Nick Richards

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This blog does seem to be a bit of a 'look! I have a new job!' notifier these days. So, look! I have a new job!

I'm just about to start working as a Product Manager at Endless, working on making devices and software that empowers the other 75% of people in the world. It's going to be fun.


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Some links from week 41, 2015

A thing I used to do was write blog posts full of links I'd found interesting in the past week or so. Twitter and Pinboard mostly ate that content, but for old times sake I thought I'd go back through some things I'd saved and see if there was anything useful.

There, that was easy.


I'm excited to say that I'm going to be joining Klarismo as a Product Manager. It's a great opportunity to be able to join a company that has already been made fun of in a BuzzFeed listicle. Whilst I'm sad to be leaving Collabora after a year of making the world safe for open source software, this was an opportunity I couldn't refuse. If you'd like to join me, then we're hiring!


If you read Augmenting a user interface with information and Augmenting a user interface with additional information you'll see that several of the concepts I worked on at Intel have been patented. I have mixed emotions. I am strongly and publicly against the concept of software patents. I don't believe they're useful for the advancement of the software industry; nor do they really give enough information to actually move forward the state of the art. However I can't deny that I did feel a slight sense of satisfaction when I saw the letter. I'm proud of the work we all did on Moblin. We were explicitly trying to do things differently and better than they had been done before, in a way it's nice to see that recognised. But I can't look past the chilling effects that this has on my own practice, and that of my friends. I don't want to live in a world where the only way I can experience software like the Visual Tab Switcher is in an incompetently voiced over video of some beta software.

Gitorious Closedown

The not-super-great-open-source code hosting system Gitorious has been acquired and shut down by the much-better-and-open-source code hosting system GitLab. This is an overall net win for humanity but does have a few downsides.

A few years ago Intel and Nokia selected Gitorious to host the source code for their MeeGo Operating System. With the upcoming shutdown, that code was about to go offline. Since I have a sentimental attachment to MeeGo I've copied the repos for the MeeGo Netbook UX (source code) and MeeGo Tablet UX (source code) to GitHub.

Both of these projects are totally abandoned so don't expect Pull Requests to be merged or issues to be looked at, but it would be a shame if this just disappeared into a black pit of indifference.