Posted on | December 28, 2008 | 1 Comment
For the longest time, my favorite hobby has been to find some interesting program and pick it apart, or write one of my own. I’m probably one of the few GNU/Linux users who have actually obtained the source code for the core utilities and modified them to suit my needs. I’ve also hacked my kernel into something that Linus would likely call the Antichrist.
Lately, I have been working on some paid projects that will launch in 2009. Right now, these projects are getting their marketing pitch together, which means a ton of ‘can we make it do this?’ e-mails. When you deal mostly with Xen / Linux, those questions can get to be rather interesting. LVM2 is also soon to publish a proper C library, which is going to open the doors to many storage tools, especially where virtualization is concerned.
Now, my favorite hobby often feels too much like work. Its still a lot of fun, but not as relaxing as it once was. Sure, I still relax a little when working on various free software projects, however time to do this has been very limited. Lately, if I can steal an hour to relax, the last thing that I want to see is a computer. I’ve been cutting back in my participation with various projects.. I think 2009 will find me working mostly on HelenOS, GNUPanel, The Xen Documentation Project and (finally) Gridnix. I will also be sending in patches to Kerrighed, but won’t be an active contributor. I need something to do with my hands that does not involve typing in order to relax.
I thought about model trains, but I just don’t have the room. I thought about getting back into model building (like Star Wars stuff) but that quickly gets boring. Dialing around a short wave radio is fun, but I want something to tinker with. Radio control planes are really cool, but expensive given my aptitude at crashing them.
Bonsai trees are cool, but I’d have problems with dormancy in this climate. I’m not very good at carving or drawing, so that’s out (a first grader can paint better than me). Robotics would be neat, but expensive. I always wanted to build my own R2D2, never found enough parts to make it happen. I used to be a semi-decent guitar player, maybe I’ll get back into that.
I guess at this point, I’ll just clean all of the crap out of my 8×10 office to make room and keep blogging while searching for something that does not involve typing