It took me some time to write this report, between other stuff and a cold caught in July (WTF?). But still, plenty of stuff happened at this year’s edition of RMLL/LSM so I had to let you know.
Since the RMLL didn’t take place last year, as no city applied, I was quite impatient to see what this year’s edition in Saint Etienne would bring. By the way, if your hackerspace, LUG (or HUG?) wants to organize the next edition, you should apply quickly, but be warned, it’s quite a job!
So, I just arrived from Brussels back home. One more FOSDEM done. As always it was action-packed, and I couldn’t clone myself enough times to see everything. The fact that we had the booth and that 3 out of the 4 talks I proposed were accepted probably didn’t help.
Luckily this time we were three to handle the half-booth, as both Olivier and Adrien made it with me, because yes, we shared the table with ReactOS this time, to increase the chances of being picked up.
Before I forget due to the GCI frenzy, let’s take some time to write down about Capitole du Libre, which was held in Toulouse on the 19th and 20th November.
This week I just received a blue box.
No, not this kind of blue box!
The last day was spent at the San Francisco office, which although smaller (they have “only” a few floors in a building), is quite nice, with a rooftop and other funny things.
We had a nice breakfast at the cafeteria (I sampled their croissants… not too bad for US ones).
Tuesday is going to be adventure-packed. Let’s hope everyone slept well. I made a quick survey but I’m not sure everyone answered honestly. Although someone admitted lying on the bed and waking up with the clothes still on. No, I won’t give names :D
We had to choose between a Segway tour or a visit to the Exploratorium.
[Looks like I’m still jet-lagged a week later… I’ll try to publish my notes anyway, and put photos later on]
Today is the big day: we’re going to the Googleplex in Mountain View!
It took a while to get there due to traffic jam, and we were on the lucky bus, the other ones took even more time. Before getting out we had a tour of the vast campus with the bus, showing the various buildings and places, and the famous gbikes everywhere.
So this is the day.
I slept not too bad. The only trouble with rooms this big is you have to walk a lot :D
After two days hacking I wanted to do some sightseeing. I started by the cable-car, it’s really funny the way it goes up and down. Then I went north on Van Ness, west on Lombard street, and I walked a little in the Presidio Park. Was nice to see some nature! And I finally saw the Golden-Gate Bridge in the distance. Then I walked back to town via the Palace of Fine Arts, Marina Boulevard (btw, boulevard is a French word, although there are several explanations for its origin), Fort Mason, and they I took the bus back to the hotel to get a shower and a little nap before the GCI Opening Party.
Saturday, also slept very well, I’m thinking about taking the mattress with me but it won’t fit into the plane. and yet I woke up early to participate in a French radio show remotely, that is broadcasted live from the Very Important Party (a little DemoParty I usually attend), for them it’s 5pm, but for me it’s 8am…
At 10 I’m packing up as I’ll have to change the hotel, I just hope I’ll sleep as well in the next one.
Friday, I sleep surprisingly well for a first night abroad. I chose to wear a red FSFE t-shirt “There is NO CLOUD, just some other people’s computers”.
At 10am I’m going out to get a donut and coffee, and try to get inside NoiseBridge. Ringing the bell didn’t really work the first time, so I had to work a bit and retry once or twice. But then I was greeted by a French guy, who gave me a tour of the space : library, soldering stations, lots of parts, two classroom, a sewing space, and soon a large cutting machine… they have the whole 3rd floor of the building!