presentation files

Monday, 19 April 2004
i forgot i had the presentations on my watch (it has 256MB of USB-accessible flash memory =) which, between devices:/ and fish:/, made it really easy to upload. i think they are both the versions i used on the laptops, though i think i may have done some cleanups/typo fixing on each after "backing them up" from the laptop to my watch ;-) anyways. Read More

Pressie 3: KDE devel tools

Monday, 19 April 2004
somewhere between 15 and 20 people attended the last presentation which wasn't bad given the overly technical nature of the presentation and the fact that it was the last of the day. Read More

wrap up

Monday, 19 April 2004
during the day i had the opportunity to chat with several interesting people. i talked briefly with a fellow who works on Mono for Ximian, which was interesting and productive. i had drinks with a couple of people from Real Media's Helix project, which was quite productive. Read More

Deploying KDE

Saturday, 17 April 2004
second presentation went without a hitch. figured it would be lightly attended due to being at noon (lunch!). but the room was full. very good. it was well received and i'm looking for the energy to do my third pressie on kde development. Read More


Saturday, 17 April 2004
first presentation done, muscled through some technical difficulties with the projector. i hate hardware. the audience was enthusiastic and it was well received. did another round of the (small) booth area. Read More

Touchdown, Bellingham

Saturday, 17 April 2004
after 17 hours on the road i'm finally here. we only got lost once (losing ~40 minutes =/ ), which isn't too bad really. even the border crossing was uneventful. the drive was gorgeous: mountains, trees, beautiful little towns. Read More

meet me at the mission

Friday, 16 April 2004
so here's the plan... i'm going to go to sleep right now (it 2:30am...) and get up tomorrow, er, today (at 7:00am) and head out to LinuxFest Northwest. if it all works out, i'll have a bunch of fun and inspire some people w/regards to KDE. Read More

aseigo. blog(""). stop();

Thursday, 15 April 2004
my words have gotten me into trouble (some would say, "again"). apparently some people are truly offended because of the content of my blog. i can't rectify that now, nor can i fix other people's way of approaching the Universe. Read More

Bug Triage

Tuesday, 13 April 2004
the bug db is getting out of hand. we have millions of LOC, hundreds of apps, and goddess knows how many users at this point. we need to have a triage team. Read More

kicker the catter

Thursday, 8 April 2004
getting back to development is nice. very nice. kicker is in shreds on one of my machines. the non-KDE app button dialog has a nice, spiffy new (standard) look to it. Read More

living room floors; LinuxFest NW; GNOMEs

Tuesday, 6 April 2004
i slept on the living room floor last night. it felt good. a large body pillow on hardwood. mmmm. the computer played music to my sleeping head all night and the cats enjoyed not having to jump up onto the bed to harass me. Read More

Good Bye

Thursday, 1 April 2004
i think that the Universe has been trying to tell me something. since the beginning of the year one thing after another after another kept coming up to keep me away from KDE development. Read More

a year of ... life

Friday, 26 March 2004
so.. this is the year that will never end ... in both good and bad ways... i've got my 3 hours of speaking time about KDE staring me in the face in the middle of April @ Bellingham, Washington's Linuxfest Northwest, a HUGE backlog of KDE hacking and a million things going on. Read More

KDE, 4 year olds

Tuesday, 16 March 2004
i wish we designed KDE for 4 year olds. well, today's four year olds growing up in computer-centric societies, anyways. why? because they GET IT. watching my son use KDE, i realized that the Home metaphore for "your files" works very nicely. Read More

fear and loathing in usability

Saturday, 6 March 2004
ok... so as the recent thread on kde-core-devel re: kcfg showed, people FEAR usability efforts. that's right, people FEAR it. that word was actually used in relation to the topic. they are afraid some people will screw it up, that KDE can't cope with a drive towards being more usable without becoming pure shit. Read More

home, esr

Thursday, 4 March 2004
ah... finally in my new house and it's feeling good... now to start putting the wraps on various bits of code i have laying around ... committed small things to kjots and kcm_kicker the last two days, and have bigger chunks of kscd, kicker, TOM and systray patches awaiting my attentions. Read More

to launch or not to launch

Thursday, 4 March 2004
ok.. so, i'm sick of waiting several seconds for kwrite to pop up whenever i do a View Source in konqueror. yes, one might be correct in saying kwrite should open faster. Read More

success begets ignorance

Monday, 23 February 2004
during the last week of moving house (while still working, of course..) i haven't had much contact with my usual "peer group", including the KDE people. let me just say that in their absence from my life i'm beginning to remember how amazing all those guys are. Read More


Sunday, 15 February 2004
i was going to be working on NX stuff today, but will do it tomorrow instead. i've been driven to work on kcontrol ideas today. i'm about to go out and get some groceries and a new water gun for my son (he broke his beloved water shoorter today and was rather disapointed by that). Read More

open sourcing usability

Tuesday, 10 February 2004
usability is one of the last avenues of software development to have it's methodologies challenged/changed using open source mechanisms. even many practicing/promoting usability in design in Free Software projects usually attempt to do so using draconian and/or closed methods. Read More

fd.o redux

Monday, 2 February 2004
Holy f***ing CHRIST people! I haven't read the blogs for a while due to being simultaneously busy beyond belief and rather uninterested in anything further than 3 feet from my own naval, but I decided to take a gander at what's been up here of late and . Read More


Monday, 2 February 2004
so i've gotten a couple hours sleep now and i'm calmer. thanks to work for waking me up; i just love fixing code over the phone. i still haven't finished the stupid "Everything that's new or changed in 3. Read More

3.2, PR

Sunday, 11 January 2004
more fun in the world of hacking on odds and ends for 3.2 ... just finished up a kfiledialog patch. fun stuff. on the other side of life, just got through listening to the Linux Show this week where ESR and Dennis Powell slag KDE with all sorts of stupidity. Read More

default settings

Sunday, 21 December 2003
in prep for 3.2, i've been looking at some of the default settings and fixing up some of the errant ones... like no desktop text shadows, or soft line wrap in kedit. Read More

User Linux *sigh*

Friday, 19 December 2003
Bruce took his reply to the KDE proposal off his website and replaced it with four short paragraphs that are much more to-the-point and not nearly as dubious as his original piece. Read More

Bruce Peren's "response"

Tuesday, 16 December 2003
Here are the points in the order they were presented in Bruce Peren's reply to the KDE in User Linux proposal, along with my thoughts on them. It's All Emotional Bruce first tries to explain it away by saying, " Read More

The Linux Show

Wednesday, 10 December 2003
The Linux Show went rather well tonight. George was a great co-guest, and I think we handled the questions well in general. We maintained a positive and factual yet enthusiastic air throughout. Read More

Today vs Not Today

Tuesday, 9 December 2003
Every time I read a bit of news regarding the Linux desktop, I find myself asking myself: are they reporting on something that has happened or that will happen in the future? Read More

kscd, libkcddb

Monday, 8 December 2003
working on kscd... fixed several bugs over the weekend... only several more to go =P auditing sucks. but it's so necessary. i read over libkcddb tonight and caught several issues, including classes used in a QValueList that didn't have copy ctors or operator=s and a potential buffer underrun. Read More

Why KDE: A (Statistically) Unified Vision

Saturday, 6 December 2003
It has been said that some Free / Open Source software projects lack direction and vision, that it's all just a random herky-jerk towards an unknown or poorly defined goal. While this may be true of some projects (though hopefully not too many), KDE is not one of those projects. Read More

Ingo is Wily

Monday, 1 December 2003
so Ingo, in all his wilyness, got me into a debate on kde-core-devel over the new-ish address picker in KMail. turns out his REAL problem is that it is buggy. and he's right: there are several issues with it. Read More

kscd, system tray

Sunday, 30 November 2003
i've got several outstanding bugs to squash in kscd that represent regressions over 3.1. things keep coming up, or i keep getting prematuraly tired in the evenings: i have a lot on my plate at the moment, both for work and personal life. Read More

KDE mem usage, printer toner

Friday, 28 November 2003
Crazy things happening around Mahlah's computer this week. First she complains to me that her KDE (3.1 on SUSE 8.2) is acting up: it's slower than usual and rather flaky. It started up after she rebooted two weeks ago. Read More

Basing the future of free software upon demand

Saturday, 15 November 2003
What if, instead of basing our platforms, software and development paradigms upon chasing what we perceive the competition has today, we based our decisions upon user demand. So when a group of people actualy need something, someone (probably people invovled that group having the need) make it. Read More

Why KDE: Components, Components, Components

Thursday, 13 November 2003
I was out having a pint with a fellow when he mentioned he uses (and quite likes) Evolution as his email client. He had a few gripes about it, but then don't we all when it comes to the software we use day-in and day-out? Read More


Sunday, 9 November 2003
I'm going to try something different. (insert knowing laughter here) it seems the topic of "Why KDE" is coming up more and more often in my day-to-day life both on- and off-line. Read More

from the purgatory of kicker into the hell of kmail

Wednesday, 3 September 2003
i've been doing waaaay too much screwing around in kicker lately. there's a few more things that need doing, like alphabetizing the Add/Remove menus and possible splitting up the Applets menu now that we ship with a couple dozen applets, but it's generally in not too bad of shape at this point. Read More


Wednesday, 27 August 2003
people wash in on the shores of KDE as others are washing back out... if i close my eyes i can almost hear the waves of people lapping against the sides of KDE's CVS. Read More

Monday, Monday!

Monday, 18 August 2003
posted the first installment in my new "Non-Programmer's Guide to Participating in KDE" series, title Adding WhatsThis Help To KDE Applications. was posted to theDot, where it got the usual inane comments, but also lots of positive feedback. Read More

weekend, where for art thou weekend

Saturday, 16 August 2003
this was the week that wouldn't end. plus 30 degree weather, tons of smoke from forest fires, work work work work ... but, bliss! the weekend is upon me! i did get some KDE stuff done this week, mostly a bunch of kicker applet hacking. Read More


Tuesday, 12 August 2003
so after attacking the clock applet i convinced myself to fix another long time annoyance of mine: no way for an applet to pop a custom menu in the applet handle menu. Read More

feels like forever

Monday, 11 August 2003
wow, feels like forever since i posted a blog. but i'm behind in most of my correspondence: too much is happening. on the KDE side of life i finished up some change to the address picker in libkdepim. Read More

Try before you buy^H^H^Hcomment

Friday, 1 August 2003
I discovered KDE had the option to rename files by clicking on the icon name (vs selecting them and then pressing F2). I'd like to have this turned on by default, rather than off, as it would address the #1 complaint I've received regarding single click mode. Read More

KJots, interuptus

Thursday, 31 July 2003
Worked a bit more on KJots last night. I'm nearly finished with everything I'm going to do with it for 3.2, then I can move on to finishing up work on KsCD, then I can move on to TOM and KMail headers, attachments and folder properties. Read More

folk fest

Tuesday, 29 July 2003
this isn't a rant. it's just off-topic. so there. =) if you're not into music, esp of the folk fest variety, save yourself the boredom and don't click the Read More link. Read More

titles may suck, but node terms really annoy me

Tuesday, 29 July 2003
coming up with titles for blog entries isn't fun/easy, but having to pick node terms is really bloody annoying. especially since it's this long listbox that pushes the body waaaay down the page. Read More


Saturday, 26 July 2003
folk festing all weekend at the Calgary Folk Fest... hope to meet Ani at the after party tonight... no KDE'ing till the weekend's over... =)

Developing in a community

Wednesday, 23 July 2003
so the other night i got sucked into joining #hci on it was all good and fun for a while with some rather interesting discussion going on. and then someone brought up the many issues surrounding the delivery of binary packages on Free Software OSes and all went to hell in a hand basket. Read More

Doing KDE on the run

Wednesday, 23 July 2003
gah! too busy these last two weeks... i need to lead a life of luxury so i can nurse my many non-paying but oh-so-enjoyable interests, like KDE. perhaps i'll ask Santa for one this year ;-) Read More

Of KControl and Other Needs

Saturday, 12 July 2003
Alright, this time less philosophy and more "what I'm doing and thinking about doing, as if you care" ... I am nearly ready to start working on some major KControl issues, but am stalled on a couple of fronts. Read More

The Dream

Thursday, 10 July 2003
What does every dedicated KDE hacker dream of? Well, besides unlimited amounts of beer, fullfilling relationships with people of the sex of their choice and world peace... working on KDE fulltime, of course! Read More

Bug Hunt

Monday, 7 July 2003
Bug hunting ... people usually appreciate it when their bugs have been solved and are closed on, but they really get excited over new features. New features often require a good amount of work, especially to get them right. Read More