It's three weeks now I'm in France working at Sophia- Antipolis for Conexant. Things are starting to settle down and I hope I will restart coding for the emu10k1 project soon. For now I just try to keep up to date and follow the mailing list.
Not much work done today, but then again it's only 4 am ;-)
Movie of the Day
Lars von Trier "Dancer in the Dark" starring Bjork and Catherine Deneuve. A very strong movie in it's beauty and sadness. Not your every day musical. A definite must see, but be prepared to be moved.
Finally saw Emir Kusturica "UnderGround". Very good, better than "Black Cat, White Cat" I saw last week, which was already quite good.
As for the driver, implemented mmap() of the record buffer and done some bug fixing and cleanup. Also took the time to learn a bit more about linux memory management and memory maping.
I'm considering doing a rewrite of the sound driver just to see if I can reduce the amount of locking that is currently needed. The idea was inspired mainly by the sound drivers written by Jeff Garzik (which have little to no locking). This will probably remain as a private project until I can proof it is worth it (probably never). What I need to find is a way to measure the driver performance quantitatively.
I've have accepted the job in France (near Nice) and will start on the 13th November. I'll be working in Conexant Inc. developing linux drivers for their hardware. More details later.
Went to see an Apocalyptica concert. For those who don't know them they are a Finish group composed of four cello players, they are also a heavy metal band, doing covers of groups like Metallica, Sepultura and Slayer besides their original compositions. I'm not a big heavy metal fan but this concert was excellent. Have to get their latest album.
Made my introduction to GTK. The emu10k1 was needing a mixer GUI and no one else was coming forward so I went ahead. Suddenly there are four other persons willing to help.
GTK gurus: How the hell does one free a box with box insides, with boxes inside... without storing a pointer for each of them? Documentation is a bit sparse.
Skipped another kickboxing training... not good. It has been 2 weeks since the last one. Fat accumulates...
On the job hunting front I'm still waiting for the people from Denmark to get back to me, the original plan was for me to visit them for a day or two. The other proposition (France) is quite good except for the salary :), but since I still need to sort out some details things might be better than what they seem.
Ok, so every body is complaining about the new driver design. It's true I broke compatibility with some user space utilities but my intentions are good :). I'm now working on better support for changing control gprs, changing patches names and add proper locking to the whole thing. The last item is a problem since the dsp code only makes sense as a whole but I allow it to be modified piece by piece... For your safety use only approved tools!!
On the positive side Jeff Garzik wrote me a "thank you" e-mail regarding my oss-test utility. Nice :)
The trip to France went Ok. There were some flight delays (coming and going) and I ended up staying only about 4 hours in France but the interview went Ok. Interesting to learn how a big company sees linux, patents, IP, open source, ... Not all good, of course, but I'm optimistic (yes, I'm a sell out :)
My first diary entry!
Still working on the dsp program manager for the emu10k1. After some re-writing (should be finished tonight) of the io gprs handling it should be possible to start working on new features.
I'm now oficially job hunting. I'll be flying to France on Thursday for a job interview...
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