Good times to ensue

  • May 31 – Move out of Raleigh apartment; move in with parents
  • June 9 – Drive up to Boston with some friends
  • June 11-15 – Hope my stuff is delivered from Raleigh; settle into new apartment
  • June 21-24 – In Wilmington, Delaware for my Grandfather’s 80th birthday
  • July 3-4 – Night in Raleigh/Garner for Lake Benson fireworks
  • July 14-16 – In London, need something fun to do
  • July 16-22 – GUADEC, fun is guaranteed
  • July 22-25 – In Brussels, need something fun to do
  • July 25 – Back to Boston, hopefully to stay for a minute

Surfing the Tubes

  • Novell and EFF team on patent reformAwesomeness

    “I think it’s fair to say that we’ve been talking a lot about patents within Novell in the last twelve months. More than we have in the past,” he said. Novell concluded that the patent system is broken and that patents are hobbling innovation and open standards, by putting companies on the defensive.
    –Nat Friedman

  • My good friend Jeff Tickle is working on an awesome Tomboy/Gtk# project called Virtual Paper, and has been making some wonderful progress. He could really use some expert Cairo advise regarding custom gradients on a stroke. I think Jeff should always blog from Virtual Paper itself and never again use the keyboard.

  • Late last week Miguel started white-boarding the drawing engine for Moonlight, and has made some progress since getting his canvas to draw a rectangle.

  • After a frantic brute-force apartment hunt in Boston last Thursday and Friday, I found a nice place in Kenmore/Back Bay, and will be moving out of my apartment in Raleigh at the end of next week. I’ll spend a week at my parents’ house visiting with family we have coming into town, and then will drive up to Boston on the 10th. I can’t wait!

  • I have been working on some major performance improvements in Banshee and will write more about this later. 0.13.x is going to be completely awesome and noticeably faster. Unfortunately I’ve spent so much time this month preparing for the move to Boston that I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I want hacking. The good thing is that I am in one of those mad-hacking moods where I stay up all night and get real work done. These come and go in cycles, and usually last a long time.

Oh Raleigh, how I will miss thee

So it’s finally official. It’s been coming for a while, but today I turned in my last rent check and my 30 days notice. I will be moving to Cambridge, MA to be able to work more closely with peers at the office around June 1st. This move will end my two year stint as a remote engineer for Novell, and I am greatly looking forward to spending time at the office on a regular basis, and to all that will come from the move. I’m going to miss Raleigh and everyone in it, but it’s fairly cheap and quick to return home for the occasional weekend.

On that note, I have not actually found a new place in Cambridge. The search is rather difficult as I am pretty picky, and because I love to cook, one of my biggest requirements is a large/semi-large, modern kitchen, and I also need parking – two things which seem to be fairly hard to find in the Boston area (I am quite spoiled when it comes to real estate in Raleigh). The few places I have found have fallen through due to various reasons (timing, basically). So if you know of any great places around Boston/Cambridge, ping me! If I don’t find a place in the next couple of weeks I’ll be homeless and “showering” at the office :-).

The next three months are going to be extremely busy!