FEB
27
2009

OpenChange / Akonadi talk available on video...

My talk from linux.conf.au 2009 is now available for everyone to see on video:
http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2009/Friday/72.ogg

The slides are also available in PDF and ODF.

JAN
25
2009

ack, a better grep

One of the many things I learned at linux.conf.au was about ack. Thanks to Paul Fenwick for bringing it to our attention. Spend a few minutes with me on this...

If you are a fan of grep (especially with -drecurse), but hate seeing the .svn directories and contents of the object files, you need ack.

Colourised outputs, highlighting, nice organisation, awesome configurability are all bonuses. Even has documentation.

Packages exist for at least Debian and Fedora. Portable (perl), installable using CPAN.

JAN
25
2009

OpenChange and KDE talk (linux.conf.au 2009)

On Friday, I gave my talk at linux.conf.au 2009.

I'm sure the slides (and the recordings will be up on the conference web site at some point), but you can get them from my site in ODP and PDF versions.

Thanks to all those who came along - much appreciated.

NOV
7
2008

Akonadi OpenChange (Exchange) status report

The hard-working Danny Allen put out a new Commit Digest, and the resulting discussion on the Dot raised a few comments about Microsoft Exchange support in kdepim.

The short version is that it isn't going to make it for KDE 4.2. Maybe 4.3. Maybe not for 4.3 either. Sorry.

JUL
29
2008

Openchange resource - SoC update

Its been a long time (again) between blog entries. The good news is that this time I have something interesting to show: Mailody using Akonadi and OpenChange to get mail from a Microsoft Exchange server, using native protocols.

Of course, I didn't actually do this myself - all the hard work was done by Alan Alvarez (SoC student for the OpenChange project). I'm just basking in the reflected glory.

Enough of the talk - bring on the screenies!

MAR
29
2008

Update - Image in Akonadi OpenChange contact

In my last blog, the screenshot showed a broken image.

Thanks to some very fast work by Tobias König (tokoe), it now works. That picture of Konqi was uploaded to the server using Outlook, and downloaded using OpenChange and Akonadi, before being rendered.

[Image:3361]
(again, click to expand).

Thanks again to tokoe.

MAR
29
2008

Openchange resource for akonadi

Spent some time today getting the OpenChange resource for Akonadi up and running again. I haven't really done anything to improve it from where it was a few months ago (OK, September 2007, when I was on holidays), but it lives again.

Those few months have involved a lot of changes on both the OpenChange side and on the Akonadi side of this resource. However we can still read mail (kind-of) and show contacts (kind-of).

Screenshots, using the akonadiconsole tool:
[Image:3358], [Image:3359]
(click to see full size).

MAR
23
2008

Update, and some SoC thoughts

Haven't blogged for a while, mainly because I didn't have much worth saying. I still don't have a lot worth saying, but I'll blog anyway.

I recently became part of the OpenChange team. For those not familiar with it, the OpenChange project is developing a client and server implementation of the "MAPI" protocol (which is really Exchange RPC - MAPI is the API you use to access the transport) used by Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. OpenChange is the key to implementing an Akonadi resource that can work with Microsoft Exchange.

FEB
29
2008

SoC ideas

Thiago has set up the KDE Summer of Code 2008 ideas page. Thanks!

I've put some ideas on there (far more than I could possibly mentor), and I'd like everyone else to do so too. The reason is that ideas are fairly cheap, and we need to get students inspired. From previous years, some of the best ideas came from students (not from the mentors' list). In addition, just about every idea on the "list" had a submission (which was sometimes just the name of the idea).

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