Posts Tagged ‘Work’

Tuomas’ neat icon-helping find

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Today, Tuomas figured out that gnopernicus, an odd-sounding, useful accessibility tool for GNOME, can be super-useful for artists, especially those using Inkscape.

I played around with it on my ThinkPad at work today and found that shoving it to the strip on the side of my 1600×1200 screen seemed to be the most useful (outside of Tuomas’ sweet dual-head set-up), as one can maximize the Inkscape window to the side and not have an overlap.

This is really going to be super-useful when designing Tango icons.

Tango Project!

Monday, October 10th, 2005

In addition to BetterDesktop, the Tango Project has finally been announced!

The Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.”

A few Tango-style icons

Jakub has a great post which explains Tango more in-depth.

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.


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Eric Larson, the rock-star co-worker (his band is Ume, which means Japanese plum), is heading back to PA to finish up school. Before he heads out, he’ll be on tour. His first stop is AS220‘s Fancy Fest (a gathering of a bunch of bands) in Providence, RI on Friday night, starting at 7:00 pm.

It should be a great time for anyone who is close enough to attend.

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.)

In Stuttgart

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

I’m happy to report that I’m here in Stuttgart and there is some limited form of ‘Net access (at the building where GUADEC is being held).

Time for GUADEC!

Friday, May 27th, 2005

I’m off to Deutschland for GUADEC, the GNOME User and Developer European Conference.

My flight is today… and tomorrow. Gotta love transatlantic travel.

Update: I just found a nice city guide @ for those going to GUADEC. It has all sorts of (what seem to be) useful links to everything around the city of Stuttgart.