Archive for July, 2013


Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I’m taking a vacation from email for a few weeks, so please don’t worry if you don’t get a response — just resend in late August.

Credit where credit is due: LibreOffice is now ridiculously easy to build.

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

About fifty million years ago, I encountered a minor bug in the OpenOffice word processor. It was an easy fix, a menu layout problem or something like that, so I thought I’d have a go at patching it. Of course, the first step would be to build the latest development version of the code and […]

Missing OSCON this year.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

For those friends I’m not seeing in Portland this year: sorry to miss you this time! I decided, for once (and hopefully once only), to not go to OSCON this year. Two main factors: I’ve already been traveling too much, and I’m greedy for time to concentrate on my book update. Going to OSCON is […]

Taking sides.

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Every Fourth of July, the New York Times prints the entire Declaration of Independence of the United States on the back page of its main section, in facsimile and in text. I read the whole thing on the subway this morning, just to remind myself what they were thinking of. I’m pretty sure they were […]