AUG
17
2008

Coolest picture from Akademy

The coolest picture made at Akademy 2008 was made by Nepomuk developer Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes. This is the main square of Mechelen stitched together from 19 pictures. Check out the details. You will probably be able to buy it as a clock from the Mechelen tourist office soon.
Mechelen square

AUG
17
2008

JavaFX vs Plasma

Today I came across an article explaining how to run JavaFX on Linux. I managed to install the sdk by downloading the Mac version. Next, I started the stopwatch example:
cd /tmp
unzip javafx_sdk-1_0-pre1-macosx-universal.zip

JUL
31
2008

I love GIT

I have many ideas and limited time. And many of the ideas I want to work on get interrupted by pressing concerns such as bug fixing and high priority features. Because of this, I tend to have many small improvements lying around in my trunk. Then when the time comes to commit a quick bug fix, I face an 'svn status' output with lots of 'A', 'M' and '?' indicators. In short: a time sink.

But today I switched to git. I'd experimented with git before and had to get used to the new commands. But the advantages of maintaining many branches easily was always very appealing.

JUL
31
2008

Almost a gnome

While reading ESR's blog I came across a questionnaire to find out what kind of D&D character I'd be. I've only once joined in on a D&D role-playing evening and found it was not for me. This query is interesting though because of the many questions you have to answer and for which you have to make up your mind about which of the given options applies best to you.

JUL
29
2008

Only Firefox 3 handles Javascript menace well

After visiting a really nice collection of exhibit gardens, I decided to make an application to see how different plants are related by making a phylogentic tree generating webpage.

JUL
25
2008

Looking for green plants

Do you know about DBpedia? It's a project that lets you perform complex queries on the content of wikipedia. I've been playing with it a bit and want to share some examples. Try to come up with cool queries!

To query DBpedia, there is convenient form. Queries are performed in SPARQL. SPARQL is a query language that takes some getting used to. So I'll start with a few simple examples.

JUL
24
2008

Re: Strigi Loaded

Sebastian is apologizing to me for writing code. This is a bit strange and I need to reply to his post. The discussion below is really more suited for a mailing list, but since I did not start it I have no choice in the matter.

JUL
22
2008

Strange UDF DVD

My sister-in-law got married and the wedding photographer made a DVD with 412 pictures. Unfortunately, my parents-in-law could not read the DVD, either with Linux (which is their main OS) nor with Windows XP. So they gave the DVD to me and I had a look.

The DVD is a DVD-R and my Linux version (Hardy Heron) tried to open it: it showed the dialog asking if it should mount the DVD. A failure message opened asking me to have a look at dmesg. Hmm.

JUL
20
2008

Strigi 0.5.11

A new version of Strigi, the desktop search, is available.
This is a bugfix release. It fixes some annoying issues seen in KDE 4.1. Check out the ChangeLog for the details.

Strigi has currently good basid Xesam support, but no good dedicated search interface for KDE 4.1 yet. This is ongoing work.

JUL
1
2008

W3C: Standardizing the widget landscape

The World Wide Web Consortium is looking into the feasibility of standardizing desktop widgets. They have done a survey on the widget frameworks available in the market. The frameworks they have surveyed are Konfabulator, Windows Sidebar, Google Desktop Gadgets, Opera Widgets, Mac OSX Dashboard, Web-Runtime by Nokia, and Joost Widgets.

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