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Sunday, December 24, 2006
 Nightmare Before Christmas #1

Starting last week I started noticing a major decline in the number of incoming email. I no more had "interesting" mail every time I checked mail. Interesting mail typically means some mind-wrangling cairo issue, or a challenging bug, etc. I also noticed that I do not get cairo-commit messages anymore. On Wednesday I figured that I've not got rambokid's State of the Gtk+ Maintenance message.

My mail setup is that I forward all many different accounts to Gmail, and POP3 from there. This drastically reduces SPAM that I have to fetch into Evo over POP that is all by fast. Digging into Gmail's Spam folder, I found out that starting on December 13th, Gmail has been marking mail from many lists as spam. Mostly, some GNOME Bugzilla mail, some GNOME list messages, some TLUG messages, all cairo-commit, and most of cairo list. Apparently they made a change in their algorithms, whatever, and the recurring parts of these lists passed their threshold.

So, several hours later and lots of inspection, I recovered 800 messages and I'm pretty confident that's been all. Now Gmail's UI is pretty decent in most cases. Seems like no one spent much time on the mark-as-Not-Spam UI bits though. Some things that suck:
Anyway, if you feel like there's been mail that I should have responded to but I didn't, feel free to send a note. non-list messages do not seem to be affected. And fortunately the Not-Spamming process seems to have taught it enough for now to not do it wrong for while; still, I'm disappointed.

Sunday, December 17, 2006
 Nokia 770

Thanks to Xan, I can blog from my Nokia 770 now!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006
 Comparing Programming Languages in real life

Comparing Programming Languages in real life. Funny!

Monday, December 04, 2006
 More PangoRenderer performance work

Following up on my previous post, I've now committed the last bits needed to make rendering a PangoLayout make zero pango_font_get_glyph_extents() calls. Voila! Read here It's all in pango-1.15.1 too.

(Geez, the previous post got me two lovely gadgets. Thanks!)

Friday, December 01, 2006
 PangoRenderer performance

I did some cheesy Pango optimization work today. Read it here.

(Ok, I really should learn to make longer, more blingy blog posts out of work like that, like Federico does, but this heavy back-log of stuff-I-should-have-been-blogging-about doesn't help.)