[mythtv] Thanks for all the fish!

Paul Harrison mythtv at sky.com
Sun Jan 26 17:29:35 UTC 2014

On 26/01/14 16:43, Daniel Kristjansson wrote:
> I'm guessing most of you have already noticed my absence in the
> last 6-7 months. This neatly corresponds to the birth of my son
> Henning. Because I've had such a great time working on MythTV and
> meeting you all I'd like to actually say goodbye rather than just
> fading away. I've been working on MythTV for almost a decade, at
> first it was as a break from schoolwork but later it developed into
> much more. I've made friends, some of whom I've happily met in
> real life, and many more that I'd like to. If I've ever promised you
> a pint of beer, be sure that you can take me up on it :)
> So why am I leaving rather than just taking a break? It's really about
> a wandering interest. It's been a long time since I was interested in
> TV as such, but MythTV kept me engaged with the challenges of
> writing good C++ code and presenting a stable API in front of
> unstable hardware. Even beyond that, I felt part of a community that
> cares about the software they are producing. But code and community
> can only hold one so long. I haven't yet figured out what my next
> hobby programming project will be, but it will probably center around
> children or traffic safety.
> In the tradition of Eisenhower, I'll offer some advice based on my
> own mistakes. First, big rewrites are always a bad idea. Write up the
> larger plan on a wiki somewhere but implement the change in
> master in easily reviewable bits; just because branching is easy
> doesn't make it a good idea. Second, avoid recurring arguments
> with newbies by pointing to the previous incarnation of an argument
> rather than rehashing the argument; attention is a precious commodity
> in an open source project. Third, do occasionally revisit well made
> decisions. For instance, this mailing list would probably be better
> served by a forum now even though it was entirely the right decision
> to make it a mailing list when the project was founded. Fourth, don't
> take anyone's advice too seriously.
> --
> Daniel Thor Kristjansson

Sad  to see you go :(

After you've been involved with a project for such a long time it can be 
hard to say goodbye, I should know, hopefully after a break you will 
feel differently and want to contribute again :)

Good look with whatever you decide to do and thanks for you 
contributions and help over the years.

Paul H.

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