I’m back using Gnome-blog to update my blog. It’s much easier than actually logging in to the site itself. I also finished my part of a joint paper with my collegues in GRLMC in Spain. I’m sure I’ll have to do something else to finish it off though.
I spoke to Dave about the ultra_secret_idea which won’t be told to anyone, on pain of torture and eventual death, until May. I’ve got some other ideas relating to P2P and Gnome which I’ll publish specs for soon.
Lastly, there was a debate on planet.gnome.org a while ago about the usability of volume control. I think the best solution to this is to simply have one slider called “Volume” which modifies all the controls in an intelligent manner. Obviously there’d be an advanced tab that would give the discerning user all the control they want, but I only want to set a level.
I want to listen to one music file, set a comfortable level and have all my music/videos etc… play to the same volume level. This is a tricky task as one has to account for differing production levels on the tracks/videos, but Baruch did some work on a similar volume normaliser for XMMS. If this was done at a Gstreamer level, it would hold all volume levels from any application to the same level.
I should mention this to one of the gstreamer developers.