DEC
6
2007

FOSS.in 07 - Project Days and Kingfisher

Today is the third day of FOSS.in, the first day of the conference proper. The past two days have seen the "project days" for Gnome, KDE, Fedora, Debian/Ubuntu, Mozilla, OpenOffice.org and IndLinux. These are full day tracks, organized by the community, each packed with technical and non-technical talks. The KDE PD was a success, I think, our talks were well attended and people seemed interested in what we had to say. The whole event so far is a blast, just like last time I was here.

NOV
22
2007

foss.in 07 - Lots of K in Bangalore

Now that it's getting closer, I'm getting really excited about being able to go to Bangalore again this year, for one of the most fun conferences in the world, foss.in.

AUG
25
2007

Akonadi Hack Sprint Commences

Once again we have friends visiting, here at the KDAB Berlin office. So far Will Stephenson, Bruno Virlet, Thomas McGuire, Volker Krause and Kris Koehntopp have arrived for a weekend of Akonadi hacking. Kris (of MySQL) has kindly agreed to have a look at our usage of their system and point out the various errors of our ways. It's already been very productive, we now have a much better idea of what not to do and how to debug what we are currently doing.

NOV
11
2006

Where it's at

Since Ellen's wish is my command, I'm happy to report that as of yesterday I can be considered a bonafide Berliner, having received the keys to our lovely new apartment in what is rapidly becoming the KDE capital of the world. My wife and I are looking much forward to having about twice as much space as before, 17 million times as many decent food and coffee places, galleries, bookstores, concert venues, clubs, and friends and KDE hackers within walking and biking distance.

JUN
2
2006

Proud husband

Since I've already written a very long on-topic entry today, I feel I can get away with an utterly off-topic personal entry, and a shameless plug. After years of translating fiction from English to German, writing articles and being a romance magazine editor, my wife managed to sell a couple of short stories to an American e-book publisher, and they were released on Monday. They've indicated that they'll be wanting to publish more of her stuff. I'm insanely proud of her and happy to see her succeed at what she loves doing.

JUN
2
2006

Akonadi hackathon in Aachen

Since the Osnabrueck IV meeting where we came up with the core of the Akonadi concept and design, the implementation and fleshing out of these concepts hadn't progressed quite as quickly as we would have hoped. We're all madly busy with real-world concerns and other KDE stuff, so that wasn't really surprising. To finally lift it off the ground and get it to a stage where hopefully more people can start to see the potential and contribute, we decided a few days of meeting face-to-face and hacking around the clock would be best.

JAN
21
2006

That's what happens when your mom actually uses it. ;)

I've got a bit of an unusual reason to blog today. My mom recently upgraded her machine to SuSE 10, being an avid KDE user, and now the driver for her pesky builtin USB wireless LAN card is not working anymore, which means she can't go online anymore, which sucks. Sound also seems to have broken in the upgrade, and the X-server only wants to start every 4th or so time. Sometimes it just freezes up completely, which I guess means some driver is borked. Unfortunately I'm on the other side of the country and can't log in remotely to fix things, what with the network being broken.

JUN
18
2005

KDE Everywhere

Since today Kieler Woche started, here in Kiel, the largest sailing event in the world, and it's an extremely beautiful day, 20 degrees Celsius, a warm breeze, and clear blue skies, I decided to go outside (yes, outside, meatspace, I am not kidding you) and finally take long promised pictures of the KDE logo with our local tourist attractions as part of Cornelius' brilliant "KDE Everywhere" series. So here goes:

FEB
6
2005

Ain't it pretty?

Over the last week and this weekend I've finally gotten around to making good on my promise to implement as much as possible of the suggestions in the excellent usability analysis of KMail's folder properties handling done by the OpenUsability.org (http://www.openusability.org) team. They've (again) done an outstanding job of analysing the weaknesses in the old interface and coming up with very clean and nice replacements. I love that about the Relevantive people, they don't just complain, they make suggestions how do improve things, and they explain their suggestions, so we can make an informed decision, and present them in a highly professional and digestable way. Have a look at the cleaned up folder RMB menu, for example:

OCT
10
2004

How did I do without this, all this time?

I spent a few hours yesterday finally implementing something I've been meaning to do for a long while. Basically since I switched from mutt years ago. You can now assign shortcuts to folders, which means when I hit Alt-I KMail now selects my Inbox. Rather convenient if you have many folders and visit some of them regularly. Of course it also opens subtrees and moves the viewport so the selected folder is visible. After using it for half a day today I really would not want to miss it again, so I imagine a few folks out there will like it as well. :)

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