A. Walton has a good post about ubuntu's new notification system [mockups]. The mockup for sure looked shiny, but I totally disagree with the idea that you can't click on them anymore; they instead will get transparent as soon as you move the mouse near them (and they will be click-through-able).
On a second note about the action removal: While I of course agree that it is bad thing if a notification -that you could potentially miss- is the prominent (or even the only) way when a  user interaction is required, I don't get what is wrong with using actions (that includes clicking on them) as a shortcut to something.

Google food is good, frozen yogurt totally is a win and it is good to see Leslie and the rest of the cabal again. Oh and Michael coind a new phrase!

[Yes, as Jorge pointed out, my hackgotchi is totally outdated.]

"... die Individualisierung des Gewinns und die Solidarisierung des Verlusts."

VBoxMount is a little tool for providing virtual disk images from VirtualBox as linux block devices. It uses the linux kernel's network block device driver to do it in userspace (otherwise we'd have to bring vbox code into kernelspace which is a no-go).
I have been developing it for Topalis. From the very beginning of the project it was clear that it should become open, and maybe integrated into VirtualBox itself later. It is currently hosted on Launchpad, including all its awesomeness (bazaar branches, releases, bug-tracker).
Grab the first release here. File bugs here. Have fun!

The next item on the ToDo is snapshot support.

P.S.: It is a bit ugly to build right now, mostly because the VirtualBox' SDK doesn't include the necessary headers, nor a package-config file. I will file a "bug" about that at their bug tracker and hope that this will change.
If out-of-tree building doesn't work, you could try the old in-tree branch here. The in-tree version is not as up-to-date as the out-of-tree since I only use the latter one for developing.

OMG, The Travelling GNOME was here ...

The Gang

... he met the gang ...

View from my balkony

... enjoyed the view ...

Myself and Celemens

... and watched the humans coding.

The other human on the photo is Clemens Buss, my SoC Student, who visited me to hack on GEmblem and GEmblemedIcon. Which landed upstream. His first code in GNOME, already at the very heart of it! I am a proud Monkey - aeh Mentor! :-)
Next step is to make use of it in the HAL volume monitor in gvfs and patch nautilus to use it. Of course its also the foundation for the general use of Emblems ins gvfs/gio - which of course needs lots of thinking and coding.

Kai showed me posterous the other day and I signed up yesterday. Voilà! It
allows to post by sending mails to post@posterous.com. The cool thing
is, it will cross post to your blog, twitter, tumblr and even add photos
to flickr at the same time. If you don't want it to you can control it
by specifying the services in the recipient part of the e-mail address,
e.g. twitter@.. (or combine services by concating them with +). Only
missing service for me is identi.ca.

Cool stuff.

Posted by email from Christian's posterous

Weave is the new Google Browser Sync. Weave also seems to be really open. Maybe we can have our own http://services.gnome.org and an Epiphany extention. ;-)

Short excerpt from today's Tarballs Due remainder on devel-announce (Olav, you are my hero):

I think it is time for make a new awesome stable release. This
cause we want to demonstrate the awesomeness of all the great and
extravagant bugfixing into the hands of the users. If you haven't
cared to do bugfixing up to now, this weekend is a great time to
rock and get those crashers fixed!
extra points this release for people who can find Mr. Vincent Untz
and get a big bowl of icecream in his hands. It will really blow his
mind and it a nice thing to do, even if he is a crazy French guy..

Rumors are the Vuncent Untz is a chicken and was to frightened to take his part in the Icecream Deathmatch that Andre wanted to have.

UDS is fun - as always - and of course the GNOME Mafia is doing its job well and is spreading terror everywhere. I should probably write more about it but I am too tired after yesterday's visit of the Crossclub, which is btw. an amazing place. Look at the Photo galleries.

The Gtk+ Hackfest was good in many ways. Not only did I see a lot of cool people that I haven't seen for a long time (since I missed GUADEC last year) but I also met a few new ones, that I only knew from IRC before, like e.g. hpj. Having those clever people around is also a good way to learn new tricks and steal some useful scripts. It was really motivating for me. I used most of the time in Berlin to do some real hacking and the result of it was the implementation of GtkMountOperation which hit svn yesterday. My first (major) patch to Gtk+. Yay! Of course I also spent time hacking on the webdav backend and gvfs in general which is also my main job these days since we have spring break and canonical is contracting me, until university starts again in mid April, to hack on gvfs to make it stable for the next ubuntu release, i.e. Hardy. I also became maintainer of gvfs, thus continuing the tradition to co maintain the virtual file system for GNOME. I checked when that all started the other day: Dave Camp committed my re-write of the http method for gnome-vfs at the 22nd July of 2004. Its going to be 4 years soon. I also noticed the first patch I *reviewed* and committed was from Ryan. Beginning in April I will also try to do the impossible and fill in the big, big whole that will be there when Alex takes his well deserved break to be there for his little daughter Alice. Its going to be hard when there is no alex__ to ask for advice, but I am pretty confident that we will be fine, since there seem to be a lot of energetic and motivated new gvfs hackers, like Cosimo Cecchi, Carlos Garcia Campos, A. Walton and Wouter Bolsterlee. And of course the old guys like Bastien, Benjamin and David. Everybody is also very welcome to join the excitement and make gio/gvfs even more rocking! Start by joining the new gvfs mailing list. :-)
Last but not least, I had the job to sent "invitation" mails to mentors for this year's SoC but Ryan already announced on planet that everybody should just sign up and I think that makes more sense to do it that way, so I just repeat that invitation here: Help students and apply as a mentor if you are a member of the GNOME foundation. I have done it the last few years and its also a great experience.

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