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

From: Qole qole.tablet at gmail.com
Date: Fri Jun 1 06:59:57 EEST 2012
Oh, _vi, you are like the Dr. Gregory House of TMO.

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Paul Sleggs <psleggs at gmail.com> wrote:

>  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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