Some trivia out of my life

I haven’t been blogging for a while but in fact several things happened that were worth to do so. I won’t go too much into detail as I would like to keep this blog a place for technic stuff…basically at least. However, here comes some trivia out of my life.  Some weeks ago I got my green belt in Taekwondo…actually, I got it again for the second time in my life. I started Taekwondo with the age of 10 or so and had to quit it being a green belt for some personal reasons. However I always knew I would start it again. For those of you who are not familiar with the different martial arts. Have a look at this video:

Two years ago I started Taekwondo again but decided to begin from scratch as a white belt and did all the tests again. Although I would have been allowed to wear my green belt I didn’t like to wear a belt that doesn’t reflect my phyisical skills. So, now Im once again a green belt and everything from now on will be new for me. Exciting stuff ahead!

Banshee

Banshee…yeah…banshee!!! For those of you following me on twitter you should have noticed there are already three patches from me commited to trunk. Rocks! I’m getting deeper into the source and I’m looking forward to hack on bigger tasks. I already got so much back from the banshee project. My coding skills developed a lot…it’s amazing how the banshee source is like a teacher to me!

Got one thing of my personal “must do” list

You know the phrase “a man must build a house, plant a tree, get a son and see AC/DC. Well, I just saw AC/DC yesterday…live in Dortmund. Stunning! Absolutely! I can’t believe what these guys perform on the stage…

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banshee 1.4.2 makes me a lucky hacker

Some weeks ago I blogged about my first banshee patch which fixed the alignment issues with banshees track number. I can say proudly that my patch has recently been commited by Gabriel Burt and made it into the 1.4.2 release.  Some might think it’s ridiculous to blog about it, but some also might feel and share the joy.

Of course, what I did wasn’t world shaking, it’s truly just a small bit of code. But banshee is a big, fast growing project that will soon become one of the most important media player applications due to its clean code base. That’s at least what I think. Up to the moment the project is available for the linux and apple plattform while the windows version is still under development.  I guess the influence will rapidly grow once the player will be full functionally on all three major plattforms.

So, beeing a part of this great project just feels great. Some month ago I wouldnt have thought I could find my name on the list of banshee contributors in the near future.  But here it is:

banshee_contributors

What is the intension of this blog post? Am I just a geek looking for some fame? NO! I want to share the joy that I have with others and I want to encourage others to step up and join the project. The patch I wrote is the perfect proof, that it is possible for beginners to join the project and find some easy tasks to hack on.  It feels awesome to be  a part of a great project and hack together with other well known free software hackers. No money would have brought me the joy that I feel with that.

I defenetly will keep it up and Im quite confident that there will be banshee patches of my own in the future…

My first banshee patch fixed #553322

Yesterday I submitted my first patch for the popular banshee player. It fixes the issue that the track number is not right aligned.  It’s actually my first patch ever contributed to an open source project.  I have a desire growing inside me, that tells me to contribute code to open source projects. While I know that time is a valuable thing – and especially when you have to share it with many other persons and projects – I think whenever you feel a desire growing inside you, you have to follow it.

The patch I wrote isn’t worldshaking but means a lot to me though.

I still don’t know if or when it will be accepted, but if you like to check it out, you can get it here:

http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=553322

Bug 553322:

banshee_bug_5533221

Fixed 😉

banshee_bug_553322_fixed

…to be continued!