DEC
13
2007

prettyuistrings.py

I posted this to k-c-d a couple days ago, but it generated zero response, so I thought I'd post it to the ol' blog in case any non k-c-d types might be interested.

Qt designer is, shall we say, quite verbose when it comes to encoding rich text. For example, if you put a couple of words in bold in a text field, this is what you get in your UI file:

NOV
16
2007

KDE4 "active" colors, and resizing a dialog

I need help on some things which ought to be trivial. I'm working on the KStars Observing List tool, depicted here:


Ain't it pretty? The first trouble arises if the TableView listing the objects loses input focus. Then it looks like this:

NOV
13
2007

KStars Image Challenge

Do you want to help improve KStars, but don't want to do programming or debugging? Do you like pretty pictures?

Over at the KStars Community Forums, I have announced the KStars Image Challenge. We need more pictures of celestial objects for our Details window. Right now we have most of the Messier objects and about 40 NGC objects; you can see the current images here: http://www.30doradus.org/kstars/detail_thumbs/

OCT
30
2007

Comet Holmes screenie

As blogged by Bart Coppens, there's currently a naked-eye comet gracing northern-hemisphere skies: comet Holmes. It's in KStars, but you should update the ephemerides with Get New Stuff (Ctrl+D), or the position will be way off. Here's a screenie showing its position as of tonight:

SEP
26
2007

KStars has entered BugKill mode for 4.0

Howdy KStars fans,

Just a quick note to let you know that we are now in BugKill mode: no more new features for 4.0, just polishing and bugfixes. Here's what KStars looks like these days:

JAN
24
2007

Snow-Encrusted Cacti

Every five years or so, it snows in Tucson. We got our latest taste last Sunday:

DEC
12
2006

Porting to KDE4: It's time!

A recent story on the Dot sparked a conversation about which branch KDE application developers should be developing against (3.5 or 4.0). My usual stance on what developers "should" be doing is that they should do whatever they like. Most of us are hobbyists, so go ahead and scratch that itch. Trying to tell volunteers what they "should" be doing is at best futile and at worst, insulting.

SEP
30
2006

Spaceships!

Something like 9 years ago, when I was a young grad student, I created a web page that was, at the time, the internet's only repository of spaceship images (thanks wayback machine!). I enjoyed putting it together, but inevitably, I eventually let it stagnate.

AUG
31
2006

The Dot once again reveals the icky among us

Why is it that whenever a Dot story features one of our female contributors, people feel the need to embarass themselves (and the rest of us) with pathetic and demeaning comments? Greg Meyer called it, it's really creepy, anti-social behavior.

JUL
7
2006

Hooray QWidgetAction!

With Qt-4.2, we finally get back the flexbility of adding arbitrary widgets to action containers like toolbars and menus, via the new QWidgetAction class. For QToolbar, there was already a workaround for this in the addWidget() function, but there was no way to add a widget to a menu.

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