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Name: Ryan Verner
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Homepage: http://www.uanywhere.com.au/


I'm in my early twenties, geek through and through, and I'm a very, very strong believer that FOSS works strongly in commercial endavours. I'm heavily into music that could fit into the horribly named vague genre of "IDM" (for a lack of calling it anything else), and was an organiser for Linux.Conf.Au 2004 in Adelaide - one of my larger involvements being planning and producing the LCA2004 videos/DVD. I'm also the lead developer of Qbalt.

You can email me at ryan [at] domain-listed-above.


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9 Apr 2005 (updated 9 Apr 2005 at 06:16 UTC) »

A question if I may; I apologise for asking here but I know this is widely read and somebody may know the answer, and given the poor responses I've had in the past, I'll bet others are in the same boat.

I'm absolutely _sick_ of keeping "todo" notes in a plethora of disorganised text files. I'd love an simple, logical application where I can have categories and subcategories, and to be able to sync this between computers; mainly my desktop (Windows/Linux), my laptop (OS X), and most importantly, my PDA (Zaurus, running a modified Sharp ROM - Cacko). The one-tiered "todo" applications in standard PDA's are _too_ simple, and with the dozens of things I have on the go at a one time, they become incredibly inefficient.

I once posted a detailed request in a forum at http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7786&hl= but none of the applications suggested really did it for me. Simplicity and syncing-between-machines is the key, here; I want to easily be able to note down stuff, and have it laid out in such a way that it's actually efficient on later referencing and not a complete mess.

Surely there's something decent out there? All the solutions I find are all bulky and horrible to use, and I keep going back to the trusty-but-bloody-disorganised mess that text files are.

Shoot me an email at ryan [at] catstick.com, if you have any suggestions, please! If no such application exists, I'll start hacking on one myself, but I'm convinced there has to be many applications out there specifically targeted for this. Beats me why I can't find any...

And I hate to sound redundant, but feedback on the LCA2004 videos is good, especially considering it may happen for LCA2005 - I've heard very, very little back. I can only assume everybody either really liked them, or really hated them. :)

7 Sep 2004 (updated 7 Sep 2004 at 13:53 UTC) »
jamesh: I'm the guy that handled the video stuff for LCA2004, and sudo-handled the audio (as the guy who very competently organised it had to work during LCA - d'oh) - we had some last-minute issues with the university A&V equipment; not all audio got recorded properly, unfortunately, so not all talks are available as speex. It might explain why a few videos on the DVD have suboptimal audio; it's from the microphone inside the camera :-)

It reinforces some rules about production, really; testing repeatedly is paramount, and something will /always/ go wrong (the trick is in how you handle things when they do). We managed to get most audio, fortunately (after running around like madmen making sure everything worked like it should), so I hope we did reasonably well.

I would have liked to release more video, but considering all up we had almost 3 terabytes of raw DV footage it wasn't feasable for just myself to edit the lot. I have encoded some more, that I hope to make available as downloads via the LCA2004 videos page soon; most of it bits of miniconfs and random video taken.

I'm curious what people think of the videos, as there's a good chance it'll happen for LCA2005 (fingers crossed); please shoot me an email at ryan[at]qbalt[dot]com with any comments, negative or positive.

1 Aug 2004 (updated 1 Aug 2004 at 08:30 UTC) »

It is just me, or is the new feature in Apple OS X 10.4, Spotlight, "innovated" from an open source project often mentioned here, Dashboard?

I'm such a geek. It's my 21st birthday today, and how am I celebrating it? Flying to Perth in a few hours to work on some wireless Linux installs for a client (HostAP based stuff, it's really neat). Not to mention today's a Sunday, but like weekends ever stopped anybody :-)

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