Saturday, January 30, 2010

Panucci 0.3.9: Silent mode and landscape mode by default

Now that the winter term has finally ended, and February is in sight, it's time to do some overdue fixes, releases and other random stuff. After headphoned 1.5 has found its way into Maemo Extras (thanks to the testers), it's Panucci's turn. Here is a list of user-visible changes in Panucci 0.3.9:

  • Playback in "Silent" profile (thanks to Martin Grimme et al in bug 6694)
  • Default is forced-landscape mode, the menu has automatic rotation and forced-portrait mode
  • Volume controls removed (Maemo 5 already handles volume control for us)

If you are a Panucci user, please take the time to review and rate it: Maemo.org package page for Panucci

You can expect at least two apps/releases in the next few days: MaePad (Maemopad+ re-born for Maemo 5) and of course a new version of gPodder with my.gpodder.org sync and the re-designed UI.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

take it easy

I recently quit my full time job in favor of a new type of lifestyle- one that involved much less stress and whining, etc...
My first week off was a whirlwind, I had a plan for every day and was just as grateful for the weekend as I have been every week since I was 13 (and started my first job).
This week is much calmer.
I made cornbread for breakfast.
I started a milkglass collection.
And I made myself a workspace*:

This is the rhythm I was hoping for.

*my sister Katie made me that sweet tissue paper garland.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

headphoned, Metalab Talk, App Forum and gPodder updates

Due to popular demand, the Headphone Daemon is now available for Fremantle and the N900, too. A package is in Extras-Devel and should be available for QA testing in Extras-Testing soon. There is also a discussion thread on t.m.o and the packages page for QA.

In other news, I'll be giving a talk about Maemo.org and Maemo development at the Metalab Vienna on the 22nd of January. This is in preparation of the Hackathon that's happening on the weekend after the talk (a good opportunity to hack on CLI Sharing, maybe..).

In general, it seems like the N900 seems to get up to speed here in Austria now: The Nokia App Forum Alps is organizing a competition for mobile applications, so hopefully we see some new apps coming out of this. And if you happen to be around Hagenberg in early March, do join the Mobile Developers Conference.

A new gPodder version will be out "very soon now" - just one bug and one feature (my.gpodder.org API) left to do. I hope I'll be able to do it this weekend, so you can all enjoy the #maebar UI updates and new features such as Flickr support.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

resolve

Yes, I'm late, but resolutions can be made anytime, right?
This year, in the midst of many changes, I'd really like to:

1. Purge my apartment (amazing what 4 years of thrifting can do to a place!)

2. Use my sewing machine, and try sewing my own clothing (no excuse now that I have a dress form that is my size!)

I love these simple jumpers and pinafores from necessityisthemother.

3. This is embarrassing and I don't think I'll actually do it, but: learn to swim. I'm super scared of deep water, not gonna lie.

4. Grow more of my food.


5. Learn to take better photos (mostly for my etsy store).

things I'd like to do but won't feel bad about not accomplishing:
make homemade cheese, wine, or liquor.
begin to learn another language.
get my motorcycle license- because you need one to drive a vespa!
learn to re-wire old appliances.
write a book for my nephews.

Update: I've seen a lot of cooking resolutions in the blogosphere, and I thought it'd be fun to keep track of some dishes I'd like to attempt as well. I am not terribly experienced with cooking meat, so I bought myself a meat thermometer and a pork tenderloin and that's where I'll start!
Dishes to master in 2010:
Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Mussels
Short Ribs
London Broil
Fresh Pasta
Gnocchi
Whole Roasted Chicken (I can't believe I never made this!)
Italian Wedding Soup
Grilled Calamari
Savory Crepes

Sunday, January 3, 2010

twentyten!

It is kind of late (for me) but I just wanted to do a quick post and crow about my amazing boyfriend, (actually fiance!) who gave me a stunning piece of jewelry, and a perfect dress form for Christmas.

Jackson is fond of the dress form as well.
As excited as I am to start making plans for our wedding and our future, I'm also just really enjoying being engaged and spending time with Josh. We had a really great Christmas vacation and I constantly feel lucky (well, actually blessed) to be so happy and full of love.
Sappy, Abigail! Haha. I guess I've always considered my blog a semi-public diary in a way (I don't have enough readers to feel inhibited!), and I know I'll enjoy re-reading this post in the future.