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)

    JUL
    28
    2003

    Rants???

    We need to have the reverse category so we can add happy stuff :)
    my crappy thing works and I'm happy ....
    So I will dance ... just to bad you can't, well it's avery good thing you can see that ....

    JUL
    27
    2003

    Open source at Apple: Konqueror gets better


    I attended Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco a month ago. Coming from a Linux and KDE background, I was particularly interested in what Apple would say about open source.



    If any Konqueror developers are reading, I would like to get their comments on Apple's contributions. I know Apple posted a lot of nice fixes to the mailing list in January, when the initial version of Safari was released. Since then, I've not heard much. How is the cooperation today?

    JUL
    27
    2003

    The translators are going to hate me

    I'm trying to get kopete's .pot file updated since it's three days old. I was under the impression that they were generated automagically by one of the kde servers, but I was wrong. :( I'm trying to get it done today since today is the start of kopete's string freeze before 0.7 comes out around August 4th.

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