FOSDEM presentation

I am back from FOSDEM. It was a great experience and it was fun to finally meet everyone that was in place from XMMS2. I would also like to thank Google for the money we have received from Summer of Code, we spent them well on hotel, meat and beer. :-)

My presentation is posted in video cast format over the new XMMS2 Mediacast blog. I will try to make a post to that blog at least once a month with audio or video casts. If you have any ideas on what to cast please post it in my comments below.

When doing all this I also switched to feedburner on all my blogs including XMMS2 News, so if that gives you any problem, please tell me.

Now if you only could reclaim lost sleep :-)


Some pictures from FOSDEM

Above you see Auke, me, tilman and anders in some discussions about S4 and friends.

And above a here you see rafl, wose, theefer and nesciens listening to ramblings.

Nice tshirts for everyone!

This is me on stage, doing my thing.

From left to right starting at the top: me, theefer, anders, auke, wose, rafl, walluint
From left to right starting on the second row: nano, tilman, nesciens


First day at FOSDEM


I am at the FOSDEM now together with 9 other XMMS2 devels and a lot of other people. In place here we have: Me, Daniel "nano" Svensson, Anders "anders" Waldenborg, Tilman "tilman" Saurbeck, Sebastien "theefer" Cevey, Florian "rafl" Ragwitz, Erik "nesciens" Massop, Auke "auke" Schrijnen, Sebastian "wose" Woetzel and Sebastian "wallunit" Noack.

Yesterday was the beer event at Delirium Cafe in the center of Brussels. It was very fun and most of us got a bit too drunk :-) Before this we had the time to talk about some XMMS2 issues and status in the hotel lobby. This was our conclusions:
  • Next version DrLecter will contain: airplay, visulizations and we will try to get TEST1 out this weekend.
  • Next version will not contain: result/value split, service clients, xmms_value_t unification or a cool GUI
  • Version DrM? will contain the above changes and will break the client API pretty bad.
  • Lengthy discussion about S4 and GenIPC also occured.
I will blog about each change a bit more in depth later. I will also try to be more communicative with our public from this point on. I will try to resurrect our news letter and publish more posts about improvments in XMMS2. I encourage you all to the same.

So far the trip here has been very very productive and it's fun to meet everyone that you talk with on a daily basis.


Leaving for FOSDEM

I am leaving for FOSDEM now. See you all there :-)


Less than a week with the Air

I got my Macbook Air last Friday and now I have had some time to migrate and use it in my everyday work, so let's cut to the chase: This was the laptop I was waiting for! This might not be the laptop you are waiting for, but for me it's perfect. It's thin (you've got to see and feel it for yourself before you understand), light and don't have a lot of unnecessary ports and things I don't use (like DVD and firewire).

I switched from a 1:th gen Blackbook to this new gadget, and performance wise I don't feel a big difference, a full compile of the xmms2 tree with c++ bindings takes around 2 minutes when using both cores, this is not very long time. I haven't noticed the slow harddrive (no I didn't go for the SSD version) that much yet, only when Mail.app decides to write a lot of changes to disk (try to remove a whole folder sometime). When compiling Qt it got a bit hot at the left corner and the fan's where running but otherwise it has been very quiet and cool.

The lack of a Etherenet port is just a small inconvience, I use the Ethernet port at two different customers, that's all. Rest of the time I am wireless with wlan or 3g via my phone (why do people cry about no-built in 3g, the phone via bluetooth works just fine!).

Keyboard, screen and trackpad are fantastic, feels like working with a big laptop and you never feel confined to something that doesn't really fit you. I had the chance to try it on the Airplane the other day, while it still have a big footprint (because of the 13.3" screen) it's really a lot easier to handle, it fits into the pocket infront of you and it doesn't feel clumpsy to have in your knee (like the blackbook did).

I think Apple had me in mind when creating this laptop. A thin, light OSX laptop that is designed to bring everywhere.

Oh, and I will use it as my only computer (of course storing and stuff like that takes place on my mac mini at home), I don't have the need for something with more power or storage, I just need to bring it all the time.

Update: Something I don't like is that the battery is not user replaceable, it's a shame. But I guess the laptop wouldn't have been this sweet with it. I hope the figure something out for later revs of it though.


FOSDEM presentation

Just finished my presentation for FOSDEM. I am going to treat you all to something a bit different this time so I hope that you all will show up! For all of you that can't show up for the presentation I will post my slides online later, I am not sure how much sense they will make without my sweet voice though :)

Getting pretty hyped for the whole FOSDEM thing now. Hope to meet a lot of interesting people and that we'll gain some traction for XMMS2.

Oh, and this is all written on my MacBook Air btw, I will post a review of it later.