Thursday, September 21, 2006

OOoCon2006 and Apple Expo

It was quite some trip to France, considering my rather minimal French knowledge. I survived even with the communication barrier. I also found it quite a tiresome journey too, especially with getting very little sleep on the coach overnight from Edinburgh to London. I sorted it out for the return by taking a fleece on as hand luggage to lean on.

The best part of the trip was venturing out of the country on my own, and meeting many people that I have only communicated with eletronically before hand. It quite a surprise to me, to come across someone who also lived in my home city of Edinburgh.

For those that are interested, even so I now have a passport, I have never flown in a plane before. For this trip it was cheaper and more flexible to take the overnight coach with National Express from Edinburgh to London, then walk across London to the Eurostar terminal. I then travelled by train all the way to Lyon, with a change in Paris (and a run on the underground). I can now even say I have travelled on a double decker train (they seem to be unique to France, please correct me if I'm wrong).

I then stayed in Lyon for 3 day in the Hotel du Helder. It seemed quite nice, especially when the staff were able to speak English. After the OpenOffice.org conference, I traveled with Eric Bachard to his house to stay the night, and then set off in the morning to Paris for the Apple Expo which was quite impressive. Mind you the random shutdowns of my MacBook didn't help.

On the Friday afternoon, I returned to pick up my stuff from the hotel, and get off to Paris Nord to catch the Eurostar home. Arrived about 35 minutes before departure to a long queue, and still got on the train and it left on time too. I doubt you would be able to manage that one if I was travelling by plane. I then had another wander through London to the Victoria Coach Station for the over night coach back into Edinburgh.

OK, door-to-door it does take longer, but I sure it used less fuel that an aeroplane taking off.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Random Shutdown on my MacBook

I've sent my MacBook away to Apple to be repaired as it now has the random shutdown problem. It took nearly 30 minutes on the phone to AppleCare to get the empty box sent out by UPS. The guy from UPS took it away straight away and was happy enough to stand there while I quickly packed it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Recent confusion of OpenOffice.org (X11)

From the mac@porting.openoffice.org mailing list, there seems to have been a bit of confusion with the title "OpenOffice.org for Mac (X11)". It would appear that people are thinking the Mac OS 11 is what the download is for. In fact it just references the fact that the X11 windowing system.

It would appear that this increase in traffic has something to do with there no longer being information on the installation of X11 on the final download page.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Updated OpenOffice Mac Download Pages

Ahead of the OpenOffice.org conference, I have just released the new download pages for OpenOffice.org (X11) on the Mac. They are now much simpler than before. The download is now available at http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/. The old download pages (except the legacy download for 1.1.2) redirect to the new pages.

Part of this is the fact that there is no longer a big long list of mirrors to choose from. This is because I have used the OpenOffice download bouncer for all the downloads in the OpenOffice.org download servers. If anyone else needs to update the pages in the future, you will need to speak to cloph on IRC, who is able to update the bouncer with the new files.

I'd like to thank Fipa for his design, and James McKenzie on the mac@porting.openoffice.org list for his feedback.

There are more updates to come to the OpenOffice Mac Porting site before the end of the month, thereafter updates to the site will slow down.

I'm waiting on fink compiling quanta, which is the editor that Fipa used to create the pages, so hopefully I'll find it easier to keep the site up to date with the new design. I hope that it will be better than the more than a year old Nvu, even if I have to use X11.

Friday, September 08, 2006

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X Aqua Roadmap

The Mac OS X Porting Team have released a roadmap of their development of the Aqua version of OpenOffice.org without the need for X11.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The all new Google News Archive Search

The new Google Archive Search is a great tool, with even more potential.

The timeline feature is really neat, though could be more customisable. For example being able to show more articles on one page.

Here's and example search for all articles related to Mac OpenOffice in timeline form.