Mono and Rotor

by Miguel de Icaza

Mono 0.10 has been released.

Microsoft released Rotor, here is a link to the potential problems patent-wise.

Posted on 28 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Today was the last day of the ECMA meeting. After the meeting was over I had lunch with David Stutz and Lee Fisher and a few other guys from the .NET Framework's team.

Posted on 21 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

I ran into Sam Ruby as he was arriving to the hotel today.

Later that night we went to have dinner organized by Dare Osbanjo (you might know him for his Java and C# comparission document). He got a group of really interesting people together: Joshua Allen, Paul Johns (Dr Gui) and Omri. I invited Lee Fisher.

We had a great evening. The dinner discussion was really interesting (specially the licensing and open source discussion), because we had some really smart people on the table. The fascinating part of this discussion is that we were passionate about what we believed in on both sides of the table, but both sides exposed some very interesting points. For example, there is the matter of forcing people to release their IP, which bothers people.

And just like it bothers me to not have source code, and not being able to change it, I could feel that we connected in terms of the fact that *forcing* you to release the code could bother other people on the same level. I still love the GPL, but I *can* understand much better the feeling if you watch it from the other side.

Sam has some great thoughts on the subject as well: he goes into a bit of depth on the topic of communities and the various "protections" in them.

Later on we explored a bit more of the archeology of .NET. In general, I have found that I do enjoy a lot the *history* of software projects and .NET is one of my favorite projects.

Posted on 20 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

I spent the whole day on an airplane coming to Seattle.

I am almost done with `Blindness' from Jos´┐Ż Saramago. An extraordinary book, I love the way this book is written. Thanks go to Alan for suggesting it.


My Fuji 6800 digital camera broke last week. It just started claiming `ERR CRD' and it would never recover. Am trying to get a replacement right now. But it is sad, because I will not get to take pictures of people in my trip and if I do not get a replacement on time, I will not have a camera by the time I go to Madrid in two weeks.

Posted on 18 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Today I talked about free software and open source on a video conference with the special commission on new technologies of the Spanish Senate.

The Europapress post.

A video is available here. Microsoft later charged against the GPL.

Posted on 14 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Paolo got the Mono C# compiler compiling itself on Linux finally. It has been a long week. Dietmar and Ravi have been fixing bugs everywhere.

Getting ready for the Jaguares concert tomorrow in Boston.

My new of new books from Amazon just arrived, `The Adapted Mind', `Plane Insanity' and `Manufacturing Consent'

Posted on 07 Mar 2002

Wedding Pictures

by Miguel de Icaza

With Nat in Orlando Florida.

We went to Ben's wedding in Disney World. Some pictures are here.


Federico has been taking some amazing pictures.

Posted on 05 Mar 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Last night as Duncan and I were walking from Sushi Express to Cafe Royale I twisted my ankle, and we had to cancel our plans to get intravenously cafeinated.

The pain in the morning was more severe than it was when I went to sleep, so I did what every other google user would have done. I googled for the problem. I found everything I needed to fix myself up through google. The process of fixing yourself up in this particular case seemed pretty straight forward, so I followed the indication.

The only bit I was not quite ready to handle was the `anti-inflamatory medication'. So I decided to get an appointment with my doctor to get some anti-inflamatories and to get a quick checkup.

I took my Profits over People book from Chomsky, and my nice sweater I got from Chiapas.

My doctor asked what the Chomsky book was about, and by the looks of my sweater, she ventured to say `Is that some kind of revolution?'. I found that funny.

I found a loophole in capitalism.

Today I went to see Michael Moore which is touring the country promoting his new book Stupid White Men.

Michael's web site is a recommended reading for everyone, and the book is a great eye opener. He does this through humor, which is great. Michael is a great speaker as well, he went through the 90 minutes that were allocated for his talk in no time, and he kept the crowd informed and amused at the same time.

Check the calendar for his book

Posted on 27 Feb 2002

Chomsky on the war on drugs

by Miguel de Icaza

I was always tempted to ask Chomsky about his opinion on the War on Drugs.

Now there is an interview where he covers this subject. Fascinating.

Posted on 19 Feb 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

The confence has been incredible and everyone I have met has been great. I have pictures.

Leen Toelen from Mono fame came to the conference, and I had a chance to meet him, it is great to finally put a face to a name.

In the morning I went to Damien's GnomeMeeting talk which was awesome. The program is awesome, the demo was awesome, and those guys know what they are doing.

I also did my Mono talk. It went very well, as I prepared the talk with two days in advance, and I had been polishing it since I am now moving to use Open Office's presentations program instead of Magic Point.

A great audience, and there were some really interesting questions after the talk.

I spent most of my time with Damien, Ines, Jonita, Kenneth, Hanna, Matthias, Rodrigo and my friends from Spain (The two Carlos and Alvaro) Francisco de Urquijo also came to the show.

Brussels is a beautiful city as well. I had a very good time, and as usual the food was excellent.


Open Office Slides for my presentation are here

Posted on 17 Feb 2002

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