Tuesday, October 31, 2006

First Priority 1 bug fixed

Opened and closed as being fixed in 3 day, now that is what I call quick. I must thank hr for his quick response and pjanik for helping to find the error. Mind you it can be quite nice sitting on the cutting edge of technology. Unfortunately you end up forgetting what is in the latest official release!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

My first Priority 1 OOo Bug

The great thing about having a oobuildbot is that you end up living on the edge.

Today I came across a bug that means that HEAD of CVS does not build on the Mac platform. With the help of Pavel, we found the issue and filed the issue. You can track it's progress in issue 70965.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Scottish Graduate Fair

Yesterday I was away through in Glasgow for the Scottish Graduate Fair at the SECC. The event is aimed at final year student at university who are looking at what to be doing next. This generally come in anything from postgraduate education to graduate training, or volunteering to a plain ordinary job that utilises their skills. There were a variety of universities, companies and other training organisation there.

It was a case of finding the right booths with the people who are looking for what your current discipline is. The typical initial response was either, "sorry we don't have any jobs in our business that you would be looking for", or "great, your just the kind of person that we are looking for, here's some more information". You just have to keep hunting and you should find 4-12 different organisations with graduate schemes, or job opportunities that are suitable to you.

I'll give a few examples of things that I found out:

  • According to recruiters, the careers service up here in Scotland is excellent, and you should make use of it!

  • Bloomberg take on Computer Science graduates who are strong in Java and (C or C++), for their programming departments. You need to have the C background so that you know about pointers and the way that memory works. Only 5-10% of their network is based on Java, the rest is some variation of C for speed.

  • You should tailor your CV for every company, just only give each company one CV. This is advice from several recruiters, and the careers service. You should target the CV/application for the specific skill set that the employer will be wanting.

  • If you want to go into an IT related business, participating voluntarily in an Open Source project such as OpenOffice.org can give you a large number of transferable skills and knowledge of project structures. Some organisations are already working to spread the word of Open Source software, and thus if you already know about that sort of stuff, will mean that you will be more likely to get a job through having greater experience.

  • Applying early could mean that you are more likely to get through.

  • It is better to do a good application for a few opportunities than a very poor job at hundreds of vacancies.

  • Be positive confident and give as much relevant information as possible.


Overall, I enjoyed the event, and would recommend any final year student to go along in the future.

Hopefully I will be able to remember to follow all the advice and get a job or graduate placement.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Buildbot now seems to be predicting ETA

To my surprise, the build master is now estimating the time till the current build completes, and it is updating throughout the build too. Unfortunately it gives the time as the time zone PDT, thus you have to do some awkward calculation it get it to your local time zone.

When building the CWSs, it is taking about 7 hours to do a complete build and upload of the install set. This is a bit of a speed up over the 8 or nine hours to do everything except the upload of the install set. Therefore it is a good idea to have ccache installed if you are recompiling the same large project repeatedly.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mac buildbot setup

I now have a working buildbot that takes about 8 hours to do a full compile. Of course I forgot to check the option to upload the install set to the build master, so here I go and run the build again. Hopefully future compiles will take less time since I have installed ccache prior to this build. For those that are interested in file space, the whole buildbot and ooo sources take up just under 8GB.

The instruction given in the wiki a great as they pretty much work, as long as the build master has proper cross-platform code. Which was a bit of an issue for me sometimes, but was easily fixed over e-mail and IRC. (Thanks mikeleib and cloph). The main problem was finding a form of find that would work. In fact we ended up using find and piping the output to some other commands, which will hopefully work.

I have spoke to a few folk about the buildbot, and some of them were surprised that I was able to keep a steady internet connection for 9 hours on the trot, especially when part of it is wireless. The joys of cable and Apple's wifi products.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Photos from my trip to France (OpenOffice.org conference and Apple Expo)

Please take a look at http://www.byphotos.com/album/4050544 which contains all the photos from my trip.

I know some of them have not been rotated.

It was the first time I can remember being in London. Over a decade ago I had been round the M25 on the way to Dover, it was so long ago, I can't remember, mind you I would probably have been sleeping at time.

There are some pictures of the trams and trolley buses in Lyon in there, if anyone is interested.

I found it quite good at being able to catch the sunset whilst on the Eurostar on leaving France.

Frappr Map

Friday, October 13, 2006

OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 for Mac OS X released

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X (X Windowing) has been released publicly.

I updated the web pages earlier to day. It should be noted that there currently is no tested German version, as no one has tested it yet. I have made a number of other changes to the web pages that have been in the pipeline for quite some time now. This includes the introduction of the new home page for the Mac Port. Some other pages have been updated as well, to include the new border, which has been missing on some of the new pages.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Blogger Beta

For those who read this blog, you will notice that it has changed a little. That's because I now have the new Blogger Beta, which is much better. I'll slowly be going through some of my older posts to add some labels to them, so it will be easier to find info.