Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hackfest - Toronto !

Where can I start?
It was my first time on a plane... wasn't bad at all. It was my first time out of Chile, too good to be true.
In the airport was Ryan Lortie waiting for me (with 4 Redbulls! Thanks Tiffany and Ryan :D).
Then at the hotel I finally met: Jim Campbell, Johannes Schmid, Germán Póo (compatriot!) and Shaun McCance, my mentor.

We went to the Seneca College, and that afternoon I met Tiffany Antopolski and later Phil Bull. And a few days later to Scott and Mike.

I think there's no need to mention how hard we worked, as Phil Bull did in his blog, this can talk for us.
It was amazing to work with all these people, but this time, the fact of work under the same roof it's even better. We could share some opinions, ask each other of how was the better way to make things, etc.

Even when I missed some classes at my University, this experience really worth it. It may sound a little bit twee, but I'll never forget that week!
There were even some Spanish and French lessons! Where our internal tortugas came out. It was too much work and too much fun. So much stories to tell.

I wanted to thank to all the attendants to the Hackfest (even to those who participated remotely). I hope continue contributing to GNOME! The Outreach Program for Women finished, but there's still so much to do.
I still have so much to tell, but it can be in another post.

Thanks GNOME Foundation for the sponsorship.  

Thanks for reading.
Regards to GnomePlanet!

Monday, March 7, 2011

internship weeks ...

User Help Hackfest it's about to happen (March, 17th!). And all the paperwork between the Embassy and the flights reservations got me out of my mind for almost 2 week (without mention the muscle sprain I've got now in my left hand :(...).
I've been wanting to mention for weeks the great change that had the Clock and Calendar in Gnome Shell. I really loved it, it's too much useful now.

I have been testing it, and I'm really glad of what I saw. I configured my account on Evolution and add a couple of fake activities or appointments and automatically they appear in the calendar.
I add an screenshot to show it better.

It's funny to say that when I'm not running Gnome Shell it's kind of weird, and I try to go to the left superior corner to see my activities (windows opened) when they are in the bottom bar actually. That is another thing of Gnome3 that I totally adore, the fact that you can be completely focused on what are you doing, without have to see the other windows (Specially when they change the colour to catch your attention).

Now me and Tiffany (mimico) are updating and deleting outdated pages, this means that there are some pages that just do not apply for Gnome3 or just contain information not totally updated.

I have to re-order the Look and Feel section, to make more easy to review the important topics in there for the users.

Well, I'll try to keep this blog updated, at least for the remining days.
Regards to Planet Gnome.

Bye :).

Friday, January 28, 2011

internship weeks 4, 5 and 6!

Hi everyone!

This weeks I have been trying so hard to build and run Gnome Shell. It was a big thing to do... at least for me.

At first I had Ubuntu 10.04, and after a few hours I finally built it... but when I tried to run it, Gnome Shell worked incredibly slow, I couldn't even minimize the windows in a right way. I asked in the gnome-shell channel on IRC for help (I appreciate the help they gave me) and somebody told me that I should update mesa...

To simplify a little the story, when I tried to update mesa, the X collapsed (I'm sure I did something wrong).

So I decided to install Ubuntu 10.10 and now Gnome Shell works perfectly!

I haven't done so much on Gnome Help, due to me problems with Gnome-Shell. But now that it works fine, it's time to recover the lost time!

I have added content to two empty pages  ("Switch between users without logging-out" and "Dim the screen after a certain period") and also created a section for Printing and Scanning in the index with two separated topic pages for each theme.

In the meanwhile the clock of Gnome-Shell isn't merged I took the responsibility to work on other missing topics.

I always end the posts giving thanks, and this time it won't be different: I want to give thanks to Marina, Tiffany (mimico), people on Gnome-Shell channel who helped me and, of course, to Shaun McCance(for having a lot of patience with me).

That's all!
Thanks for reading.
Regards to Planet Gnome!

Friday, January 7, 2011

internship: week 3

Hi everyone!

There's not too much new things to write about. In this week I have been only working on Clock Settings: I wrote a few pages and then I sent them to Shaun McCance and waited for him to have a quick look on them  and finally I pushed them.

I had to get an account on Gnome Mango a few days ago to be able to push "my changes", because since I started the internship I was making it through Shaun. There's so much things to do yet, I'm looking over the unfinished themes to pick one and write as I did it with the Clock.

I think I'm kind of slow yet, but I'm getting faster every day :). I have learned so many things, and I have to say I'm so glad about having this summer to learn so many things.
I really think that the experiences are the greatest masters in life, more than University's, etc (I'm not saying that they aren't important, but sometimes they're not up to date in what they teach).

Okay, it's like a poor post but it's all I've got by now. Maybe I'll add a recipe from my favorite desserts pretty soon ;-).
Thanks for reading. Regards to Planet Gnome.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

internship: week 2

Well the second week was quite short because of the new year, but full of pages to write ;-).
Now that the structure is a little bit better and after the second Documentation reunion (made on Jan 2nd), I've been working on Clock Settings, that has topics such as how the clock is displayed on the panel, how to set different locations (for the weather shown depending on where you are), etc.
This is not such an easy thing to do, most pages were done from before, so if you're writing on them, you need to know the approach that the person who created it wanted to give it. It's not just a writing stuff.
Mallard has been a great markup language for working on the Documentation, the results are way better than working with Docbook (the language used before). And even when I learned basic things about Mallard during the application process to the internship, i've been always reading and learning more about it from HERE.

I come back to work now, so I just wanted to give thanks for reading.

Happy new year to Planet GNOME :-)!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

internship: week 1

Internship has started and also the work :).

I asked to Shaun, my mentor, what can I do for helping him, and after a introductory conversation he told me to order the little mess in Gnome Help (on Gnome User Docs). So I added a couple of guide pages, re order the topic pages according to the main theme and edited the existing guide pages to order the topic pages on it.

And after a few changes (done by Tiffany) it looks so much better and according to how we want Gnome3 to be.

There's still so much work to do and so many pages to write.
I hope to do a great job.
Thanks for reading :).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

GNOME Outreach Program for Women !!

I would be lying if I say I'm not happy about it. I would be lying if I say I'm not nervous at all because of this.

At first, I was really hesitant about applying to this Program (not because I didn't wanted to, but I thought I couldn't make it). Even when my available time was  limited,  I made a contribution to the Rhythmbox's user help.

And finally I was accepted on the GNOME Outreach Program for Women, and I could'nt be much more excited about this!
I'll be working in Documentation Project, with Shaun McCance as my mentor :).
This is a great chance in my life and I'm gonna take advantage of this... I'll do my best to learn and help from GNOME!

I want to give thanks to Marina Zhurakhinskaya and to Paul Cutler, for helping me through all the application process. And also give thanks to Shaun McCance for being my mentor :).

Regards to Gnome Planet!