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Tue, 16 May 2006

Still alive...

Allthough it might have looked differently from time to time, I'm still alive and recovering. I just learned that I can't do everything I would do myself. Makes live lot easier ;)

Had my BoF about representing Debian / PR in Debian yesterday. I didn't had time to prepare it as good as I lighted, though. But I think it was okay. We had a nice discussion and hade some nice ideas.

Nevetheless I think I disappointed some people, who would have liked me to concentrade more on one topic; thought it would be easier to cover both of them: PR work and event stuff.

I'm still impressed how much people attended my BoF. Even it was moved to get the python guys some more time, still arround 35 people attended. Wow! I thought I would end up with 10 or less... Thanks very much! Makes me think, that my work is accepted and valued even if it's non technical related ;)

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Mon, 15 May 2006

You know that you worked a lot...

... when you notice, that it's sunday just by the fact, that userfriendly has a big coloured strip today.

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Fri, 12 May 2006

Arrived at DebConf a couple of days ago...

... things I learned so far:

  • Either the air is quite thin here or I'm realy out of training
  • Mexican insect bites aren't as bad as finish ones
  • You can do stuff without having net
  • A DebConf where everything works out of the box from day one would be realy boring
  • Sleeping at seven millione degrees celsius is not an easy task
  • My tongue isn't broken enough to spell gracias! correctly
  • There are animals making noises which some times are quite painfull in my ears
  • Mexican food tastes good
  • The 10m diving plattform is higher than the palm trees
  • Jogging through early in the morning through a nearly empty hotel area has something... uhm... realy strange
  • Watermelon with chili is even stranger
  • Kolibris are interesting to watch
  • Keycards don't like human sweat
  • Sprinklers are nice to walk through; they should run more often
  • Walkie talkies are a nice thing to play with ;)

Oh, and I still need to write the report from the Desktop Architects Meeting earlier that week...

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Wed, 26 Apr 2006

[DebConf] Sometimes I like my job

It is for example fun to be one of the first who heard about a new award Debian got, and add it to our website (should be up there soon, thanks again to Cyril Brulebois from the french language team for translating).

The not fun part of my job seems to be to try to write polite mails, asking people for something without stepping on their toes. Well, let's not talk about that; after having spend several hours on writing an other mail I just feld like blow my stack but deleted the stuff I just wrote... so let's go one.

Another not that funny part of my work were the proceedings I just finished. After I lost somehow last years work (I had a very nice system of texing all those papers, creating a big PDF for printing and several small ones for download), I needed to do a complete rewrite, which got complicated by people submitting their papers in neither LaTeX nor plain text as we asked to do. Some could be fixed by some sed magic, but I'm impressed what ugly code some automated conversion tools can create. But that's done, too, and we even had the great idea of adding a credits section for all the volunteers helping to make DebConf become reality. Having that done, I couldn't resist and added a small joke. One of those insiders not everyone will get... Forgive me :)

While talking about jokes: Did anyone noticed our quite new DebConf fortunes section? Feel free to submitt new ones.

Some other news: No, Gustavo, we didn't decided yet where DebConf7 will take place, but one thing is for sure: Since DebConf6 will be in Latin America the next one won't. We have several offers, including (but maybe not limited to, I might have forgot one or the other) Edinburgh, Brixen, somewhere in Greece, Sarajevo and... uhm... some people would like to have one in Germany but don't think we could afford that, so it's quite sure DebConf7 won't be here. But as said, decision has not been made (but it looks like it will be in Europe ;) and currently we don't have the time to think much about that. Let's try to get DebConf6 done first ;)

PS: Civilization has reached me! But they marked the wrong house! It is the one to the south east, the one with the empty parking lot.

PPS: No, this blog entry has no deeper meaning; I just feld like bloging.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2006

For those who care about cheap flights to DebConf-6...

... if I understood correctly, British Airways has currently some kidn of early bird rebate for flights. At least from germany it was the cheapest flight I could find, but it's only a couple of more days (I think till end of January).

So if you didn't booked yet your flights, this might be a good time to start searching for flights ;)

BTW: We'll fly with BA0903 from FRA to LHR and with BA0243 from LHR to MEX at the 10th of May. We'll fly back on the 21st of May with BA0242 and BA0910.

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.