Posts Tagged ‘Cambridge’

GNOME Summit 2007

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I’ll be at the Summit this year.

To spice up this blog post a bit, I’ll post a few pictures taken around the Summit (but not directly from the Summit!) from prior years.

early morning art Stata wrap
Andreas and his 770 isometric "illustration" of a New York City corner
Larry walking down the Stata stairway

Interestingly enough, I don’t think I will be bringing my big camera along this time… just a laptop and my little pocket Lumix.

Big hands

About the laptops…

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

After Tuomas (tigert) arrived from his long plane flight, he opened up his laptop in a cube at work, resuming it from its suspended sleep. I was also in the same cube.

He then proceeded to show me something, but as soon as he pointed to it (with his finger toward the screen), the display went black. After trying all sorts of keypresses to wake the blank laptop, he decided to try to power cycle it. Weird things were happening on boot, and it would decide to either go blank or reboot at seemingly random places on start up. It even began having problems in the BIOS screen.

All of the laptop problems were eerily familiar — it was what my IBM ThinkPad was doing when I first got it. The difference was mine was on the first day and his was just this past week. Much like my laptop, his laptop’s cure is to get a motherboard replacement, so it was sent off to the service department.

Meanwhile… I also have a Mac laptop, so I have been using it while Tuomas has been using my ThinkPad (with his hard drive swapped out for mine). I don’t think he’ll get his laptop back before the conference, in around an hour…

Anyway, I just wanted to state the reason why I will have a Mac at the GNOME Summit instead of my ThinkPad.

GNOME Summit talk: Building a great community website

Friday, October 7th, 2005

At this year’s GNOME Summit, I will be giving a talk on “building great community websites” at 3:45 pm on Sunday.

I will be focusing on the content that typically should be included on a project’s website as well as discussing some of the software (blogs, wikis, CMS, etc.) which can be used to present content.

If you’d like me to cover anything in particular, please post a comment.

Lunch adventures: the search for the missing restaurant

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

While Rodney and I were walking all around Kendall square trying to solve a lunchtime mystery for two consecutive days (without any clues — other than Google Maps pointing us to a field), I thought, “I should blog about this.” (Evidently, Rodney thought the same thing.)

We were searching for the highly rated Aceituna Cafe in the sultry summer afternoon. It turned out that those ratings were totally bogus, as they were incredibly overinflated. The place was also not cheap (standard lunch fare ran around $7 to $9 for a typical dish, even for vegetarian food). In addition, our “Mediterranean Experience” included tacky ambiance, American pop music from the 80’s, and food from non-Mediterranean lands (mostly consisting of stuff from the Middle East).

Rodney beat me to the story — you can read more of the details on his blog post.

For once, we had hoped to find something:
# Good
# Cheap
# In the Kendall Square area

(Usually, it’s a game of pick one two of three. Jose’s foodtruck is typically my favorite, but I like to mix things up and go somewhere new from time to time.)

Google MBTA

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

First Chicago’s Transit Authority. Now it’s T time for Google Maps, thanks to Firefox and Greasemonkey.

Everyone in the Boston area using Firefox (with Greasemonkey installed) will love this. (:

Update: Lots of info has been released, along with a call to improve the service.

Noise

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Drunk people at 3 am outside the window, cars constantly booming by, construction crews in the morning, a truck every first Wednesday and Thursday of each non-bitterly-cold-winter month with the recorded voice of a man shouting in the thickest Boston accent anyone has ever heard shouting something about towing cars (if parked on what happens to be the wrong side of the street) from 5:30 am to 9 am, city workers hacking trees to pieces with buzzsaws and big chippers for hours in the early morning, and — now this — some buffoon outside with a jackhammer and some other heavy machinery who has been operating for a long while now even though it’s nearly midnight; these are all things I can hear from my apartment when I am trying to get some sleep.

Constant construction sounds from the building being built next to work sure does not help my headaches that even Tylenol, Aspirin, Sudafed, and caffeine can’t cure.

Why does Cambridge have to be so noisy?

Little creature wandering through the snow

Friday, March 11th, 2005

This past evening, I was walking toward my car and spotted a poor little creature walking around through the piles of snow. My initial reaction was compassion toward what I thought was a stray cat left out in the freezing weather.

I crossed the street, slowly walking closer to the little furry animal.

In the darkness of night, only a couple feet away from the creature, I realized it was a skunk! Slowly, I walked backwards and found my way to my car.

I had a reverse PepĂ© Le Pew moment when what I thought was a cat turned out to actually be a skunk. I still felt bad for the little thing (although I’m glad I did not have to get rid of skunk stench).

Apparently, it isn’t so uncommon to have friendly neighborhood skunks in the Boston area.

Of course, it could have just been a cat who walked under some wet paint…