APR
6
2004

That's funny

Come on people, the stuff that's going on lately is just plain funny:

  • osnews posts the april fool's joke from dot.kde.org while adding "we had some people saying that this is April's fools news, but these claims are false. OSNews does not follow this tradition in general.". That made my day. Brilliant deduction, excellent coverage and top-quality flamewar as a result of a joke. That's funny.
APR
5
2004

GUADEC

So I'll be talking on GUADEC this year. I found out just yesterday because Michael has sent the notification to a wrong address (thanks Glynn for forwarding it to me). The abstract is available at http://www.automatix.de/~zack/guadec_abstract.pdf. I think it's going to be very interesting. I'll be discussing currently available standards and I'll be talking about ones which we still have to work on. IPC and configuration frameworks will be a big portion of the presentation.

JAN
17
2004

Changes

Winter is the time of changes. It is because I made it so. Some of you might have been taught that it's a different season, but for the sake of my argument we'll assume that I'm correct and all the others are wrong. It's like going out naked and people questioning that. Good, I'm glad you're with me on that. I was bored two days ago so I shaved my dreads. Actually I shaved my head, but I figured that it'll sound much cooler if I'll say "dreads" instead of "head".

JAN
7
2004

Image manipulation / LinuxWorld

I was talking to Rich today and he pointed me to a wonderful paper : http://www-sop.inria.fr/odyssee/research/tschumperle-deriche:02d/appliu/index.html . Please look at the image restoration one can achieve with this baby. The "Image Inpainting" examples are breathtaking! The whole thing is on my todo for KDE 3.3.

JAN
2
2004

For fun

I'm over at Ian's place at the moment. West Chester, PA, suburbia at its best :)
Everytime I come over he makes me do something weird. This time he made me write a bumpmapping algorithm for him. It's mostly used in 3D computer games, since it makes really nice textures. Why did he need it? I'm sure he'll tell you sometime soon in his blog. I'll move the bumpmapping algorithm to kdefx KImageEffect after 3.2. Also if you know any graphics algorithm that you would like to use with QImage's let me know. Either send me the name of the algorithm and the app which implements it, or preferably math behind it.

NOV
26
2003

khtml, kmail and d-bus

Thanksgiving is in two days. I'm a vegetarian so I'm definitely not going to be eating turkey.
Anyway, I've spent most of today with Coolo and Dirk talking about khtml, safari and regression testing. Coolo did a great job with regression testing. The rendering tree output is going to be a pain. Baseline output has to be pretty much regenerated after most changes to the rendering. Coolo thinks this will go away as we stabilize. We'll see. Dirk fixed the td p margin problem that was plaguing us. Cool stuff.

SEP
20
2003

Optimizations

I haven't updated my blog in quite a while. The car accident, moving to a new place and a lot of work didn't leave with me a lot of spare time.
People have been complaining about the speed of kabc (or rather the lack of it). I wrote a few simple tests. Run them a few times and started looking at the profile data. I was quite happy with what I found. There are still things I see as bottlenecks but we're getting there and I'm quite confident we can make kabc very fast.

AUG
19
2003

Moving forward

I haven't added any blog entries for a while now. I'm in Germany, eagerly awaiting n7y. The basic functionality of KConfEdit is there. I think it's pretty much ready to move it to kdeadmin. I disabled the saving of configs because I don't want it to be doing that till I'm confident everything is working fine. I got the new ui made by Aaron in KSpell, it still needs some slot connections (most notably the Suggest stuff).

AUG
4
2003

KNode in Kontact

Sunday, I woke up, there was nothing on tv, I was bored. I sat down and did something that had to be done and no one was really ready to do. KNode in Kontact. KNode definitely wasn't ready for that kind of use. It took me most of the day. About ~5000 lines of code :( A rather huge patch, which hopefully someone will feel like double checking before I'll commit it. I also went to see Tomb Raider 2 with my brother and a friend of mine and got the ".NET Framework Security" book.

AUG
2
2003

KConfEdit, KMail and OSCAR

I finally committed to CVS the new OSCAR protocol implementation. It uses libfaim from Gaim. Gaim developers have been very responsive so far, they applied some things I've sent them and were patiently answering my questions. I decided to rework buddy handling so things are in a state of flux right now. Also there's no documentation whatsoever, I'll write it once I'm happy with the api.

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