UDS Vox Pop

May 28th, 2010

Just for a bit of fun, I took a flip along to UDS and did a little vox-pop for things that devs found exiting.


UDS vox pop video

RDF Beginners Guide and Competition

March 1st, 2010

The video of our talk at FOSDEM 2010 didn’t come out great, so I’ve made a slidecast of the RDF beginners guide that I gave as part of that talk. Enjoy below!

At FOSDEM we also announced a competition for the coolest hack using RDF, SPARQL and Tracker with the prize kindly sponsored by Codethink. The prize is a Google Nexus One.

After some discussion we’ve decided to open up the competition to everyone and extend the deadline to the 15th of March. So if this tutorial inspires a great idea, get it coded up and submitted! On #tracker on GIMPNet there are great bunch of hackers who can help you get your idea up and running.

There are no hard rules for the competition, we just want to see implementations of cool ideas. The code doesn’t have to be perfect, the only requirement is that the judges can check it out and run it on their systems. All entries should be submitted to tracker-competition@codethink.co.uk by the deadline.

RDF Beginner’s Guide from Rob Taylor on Vimeo.

Looks like I hit a bug in PiTiVi that caused the render to get mangled. I’ve rerendered and it should all be good now. If Vimeo is being slow for you , you can download the ogg here.

Edward, I promise to log a repro as soon as I can!

The Semantic Desktop, SPARQL and You @ FOSDEM

January 26th, 2010

In a couple of weeks at FOSDEM, I’ll be giving a talk in the GNOME developer room on the semantic desktop and showing the new world of interaction that RDF, SPARQL and Tracker make possible. I’ll be joined by Philip Van Hoof and Roberto Guido.

We’ll be digging behind the buzzwords, explaining what it’s all about and most importantly showing off cool real-world apps using this stuff. We’ll also announce a competition for the coolest app using Tracker and RDF, for which Codethink will sponsor a prize.

See you all there!

I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

Streaming video distribution services

January 21st, 2010

Dear Lazyweb,

I’m looking for a streaming video provider that Codethink can use for streaming demos, talks etc. I want it to use HTML5 video with ogg or x264 if available and if not, fall back to Flash. Good quality streaming is a must and HD would be good. I’m happy to pay for the service.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


Codethink at OSiM World

September 14th, 2009

Codethink has a stand at Open Source in Mobile World this week. We’ll be showing off the results of our latest internal R+D sprint and talking about the benefits and expertise we bring to our clients. If you’re visiting this conference, do come see us at stand 11.

Over the next two weeks the Codethink team will be talking about and making releases of our R+D sprint. I think we’ve come up with some pretty exciting technologies, but I shall hold my tongue for now and let the team talk about it…

New Codethink brand and website

September 11th, 2009

Things have changed a great deal at Codethink since the original logo and website were created. We’ve grown a lot and the time has come for a logo and website that says more about who we are and what we do.

I present you the new Codethink website! My favourite new feature is that we aggregate blogs and tweets of all of us Codethinkers and dynamically weave them into the site, so it’s never stale.

Many thanks go to the awesome Raw Design Studio who designed our new logo, visual style and built the website and to our own Pete Charlton for the words.

In other news Pete has also had a promotion to Sales and Marketing Manager. Well done that man!

Me neither..

July 10th, 2009

I’m pround of the codethink team coming up with this..

I am not afraid of people writing code

Codethink anniversary

March 22nd, 2009

Last month, Codethink turned 2 years old, to coincide we had a company-wide hackfest in Brussels straight after FOSDEM. It really brought home how much it d grown. Just a year ago there was just me and Mark. Now we are 8! So i m gonna take a moment to shout out to the great job these guys are doing. In order of appearence:

Mark Doffman
Mark has been consistently working on transforming AT-SPI (the GNOME Accessibility and UI automation technology) into a D-Bus based cross-desktop project. From nothing a year ago, working with Mike Gorse from Novell, he s now got something that more or less works and it’s getting a lot of focus and testing as we plan for GNOME 3.0. I’m looking forward to a brave new future for cross toolkit accessibility on the Linux desktop.

John Carr
John came to us from working on Conduit, and he s continued on his dream of making all the devices and web services of the world talk seamlessly to each other. John’s been in charge of pushing the Wizbit project along and now the core of this is pretty stable, he is going to be turning his eye to working on using Wizbit for synchronisation.

Jürg Billeter
A stunning hacker who needs no introduction! Jürg’s been continuing to hack on Vala and it s getting more and more mature each week. His main work, however has been on the stunning tracker-vstore, a branch of tracker that brings full RDF capabilities, which Philip van Hoof has been blogging about. I’ll be writing a biggish blog post on this soon and what RDF could really mean for the desktop experience.

Karl Lattimer
Karl came to us from working on UI at Nokia. At Codethink he’s continued to focus on graphics technology and user experience, bringing his keen eye to Wizbit, amongst other things. One of the most impressive things I’ve seen for a while was Karl s kinetic scrolling widget for the Wizbit timeline view. I m hoping we can turn this into something more general in the future.

Ryan Lortie
Another hacker who needs no introduction, Ryan’s our low-level infrastructure guy. He s been working on GNIO, a library to do network operations using GIO stream abstractions and continuing to hack on DConf, which is gradually coming together. He s also been helping Jürg out with Vala.

Mukund Sivaraman
I knew Muks from his GIMP work, and his work on Herb is really impressive. Muks is mostly working on top secret stuff that we can t talk about, unfortunately!

Peter Charlton
Our documentation guy. This guy knows how to write and knows how to take something vague and unintelligable and turn it into crystal clarity. Invaluable!

Of course, through all this I’ve been here, dancing about architecture and generally doing the best I can to hold the whole shebang together. I’ve been mostly working on some top secret stuff which hopefully will be getting opened up soon. I’ll dance about that then.

Looks like my blog got hacked and this post was replaced by spam. Wordpress now upgraded and I’ve recreated this post, updating some of the links.


December 31st, 2008

For those that haven’t heard yet, Lisa accepted my proposal of marriage this Christmas Eve on a cold night in Stockholm. I’m very happy!

Merry Christmas / Winter/ Summer solstice celebration to all and happy new year where applicable :)

Damn Memes

November 13th, 2008

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open it to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Result “From PS we can determine P uniquely; in fact, we can obtain the original tableau P from PS, by applying exactly the same algorithm – but reversing the order and the roles of italic and regular type, since PS is a dual tableau.”

I didn’t cheat, this really was the closest book to me. Extra marks if you can guess what it was…