Announcing Mono Accessibility 0.9

View of the Charles River facing the Citgo sign at Sunset
Oneth by land, twoeth by iPhone?

Wow, these past 3 months have gone by at a lightning quick pace. I’ve now fully adjusted to the weather, calling 40 F degree temps “warm”, and my daily walk over the wonderful Charles river. All in all, I’m truly enjoying my time here, but of course, I’m missing all my good friends in California.

Just around 15 weeks in to my new position, and our team has already made some significant progress. I’m happy to announce that we’re introducing the first developer release of the Mono Accessibility project to the world.

For those who don’t know, the Mono Accessibility project aims to enable Windows applications to be fully accessible on Linux. This is accomplished through two efforts — First, implement the managed UI Automation framework targeted toward Mono’s System.Windows.Forms project and second, implement a bridge between our UI Automation implementation and ATK.

We’re calling this first release “Zoidberg” after the quirky lobster-like doctor on Futurama, and it encompasses a significant portion of the UI Automation API. If you want to know exactly what controls are supported, or to download out our release, check out our Release Notes page.

Now, I want to add specific emphasis to the fact that this is a Developer release, and hasn’t yet gone through significant QA, but we’d like interested parties to check it out and file any bugs they might find.

If you’re running OpenSUSE 11, you can easily download the Mono Accessibility project via our handy 1-click:

Mono Accessibility 1-click install

A New Chapter

Two weeks ago, bid a fond farewell to my friends and collegues at Medsphere.

I’ve been working at “the M” over the last 3+ years, and it’s hard to sum up my experiences without seeming trite, but the folks I’ve met there include some of the best people I’ve ever worked with. They are a bright, commited and dilligent bunch that have kept the dream of a fully open healthcare solution not only alive but flourishing. A special thanks to the people who have helped to make OpenVista CIS the killer app that it is today, and especially thank you to Ben, Jon, Pete, Cesar, Cody, Albert and Anthony for their tireless dedication and unflinching humor.

After a nice week of contemplation and organization, I’ve started work with Novell as the Technical Lead of the Mono Accessibility project. Also with this new job comes a new locale — I will be relocating as of September 1st to Boston, MA. This will not only be a huge weather change, but a massive culture change, as I am selling my car, and planning to walk and take the T everywhere.

I’m definitely going to miss my friends at Medsphere, and especially miss Southern California, but I’ve been here for 6 years, and it’s high time I try something different for a change.

If you’re in Boston, and would like to hang out come September 1, shoot me an email. I’ll bring the beer.

Recent Revelations

I’ve had two very curious ‘revelations’ recently:
(I’m using this term because I’m actually quite taken aback by this new knowledge. Not quite in the biblical sense, but whatever.)

Fireflies

I visited the always affable and accomodating Aaron B in the Garden State this last week, and while crusing along in his sporty, rented, Korean-piece-of-shit, a smallish insect wafted into my open window at a stop sign. At first, I figured it was a strange sort of a fly, or perhaps a little, shrunken Rick Moranis, but all of a sudden, it started to glow.

And here I was — 23 years of age with a degree and a car payment — captivated by the sight of this little insect shining it’s light in search of its own personal Kristen Bell. I was completely mesmerized by how this little guy did his little thing, that I started to almost think that his insect booty was somehow infused with magic fairy dust comprised of unicorn tears and butterfly kisses. Shortly after, my higher level reasoning kicked in (it takes a little bit to warm up), and all I could say is “biology is cool” between giggling uncontrollably and snorting like the uber-nerd that I am.

Ambling up Aaron’s gravel alleyway in Highland Park in our 4-banger, the narrow corridor opened up to a field of these little buggers, all pulsing their glowsticks like some kind of miniature lightswitch rave. Unfortunately, by the time I realized I should take a photo, they had already packed up their DJ booth, and they never returned during my trip.

Smoothies

For those of you out there that don’t know, I’m hooked on smoothies. — specifically, California-style smoothies where real fruit is used instead of gobs and gobs of ice cream. And I’ve become especially dependent on them since I started the auspiciously named Abs Diet. So to save a bit of green, I’ve been making smoothies myself and using them for my 6th meal after Dinner and for weekend snacks.

Using the Scientific Method, I’ve perfected my smoothie recipe so that it includes loads of Whey Protein, dairy, fruit and berry goodness.

Blueberry Dream

1 – 1 ½ cup ice
1 cup Milk (I prefer 1%)
2 tbsp Whey Powder
½ cup Yogurt
1 banana
½ cup Frozen Blueberries

 

Really freaking simple, but very tasty. And 3 power foods too!

Anyway, the actual revelation wasn’t the smoothie, but the fact that instead of using the pitcher that came with your blender (and having to wash it, and the glass that you drink it out of, constantly), the same base, blade and seal will screw right into a mason jar!

Now, you have one (or several, they’re cheap!) container that you can blend in, drink out of and store in. How awesome is that. And they’re dishwasher safe.

N.B.: I know this is such a non-event, but it’s cool to me, so get over it

Medsphere.Widgets still rockin!

OpenVista CIS

The team at Medsphere has been busy making huge strides in open source healthcare with the OpenVista CIS Beta ramping up at Century City Doctors Hospital, preparing for CIS’s GA release, and beginning a few exciting projects for the future.

We also pushed out the 1.0 Beta release of CIS to the open source world with a new license — the Affero GPL v3.0. We think this is pretty cool, as it drops the Medsphere Systems Public License (MSPL) in favor of a better GPL-compatible license that is more usable by the community, and also closes the Application Service Provider (ASP) loophole.

Medsphere.Widgets 0.2.1

But, that’s not all we’ve been up to. Today, we’re putting out a new release of the still-rocking-your-socks-off Medsphere.Widgets. The 0.2.1 release brings a few bug fixes that were discovered during our beta process.

For those who don’t remember Medsphere.Widgets — our LGPL v2.0 or greater licensed, cross-platform Gtk# widgets, here are the widgets:

CPaned

FBox

GridView

Graph

IconLayout

Run, don’t walk, to download the latest release today!