Rodrigo Moya

From lost to the river

From lost to the river

Xamarin

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:07:58 +0000

After some well deserved relaxing time, I am glad to announce that, since last Tuesday, I am a happy member of the Xamarin crew, where I’ll be working on the awesome cross-platform development tools the company makes.

This is indeed a change from what I have been doing in the last years, as I will be focusing on platforms other than Linux, as has been the case for the last 15 years, but to be honest, and after thinking a lot about it during my “well deserved relaxing time”, this is something that I really needed to boost my career. Not working on other platforms, but moving out of my comfort zone and find something new and exciting to work on. And Xamarin really seems to be the perfect place for this: the company is full of ex-Ximianites (Ximian is, till now, the best company I have ever worked for), lead by great people and focused on making great development tools/APIs, which is something that I have always liked but haven’t had the chance to work on as much as I would have wanted.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I will stop caring/using/developing GNOME. On the contrary, I think, and based on what I have been working on during my vacation, this will help me in making a better contribution to the project, as a lot of things I have been/will be learning, I think, are great for making GNOME better. But will talk about all that in separate blog posts, as things progress.

Many thanks to my girlfriend Yolanda and my friend Ismael Olea, who were the ones to pinpoint what I needed, which was to look for some exciting new stuff, rather than only wanting to stay on my comfort zone, and to Miguel, for the great coding challenge he got me to do, which made me learn exciting stuff and convince me finally that Xamarin was the best place for me.

Farewell Collabora

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:04:03 +0000

Today has been my last day at Collabora, where I’ve spent the last 2 years having a great time and working on some very cool and some not that cool projects, but always with great people as teammates. On the cool projects front, AF_BUS wins. Even though it didn’t gain upstream acceptance, at least it opened the race to bring D-Bus into the kernel, which I think is a great thing (based on real numbers :-D ).

A big hug to all collaborans I’ve met in these 2 years!

Not sure yet what’s coming up next, but first thing I will do, for the first time in aeons, is to get a few weeks of well deserved relax, work on some personal stuff I haven’t had much time to work on lately, and have fun!

Videoblog Ep #2: De Yesa a Ayerbe

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:10:00 +0000

Ruta de este pasado domingo, de Yesa, en Navarra, hasta Ayerbe, en Huesca, con visita especial a los Mallos de Riglos


desktop-webapp-browser-extension

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:42:12 +0000

A few months ago I started work on a Google Chrome/ium extension for integrating Chrome apps into GNOME Shell. The idea is that, whenever you install a Chrome app, a .desktop file is created in ~/.local/share/applications, for them to show up as normal applications.

Also, for desktop shortcuts for “normal” web pages, since Chrome/ium uses the favicon from the pages, the icons look really ugly on GNOME Shell’s overview. So, this extension also tries to retrieve a higher resolution icon and uses it if found, and if not, retrieves a snapshot from the page and uses that as the icon, making it look much nicer in the overview.

So, nothing really magic, but discussing it with some team mates, I thought it could be helpful for other people, so hence this public announcement :-)

The code can be found here.

Next step, when I have time and find out how, is to submit this to the Google Chrome store, but for now, you can just build it and install the .crx file into your Chrome/ium.

Videoblog Ep #1: ¿De qué va este videoblog?

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:22:00 +0000

Tras varios intentos frustrados de grabarme la voz mientras conducía, por fin he podido encontrar la manera de hacerlo. Así que, primer episodio de verdad del videoblog:


Presentación del videoblog

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:58:00 +0000

Como de mayor quiero ser como MrHicks46, le he copiado la idea de hacer un videoblog. Para ello, y recomendado por el propio MrHicks46, me hice con una cámara Drift HD, que tiene la posibilidad de conectarle un micrófono externo y así poder grabar mejor la voz, sobre todo cuando se circula en moto, a diferencia de la GoPro Hero que ya tengo, que no lo permite.

Aún me falta por hacerme con el micrófono, ya que el que venden como accesorio para la cámara está agotado y, como usa un conector Jack 2.5, poco habitual, no he podido encontrar ninguno alternativo. Así que, como teaser del videoblog, he preparado este video, sin voz aún:

 

Ya veremos si lo que cuento le interesa a alguien, pero lo bien que me lo voy a pasar grabando y editando los videos no me los quita nadie :-D