Crap Nullpointer Exceptions

This is the blog of John Dulaney, a hacker of Fedora, SCAdian, player of Music, blacksmith, sailor, and consumer of Bacon.

FUDCon wrapup

So, I like wraps.  Beefy miracles are also good (and I got some Beefy Miracle on my whit FUDCon shirt Saturday).  Solution?  Put Beefy Miracles in wraps.

Anyway, Saturday was Barcamp Day.  After the group photo, barcamp proposals/voting was Jared’s speech.  His message was essentially that Fedora is strong and that we need to keep going.  My first barcamp of the day was on Boxgrinder.  Boxgrinder makes automated VM creation easy, something useful for upcoming AutoQA tasks.  During lunch, I had the aforementioned Beefy Mishap.  Afterwards, I went to the Fedora ARM barcamp.  I’ll be honest, it was not entirely motivated by my desire to learn more about Fedora on ARM; they were giving away hardware.  Those of us that wanted some lined up and gave pitches as to why we should get it.  Mine was simple:  I said, “I’m QA.”  Besides Adam Williamson firing me a couple of times, things went well.  I got a few very basic ideas as to where the ARM project is going and what sort of things us QA folks will need to be doing.

After that, I went to see what the Sys Admin Study Group was up to, and sat in there for an hour and hacked.  After that was the State of the Fedora Kernel address.  As I had fairly gathered, there really isn’t anything earth shattering that has taken place in the kernel recently besides the version change.  I wish the clustering barcamp had been the hour before, since I’d have liked to have attended both.  Alas, I’ll ping the barcamp owner.  The last session was Sandro’s QA session.  I went to help him out with that, and things went well, with lots of questions asked and the process explained rather well.

Fudpub was awesome.  One dude I bowled against bowled a higher score than everyone else on the lane combined, but it was still fun.  The food was good, even if the beer selection was a bit lacking.

After Fudpub, I went through a couple of Poker games.  The first I won, the second I lost, twice.  After the second loss, it was time to go horizontal.

Sunday was spent with the Anaconda team’s hackfest.  We hashed out some ideas for testing the new UI and I put in my two cents here and there.  If there is one tiny thing about the new UI you don’t like, that’s probably a result of my input, so blame me.

Sunday afternoon I rode with Will Cohen and Greg DeKoenigsberg.  We took a back road for the first forty miles.  Winding through the mountains of western Virginia with snow on the ground was an awesome sight.  We arrived in Raleigh early enough for me to catch the 7:00 Greyhound back to Fayetteville so that I wouldn’t have to sit around until 11 PM.

Overall, I’m glad I went.  I got a fair bit of work done and learned a lot that is pertinent to my future goals within the Project.  It was nice meeting up with folks I already knew and meeting others face-to-face for the first time.


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