JUL
30
2003

Life, and other unfortunate incidents

So, what have I been doing while MIA?

I've moved house on 15min notice, for a start. I'm incredibly busy with school (assessment tasks, exams, you name it), and trying to get some work done while I still can. I don't even have a real net connection - if I drag my computer downstairs, I can get dialup to a NATed IP. Wa-hey.

JUL
29
2003

The configuration compiler

kdepim/libkdepim - (KDE CVS Commits)



This is going to be something really cool. I now have an example configuration dialog which is automatically generated from an XML description of the configuration options. This includes an automatically generated API to the configurations options for convenient access by the application, it will support all the fancy config stuff like immutable entries etc., and it provides a configuration dialog to edit the options without needing to write any additional code.

JUL
29
2003

The perfect editor

Hooray, there is a new NEdit release! Today the first release candidate of NEdit 5.4 was announced. There were three features I was missing from NEdit up to now:

  • Start scrolling before the cursor has reached the end of the screen to make sure you always have the overview of a few lines in advance
  • An option to show whitespace at the end of lines
  • Hiding the mouse pointer when you start typing

All these features are implemented now (and a couple more). I tried the new version and the new features and immediately liked it. That makes NEdit the perfect editor for me. Congratulations to the NEdit team for this marvelous job.

JUL
29
2003

An update on telescope control in KStars

KStars should have a decent telescope control by 3.2. The current client/server architecture in INDI is scalable and would be very handy in observatories or when controlling multiple telescopes. I haven't committed anything in quite a while as I have been moving from one location to another within town and will finally settle soon!

JUL
28
2003

folk fest

this isn't a rant. it's just off-topic. so there. =) if you're not into music, esp of the folk fest variety, save yourself the boredom and don't click the Read More link.

JUL
28
2003

titles may suck, but node terms really annoy me

coming up with titles for blog entries isn't fun/easy, but having to pick node terms is really bloody annoying. especially since it's this long listbox that pushes the body waaaay down the page. couldn't it at least be after the body where i could ignore it? and have "KDE General" (or what-have-you) selected by default?

ok, enough metablogging, here's what i'm up to today.

JUL
28
2003

Jabber release fixups

I spent a few hours today fixing the last release issues for Jabber. Not everything went as expected since I missed the string freeze but at least a few things were ironed out. Looking forward to this Kopete release, I hope it will give us better publicity than the last releases which made us *crash* mostly *crash* known for *crash* *crash* instability.

JUL
28
2003

OLS

I didn't think that I'm going to write a blog describing OLS, but I wanted to point out a few things:

  • Nat's dashboad presentation - horrible. The man curses more than I, or anyone else I've ever seen does. I don't know if that's the way he is or whether he was doing that only for the talk but that still doesn't explain why "fuck dude, shit doesn't work" or "shut the fuck up dude, let me finish" were the leading ideas of his presentation. Other Gnome developers/users present on the talk served the purpose of cheerleaders for Nat. The whole thing was just stupid. The basic idea is good, unfortunately it's pretty much taken from the Microsoft Longhorn. Like Aaron once noted in his blog, the gui for this thing is unacceptable. It's way too intrusive. Also the quering mechanism that Nat & co. are using is pretty much based on broadcasts of clue packets all over the place which simply will have to change at some point or it will become incredibly slow. My favorite quote from the presentation though is : "Dude, we have like 1000000 threads running at a time, we create a thread for string duplication!", which, I think, was a good thing in Nat's eyes. Heh, good luck...
  • 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
    28
    2003

    Some graphical help, please

    I am figuring, that KMameleon needs overhaul... Not only a coding one, but also it would be nice to get a new graphics set of icons. One of the first things is to create a nice icon for the application (think chameleon)

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