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From Rdio to Xamarin

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:40:15 +0000

Last week I gave a talk on Vernacular at MonkeySpace in Boston. As Wednesday concluded, so did my last day at Rdio after nearly two years. In that time I had the pleasure of working with very bright people on creating the best streaming music service available on Mobile, Web, and Desktop. From the introduction …

openSUSE 11.4 and Banshee: Amazon MP3

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:02:09 +0000

Great news! openSUSE 11.4 was just released, and it’s loaded with goodies! I am of course most excited about the inclusion of Banshee 1.9.3 with full Amazon MP3 store support included out of the box. Within seconds after the 11.4 installation, I had made my first Amazon MP3 purchase. In openSUSE, 100% (not 25%) of …

An Open Proposal to Canonical

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:24:23 +0000

Firstly, this post is a personal one. I am not speaking on behalf of the Banshee community, any corporation, foundation, or my maintainer peers. Since Banshee will be shipped in the upcoming release of Ubuntu, Canonical has decided it will take 75% of the Amazon MP3 referral revenue that, in the upstream/default codebase and configuration …

Changing Roles

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:39:03 +0000

About 6 years ago I started working for Novell to develop Banshee into much of what it has become today. I’m quite fond its evolution, but perhaps more proud of its community. As is likely obvious, I have not been too technically involved with Banshee over the past year. The last major thing I developed …

Going to FOSDEM

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:16:11 +0000

Unfortunately I will not make it in time for the Friday Beer event.

Real American Heroes: Toilet Trouble

Sat, 07 Aug 2010 03:30:11 +0000

Friends, in these tough economic times, we’re all expected to go above and beyond the usual call of duty. My very dear friend Miguel regularly executes on this mantra and today was no exception. This afternoon, he was spotted tending to a toilet emergency. Miguel went above and beyond, demonstrating his fearless leadership and improvisational …

Banshee, GNOME, & Amazon MP3

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:40:10 +0000

During Gabriel’s talk at GUADEC, after working with members of the GNOME Foundation board, we were very excited to announce that the Amazon MP3 Store in Banshee would begin using an Amazon Affiliate ID, and that 100% of all revenue generated through this affiliate ID will go to the GNOME Foundation! This means that any …

Announcing Banshee 1.7.3

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:29:08 +0000

We’re very proud to announce the release of Banshee 1.7.3, which brings some much anticipated WebKit goodness: the Amazon MP3 Store and the Miro Podcast Directory integration. Amazon MP3 downloading is fully supported, separate from the integrated store itself. There are also a handful of other smaller new features and enhancements, and a good deal …

Tarballs – Why?

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:46:59 +0000

More and more I begin to wonder why we generate tarballs at all these days. Is it just because it’s easy – a function of “make distcheck”? There’s certainly value in the actual distcheck process to ensure you have a sane build, but why actually distribute the tarball? What’s the meaningful difference between a tarball …

Eclipse & Android SDK on openSUSE

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:49:36 +0000

I woke up at 6 this morning with the urge to investigate writing an Android application. I have been a mostly satisfied user of Android ever since the G1 was first launched. I even switched to T-Mobile to get one from AT&T. The sales person at the time was confused as to why I would …