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Going to FOSDEM 2010

written by Frank, on Feb 5, 2010 5:50:00 PM.


Actually I just arrived in the really nice hotel in Brussels


after a remarkable unspectacular flight.

Will later meet Philippe for dinner and probably discuss some last-minute modifications - nah, just kidding - of our Mirabeau presentation about creating personal media networks and bridging UPnP over XMPP on Saturday 6th in the Jabber/XMPP dev-room at 16:00 o’clock.

Having dinner before the beer-event is actually quite a good idea™.

I’ll do another presentation on Sunday morning in the CrossDesktop room at 11:00 o’clock titled Coherence - the Digital Living room and beyond.

Stop by if you are at FOSDEM too.

This time I had planned to fly out on Monday evening, to have some time for sight-seeing, but we have decided to take part in the XMPP Dev Challenge.

So probably again no time for visiting the Atomium.


Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

written by Frank, on Dec 13, 2009 1:44:00 PM.

On Saturday morning the kids got up shouting “There is snow outside!”.

first snow flakes

Probably enough in the city to build one snowman, but it’s a start. ;-)

going to GCDS

written by Frank, on Jul 5, 2009 4:30:00 PM.

Well, not quite yet. Again a heavily delayed fight, but at least not canceled yet.

My plane was supposed to leave today at 13:20, apparently it is broken and they need to get a replacement aircraft over. My confidence in Condor is a bit shaken.
But at least they handed out two 10€ coupons for food and beverages - that will allow me to throw a party here if I can’t make it to the one on the island tonight. ;-)
For the moment I made myself comfortable in a small bistro here with my own power-outlet.

Departure is now scheduled for 20:00, meaning I won’t be in Las Palmas before midnight.

Anyway, hopefully being there ready for the talks on Monday morning. The talk Philippe and I am giving is on Tuesday morning, which I’m now somehow quite happy about.

BBQ experiments

written by Frank, on Jun 19, 2009 5:16:00 PM.

Last weekend we had some friends over at our place for a little barbecue.
Among the “ordinary” steaks we prepared:

  • chicken and rocket bruschettas
  • salad of prawns, peas, celery and mint
  • king prawn spits, marinaded with chili and ginger
  • brown mushrooms and porcini, chopped spring onions, thyme and cream in preserving jars
  • grilled asparagus (green) and spring onions, with a tomato, mozzarella, olive oil and honey dressing
  • punch with strawberries, oranges, tonic water and Aperol
BBQ jars
Just some stimuli for your next BBQ. ;-)

working at (train à) grande vitesse

written by Frank, on Jun 6, 2009 9:31:00 PM.

I’m usually not using trains, the city I live isn’t that well connected to the German railway system, so usually I’m faster by car or for longer distances I go by plane.

But for the travel from Valras-Plage to the Trophees du Libre in Soissons I had chosen to use the TGV - there is a direct train connection between Beziers and Paris that covers the distance in a bit more than four hours.

I booked première class - it was only a few €s more than seconde, and I had learned from my trip to Paris for the KDE/Coherence sprint that there is no power outlet at the seats in the second class in a TGV.

The ambience in the train was very decent. A lot of space - I had booked a single seat with a table, no people yelling into their mobiles, more or less all have been muted, and everybody speaks with a lowered voice.

In that pleasant atmosphere I used the ~ six hours time to work on some of the loose ends in Coherence.

  • creating a picture-frame MediaRenderer that should serve as an example on how to implement a simple MediaRenderer
  • the implementation of a Digital Security Camera device, based on the general purpose GStreamer pipeline element from the TestStore backend
As you might see on the first result, I’m quite pleased with it.

1st webcam image

And I do now understand people a bit better who always told me how great traveling by train is.


written by Frank, on Jun 6, 2009 10:48:00 AM.

Coherence has been awarded the “Prix spécial du Jury” - out of the 130 competitors of this years Trophées du libre contest and in addition made second place in the “Media” category.

N’est-ce pas magnifique!

A huge MERCI to all of you making this possible, to the jury and to the organizers of the Trophées.

Erwan and Frank being very happy Erwan and Frank being very happy
Champagne and snacks at the Mairie of Soissons Champagne and snacks at the Mairie of Soissons
PS3, Sheevaplug, Denon amp and Prizes PS3, Sheevaplug, Denon amp and Prizes

The Sheevaplug was kindly donated by Marvell to support further development on this truly awesome device - thx again Rabeeh, and DENON France has graciously provided us with one of their high-end DLNA-enabled amplifier to demonstrate a real user living-room experience.

Presenting Coherence on the Trophées du Libre Days

written by Frank, on Jun 5, 2009 2:18:00 PM.

Erwan and I are presenting Coherence here in Soissons.

setup @ Soissons

We just had our first presentation to the jury of the ‘Media’ category, more will come in the afternoon.

So keep your fingers crossed!

Coherence/KDE sprint - day one

written by Frank, on May 9, 2009 7:09:00 PM.

Bonjour from Paris.

This morning we - Philippe, Erwan, Adriaan, Bart, Benjamin and myself - meet at the offices of Mandriva, who kindly offered to host the sprint

and started with our work to integrate Coherence into KDE, mainly to create a kio network slave and an Amarok plugin - both connecting to Coherence over DBus.

Over the typical French lunch break there has been some serious discussion between Adriaan, Bart and Erwan about French cheese.

collect them all

written by Frank, on May 7, 2009 10:50:00 PM.

I now own too the certificates to operate a pleasure craft on rivers and on the largest lake here in Germany - the Bodensee, or Lake Constance in English.


Now what’s missing is the yacht. ;-)


written by Frank, on Apr 24, 2009 8:12:00 PM.

Coherence is one out of four finalists in the category “Media”
of this years Trophées du libre.

Kudos once more to Erwan Velu for his magnificent promotion!