APR
6
2004

living room floors; LinuxFest NW; GNOMEs

i slept on the living room floor last night. it felt good. a large body pillow on hardwood. mmmm. the computer played music to my sleeping head all night and the cats enjoyed not having to jump up onto the bed to harass me.

APR
1
2004

Good Bye

i think that the Universe has been trying to tell me something. since the beginning of the year one thing after another after another kept coming up to keep me away from KDE development. then yesterday i realized that i didn't really care much for or about KDE anymore. so today i wiped KDE off my main box and installed GNOME from CVS. i'm totally excited about this object model thingy and feel that youthful exuberance in my fingers once again. i can't WAIT to give the underscore key a good workout in the months to come. au revoir, KDE, i've found my true GHOME.

MAR
26
2004

a year of ... life

so.. this is the year that will never end ... in both good and bad ways... i've got my 3 hours of speaking time about KDE staring me in the face in the middle of April @ Bellingham, Washington's Linuxfest Northwest, a HUGE backlog of KDE hacking and a million things going on. i'm watching what's happening @Brainshare with anticipation. my step-Father died, a company of mine is in the final stages of selling it's first "franchise" (licensee, really, but...

MAR
16
2004

KDE, 4 year olds

i wish we designed KDE for 4 year olds. well, today's four year olds growing up in computer-centric societies, anyways. why? because they GET IT.

MAR
5
2004

fear and loathing in usability

ok... so as the recent thread on kde-core-devel re: kcfg showed, people FEAR usability efforts. that's right, people FEAR it. that word was actually used in relation to the topic. they are afraid some people will screw it up, that KDE can't cope with a drive towards being more usable without becoming pure shit. i really feel like ranting about thickheads, but that would just be adrenaline speaking. as much as that would feel good ;-) , i'm going to try to be constructive instead: what can be done to gain the trust of people in KDE? or is that a pipedream?

MAR
4
2004

to launch or not to launch

ok.. so, i'm sick of waiting several seconds for kwrite to pop up whenever i do a View Source in konqueror. yes, one might be correct in saying kwrite should open faster. but i've got a different idea: why not have a simple viewer window that runs IN the konqi process ala Mozilla? i've had this on my slower box at home for some time now and BOY does it make a nice difference speed-wise. i need to add some basic viewer functionality to it like Search and Print. perhaps just a nice little toolbar with a couple of buttons on it (and an incremental search line? hrm...) anyways... i'm pondering whether it's worth polishing up and attempting to convince the Konqi maintainers that this is a better approach than launching an external editor. here's my benefit/cost summary:

MAR
4
2004

home, esr

ah... finally in my new house and it's feeling good... now to start putting the wraps on various bits of code i have laying around ... committed small things to kjots and kcm_kicker the last two days, and have bigger chunks of kscd, kicker, TOM and systray patches awaiting my attentions. i also have that bookmark code lypie's been patiently waiting for me to commit. =)

FEB
23
2004

success begets ignorance

during the last week of moving house (while still working, of course..) i haven't had much contact with my usual "peer group", including the KDE people. let me just say that in their absence from my life i'm beginning to remember how amazing all those guys are. instead, i've been in contact primarily with people who randomly pop up or who come in through the office during the work day. with Linux and KDE taking off, education is definitely lagging behind. ignorance is frustrating, but at least it (unlike stupidity) is curable. some examples of the ignorance i've run into this week:

FEB
15
2004

[c]oding

i was going to be working on NX stuff today, but will do it tomorrow instead. i've been driven to work on kcontrol ideas today. i'm about to go out and get some groceries and a new water gun for my son (he broke his beloved water shoorter today and was rather disapointed by that). i also have some recycling to drop off. i'm about to take a break to do this stuff. but before i go, here's a bit of stream-of-consciousness verse to all those who like to pester me about what a shitty job i'm doing with regards to KDE's usability.

FEB
10
2004

open sourcing usability

usability is one of the last avenues of software development to have it's methodologies challenged/changed using open source mechanisms. even many practicing/promoting usability in design in Free Software projects usually attempt to do so using draconian and/or closed methods. let's stop the insanity and open source usability. and here's your chance to join the revolution. read on to see how you can change the face of usability studies by doing what so many have jabbered on about but so few (if any) are actually doing. and it'll only take a few minutes of your time.

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