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Month: November, 2004

Worthwhile optimization

In case you had any doubts about how much David Zeuthen rocks, check this out, standing on the shoulders of Owen and Ziga Mahkovec. As I think Owen intended, this shows how important profiling before optimizing really is. Now we understand the issues and a 40-second boot (including GNOME login) is a simple matter of […]

D-BUS optimization

Amusing myself with profilers the last few days, with moderate success. This was probably a waste of time; I don’t think IPC is likely to be a bottleneck or performance issue for the desktop as a whole. (Despite the occasional Slashdot kid speculating that stuff is slow “because of CORBA” or “because of X” as […]

Java blogs

I should have mentioned in my last post, Planet Classpath is well worth checking out; for example right now it has Tom on Monotone, IKVM status update, Swing on GTK+ screenshots. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-11.html#28.2)


Gotta reply to the questions I guess 😉 Or at least some of them. Why Red Hat is not making any Java-GNOME application? We’ve been reluctant to start competing with Novell to see who can write the most code in their favorite language, eventually leading to two different desktop codebases. Instead there are quiet efforts […]

GNOME broken wrist club

Nat‘s X-rays look extremely similar to mine. I don’t even want to think about how badly that hurt at the time. Everyone be nice to Nat. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-11.html#22)

Sound juicer

Ross, my favorite feature request for SJ is a better way to handle my CDs that come up “unknown” – it might be nice if SJ supported submitting the info to MusicBrainz? (Doesn’t it use MusicBrainz? I don’t even know.) Also, e.g. MusicBrainz lists two different Daydream Nation but my Daydream Nation comes up as […]

Media player

I got a ton of suggestions for the home music system, it will take me a while to process, try some things, and post results. (Since I know everyone is in suspense to know how the very last hacker on earth to get around to a home music system will set it up.) (This post […]


Luis, if you read Hyperion be sure you have the sequel handy, since the first book pretty much just ends in the middle of the story. The second book seems to have a good stopping point. I haven’t read the other ones. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-11.html#20.3)

Source control

I’ve been reading version control system manuals lately for some reason, joining the Colin club. Also talked to Graydon a little bit about monotone since he’s in town for the Java summit. Here’s how I’d like to go about comparing these systems. (I didn’t do it yet, I may be too lazy for now.) We […]


We bought a really strange game. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-11.html#16)