21 July 2008

Avant d’oublier, je reviens de GUADEC 2008

Maintenant que je suis complètement de retour au rythme de mon fuseau horaire, je peux écrire sur mon voyage.  C’était mon premier voyage à GUADEC et ma deuxième conférence (la première étant l’excellente FOSDEM).  C’était super, j’y ai rencontré des gens sympas et appris beaucoup.  Les projets les plus intéressants que j’ai vu sont libcanberra (qui remplacera les sons systèmes), Soylent (navigateur de personne) et Banshee (la version 1.0 semble à point).

Il semblerait que je suis toujours un peu déprimé la première semaine après une conférence.  Pour paraphraser un ami avec qui j’ai voyagé: c’est comme si on était dans une colonie de vacances pour 1 semaine: on mange, voyage, bref, on passe le clair de notre temps ensemble… c’est normal de se sentir un peu seul au retour!

Istanbul est magnifique.  Cette ville est beaucoup plus remplie d’histoire que je n’osait l’imaginer.  La nourriture était excellente, dans tous les types de restaurants que j’ai visité.  Heureusement, la langue n’a pas été une grande barrière, peut-être à cause du petit livre de poche que je m’étais procuré. Je planifie visiter plus de la Turquie un de ces 4.  Vous pouvez voir mes photos ici.

Note: C’était mon premier voyage avec un Lonely Planet, à l’avenir, je ne pars pas sans lui!

Before it is too late for a post-GUADEC post

I am complete back in sync with my time zone now, I can write about GUADEC :)   It was my first GUADEC ever, and my second conf ever (the first being the excellent FOSDEM).  It was wonderful, I met lots of nice people and learned a lot.  The most promising projects I’ve seen were libcanberra (new sound library), Soylent and Banshee (I hadn’t tried the 1.0 release yet).

I seem to always be a bit depressed the first week after a conf.  As one of my fellow traveler said, it is as if we were in a summer camp for a week: living close, eating, traveling, doing all together… no wonder I feel a little depressed back home!

Istanbul was unbelievable.  It holds so much history, more than I even expected.  The food was exquisite, in all the restaurants I’ve been.   The language was too bad, given that I had a small handbook and barely left the tourist neighbourhood. I certainly plan to visit more of Turkey someday.  You can see my pictures here.

3 July 2008

Having some Python+clutter fun

Now that I have a nice camera, I should display my pictures on my computer’s screensaver.  But I am unsatisfied with the current selection of photo screensaver.   So I though, there’s the Apple TV’s screensaver which is quite cool and allow a lot of pictures to be displayed at the same time, I should try to reproduice it.

Clutter came as a natural choice since I had already played with it back in the 0.2 days.  But I though that writing C was too much hassle for such project: I went with Python.

I did have difficulty to find documentation on how to get started at first.  After only some hours, I had a working version that provides reasonable performance and looks.

I don’t wish to recreate the whole scene rotation thing, but I am looking for help on improving it (add flickr support, better performance, turning it into an actual screensaver)!

So here is the code, GPLed: http://git.collabora.co.uk/?p=user/pierlux/savr.git;a=summary

Have fun!  You can also come and see me to talk about it at GUADEC 2008, I will be there (I am actually already in Istanbul)!