Friday, March 21, 2008

Tasque at Brainshare '08

In the Friday keynote of Novell's Brainshare this year they did a highlight on some of the Hackweek v2 projects. Zonker recently joined Novell and did a great job introducing all of the projects. Boyd and I did a demo of Tasque and a bit more.

As we were practicing for our demo on Wednesday, Boyd and I thought it would be sweet to integrate Tasque with Giver so we could drag tasks to people in Giver to share them. The Brainshare staff wanted our presentation before we had written a line of this code so we added Giver integration to the presentation thinking it would be easier to pull it out if we couldn't get it working in time.

In the dry run, Boyd and I decided to pretend as if we had Giver running with Tasque integration so we could get our timing right. The machine I was pretending to do things on was a vanilla openSUSE 10.3 desktop with no Tasque, no updated Tomboy, and no Giver. Nothing was happening on the machine (I wasn't even touching it) as we explained this great integration between Tasque and Giver. We got through the "fake" part of the demo and several people watching in the audience started to clap and cheer. Troy Mooney (from Novell's Marketing... he's over the keynote) ran up right after looking very confused and saying that he could sort of get what we were saying but didn't see anything happening on the machines. We laughed and assured him we'd have it all up and going by Friday.

Thursday between stage rehearsals, Boyd and I hacked all day back stage. By the 5:00pm rehearsal on Thursday, we had everything working and Troy was happy to see things happening on the screen that matched what we were saying.

The demo introduced Tasque and showed how it works online against Remember The Milk. We then showed how you can highlight text in Tomboy and enable a button to create a task in Tasque. Finally we showed our Thursday afternoon hack and dragged a task to a target in Giver and sent the task over to another machine on the network.

On my way out Friday morning I grabbed a couple of Razors so Boyd and I could ride them across the stage to where we had our machines (the stage was HUGE!). It was very fun and perhaps the best Brainshare I've ever participated in. Everyone that was part of the keynote hung around and cheered backstage as each team came off the stage. A lot of these people are from teams that don't necessarily work together and it was cool to see them all united cheering each other on. Roger Levy hung around backstage to chat with everyone and congratulate them as they finished. I asked him if he was going out on stage and he said no. He said he was here to be a part of what was going on. Very cool!

The photos are all of Friday's keynote and were taken by Eric Ward.


David said...

Have you seen the new Tasque plugin for GNOME Do? It would have made your presentation even cooler -- :)

Calvin Gaisford said...

I guess we were a little too focused for the demo... we sorta disconnected for a day to get our hacks done... too bad! That really would have been cool. I love GNOME Do!

hobbsc said...

It was really great seeing your presentation. I really liked hearing people who normally don't follow OSS buzz about it after the keynote.

The scooters were a nice touch, too!

Klausj├╝rgen said...

I would love to see Giver becoming more stable. Is there any chance for an updated tar.gz?

Manolo said...


I'm trying to use Giver on Ubuntu 8.10 but I'm unable to send folders and often even unable to send files (I can see no popup message in those cases). What can I do?

Last question: is there any kind of limit on the size of files I could transfer? (I noticed those unsent files did was large files... 3GB for example...)

Nice job :) Thanks :)


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