Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

Kitesurfing Bull Island Dublin

Bull Island Kitesurfing
A couple of weekends ago we saw more than 20 kites and kitesurfers packed onto a stretch of beach on Bull island, a short distance north of Sun Ireland. I don't know how they avoid getting their kites tangled. Twenty years of windsurfing has biased me towards what seems a gentler, safer, easier sport, especially with the big old floaty boards and the Aquaglide Multisport inflatable sailboat windsurfer I picked up last summer:
Aquaglide Multisport

The sail is tiny and it isn't terribly fast, but we get plenty of wind here and it goes upwind about as well as a small catamaran. I like that it folds down into something the size of a golf bag that I can carry home.

Note: The sky looks threatening in this photo and the next day a rare lightning storm and heavy rain flooded this part of Ireland, but this was about the nearest thing we had to summer in 2008.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007

Knowledge domain or region specific "CAPTCHA" human/bot tests

Since generic CAPTCHA type human challenges are failing I wonder if anyone is making use of domain specific knowledge or locale specific knowledge in their bot challenges? For example, instead of the arithmetic challenge on my blog, I would ask a Sun-specific question such as:

  • What popular VM-based programming language was developed by Sun?
  • How many threads are in a T2000 core?

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Thursday Apr 19, 2007

When customer support's favorite tool is a hammer

A few years ago a friend told me that in her country, tooth cavities were almost always treated by pulling the tooth. Her country has now grown to become one of the most prosperous in the world and while healthcare is one of the government services which lagged during this boom, dentists now usually try to do whatever they can to save the tooth. Unfortunately the field of consumer computer service is still relatively medieval...

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Thursday Dec 14, 2006

November in Wisconsin

I recently returned from a short visit to Wisconsin. For us, autumn became winter mid-afternoon on Wednesday the 29th of November 2006. The wind came round from the north and the temperature dropped dramatically. 15 inches of snow fell over the next 24 hours. Our daughter really enjoyed it. We returned home to a rainy and very windy Ireland.

capitaldome Does this look familiar? Do you mean there is similar capital dome somewhere outside of Madison, Wisconsin? Because Wisconsin's capital is politically a few corn-rows to the left of much of the "heart of America", locals sometimes refer to Madison as "72 square miles surrounded by reality."

shovelsnowman Isn't this the way it should be?

Thursday Aug 17, 2006

Don't take this onboard the airplane

Giant Knitting Needle Since ballpoint pens are no longer allowed as carry on luggage on flights from the U.K., I don't expect giant knitting needles would be appropriate. Yes, these knitting needles are real. My wife completed the wool rug very quickly. It really keeps our feet warm!

Friday May 12, 2006

Kite Aerial photography - first try.

Kites View.

Kite over estuary.

We've had enough daylight after work for my daughter and I to do more fun things outside. Today she was looking at dandelion seeds and ants through a magnifying glass and telling us that the ant was going for a walk to a pretend estuary to throw stones and then she would send it to bed. She has quite an imagination.

We've also been kicking balls, tossing frisbees and flying kites in a nearby field fly. A few days ago I tried sending a toy keychain digital camera up with the kite. The camera only weighed about an ounce so the kite had no problem lifting it. The camera has a 10 second self timer so these shots are what a kite sees just after launch. The cherry and apple trees were blooming so I wish the camera had higher resolution. If you'd like to see some awesome panoramas taken from a kite with a much better 180 degree wide angle lens, check out Scott Haefner's kite aerial photography site. If I can figure out how to do it safely, I'd like to try to lift my broken ultra wide angle Casio get some photos of the castle. I'll let you know if that works.

Thursday Oct 27, 2005

Industrious bitsy spiders in the north

We took my brother-in-law to Belfast last weekend. It was our first time visiting Belfast city center, the W5 science museum and the murals in the highly segregated neighborhoods. My daughter is getting very opinionated. "I don't like that man," she said of the portayal of Oliver Cromwell on one of the murals, "I don't like that man at all." We hadn't commented on it or told the history of Cromwell. The way he was drawn was just unsettling to her. Later in the week we also found that she didn't like clowns (the man clown sounded a bit like "Krusty" but the young lady clown seemed to upset her more)

The murals, which date back at least 10 years, were almost entirely free of defacing graffiti. We found this surprising since our own back garden door and our elderly neighbor's wall have been defaced several times in the past year. Maybe we need to paint a mural. The grass in front of the Belfast murals appeared to be coated with frost, but when we looked closer we saw that it was completely covered in spider webs.

Sunday Sep 18, 2005

Irish midlands harvest moon

We travelled to the Irish midlands this weekend to meet a visiting relative. Sometime in Autumn, Irish climate breifly resembles that of Wisconsin and there are places in the midlands of Ireland which are similar to the glacial lake country of the northern U.S. midwest. We stayed at a restored farmhouse B&B near the "cat stone" which marks an ancient spiritual center of Ireland. The owners treated their guests with wonderful hospitality. Unfortunately they will be retiring soon. I took this photo of the harvest moon rising over the fields surrounding their old farmhouse. One other remarkable thing about the midlands and the midwest is that even when the land has no great mountains, sea cliffs or grand canyons, the sky often makes up for it. Which reminds me, when we first moved to Ireland we queued for many hours at a Dublin garda station in order to apply for an alien ID card. Outside the garda station an artist displayed dozens of watercolour paintings of the Irish sky. She painted the same place in the sky every day. No two paintings were alike, none were entirely blue and none were entirely grey.

Monday Sep 05, 2005

Mr. Credible, a 21st century superhero

After last week's rant on identity, locality, duplicity, I got a chuckle out of my daughter's name for a cartoon character from The Incredibles. She has only seen a trailer for the movie, but a friend gave her a "Mr Incredible" action toy. She calls him, Mr. Credible. 20th century superheros always had an alter-ego, (Clark Kent, Peter Paker, Bruce Wayne...) but maybe a 21st century superhero is just someone who is who he says he is.

Wednesday Jul 20, 2005

Uh oh, the Vikings are back

Uh oh. After tuesday's fast and gusty sailboat race, while discussing the repeal of the "Mast Abeam" rule, someone noticed this viking longboat coming into the estuary on the rising tide. We were all amazed at how big it was, look at how it dwarfs the 25 to 30 foot sailboats. These guys were flying Irish and Norwegian flags so I think we're O.K.

Tuesday Jul 19, 2005

You want broadband when?

Johnathan's excuse #7 for not blogging brought back some frustrating memories:
7. My telco failed to share any sense of urgency about moving my DSL line.

I had three months free broadband with a local ISP. It worked well. We browsed, uploaded photos, tried ichat av and listened to Wisconsin Public Radio. I was even able to work from home without spending a substantial fraction of my earnings on dialup connect fees. All was well. Then we took advantage of a falling rental prices and moved to a much nicer house with a much nicer landlord. It was slightly less expensive and about 1 kilometer from the village. It isn't quite in the country, but the neighbors on either side still heat their homes with turf. The fact that a neighbor, no more than 15 meters away had broadband was a good sign, but just to be sure, we ran the provider's "check your line" test on the new home's telephone line. Everything tested fine, but then it rained. Well, maybe it wasn't rain but something was making the test fail whenever the company was almost ready to connect our service. (Space shuttle fuel gauge engineers must understand problems like this.) When the line test passed we were told the connection would take at least 10 days. And the test would fail. Rain? Rainless 10 day periods in Ireland are relatively rare. I'd have to check the almanac, but I think the last one may have been prior to the construction of the Newgrange in 3200 B.C. I really didn't want to wait that long for broadband.

The Irish broadband market isn't quite a monopoly but most of the providers rely on an infrastructure which hasn't quite figured out how to be privatised. Since they all use much of the same servers, switches, ports and other bits, I suspected it was more of a paperwork problem than a technical problem. This ISP provider relied on paper forms for almost every aspect of a broadband order. I thought it was strange that everything from turf to leprechauns could be ordered through the internet but not Internet Service. But hey, what do I know?

Six months later, after annoying my cubical mates and neighbors with loud and long broadband technical support conversations, still no broadband. We decided to try a different provider. After several weeks waiting to be hooked up we asked the second company whether the "port availability" issue had been resolved for our order. The reply was, "What order? We don't have any order under your name or telephone number."

We chose a third company and were connected in less than 10 days. I'm so thankful for competition! Our broadband works well so far, but touch wood because it hasn't rained much in recent weeks. In this country, it's only a matter of time...

Tuesday Jun 07, 2005

When the music stops, which CPU? Which OS?

GNOME menu tweak allows me to switch between Sun Ray servers in less than 5 seconds I thought OSX on Intel was just another rumor fueled by the craving for an alternative X86 desktop operating system. This longing leads to some wishful thinking.

Will OSX turn a sow's ear into a silk purse?
Will OSX "X86" run on a typical X86 P.C.? Maybe, but don't expect Apple's legendary fit, finish and integration when you run OSX on a bargain basement collection of P.C. parts. Apple historically kept their O.S., development kit and hardware in a closed ecosystem. MS Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris have a head start on dealing with hardware that is differentiated by more than keyboard color.

John Dvorak seems to think that OSX's "superior performance against Longhorn" will help it grab X86 market share from Windows and Linux. I found this interesting because even though most of us know that GNOME desktop performance has room for improvement, on my Pismo G3 powerbook GNOME 2.4 (yellowdog linux) was noticibly faster than OSX Jaguar. And since it is difficult to detect a consistant difference in desktop performance between GNU/Linux and Solaris, it seems that both are contenders for displacing Microsoft Windows desktops on Intel.

Platform hopping is becoming more popular. IBM seems to be demphasizing the X86 architecture, Apple is switching from PowerPC to Intel. Microsoft is rumored to be planning a switch from Intel to PowerPC in their game consoles. And of course, Sun's own Solaris is now available on Intel's X86, AMD (32 and 64 bit) and UltraSPARC architectures. Is it possible that finally, almost a quarter century after IBM's first personal computer introduced a near monoculture in desktop CPUs and Operating Systems, the industry is going multiplatform? I should confess that one of my first assignments at a medical device company was to replace any Sun specific code with the posix equivalent. If any of my old friends there happen to be reading this and are renegotiating vendors after the competing product was EOL'd, I hope they know it wouldn't be difficult to switch back to Sun. Writing portable code certainly helps negotiations with hardware vendors. Portable operating systems such as OSX, GNU/Linux and Solaris will help reintroduce competition to desktop hardware.

Who cares?
I'd like to see the numbers on which Steve Jobs based his claim that Intel work/watt is better than PowerPC and I'd like to see the same benchmark on AMD, Via and UltraSPARC (Niagra when it's available.) I'm sure the smart people at Apple do know how to make cool products without intel, they just chose not to at the moment. As Greg Matter notes, it would be wiser for Apple to move to an open architecture. It will be a while before I consider buying new Apple hardware. Until then, here's a fun JDS (GNOME) menu tweak, it takes me about 2 seconds to switch my Sun Ray appliance from Linux on X86 to Solaris on X86 or Solaris on UltraSPARC (see image.) We just added some utswitches to the menu so we could quickly choose between Sun Ray servers. This is a user tweak, not a planned O.S. feature, but it gives you an idea of just how stateless the Sun Ray appliances are. They can switch from one user running GNU/linux X86 to another user running Solaris on UltraSPARC in less time than it takes to adjust the height of my desk chair. The resulting desktops appear and perform almost identically (though the UltraSPARC server in our lab is the fastest hardware on my menu.) I often have to type uname -a in a terminal to remind myself which OS and architecture I'm logged into.

Sunday May 29, 2005

East of Lambay

I'm reading "Sea Room", Adam Nicolson's account of life on a small Scottish island. It made me wonder about the mysterious past of a private island called "Lambay" which I see every morning as I walk to the train station. Did Saint Patrick ever live there? How did Ptolemy of Alexandria know about Lambay (Limnos)? I've seen seals, puffins, cattle and deer on the island, who else has lived there?

East side of Lambay Island

Saturday May 28, 2005

Using GPS to find ancient landmarks

I'd almost forgotten about this site www.megalithomania.com. One of the first times we had visitors here, I loaded up a Garmin emap GPS with waypoints typed in from this site and used it to help us tour some of the sites in county Meath. It almost seemed like cheating. When you're looking for a round tower or dolman in Ireland, you're supposed to get lost a few times, meet some farmers, get sent to a pub, get the key to a gate from a church lady and get lost again while tripping over sheep droppings. This website makes it easy, unless you accidently typed in the coordinates of the sheep droppings (as I once did.) I found this panorama from the Hill of Tara (clever use of Java!) on megalithomania while estimating whether it is possible to see my home from the hill of Tara. A rough estimate of the distance in miles to the horizon is 1.23 X SQRT (height in feet). A motorway is being built only a short distance from Tara. Since the area is full of early Christian and stone age sites, this is causing quite a controversy.

If you use megalithomania, use it with care, chat with the farmers, tread lightly on Ireland (like Saint Columba1.) If you are driving follow the webmaster's advice and watch the road. Since there are no detailed GPS road maps of Ireland, these devices can only tell you the straight line path to your destination. There are very few straight roads here!

1According to Irish legend, the 6th-7th century monk named Colmcille (Columba) may have been the first person to encounter an early version of the DMCA. Based on the laws of cattle ownership, "to each cow its calf, to each book its copy", he was punished for transcribing a document. His sentence was exile on a Scottish island which would be known as Iona. He was said to have vowed to never set foot upon Irish soil again. But the same legend claims that he did visit Ireland afterwards by strapping the turf of Iona onto his feet. I have no idea whether this story has more or less basis in fact than St. Columba's miracle of multiplication of beer, but I understand why he might be considered a hero in some circles.

Sunday May 15, 2005

Malahide castle pipe and drum competition

The annual bagpipe competition at Malahide castle grounds is becoming an annual tradition for our family. My daughter heard this the week before she was born. The sound of her toy pipes used to make her cry, but at one year she swayed to the real musicians in the competition. This year she dances along with the music. The competition ends with a lament in honor of those who are no longer with us. After an afternoon of bagpipes, the silence is especially silent. Then the winning bands parade through the village before celebrating at one of the local pubs. Parade after pipe competition

Monday May 09, 2005

User friendly web host provider, preferrably S10?

My wife asked me advice about hosting a website. She would prefer something inexpensive with a user (rather than hacker/webadmin) centered design, a simple control panel to enable forums, ecommerce and other features. She would like to concentrate on content. There are so many choices but we've not yet found one that completely meets her needs. I have a strong bias against hosting on Microsoft's IIS web servers. I want to avoid lock-in, compatibility issues and common exploits.

While researching this I found something curious about adoption of alternative IT solutions. European FTSE 100 companies are more likely to use Microsoft web servers, while U.S. based Fortune 100 companies are more likely to use Sun's webservers. But on the desktop the opposite pattern emerges. European organizations seem much more progressive at considering and deploying non-Microsoft desktops, while U.S. organizations are slow to adopt such technologies. So on one side of the atlantic we're proving that alternatives can work on the desktop and on the other side we're proving that alternatives can work on the server.

Some day such information will be common knowledge on both sides of the ocean. In the meantime, does anyone know of an easy to use web hosting provider, preferrably one which uses Solaris 10?

Monday Jan 24, 2005

Mood Solstice

Emotional Solstice

In only a couple of hours we will be past the worst day of the year. This is a picture of the January full moon, also known as the "wolf moon", over Malahide's St. Sylvester church.

Monday Dec 27, 2004

Too cold for snow

frozen Lake Michigan Harbor

We had planned on being home in Ireland for Christmas, but we stayed in Wisconsin for a few extra days to attend the funeral of one of our daughter's great grandfathers. His name was Orry. A legendary Orry of the Isle of Mann was once asked "Where is your country?" He responded by pointing to the stars of the Milky Way and saying, "That is the road to my country." The Milky Way is also known as in the Manx language "Raad Mooar Ree Gorry", "The Great Way of King Orry."

Our daughter was able to meet and cheer up two great grandfathers and a great grandmother. She played with cousins, aunts and uncles, one of whom she referred to as "Sata Claus." And she experienced snow for the second time, even though for the first few days here it was, as the locals say, "too cold to snow." There is some truth to this folklore. Last week the temperature ranged from -8 to +10 Fahrenheit. Air this cold holds little moisture, but we watched the open water of Lake Michigan give up its latent heat as a mysterious fog and heavy snow across the lake which stranded my sister in a Red Cross shelter for a night. Transient mini-waterspouts formed where there was a sudden 40 degree temperature gradient. Mirage effects caused a passing ship (toward the right harbor light in the photo) and the 3 mile reef light to appear to hover above the water. A few weeks from now most of the lake will be capped with a layer of ice, the evaporation will stop and the lake effect snow squalls will stop. Steaming 'hot' lake from satellite Swim at your own risk

Tonight this shore is blessed with just a dusting of powdery snow.

Satellite image was created by Liam Gumley at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Science and Engineering center's Modis gallery."

Tuesday Dec 07, 2004

Winter's light, a gibbous moon, a december sail

The first photo is a digital snapshot I took through the eyepiece of a 500mm maksutov spotting scope a few days ago. This morning the moon passed directly in front of jupiter. Moonrise December 2004

The second photo is a view of Ireland's eye from my friend's sailboat on what surely must be our last sail of the year. We passed only one sailboat that day and its large bearded captain looked like he might have come straight out of a 19th century Melville novel. I never would have expected we would have a comfortable sail at 53 degrees latitude on December 4th, only a few weeks before solstice. My wife swam in the irish sea the previous week to raise money for an Irish childbirth trust. My job was to keep our daughter from joining her. Sailing around Irelands eye 4 December 2004

Ghee pointed out an amazing sunset over the Wicklow mountains friday. I didn't get a good photo, but the next day, similar red clouds hovered over Malahide just before sunset. The captain spotted a dolphin or porpoise in the water at the moment I took this photo. Sunset 4 December 2004

Thursday Nov 25, 2004

Lá an Altaithe -the glass is half full

My daughter was asleep when I arrived home last night and when I awoke this morning. She woke up just before I was about to walk out the door so I ran upstairs to say hi. That meant I would have to run like Jesse Owens to catch the train. I don't, so I was surprised to see the DART still there when I arrived at the train station. The doors wouldn't open for me and three other stragglers, but just then the driver shouted "all aboard" and opened the doors for a second before pulling away from the platform. A familiar announcment came over the speakers, "We would like to apologise for the delay due to technical difficulties." Apologise? Yes I could complain that the trains here are often late for various reasons; renovation, rain, leaves, points failure... The first word of Irish I learned was an impolite homonym of a friend's surname, the second was the word for "hope" and the third was "As Seirbhís", out of service. But today is thanksgiving day for my family and friends back in the U.S. so for once I'm thankful that the trains here don't run as they do in Germany or Bulgaria. The fact that trains run at all is a miracle considering the similar sized city of Milwaukee no longer has anything approaching Dublin's level of public transport. Sometimes I'm thankful for small things that would annoy me on other days. Today I learned that Lá Altaithe means thanksgiving day.

Sunday Nov 07, 2004

Sunset sail to Lambay Island

Sunset sail Nov2004 Malahide We had another great sail Saturday. High tides were at about 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. so we decided on a late afternoon sail out to a Lambay island. We saw the tall pole marking the dangerous Burren Rocks. We didn't get too close, Irish lights gives its position as Latitude: 53° 29'.30 N, Longitude: 06° 02'.46 W. Turf smoke was rising from the chimney of one of the cottages on the island and the wind turbine was turning at a modest speed. Cattle were grazing near the beach and we could almost see the castle hidden in the trees. The island is privately owned so we could look but not touch. We sailed home into the sunset. The color of the sea and sky were beautiful but difficult to capture on digital film. Sunset sail Nov2004 Malahide

Monday Nov 01, 2004

Blue dog Halloween fun in Ireland

Blue Dog

We took our daughter to a friend's house for some bobbing apples and trick or treat fun. She met some little princesses and ballerinas from India, France, Ireland and the U.S. She was a little blue dog. I think this is a popular cartoon character in the U.S. I could stray into politics and suggest that while a "yellow dog democrat" is an early 20th century southerner who would rather vote for a yellow dog than a member of the party of Lincoln, a "blue dog democrat" is someone who attempts to bridge the gap between ideological extremes. I think we could use some of that. She has been a good ambassador so far in her travels, though she was somewhat bold to walk right into the house of someone who was offering her treats! My wife an I wore costumes she made for some maids and men in our Renaissance wedding. I was once a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) member and my wife was inspired to sew her wedding dress and my doublet in Italian renaissance style.

Halloween in Ireland seems a tiny bit like halloween in the U.S. 20 years ago. Trick-or-treat was at night in a real neighborhood rather than mid-afternoon in a shopping mall. Illegal fireworks were going off all night long and bonfires were burning on the beach. Children walked only to nearby neighbors so that whether the treat was an apple, orange, peanuts, popcorn or a hypersweetened candy bar, there was little concern that the treats would have to be X-rayed.

The weekend weather was beautiful here, My friend and I managed to go for a short sail Saturday morning. It was the first time I've been out on his boat in less than 30 m.p.h. wind and so this was the first time I've seen his mainsail. The 70 m.p.h. winds earlier in the week were a welcome windfall for his windfarm, unfortunately the accompanying heavy rains caused severe problems for some communities. Ireland is designed for soft steady rain, not the deluges more associated with tropical climates.

Sunday Sep 26, 2004

Kerry wins!

Kerry won the all-Ireland Gaelic football match by beating county Mayo 1-20 to 2-9

What other Kerry?

Monday Sep 13, 2004

Madison Ironman

It looks like my sister-in-law came in 31st in her age category. Way to go Becky! Last year I was disappointed that local news media gave almost no coverage to the ironman and remained hyperfocused on the Green Bay Packers! This year I watched the event live from Ireland via broadband on ironmanlive.com. I did take a break to walk down to the sea and around the castle to avoid being a total desk-chair potato. Becky might have to run another tri to qualify for Kona, in cooler weather. Is there an ironman in Eire? It's certainly cool enough. I sailed again Saturday under force 6+ wind and the wind has been rising since. Ireland would be a great place for an ironman, but you'd want to have the wind at your back.

Thanks to a posting by Brian Costello (our Brian Costello?) at http://www.irishgaelictranslator.com, I found a blessing in Irish.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat. 
Go raibh an chóir ghaoithe i gcónaí leat. 
Go dtaitní an ghrian go bog bláth ar do chlár éadain, 
go gcuire an bháisteach go bog mín ar do ghoirt. 
Agus go gcasfar le chéile sinn arís, 
go gcoinní Dia i mbosa a láimhe thú. 

Wednesday Aug 11, 2004

Suspicious object


I think I know what happened in Racine Wisconsin [Racine Journal Times] which led to the destruction of an electromechanical blogging device. An article in Forbes indicated that DYI retailer "Home Depot" would recycle used electronics equipment. Forbes probably meant "Office Depot", an electronics retailer down the street from "Home Depot." So a misguided soul left his portable electric typewriter in the parking lot outside of Home Depot, hoping it would be recycled. Perhaps the employees had never seen such a device and couldn't imagine why it would be abandoned outside of their store. So the local police were called and the strange object was destroyed. Now I need to figure out how to get rid of my old Remington in Racine without raising suspicion.

Monday Jul 26, 2004

First steps

Our little girl squealed with delight Sunday morning when she discovered that she could walk without holding onto mommy, daddy, the furniture or her little push cart.

Thursday Jul 08, 2004

Blogging on blogging @ Sun

Danese Cooper provided a good overview of blogging while she was in Ireland yesterday. I hope this is the start of a growing trend to empower employees to informally communicate with and help customers. I certainly don't want to sound like a marketeer, but I think Sun has some underhyped, underappreciated products which are difficult to explain but very very cool. I'm reminded of the time I shared a demo booth with a supercomputer company and heard "Can it run DOS?" questions all day long. Perhaps by explaining Sun technology, I can help someone find a use for a product that our marketing guys haven't thought of yet. I'd also like to counter what linux insider magazine calls Sun's Bum Rap on Open-Source

Blog peeves and filetype limitations As Ghee mentioned, this blogspace intentionally restricts the file types I can post, and anyone posting comments will notice the limitations of the comment engine (no HTML?!) So, if you're looking for software, I can only point you to what you already know and a few other places I'm aware of:

If anyone has suggestions for Sun related software sites, please let me know.

Saturday Jun 26, 2004

Here there be...GNOMEs!

Ghee and I are giving a talk on "GNOME and the Enterprise User" at GUADEC in Kristiansand Norway. It looks like our abstract didn't make it into the GUADEC website. GUADEC is a great way for users, developers and troubleshooters of GNOME to share ideas.

As I write this there is quite good tin whistle music floating in to my back garden from the country market that is just over the back wall. Travelers occasionally try to attract people to the market by performing music. The tin whistle and fiddle player are quite good. Well now someone just started a chainsaw, and a house alarm went off again. So much for peace and quiet!



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