Monday, October 27, 2008

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex's upcoming release in the NY Times!

Didn't see that one coming, but I'm glad to see Ubuntu (and Linux thereby) receive some well deserved recognition.

But I am also a little dismayed because I felt like it was my own personal little treasure that I found and now everyone has it also...kinda like women's ass tattoos.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Music News

I got together with MJ and Johann at MJ's house on October 15th and we played for about 2 1/2 hours.  The three of us had never played together and MJ and I have only gotten together once that I can remember in many years.  But, it went well.  Notably, we were able to start and finish songs which I think is an extremely important marker.

This week it doesn't look like we will be able to fit our schedules together, so it may be another week before we are able to play again.  This is slightly disappointing because I really wanted to make it a habit to play as often as possible.  I'm slightly worried that we might lose momentum since we have only played together once.

I'm shifting priorities about setting up a music area in the house.  I want just to focus on getting the basic recording equipment stable upstairs.  This would include a new desk, studio monitors and more memory for the computer.  Then I can focus on the mechanics of recording with Ubuntu Studio which probably will take a few months to develop a modicum of proficiency given my availability schedule.

I'm hoping to develop said proficiency in time to join the RPM Challenge.  I do not think I will be able to create a full albums worth of music during February, but this will provide a deadline for me to get the studio functional.  If I can create (with Johann's help perhaps) three or four songs during this period I will consider it a resounding success.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hello World

Hello World.

This was an older blog of mine that I am retrofitting to chronicle my travails helping the Ubuntu Studio developers.

I'm not a coder, although I have written programs in BASIC, Fortran, Pascal, VBA and even AutoLISP, so what do I have to offer?

I'm not sure, but probably my enthusiasm, my geek nature to understand things, my love of a challenge and probably not the least, my appreciation of music.

I'll throw my self into it and see where things fit the best but I expect to help with testing and documentation.  And perhaps get into a little bit of packaging at some point.

Well see.  Now off you go.