Last longer with PowerTOP

Who doesn't want to enjoy the good things in life longer? I'm talking of course about the battery life in your laptop. Intel released PowerTOP this week, a power monitoring tool for Linux. PowerTOP helps you identify which processes on your system keep your processor from going to deeper sleep states. Deeper sleep states consume less power and make your battery charge last longer. Visit and give it a try!


Microsoft gets it right...

...finally. And no, I'm not talking about their dealings with Novell.

Last month Microsoft finally figured out how to work with open standards:

Microsoft enhances Interoperability with Ecma Office Open XML Formats

(Oct 25, 2006) Microsoft is applying the Open Specification Promise (OSP) to Ecma Office Open XML to further enable the
implementation of these document formats, by anyone, forever. Microsoft already offered an irrevocable covenant not to
sue (CNS) to anyone wishing to implement the formats, and now implementers have the option to use the OSP or the CNS.

See the OSP FAQ for details.

Critics are raving :-)

“Red Hat believes that the text of the OSP gives sufficient flexibility to implement the listed specifications in software
licensed under free and open source licenses. We commend Microsoft’s efforts to reach out to representatives from the open
source community and solicit their feedback on this text, and Microsoft's willingness to make modifications in response to
our comments.

Open Source Graphics Drivers

Those of you who are tired of battling with binary graphic driver blobs will be pleased to learn about Keith Packard's announcement today.


Apache Waking Up?

Last month I complained about Apache refusing to support OpenDocument. It seems there is progress in this area now that Eben Moglen published a
legal opinion on behalf of the Free Software Foundation and the Apache Software Foundation giving OpenDocument a clean bill of legal health.


Stuck in Barcelona

Ola! So my return from GUADEC got shorted when the Seniorita at the Delta-air check-in counter looked at my passport and wondered why the laminated picture-ID part wasn't attached to the rest of the thing. I wondered along with her. Apparently dutch passports often break down like this if you tend to sit on them. The implication was that I wouldn't be able to get into the US with a passport like that. After rebooking my flight to Monday (cancelations willing I might even have a chance for a fight tomorrow) it was off to the dutch consulat here in Barcelona to get some replacement papers.


What every KDE developer should know....

You look at the code of this new KDE application and you immediately notice several of the mistakes that you made in your first KDE application as well. Sounds familar?


Travelling to GUADEC

Just wanted to say hi from Atlanta airport, where I'm waiting on my connecting flight to Barcelona, on my way to this years GUADEC.
Trying to get my outbound e-mail working but port 25 seems to be blocked (or my providers SMTP after POP3 is messed up). The tech support of AccessAnytime couldn't find "Atlanta" in their system and weren't much hep either... bunch of clueless f*cks.


Apache: Wake up and smell the roses

The Apache foundation steadfastly refuses to include support for the OpenDocument filetypes to its distribution despite the mimetypes being registered with IANA.


Portland print dialog explained

No, the Portland Print Dialog isn't about design by committee. It's about letting the platform provide the print dialog (as opposed to the toolkit). If you run a GNOME desktop that will probably mean a Gtk Print dialog. If you run a KDE desktop that will probably a dialog based on KDEPrint. Incidentally, there already is a Portland file dialog, and no it isn't designed by committee either (give it a try!).