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Sun 2011/Jan/30

  • Last October, I went to Chile in holidays to spend some time with my family. I had not visited the place for almost two years, so I was very excited about the travel. It was a beautiful time, albeit short, with a lovely spring, and also an occasion to see first-hand the consequences of the February earthquake. More than seven months later, there was still plenty to experience, including a couple of heavy tremors in the middle of the night waking me up, with the fear only a person who wasn't there for the earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks can experience.

    On strike

    My visit coincidentally happened at the same time than workers from the biggest drugstore chain were on strike because of highly unfair and abusive salary conditions. This didn't make it to the mainstream media, not even after the strike was over, thanks to the influence a big chain, and all the money they can inject in the media in the way of advertisement, can have.

    Now that my sister lives in Concepción, I took the chance to visit her at the same time than the Día GNOME took place there. We walked around the city and I got to see some of the remains of the Alto Rio building, the only one that completely collapsed during the quake, killing a couple dozens of people. The building was brand new and most of the people who died there had just moved in. If there weren't more casualties, it was only because many apartments were not inhabited yet.

    What's left of Alto Rio

    The Día GNOME was a nice event, a bit too rushy to my taste, but it was nice to catch up with plenty of old pals and to meet the new ones who are driving all the community efforts nowadays. Thanks to all of them and also to the GNOME Foundation for making it possible.

    Día GNOME 2010

    When I was there, I had the chance to attend the Rush concert at the Estadio Nacional. I thought that I wouldn't see the band ever and this presented itself as a unique opportunity, that I couldn't resist. Funnily enough, later it was unveiled that they will be playing in Finland later this year, so I got tickets for the concert here as well. Strangely, tickets for the concert in Chile were more expensive than for the one in Finland, even when Finland is a country where people have a much higher purchasing power. I guess we can blame economic inequality for that.

    Rush

    On the culinary side of things, I can say that all my efforts on carrying a healthy diet with mostly organic food, high in vegetables, and low in fats and meats went to hell during the weeks there. Empanadas, chacareros, churrascos, mechadas, asados, choripanes, lomitos, and similar delicatessen took me back to a quite relaxed diet, from which I still can't recover. Also, by the time I visited Chile I had quit coffee and caffeine in general for around three months, but I couldn't help it going back to it (although now I drink coffee only once every other day or so).

    In any case, I enjoyed the time there a lot. Any feelings of being a stranger at home lasted for the first days only and soon I was feeling comfortable again. Coming back to the northern winter wasn't easy but as they say, home is there, where someone is waiting for you.

    I made quite some pics, but not that many anyway since I didn't feel that confident to carry the camera around all the time. However, a handful of them are in the corresponding flickr set, in case you are curious.

Syndicated 2011-01-30 11:32:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

19 Jan 2011 (updated 30 Jan 2011 at 20:14 UTC) »

Wed 2011/Jan/19

  • As it was yesterday unveiled in the GNOME Foundation blog, I'm glad to announce that Igalia is the selected bidder for the GTK+/MeeGo integration project.

    Carlos and I will spend the next months trying to bring the best from the Hildon user experience to upstream GTK+, to make sure that the good old Maemo applications can be easily ported to GTK+ and that GTK+ benefits from all the years of work that went into Hildon and Maemo-GTK+, improving this way its support for mobile applications and environments.

    Also, to ensure a good integration of GTK+ applications into the MeeGo Handset platform, we will need to make sure that the platform's window manager works properly with GTK+ windows and to get one of the existing input method bridges to work properly with upstream GTK+.

    As we want to make sure that we our work is well aligned with the interests of both the MeeGo Handset and the GNOME Mobile communities, we will most likely be settling in #gtk+ in gimp.net and hanging around in other related channels. Also, we'll be publishing updates in our blogs. Any feedback you can have will surely improve our results.

    Last but no least, thanks a lot to the GNOME Foundation for trusting us this task.

  • Once again, I'll be attending FOSDEM this year thanks to the kind support of Igalia. I wasn't planning, though, to be in the GNOME Beers event, but now that I heard that the venue will be smoke free, I have changed my mind.

    I'm
		going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software
		Developers' European Meeting

Syndicated 2011-01-19 21:03:00 (Updated 2011-01-30 20:14:25) from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Thu 2010/Sep/23

  • This is a last call for the people interested in attending the GTK+ hackfest in A Coruña, in October. Please sign up at latest tomorrow and include your arrival and departure dates. Only that way we'll be able to book the rooms for you. Afterwards, you'd be left to the mercy of the hotels in the city. This has been a public announcement courtesy of your fellow hacker.

Syndicated 2010-09-23 10:20:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Thu 2010/Aug/05

  • Over the last days, I ported eog to use libpeas for its plugin engine. If you are a plugin developer or are interested in extending eog through plugins (Iván, I'm looking at you), you might want to follow up this thread.

Syndicated 2010-08-05 09:29:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Fri 2010/Jul/30

  • It is not without surprise that, with an increasing frequency, people keep confusing me with Garnacho and the other way around. We have been struggling with this, since despite the similarities (both being Spanish speakers, long haired, using a beard most of the time, and being known for playing guitar at GUADEC), we consider a few facts to be good enough for people to be able to distinguish between us. So here it is a rule of thumb for all of you who are still confused about who is who.

    The guy with glasses and the camera is Claudio; the one without glasses nor camera is Garnacho.

    To help you get the rule straight, here is a picture that Berto made of us during the party yesterday.

    Claudio Saavedra and Carlos Garnacho

Syndicated 2010-07-30 11:38:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

22 Jul 2010 (updated 30 Jul 2010 at 12:12 UTC) »

Thu 2010/Jul/22

  • I'll be attending GUADEC again this year, arriving on Sunday to Den Haag. I'm specially glad because of the bunch of Chilean friends that will be coming, allowing for some catching up on how things have been in the country during the recent time.

    I'm also glad because Berto and I will be taking part on the GNOME developer training of Monday and Tuesday. We've been preparing a really nice session and I hope it will be productive and enjoyable for all the participants.

    Last and not least, this will mark my 4th time in the Netherlands (third in less than a year) and the second in Den Haag, so I'm pretty excited about getting more acquaintance with the place. After having been in the Museé d'Orsay last week, I'm also tempted to have a quick escape to Amsterdam for a visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Let's see what happens.

Syndicated 2010-07-22 13:09:00 (Updated 2010-07-30 12:12:39) from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Tue 2010/Jun/01

  • I've pushed support for localization in mafw-lastfm's git repository. There are very little strings, so it should be quick to translate. The pot file is here and I already translated it to Spanish. If you have some spare time, please go ahead and translate it to your language. Feel free to send me the translations directly, but to avoid collisions, I'd recommend using bugzilla.

    I also implemented on-disk cache during the last days. This is something that was really missing from the scrobbler, so I plan to make a release pretty soon including this.

Syndicated 2010-06-01 16:18:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

Wed 2010/May/26

  • Now that the long awaited PR1.2 release of Maemo 5 is out on the wild, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the cool improvements that you'll see all over Maemo 5, courtesy of my fellow hackers in the toolkit and input methods teams, including yours truly.

    Hope you'll enjoy our work!

Syndicated 2010-05-26 15:42:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

18 May 2010 (updated 26 May 2010 at 17:10 UTC) »

Mon 2010/May/17

  • I had been using Nokia Sports Tracker to keep track of my running activities. This was handy when I was using the Sports Tracker software for symbian in a Nokia N95 and uploading to the service was trivial. Now that the N95 I had is defunct and I actually use the N900 and eCoach, it's not that handy anymore.

    Furthermore, a bug in either eCoach or the Sports Tracker website is making it a less interesting combination – sessions imported manually from the gpx file won't be plotted in the map. No idea why and not much intention to find out the reason.

    So, dear lazy web, is there any other recommendable website that can be used to keep track of training sessions online? Importing from a gpx file, plotting routes, and so on, would be the most desirable features. A lot of fellow geek runners using it to show off would be a plus.

    Answers to my email please. I promise to be nice and follow up with what people suggest.

Syndicated 2010-05-17 12:21:00 from Claudio Saavedra's ChangeLog

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