Back from FOSDEM…into the frying pan!

Back from Belgium, none the worse for the wear. Not that there was much in the way of wear. The organizers of FOSDEM did a bang-up job. Jennifer and I spent our extra day in Brugge where we had the occasion to eat Kangaroo. So yeah, it was a great trip and a neat conference. The energy of a thousand hackers who *are* changing the world all in one place is a bit addictive. It’s enough to convince you that this whole Open Source thing might not just be a lark after all.

Upon hitting the ground last night, I was back into the bug queue (which never seems to get shorter). Given that I’ve got less than a week to get a small mountain of work done before ETech, it’s imperative that I avoid downtime. It was with some trepidation then that I hooked up the firewire cable between the trusty PowerBook and the brand-spanking-new MacBook Pro.

The PowerBook was my first mac, and so I hadn’t tried this kind of migration before. Given how much trouble I’d had with 3rd party software between OS revs, I was fully expecting to need to wipe the new box clean when the transfer inevitably went awry in some unforseen way. To my delight and surprise, the thing booted up 3 hours (and 65 gig) later without so much as a hiccup. Even KMail works via rosetta.

I’ll spare you the “no, really, it’s *faster*” and “here are some more identical pictures of the unboxing, only with different, but still badly lit and slightly dumpy, background scenery” type details. I am happy that it appears to be working out and with less fuss than anticipated.

Great engineering really can make you smile.