Category Archives: OpenOffice

Scottish Graduate Fair

Yesterday I was away through in Glasgow for the Scottish Graduate Fair at the SECC. The event is aimed at final year student at university who are looking at what to be doing next. This generally come in anything from postgraduate education to graduate training, or volunteering to a plain ordinary job that utilises their skills. There were a variety of universities, companies and other training organisation there.

It was a case of finding the right booths with the people who are looking for what your current discipline is. The typical initial response was either, “sorry we don’t have any jobs in our business that you would be looking for”, or “great, your just the kind of person that we are looking for, here’s some more information”. You just have to keep hunting and you should find 4-12 different organisations with graduate schemes, or job opportunities that are suitable to you.

I’ll give a few examples of things that I found out:

  • According to recruiters, the careers service up here in Scotland is excellent, and you should make use of it!
  • Bloomberg take on Computer Science graduates who are strong in Java and (C or C++), for their programming departments. You need to have the C background so that you know about pointers and the way that memory works. Only 5-10% of their network is based on Java, the rest is some variation of C for speed.
  • You should tailor your CV for every company, just only give each company one CV. This is advice from several recruiters, and the careers service. You should target the CV/application for the specific skill set that the employer will be wanting.
  • If you want to go into an IT related business, participating voluntarily in an Open Source project such as OpenOffice.org can give you a large number of transferable skills and knowledge of project structures. Some organisations are already working to spread the word of Open Source software, and thus if you already know about that sort of stuff, will mean that you will be more likely to get a job through having greater experience.
  • Applying early could mean that you are more likely to get through.
  • It is better to do a good application for a few opportunities than a very poor job at hundreds of vacancies.
  • Be positive confident and give as much relevant information as possible.

Overall, I enjoyed the event, and would recommend any final year student to go along in the future.

Hopefully I will be able to remember to follow all the advice and get a job or graduate placement.

Buildbot now seems to be predicting ETA

To my surprise, the build master is now estimating the time till the current build completes, and it is updating throughout the build too. Unfortunately it gives the time as the time zone PDT, thus you have to do some awkward calculation it get it to your local time zone.

When building the CWSs, it is taking about 7 hours to do a complete build and upload of the install set. This is a bit of a speed up over the 8 or nine hours to do everything except the upload of the install set. Therefore it is a good idea to have ccache installed if you are recompiling the same large project repeatedly.

Mac buildbot setup

I now have a working buildbot that takes about 8 hours to do a full compile. Of course I forgot to check the option to upload the install set to the build master, so here I go and run the build again. Hopefully future compiles will take less time since I have installed ccache prior to this build. For those that are interested in file space, the whole buildbot and ooo sources take up just under 8GB.

The instruction given in the wiki a great as they pretty much work, as long as the build master has proper cross-platform code. Which was a bit of an issue for me sometimes, but was easily fixed over e-mail and IRC. (Thanks mikeleib and cloph). The main problem was finding a form of find that would work. In fact we ended up using find and piping the output to some other commands, which will hopefully work.

I have spoke to a few folk about the buildbot, and some of them were surprised that I was able to keep a steady internet connection for 9 hours on the trot, especially when part of it is wireless. The joys of cable and Apple’s wifi products.

Photos from my trip to France (OpenOffice.org conference and Apple Expo)

Please take a look at http://www.byphotos.com/album/4050544 which contains all the photos from my trip.

I know some of them have not been rotated.

It was the first time I can remember being in London. Over a decade ago I had been round the M25 on the way to Dover, it was so long ago, I can’t remember, mind you I would probably have been sleeping at time.

There are some pictures of the trams and trolley buses in Lyon in there, if anyone is interested.

I found it quite good at being able to catch the sunset whilst on the Eurostar on leaving France.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 for Mac OS X released

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X (X Windowing) has been released publicly.

I updated the web pages earlier to day. It should be noted that there currently is no tested German version, as no one has tested it yet. I have made a number of other changes to the web pages that have been in the pipeline for quite some time now. This includes the introduction of the new home page for the Mac Port. Some other pages have been updated as well, to include the new border, which has been missing on some of the new pages.

OOoCon2006 and Apple Expo

It was quite some trip to France, considering my rather minimal French knowledge. I survived even with the communication barrier. I also found it quite a tiresome journey too, especially with getting very little sleep on the coach overnight from Edinburgh to London. I sorted it out for the return by taking a fleece on as hand luggage to lean on.

The best part of the trip was venturing out of the country on my own, and meeting many people that I have only communicated with eletronically before hand. It quite a surprise to me, to come across someone who also lived in my home city of Edinburgh.

For those that are interested, even so I now have a passport, I have never flown in a plane before. For this trip it was cheaper and more flexible to take the overnight coach with National Express from Edinburgh to London, then walk across London to the Eurostar terminal. I then travelled by train all the way to Lyon, with a change in Paris (and a run on the underground). I can now even say I have travelled on a double decker train (they seem to be unique to France, please correct me if I’m wrong).

I then stayed in Lyon for 3 day in the Hotel du Helder. It seemed quite nice, especially when the staff were able to speak English. After the OpenOffice.org conference, I traveled with Eric Bachard to his house to stay the night, and then set off in the morning to Paris for the Apple Expo which was quite impressive. Mind you the random shutdowns of my MacBook didn’t help.

On the Friday afternoon, I returned to pick up my stuff from the hotel, and get off to Paris Nord to catch the Eurostar home. Arrived about 35 minutes before departure to a long queue, and still got on the train and it left on time too. I doubt you would be able to manage that one if I was travelling by plane. I then had another wander through London to the Victoria Coach Station for the over night coach back into Edinburgh.

OK, door-to-door it does take longer, but I sure it used less fuel that an aeroplane taking off.

Recent confusion of OpenOffice.org (X11)

From the mac@porting.openoffice.org mailing list, there seems to have been a bit of confusion with the title “OpenOffice.org for Mac (X11)”. It would appear that people are thinking the Mac OS 11 is what the download is for. In fact it just references the fact that the X11 windowing system.

It would appear that this increase in traffic has something to do with there no longer being information on the installation of X11 on the final download page.

Updated OpenOffice Mac Download Pages

Ahead of the OpenOffice.org conference, I have just released the new download pages for OpenOffice.org (X11) on the Mac. They are now much simpler than before. The download is now available at http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/. The old download pages (except the legacy download for 1.1.2) redirect to the new pages.

Part of this is the fact that there is no longer a big long list of mirrors to choose from. This is because I have used the OpenOffice download bouncer for all the downloads in the OpenOffice.org download servers. If anyone else needs to update the pages in the future, you will need to speak to cloph on IRC, who is able to update the bouncer with the new files.

I’d like to thank Fipa for his design, and James McKenzie on the mac@porting.openoffice.org list for his feedback.

There are more updates to come to the OpenOffice Mac Porting site before the end of the month, thereafter updates to the site will slow down.

I’m waiting on fink compiling quanta, which is the editor that Fipa used to create the pages, so hopefully I’ll find it easier to keep the site up to date with the new design. I hope that it will be better than the more than a year old Nvu, even if I have to use X11.