JUN
6
2008

Spot the heron

Please mail me if you see him.

Video by motion on a Logitech Sphere.

MAY
16
2008

Chilling in Prague

Today is day one of FOSSCamp. FOSSCamp is an unconference, which means there is no set program. The program consists of writing entries into the empty program grid. This is refreshing approach which seems to work rather well for one particular use case: recognizing and fixing problems.

APR
24
2008

Hardy Heron Alert!

So long and thanks for all the fish

Near where I live there's a pond. Actually it is right outside of my living room. In this pond there used to be many a goldfish. Until this week.

MAR
27
2008

Running with the devel

Google Summer of Code has started taking student proposals. This year Strigi is joining the KDE project in Google Summer of Code again. For students looking for a nice project in information technology in the true sense of the word, Strigi is the project to join.

MAR
4
2008

Logging out of KDE 4 in 5 easy stops

Today we are helping novice KDE users to log out of KDE 4. Logging out of KDE 4 is nowhere near as hard as with some other popular programs. Here you do not need esoteric keyboard commands like '<esc>:q!' or 'ctrl-X followed by ctrl-c'. In KDE 4 you can easily log out by using your mouse.

Step 1

Stop 1: move you mouse to the bottom left of your desktop and click on the picture of the K in the cogwheel.


Step 2

FEB
7
2008

Thinking about quitting

When logging out of your desktop session, you want all programs to shut down quickly. Strigi is one of the programs that can linger while it is analyzing a file. I've done some work to improve this latency and have measured the current latency after some improvements to analyzers that can potentially take long on some files.

Here is a graph with the analyzer latencies of my current version:

strigi latency

You can see that there is a 5% chance that stopping an analysis takes more than one second.

JAN
28
2008

digesting the Trolltech acquisition

What a surprise we had today! A coworker came to my desk and told me 'Guess what Nokia has done.' I thought for a bit and tried to infer Nokia's move from my colleagues demeanor. 'They decided to use Windows mobile on their telephones.' was my guess. As you all know by now, the right answer was much more interesting and much less gloomy.

JAN
13
2008

strigi planning and small kde4 review

Yesterday we had an IRC meeting to plan our activities on Strigi for the near future. It was good to have an IRC meeting again after having been practically offline for over two months.

JAN
11
2008

Touched by an owl

Today at work, a new building was opened. To celebrate the happy event, Hugo Rietveld came to open the building. To do this, he needed keys and these were brought to him by a barn owl (church owl in dutch). The bird flew through the cafetaria and landed in front of Mr Rietveld with the keys.

DEC
12
2007

FOSS in Dutch government

Today Dutch parliament discussed plans of the ministry of Economic Affairs to encourage Free and Open Source Software in government. All major parties seem to understand the issues. Even news agencies are talking about 'vrije software' which is the right term ('Vrije' means 'free as in freedom').

It took five years for Economic Affairs to answer to a parliamentary request to do this. In the meantime, the (previous) government supported the attempted European legalization of software patents despite the wishes of parliament.

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