APR
16
2006

I was told by Pérez, who was in Mallorca

"I was told by Perez, who was in Mallorca, and there the hapiness never ends during night and day", that's what an old spanish song says :) , and I had the opportunity to confirm it during last weekend (7th, 8th and 9th) when I went to Mallorca invited to give a talk at Bulma's 3rd free software conference. Bulma is one of the most important LUGs in Spain (if not the most)

MAR
29
2006

The unfortunate events of last week

The short version: My computer was broken and I haven't had mail since the 19th of March until today, sorry if you were waiting for me to answer some mail, I'll try to do so as soon as possible.

The long version: It all started in a sunny sunday morning...

MAR
27
2006

I should also try to blog more often

I was going to post something here when I noticed Martijn's post titled I should blog more often, and like him, I think I should do the same.

My last post was in January, and there have been a lot of things happening in the meantime that even I'm surprised to find I didn't post about them. I'll talk in this post briefly about past issues, and I'll talk in the next one about the unfortunate events of last week.

JAN
26
2006

Trackballs and mouse wheel

Wow, I'm happy today.

The story starts some years ago (around 2001, if I'm not wrong), when I bought a trackball (a Trackman Marble FX from Logitech). This model has 4 buttons, the three usual ones on all mice, and a 4th button that (in Windows) was used to emulate a wheel (pressing that button and moving the ball, allows to have a mouse wheel that can pan freely, horizontally and vertically on documents, which, btw, is really cool when working with images). After some time, I grew tired of having that useless button there and added support for it in XFree86 and Qt. I sent patches everywhere, but the XFree86 patch was sent when they were in a freeze and somehow they lost the patch. Anyway it was working for me so I didn't care much and just waited until I found that they added a patch to support wheel emulation done by another person that I never heard of (credits go to Henry T. So.) His patch was definitely his work since it was different from mine, not worse, not better, but different so I didn't have any problem with that (except for thinking about how many other patches were probably lost like mine). The only problem is that that patch didn't work, so I submitted a small fix and finally linux had working support for wheel emulation.

JAN
26
2006

Books

Some days ago I was talking with a friend and he told me I should read a book that talked about the subject we were talking about. I had to answer I have too many books in my queue waiting at home for me to find some time to read them. Maybe if I put them together in a list I'll realize that the list is growing too long and I start finding (or making) time to read them...

JAN
26
2006

New Camera

The 3 wise men (thanks Seele for the translation :) ) were wise and kind enough this year as to bring me a new camera that will replace my old (and broken since a friend of mine sliped it to the floor) Canon Powershot A70 that so many good moments has shared with me. After looking at _many_ other cameras, I found that there were not many that matched the features I wanted and still were in the price range I could afford, and finally I chosed the Canon A620.

JAN
26
2006

KDE talks

It's been a long time since I blogged for the last time, so to compensate I'll post a few blog entries today :)

First, it seems this year I'll be giving some more KDE talks than last year. For a start, there's the OSWC (Open Source World Conference), from the 15th to the 17th of February. I'll be meeting Till Adams, Alexander Dymo, Andras Mantia and Josef Spillner there from the KDE team, all signs are saying that the OSWC will be a good meeting point for long time not seen friends from other projects too, so it seems we'll have a good time there.

JAN
4
2006

Happy new year

Sometimes I doubt if I have a blog or not since I write seldomly here, anyway, I wouldn't like to let the opportunity to pass to be able to say I hope all of you KDE developers, users, artists, and contributors in general have a successful year and can find lots of reasons to smile (yes, I say that 4 days later than most people, but hey, better that than nothing, isn't it? )

NOV
25
2005

Timezones and an experiment

The other day I spent quite a lot of time at work working with timezones and daylight savings in an application. This application interacts with an airport system to get the times at which the planes arrive and so, it has to do some calculations for timezones and DST.

NOV
16
2005

Lots of stories

It's been a long time since the last time I blogged around here, so this will be a bit long, but anyway, I'll try to be brief to not use too much time writing. I've been wanting to write for many days, but always had many other things to do with more priority. Today I've thought "now or never", so let's try to explain everything that happened in the last weeks.

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