Web Developers Wanted

We’re looking for web developers to help out with Zeitgeist’s website. If you have some experience with web development (of any kind) and don’t mind volunteering some time then let me know.



Zeitgeist Hackfest- User Experience Team

Here’s a quick mockup from the Zeitgeist Hackfest. The code for this should be online later today.

Mini GNOME Activity Journal


Dear Lazyweb

I’m not sure where to report a bug for Ubuntu’s download page. My blog is aggregated on planet.gnome.org so I’m sure that the appropriate people will read this:

Ubuntu’s DVD downloads need to be updated. Right now anyone who clicks on them will start downloading Hardy Heron.



For some educational fun, I’ve decided to build a RepRap with my younger brother.

RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid-prototyper. It is the practical self-copying 3D printer shown above – a self-replicating machine. This 3D printer builds the parts up in layers of plastic. This technology already exists, but the cheapest commercial machine would cost you about €30,000. And it isn’t even designed so that it can make itself. So what the RepRap team are doing is to develop and to give away the designs for a much cheaper machine with the novel capability of being able to self-copy (material costs are about €500). That way it’s accessible to small communities in the developing world as well as individuals in the developed world. Following the principles of the Free Software Movement we are distributing the RepRap machine at no cost to everyone under the GNU General Public Licence. So, if you have a RepRap machine, you can use it to make another and give that one to a friend…

Has anyone built a RepRap before?


Zeitgeist FS

Here’s a quick screencast of what Markus has been working on: He’s mounted a date-based FUSE filesystem using Zeitgeist and recently added html index pages for each day in the calendar.

For example, all documents that were opened on July 10th, 2009 would be in the virtual directory zeitgeist/2009/07/10.

Update: If you’re on Planet GNOME then you can watch the video here.

I’m excited about the possibilities that this opens up for rapidly getting new user interfaces off the ground. It also has tremendous potential to integrate Zeitgeist with the rest of the desktop, now. Using Zeitgeist FS, you don’t need to wait for GNOME 3 to use Zeitgeist with other applications. As of today you can just mount Zeitgeist as a virtual filesystem and browse it in Nautilus or from any app’s file chooser.

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