back on DebConf9 and told me “you have no idea what you just got yourself into” I played cool and said something along the line “of coure I do” and boy did I lie.
During DebConf organization you’re bound to make some of your decisions instantaneously in which you’ll lose something, the most you can do is assess what’s the thing you can “cut the cord” on, even though if that “thing” or a “person” for that matter might have meant something to you. You’ll lose things, relationships, friendships, contacts … at the times sense of humor and maybe even common logic. Some of it comes back to you, some the very next day and for some it may take longer. Some of it was lost irreversibly, but even in that case it wasn’t lost and could even be traced to some other cause.
more “My DebConf11 summary and its after effects”
Debian 5.0 Lenny was released on 14th this month. 22 months of development, I knew the exact release date long time upfront, but I didn’t plan that right on that day FoolControl will go through some downtime :/
Nevertheless, Lenny is out, and out of sudden I don’t have much stuff left to talk about on this very topic now :) I find Lenny to be one of the best releases Debian releases yet, I too contributed to this release as much as I could. Didin’t make into package maintainers, but it’s all matter of free time, and dedication really.
I’ve been with Lenny, well pretty much since Etch was released, I moved to Lenny. Since Lenny is stable now, and new testing is Squeeze, don’t jump on Squeeze right about now, since there aren’t security updates at the moment, since security team for Squeeze isn’t formed yet.
However, Lenny has been great for very long time, and I’d really enjoying sticking to it, but I believe I’ll move to next testing in no time, life on stable … it’s boring :)
more “Debian 5.0 Lenny released … [updated]”
I believe I’ll break many hearts with this post, some may agree, and some may not. What I definitely want to state before even writing anything is that this isn’t hate talk or anything like it, but just simply being completely objective, and looking at this whole Google thing from a distant stand point, and of course only present you with most obvious facts.
Now get yourself a cup of coffee, play the most metal, aggressive, brutal, music you have on your comuter and let me take you to a journey of hatred ;)
How Google and I met
First of all, I started using Google around ~99 this isn’t a short time period, almost ten years eh? I remember I was using Altavista and Astalavista (for those who remember good old times) which was such a great search engine, it just kicked ass. Then I can’t remember what happened to it, but to put it simple, it was gone. Then I actually switched to Yahoo for a short period of time; however, back then you simply couldn’t find anything, if you were looking for something … oh man, sometimes if you’re looking for something really “stashed” your search could be prologue up to half an hour.
And then one day I heard about this thing called Google, “Googled” for the first time and viola, I was there within matter of seconds! It truly came into my life as some kind of epiphany.
more “!= Google”
Last night I logged into my Gmail account and I see that there is this new feature, themes. Oh well, I say finally it’s time for such a move from Google, since I noticed that some changes have been made on their CSS. For some time right now I have noticed that every single input box in gmail is incredibly … well square. Too round and square.
Now when it comes to themes in Gmail, if you ask me it was really about the time. There were few Firefox addons and they were ok and all, but lets face it, you change your computer and there goes your Gmail look.
And then as I said it, last night I log into my Gmail account and there’s a notification about themes. I’ll present the some screenshots, for all the other stuff that I don’t say here you can read the official Gmail blog post. Too say the least, there are some really interesting themes. The one I finally picked is most interesting me for several reasons.
I’m using theme named “Tree”, it’s incredibly slick, second depending on weather conditions theme will change. So last night when I first tried it, it was raining so the whole theme got “wet” and there were drops all over the place. Tree on the bottom was swinging by the wind and stuff like that.There are also few themes that are “dependent” on weather conditions. Which is definitely *thumbs up
more “Pimp my Gmail”
Just few days ago, I had this conversation how Google is becoming … well just like any big corporation. However I still I couldn’t stay negative when it comes to Google. For begining, when I was opening foolcontrol, I have it all prepaed, my own mail server to everything. But still I’d use some of Google services, search, analytics, code, google earth and so on.
I really know a lot about Google, so I’m just trying to separate them from companies such as Microsoft … When I first found them in 99 or whenever, I was literally looking for something for at least half an hour, Google and there 20secs …
But lately, I’m getting cornered with Google. First, I use Gmail, I have 5 mail accounts in it, Google has my data. Hell just until recently Google was holding my blog data. Anyways, but I’m just being careful what I write with Gmail, when I need something to be sent without passing by “censor” system or anything like that, well I’ve got separate email account for that one ;)
But one thing that was bothering me the most about google, was Google Web History. Ok, what’s so helpful about google web history, that I can look what I was looking for, and go through my web search trends and so on? Yea, except that Google will go through it too, I’m setting what I’m searching for to Google as well.
more “Is Google invading privacy with web history?”