[maemo-community] Maemo Community Award. vi_. N950. Job done.

From: Cosimo Kroll zehjotkah at googlemail.com
Date: Thu May 31 19:07:49 EEST 2012
Ah, forgive me master.

It's in the subject. ;)


Von meinem Nokia N950 gesendet

Paul Sleggs schrieb am 31.05.12 17:57:

I am autonominating myself for an N950 commission.  I am nominating myself
because I deserve one.  There, I said it.  I am not going to buff your
pylon with faux whimsical bullcrap to project a defensive screen of
nonchalance to laminate the true motivation behind my entry.  You are
offering free hardware.  Not just any hardware, one of the most desirable
pieces of pocket computing to have been manufactured in the past 5 years.  The
mailing list has been swamped with entries from ghosts who have just heard
there are some free phones going.  They do not deserve a community award.  I
deserve a community award and I have earned one.  To deny my nomination
would be to undermine the very point of the community awards and to make a
mockery of the long standing tenants that are so central and important to
the ancient and noble community awards tradition. ****

I deserve a CA on account of the sheer volume of my useful contribution to
MO in the form of help, knowledge and to a lesser extent, wiki work.  I
base my submission on this and the fact that I do not qualify for any of
the other categories.  I would like an N950 please.  Yes, the shiny one.  Feel
free to announce my ascension to the level of N950 owner before or after
the submission deadline, I do not mind.  ****

There are dozens of such cases of my unmitigated dedication to the
community’s success.  One of the best metrics of this is MO karma.  As a
non-code contributing, non old-schooler, non ex-council member I have an
imperial shit ton of karma, more so than any other TMO user of my type.  I
have almost twice as many ‘thanks’ as posts on TMO.  This is good
indication of the quality of my input.  ****

It seems so passé to list my contributions, as to list them is to tarnish
the sheen of my ego.  However I shall attempt to distil the essence of the
magnitude of my contribution to MO with some trivial examples.  I have been
an active TMO member since the beginning of 2011 when I received my first
N900.  Since then I have consistently been solving problems for users whom
are suffering from a lesser Linux endowment.  Since this time I have
relentlessly provided, scripts, hacks and bodges for fellow TMO users to
address the weird niggles in ways that no other user can even conceive of.  My
very first ever post was a script for running with CRON for 'smart email
checking WRT condition of wifi module'.  You remember the person who
orchestrated the 'N900 for davyp’ (javaME for n900 developer).  BANG, that
was me.  NEXT PROBLEM PLEASE.  You remember when some users where
discussing ways to enable the longpress of the camera focus button while
the n900 was locked.  The best solution they had come up with was
dbus-scripts doing some pokey haxery.  'chmod 444 /path/to button/disable'
BAM.  JOB DONE.  Next problem.  You remember the guy who could not access
backup menu because his keyboard slide detector was broken?  I provided a
1-liner that edited his 'rc-early' to check the camera slide instead of the
keyboard.  BOOM HEADSHOT.  JUST BRING IT.  Who trawled through the gst-dsp
lib code to figure out how to reduce the JPG compression for better photos?
ME.  GET SOME. (All hail FMG for implementing this, praise his might).  When
a user could not determine if it was his LCD that was defective, who sent
him their spare on the single proviso he would pass it on the next user who
may need it for trouble shooting.  YEAH BABY, TWAS I.  ****

This stuff is not coding.  This is not even particularly witty.  But it is
solutions to problems that TMO users have faced.  My time is spent helping
others use their devices.  They enjoy their N900s because I am here to
facilitate this.  That is community, that is dedication and that is the
type of behaviour that deserves an award.****

This is not an award for coders who wrote an egg timer in QML, it is an
award for contributors who have kept TMO alive.  Even after most of the big
dick hitters have left for greener pastures made of robots.  These awards
are for the members who have remained.  They have stood firm, as the last
bastions of Maemo, defenders of mobile open source pocket sized computing.  In
the face of absolute obliteration posed by an army of i-clone green robots
we have stood our ground and never quit.  Against the flakfire of whatsapp
drones crackling overhead and mortars of redundancy raining down, taking
out our sharing plugins one by one.  Despite the overwhelming quiet from
the bodies of our fallen comrades who’s accounts have grown silent.  We
will fight obsolescence on the landing grounds, we will fight it in the app
stores and on the streets.  We will defend our tiny notion…of what a smart
telephone is, I will never surrender!****

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