FEB
2
2004

sleep

so i've gotten a couple hours sleep now and i'm calmer. thanks to work for waking me up; i just love fixing code over the phone. i still haven't finished the stupid "Everything that's new or changed in 3.2" page thanks to my 3.2 install being minorly screwed right now. i'll probably hijak my system at work to finish it off. anyways. i reread my last blog and boy was i in a pissy, albeit mildly humourous, mood. "cluebat you back to this side of the International Stupid Line".. hehe.. i'm such an ass. back to sleep.

FEB
2
2004

fd.o redux

Holy f***ing CHRIST people! I haven't read the blogs for a while due to being simultaneously busy beyond belief and rather uninterested in anything further than 3 feet from my own naval, but I decided to take a gander at what's been up here of late and ... it's crazyness! People are spouting off about fd.o when they obviously don't know the first thing about it. Let me cluebat some of you back onto this side of the International Stupid Line (which runs straight through Elbonia and the Far Side universe, IIRC).

JAN
11
2004

3.2, PR

more fun in the world of hacking on odds and ends for 3.2 ... just finished up a kfiledialog patch. fun stuff. on the other side of life, just got through listening to the Linux Show this week where ESR and Dennis Powell slag KDE with all sorts of stupidity. i'll be happy to remind those two dolts of their empty headed predictions in a year or two. heck, i'd be happy to school them in public discussion today. they apparently lack good grasp of the facts, but i suppose that's never stopped people (especially those two) from opening their mouths. so be it...

DEC
21
2003

default settings

in prep for 3.2, i've been looking at some of the default settings and fixing up some of the errant ones... like no desktop text shadows, or soft line wrap in kedit... lots of little fiddly stuff.. and working on fixes for editting bookmarks with the context menu (the dialog is a little lackluster) and for ensuring that important servicemenus like the mount options are in the top level and not buried in the Action submenu.

DEC
19
2003

User Linux *sigh*

Bruce took his reply to the KDE proposal off his website and replaced it with four short paragraphs that are much more to-the-point and not nearly as dubious as his original piece. The web is vastly impermanent, which can be good but is often unfortunate as we lose our history and context easily.

DEC
16
2003

Bruce Peren's "response"

Here are the points in the order they were presented in Bruce Peren's reply to the KDE in User Linux proposal, along with my thoughts on them.

It's All Emotional

DEC
10
2003

The Linux Show

The Linux Show went rather well tonight. George was a great co-guest, and I think we handled the questions well in general. We maintained a positive and factual yet enthusiastic air throughout. Even the SUSE/Novell/Ximian and User Linux queries went well. They had a record number of people attending tonight; even the IRC channel had ~80 people in it (they usually only have ~50). So, they were happy with it too. Good fun and a great way to get KDE some positive exposure. I'm feeling rather spent now, though. Time to find some wine and a good book.

DEC
9
2003

Today vs Not Today

Every time I read a bit of news regarding the Linux desktop, I find myself asking myself: are they reporting on something that has happened or that will happen in the future? I fear that many of our colleagues in the Linux desktop struggle are trying to sell a tomorrow that doesn't exist yet because they feel that they have, so far, lost.

DEC
8
2003

kscd, libkcddb

working on kscd... fixed several bugs over the weekend... only several more to go =P

auditing sucks. but it's so necessary. i read over libkcddb tonight and caught several issues, including classes used in a QValueList that didn't have copy ctors or operator=s and a potential buffer underrun. kids, indexing with ints that can be negative isn't cool. anyways. auditing sucks. it's tedious, boring and not much fun. but it's just so easy to miss things in your own code, that having someone else look through it can make quite a difference.

DEC
6
2003

Why KDE: A (Statistically) Unified Vision

It has been said that some Free / Open Source software projects lack direction and vision, that it's all just a random herky-jerk towards an unknown or poorly defined goal. While this may be true of some projects (though hopefully not too many), KDE is not one of those projects. Right from the beginning, KDE had a vision. Matthias stated that he wanted to build a consistent desktop to counteract the menagerie of toolkits and methods common to X11 environments at the time and a full set of user-oriented applications on top of that environment. This vision has not changed significantly.

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