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Tim Samoff

Hire me...

2008-11-10 18:11 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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It came as a surprise this morning when I learned that I was laid-off. It’s unfortunate, but with the recent buy-out, understandable. Anyway, if you’re looking to hire a designer/filmmaker/user experience/writer/musician sort of fellow who is creative, innovative, passionate, self-motivated, easily adaptable — someone who makes his bosses look good… Then I am your man. Have a look at my LinkedIn profile, or become friends with me on Facebook. I’ve got over twenty years experience and I still love what I do.

(Also, I understand that this is not -specific, but I wanted to inform the community that I’m available — thanks for understanding.)


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Me 'n Maemo...

2008-11-03 15:10 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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I’m a little late in posting this but, I only just got the the other day.

While at , in Berlin, a few video testimonials were shot of some fellow community members and I. The idea was that the community may be able to share a perspective on what Maemo is that would be useful to corporate.

Here’s one of the videos (of me):

You can view the rest here.

Special thanks to for shooting and assembling the videos!

Tim Samoff

Me 'n Maemo...

2008-11-03 15:10 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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I’m a little late in posting this but, I only just got the the other day.

While at , in Berlin, a few video testimonials were shot of some fellow community members and I. The idea was that the community may be able to share a perspective on what Maemo is that would be useful to corporate.

Here’s one of the videos (of me):

You can view the rest here.

Special thanks to for shooting and assembling the videos!

Tim Samoff

The Maemo (Generative) Community...

2008-09-26 21:46 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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Imagine meeting a distant family member — one whom you may have known something about, but never actually had the chance to meet. The feeling must be extraordinary: seeing a stark resemblance (if not with you, with someone else in your family), sharing similar likes and dislikes (maybe even common paths taken or avoided throughout life), reminiscing about completely disconnected times, but having an odd sense that the two of you are not as different as you might have expected… Now, imagine doing this with almost three hundred people.

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At nearly 40,000 feet and almost 600 miles per hour, the , my faithful traveling companion, did not let me down.

From Kansas City to Berlin, music ( and ), movies (Canola and ), games (too many to list) — and a lot more — even kept up with the slightly oldeg than middle-aged German woman sitting across the aisle from me, never seeming to tire of listening to music piped through the airline-supplied headphones, clapping and undulating her way across the Atlantic. (I can only imagine what she would do with an Internet Tablet in her hand.)

Even after being a tablet owner for a couple of years now, it still amazes me how fun, usable, and powerful these little gadgets are. As I looked around at my fellow travelers, I spotted several s, one or two qs, and countless other cell- and smartphones (e.g., a plethora of s). Of course, other than the iPods, most of the devices were shut off early into the trip. I’ll have to admit that quite a bit of pride comes with being a tablet user; not just because they’re still pretty unique.

Before my wonderful black 60GB iPod was stolen (with my car), I would have never thought of owning another kind of portable media device. To be honest, I use and love Macs — and even [tt:iTunes:apple.com/itunes] — and I’ll probably own an iPod again one day. My wife is a die-hard iPod user herself and only just recently found her trusty, pink, second-generation iPod broken and in need of replacement. (What can I say? They are slick little s.)

But, when my stolen car was recovered, sans iPod, I was faced with a question: where was my money going to go? I thought about it and researched it for quite some time — close to the duration between the release of and the . In fact, I was very close to buying another non- PMP. Although, when I finally began to understand exactly what was trying to accomplish, as well as the N800’s feature-set, the choice was easy.

Now, a little under two years later, I’m in Germany of all places, currently attending community. I’ll soon be presenting at the first . I’m a newly elected member of the inaugural .

It really is an incredible story. Thanks to this little device in my hand (yes, I’ve written all of this on my handy tablet), I’ve made friends, I’ve gotten to participate in something that I dearly believe in, and now I’m in Berlin and I still have enough battery-power to talk about it.

The Maemo Summit is upon us!

Tim Samoff

Hier komme ich Berlin!

2008-09-15 20:41 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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My presentation is finished (will be posted after ) and loaded onto a thumb drive, I’ve got the camera batteries all charged up, I’m almost packed… All I have to do now is get on the plane. Which doesn’t happen until about 1:20p tomorrow.

A few people have already begun their trips. I wish them all safe travels!

Just a few more preparations and then a horrendously long flight to Germany…

See you all there!


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Maemo Community Council election results!

2008-09-11 16:16 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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As a newly elected Community Council member, I’d like you to head over and read the results here. I’m just one among an incredible group intelligent, passionate, and overall very cool individuals.

Thanks to all of those who voted for me. I promise to always strive to communicate our community’s best interests to the Maemo team.


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Maemo Summit, 10 days and counting...

2008-09-09 15:00 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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is almost here! I leave for Berlin next Tuesday and will arrive just a little late for the beginning of . Upon arrival in Berlin, Eric Warnke (aka ) and I are going to try to meet up at the airport so that we can share a cab to our hotels… This is pretty exciting!

I’m almost finished with my presentation for“Saturday”:http://wiki.maemo.org/Maemo_Summit_2008#Saturday_20 , at 1:30p. I’ve been using the Presentation app, with the expectation that’d I’d later export it as a PDF for use at the summit. Admittedly, this application still has many issues…

  • Text editing is far from perfect
    • Sometimes old typographical information is retained within a text element unless you clear the style before changing it (or, sometimes a text element must be recreated from scratch of you can’t get new style to take)
    • Serif-ized text (i.e., setting a text element to “Normal/Serif”) is not retained when saving the presentation
  • Image manipulation is nearly impossible (one example is that there is no way to numerically resize a graphic)
  • Placing elements on the screen is tricky
    • It’s difficult to see the black element marques on dark backgrounds
    • Element placement doesn’t seem to be pixel-perfect
    • Graphical elements can be moved with the arrow buttons, but textual elements cannot
    • Exporting to PDF introduces all sorts of placement errors (i.e., elements in the PDF are placed in different locations as they are in Google Docs)
  • Duplicated slides sometimes retain elements from the original slide, even after deleting all of the elements on the slide (even if you can’t see the element on the duplicated slide, it can show up when you view the presentation or export it to PDF)
  • The drag-and-drop functionality for organizing slides is helpful, but sometimes gets mixed-up when the section’s scroll bar is dragged and released (e.g., releasing the scroll bar can auto-select a slide, as if the slide was clicked and dragged)

Anyway, I could go on… But, overall, I’m happy that I used this method for creating the presentation. Not only was I able to keep everything online — for editing anywhere — but it creates a document that will eventually be accessible by anyone who wants to see it.

As a side note, it’s important to say that Google Docs Presentation does an amazing job of importing PowerPoint documents. I just wish it could import files!

I’m looking forward to my short time in Berlin. I’m looking forward to Maemo Summit even more.

Tim Samoff

Planet Maemo not...quite...updating...

2008-09-02 22:01 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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Or, is just the xml cache?

Anyway, sorry for the non-Maemo-related post (although, you should go to El Rancho if you’re ever in Kansas City). I updated my RSS feed (to exclude the post) a few days ago, yet it’s still showing up on . Drat that aggregator! I just love getting all of those burries (ahem).


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El Rancho: Amazing Mexican food in Westport...

2008-08-29 18:03 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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As I sit here chomping on leftovers from last night’s dinner, I wonder why I’ve never blogged about , a relatively new Mexican restaurant here in midtown Kansas City, MO. Not only is El Rancho probably the best Mexican restaurant in Kansas City (easily beating any joint on Southwest Boulevard), but I’d wager that it’s one of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve ever been to (and that includes growing up in Southern California, trips to Mexico, time spent in many Southwestern states, etc.). I mean, it…is…good.

But, not only that. The people who own and operate El Rancho are amazing people — in fact, last night I joked that I wished they were my family. They are very nice, fun, and always remember us. It really is incredible.

So, if you’re in the Kansas City area, do yourself a favor and go to El Rancho. Order anything on the menu. Enjoy.


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Quick maemo.org-related note...

2008-08-11 16:15 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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I’ve changed the name of the maemo group at to “maemo.org.” The logo has also been updated with the new one.


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The maemo.org logo contest winner!

2008-07-31 13:25 UTC  by  Tim Samoff
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I didn’t mention it, but sometime after I had entered a number of logo ideas to the logo contest, I offered to dismiss my submissions in order to help in the judging process for the new logo. I thought I had some pretty good ideas, but I saw a couple that I liked better — out of over a hundred submissions!

And, the winner, after much deliberation (over mailing list, email discussion, and IRC), is:

Glaubert Oliveira from the Design Team!
maemo.org logo contest winner: Glaubert Oliveira
Congratulations, Glaubert!

I’m really looking forward to seeing this logo on the maemo.org website — as well as everywhere else!

Here’s some more info from (another contest judge — and organizer of the judging process).