AUG
19
2003

im on my way...

Okay, my bags are packed and my papers in order. I jokingly remarked to my wife that all i need to do is a short stint by boat and i will have gone by land air and sea to get to where im going...

AUG
15
2003

abandoned...

Okay so after years of holding out and waiting as my powerpc linux systems get more and more obsolete, ive given up on SuSE. They refuse to maintain anything other than ia32, not that i dont blame them. They are a company and a companies first job is to make money. Because of this im going back to debian. Debian and I have a real love/hate relationship. I love it for simple things like that remote boot weather monitor station in the back yard. It boots from a bootrom and chugs away on a nice 12mb image... But i HATE it for doing desktop work.

AUG
10
2003

Listbox vs Combobox

After looking at the current eyesore in kcontrols style chooser I decided to share some thoughts on how and why to do certain UI things. The old chooser had a listbox to select a style from, while the new one uses a combo box. While someone may have thought this was cool, its a big UI mistake. Here is why:

AUG
10
2003

KConfigure - its Kool

So my wife wanted to install a kde app a last night that she found on source forge... okay no biggie, i told her to just get the RPM off of the SuSE cd... one problem, the program was not there, soooo i told her to download the source and install it... BIG MISTAKE!*

AUG
9
2003

fun with kio_obex

Well today was a complete waste for anything other than getting linux booting reliably on my powerbook again (dont ask) and messing with my cellphone and cvs:[kdenonbeta/kio_obex|kio_obex].

I have to say so far Im impressed. It autodetected my cellphone via IrDA and listed the contents. I could copy vCard phone numbers strait off of it into my KDE address book, and was even able to make it a directory based resource with some help. Very COOL :)

AUG
7
2003

DCOPSignals now work in DCOPPython

Okay so I couldn't sleep last night, so I spent the night playing with dcop python and found that dcop signals where missing. Needless to say I added them.

cvs:[kdebindings/dcoppython/test/signal.py|This] short example script shows off the happy new functions in action.

AUG
7
2003

Python + DCOP = Cheap Public Relations

So i was mucking with dcop some tonight and playing with the new python bindings. The new bindings are much faster and are self contained so you can use them from PyGTK or PyQt. So I was hacking some and came up with a trival app that I was able to drag and drop almost directly from KDCOP.

JUL
28
2003

kfile::recentApplication

We have this nice class kde:KRecentDocument (we dont use it nearly where we should but thats another rant ;) ). As I have been working at making KDE more usable I found we dont track recently run applications the way we should. We seem only to track them via the kicker. While this is nice, its useless for those of those of us who use krun, or the quickstart applet.

JUL
26
2003

Annoyances with Kolab and Outlook

Slowly progress is made, we finally got our plugin to load cleanly in Outlook proper this week now that we moved from MS's crappy STL attempt to STLport. There are still some issues with using STL in DLLs but we can login and dont get 5000 assertions from their buggy STL.

JUL
23
2003

qt-copy [POSSIBLY UNSAFE]

http://www.derkarl.org/cvscommits.phtml?id=46437
Mothers hide your daughters Qt 3.2 is now in CVS. So does this mean its time to move up?

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