Zeitgeist Hackfest Conclusions
So I didn’t really stick to my original idea of reporting each day of the Zeitgeist hackfest in Aarhus. I guess this must be a classical hackfest syndrome – you give 120% during the day and when night draws near you’re just flat out of batteries. ‘nough with the excuses
My own pet peeve, the Storage Awareness branch is inches from landing. It will allow the following kinds of new features:
- Exclude files from a query that are not available to the user right now. Fx, because they are on a USB stick or require internet access when you don’t have any, or
- imagine a journal-kinda-view where you can still see files you accessed that where on drives that are no longer attached. When you click them a dialog pops up “Please insert the drive ’2GB SanDisk’ in order to open the file ‘foo.txt’”.
- When you plug in a USB drive you are presented with your most recent activity related to that drive
- List which storage devices you’ve used an when
Michal was just all over the place doing integration work on everything between glib, libzeitgeist, gedit, totem, what not. From where I sit this guy just had an amazingly productive week!
Seif worked on the “grid plugin” for GEdit which is originally Michal’s idea and something we where all pretty hyped about. Really something that I feel could make a huge difference in the user experience of many Gnome apps.
Morten did a lot of work to get Zeitgeist ready for some deep Telepathy integration, this required a lot of hard thinking and a lot of discussion (with Seif and yours truly, but don’t worry we’re all still friends ;-)). Getting it “just right” was not trivial, but I think we got to a point where we have a very good battle plan on how to get all the way to working code.
We also got some media coverage which, as often goes, was not entirely accurate, so Manish took the time to straighten out the facts
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