Sunday, May 29, 2011

Akademy-es 2011

I've been attending the Akademy-es 2011 at Barcelona last week-end, instead of protesting and making the Spanish Revolution 2.0. It was a pleasure to meet Antonio Larrosa face to face again, after 5 years. We met the first time at Akademy-es 2006, also in Barcelona, where the idea for KMid2 was born. Hugs, Antonio!

My presentation was rejected. I've offered the same paper ("MIDI en Linux") used at the IX Jornadas de Software Libre. As an alternative, they proposed a lightning talk about KMid, but I wasn't interested in this format. My project is not KMid, but KMid is a piece of my project: providing Linux and KDE the MIDI tools that are needed, and this includes KMid, KMetronome, KMidimon, Drumstick, and some more programs.

About the conferences. Some talks were recycled, year after year, like the Valgrind talk by Albert that anyway deserves to be repeated even more times because it is a key tool to enhance the code quality of our projects. Other topics were brand new and interesting, for instance the half-rolling release and bundle system of the Chakra distribution, presented by Manuel Tortosa.

After the meetings, supper and drinks. This is the so called "social program". Everything is social, of course, when a couple of geeks meets to do things together. Saturday supper, I was shocked by a question of one of the attendees. He said to me something like this: Who wants MIDI at 2011, anyway? The answer for this question was in my paper, but he didn't bothered to read it. To summarize: MIDI is not an alternative to MP3, like drawing is not an alternative to photography. Who thinks that every program related to drawing should be banned from KDE? After all, it is a technology invented in the paleolithic era.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mordor attacks

How to explain yesterday's events to all the inhabitants of Middle-earth?

The Squad of Orcs, here called "Orcos de Esquadra", attacked a large meeting of Hobbits at Shire's Square, when they were pacifically claiming real Democracy.

There have been 121 injured, including 37 orcs.

Felip Puig
There was a repulsive Nazgul commanding the Orcs, Felip Puig.

La Caixa
Orcs and his commander defend the interests of the Black Tower, where evil dwells.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

VMPK: new release, soon

A new VMPK release is coming, with some new features:

* Touch screen interface support.

* RtMidi 1.0.14, comes with Jack MIDI support. Note that RtMidi allows only one driver, so you need to choose at configuring time the desired MIDI backend.

* Network MIDI support (UDP multicast). It may be used in Linux, Windows and Mac, but is more interesting for portable devices. The protocol is compatible with ipMIDI for Windows and Mac ( and with qmidinet and multimidicast in Linux/Unix (

* Symbian^3 port.