Archive for February, 2007

FOSDEM07 and the rest of February

Posted on February 25, 2007, under apache, general, Joost.

Despite being pretty travel-jaded after Toronto, London, Dublin and Limerick I’ve come down to FOSDEM in Brussels, it’s great fun. I’ve already met up with some people I havn’t seen in ages, chief among whom is Dave Neary who I’ve managed to miss more than once a few times before!

Grand Place at night

It’s about 6 years since the last time I was in Brussels (when I was here to play trad music in a series of very fun gigs), but it’s hardly changed, it’s a surprisingly easy city to navigate. I did get a very dodgy hotel key card though …

Dodgy hotel key card

More photos in my FOSDEM flickr set. There’s a bunch of us here from Joost and it’s very useful to come and get a perspective on what else is happening in the Mozilla world.

It’s been a very strange, mixed and extremely busy month for me. I’ve squeezed a lot of travel into a very small month, my Dad was in hospital for a bit, Nóirín got engaged, the already hectic pace of work at Joost is now picking up even further (it’s pretty cool that we signed Viacom, but that also boils down to a lot of work to get done!), my mother came to visit me in Leiden, and other things have happened which give me good cause to be happy.

It’s been both my worst and best month since moving to the Netherlands, and until we launch (and go out of beta) and for a good while after that, I think it’s going to be even more of the same. It’s also about the half-way point of my (planned, at least) stay in the Netherlands, and there’s still plenty of places I haven’t managed to see yet, which is making me think!

Still, I’m having a great time, I’m meeting an insane amount of people, getting to see a great variety of places and am spending an awful lot more time out and about than I would be in Ireland, so I’m making sure I’m making the most of it too. Now, I just need a teleportation device.

I got a new body

Posted on February 22, 2007, under general.

Having sold my 350D and two lenses I rarely used (Canon 18-55 and 75-300) I’ve now bought a Canon 400D, and so far it’s going well!

Libby and Colm

First impressions: Large LCD on the back is mega useful for reviewing photographs. iPhoto doesn’t yet support the RAW format. The sensor is giving me different responsivity, some of the dark tones seem more rich. The extra pixels seem to make almost no difference.

Update: Props to Boyd Timothy for pointing me at the Mac OSX RAW update. It works great!