MAY
9
2006

I love the desert

I live in Tucson, Arizona, in the heart of the Sonoran desert, among the Saguaro and Javelina. I love it here; the desert has a unique kind of beauty: vast, sparse, ancient, and enduring. I love the spectacular sunsets, and the spicy smell after a long-needed rain. I love the tough resilience of desert life, which still somehow manages to reveal a fragile beauty now and then.

MAR
14
2006

At last! Focus follows mind

Ever since Matthias Ettrich joked about it in the early history of the KDE project, focus-follows-mind

MAR
3
2006

KStars Community Forums

One of our users suggested that it would be useful to have some mechanism by which members of the KStars user community could meet and interact, either a mailing list or a web forum. I totally agree. I know there are many people using KStars, and there are lots of reasons that they would want a way to talk with each other, share custom content that they've made, rant about their most hated bugs, whatever.

JAN
29
2006

First look at KStars under KDE4

I've spent the last few months on the behind-the-scenes architecture of KStars. Since the port to KDE4 was going to be a major overhaul for us anyway, we decided to simultaneously do a major refactoring of how the data catalogs are represented in KStars. We're now using a hierarchical Composite/Component model, and it's working well.

JAN
26
2006

My nethack monster

If I was a nethack monster, I would be:

......|
..%d+.|
......|

a little dog: Loyal. Friendly. Housebroken.

Nice doggie.

Which NetHack Monster Are You?

DEC
2
2005

Need help using custom widgets in Qt4 designer

Sorry for the slight abuse of the blogosphere, but I did post this request (twice) on kde-devel, and got no replies. I'm having trouble getting my custom widgets working in Qt4 designer; read on if you think you might be able to help, or if you want to learn more about how to use custom widgets in the new designer.

NOV
23
2005

An arid day in the Atacama

Yes, that's right, I am once again at my favorite telescope in northern Chile. Getting a metric assload of data, which should keep me busy for a while. Normally, I would say at this point that it's nice to get away from winter and experience a summery Southern November, but I happen to live in Tucson, AZ, so I am actually missing the best weather of the year! :p

OCT
28
2005

Back to Gentoo!

Update from my last post: After failing to install the "easy" distros (Suse 10.0 and Kubuntu), I decided to install Gentoo again. Went flawlessly, and I'm loving emerge. Now, why did I ever want to try another distro? Can't remember :)

OCT
16
2005

Install Hell

I finally decided to replace my sick hard drive, which had been hobbling along for months. I decided to take this as an opportunity to try out the new SUSE 10.0. I've been a happy Gentoo user for a few years, but I've heard good things about SUSE and wanted to try a distro that would "just work". *cue foreboding music*...

JUN
4
2005

Custom Catalogs in KStars

For a long time, KStars had a non-functional "Add Catalog" button in its configuration window. Now, it finally works:

addcatalog screen

You can specify what data fields are present in the catalog, and in what order. The pair of listboxes constitute the first use of drag-n-drop in KStars. :) Custom catalogs are easy to add to the program; hopefully we'll see some catalogs on GHNS and kde-files.org.

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