JUN
20
2005

(KDE and FreeNX) Better together

A few days ago, Kurt Pfeifle very kindly offered me the opportunity to test NX. I'm an old guy and I thoroughly dislike buzzwords, but sometimes it's simply no way around particular ones. The expression I'm itching to use here is disruptive technology.

JUN
17
2005

Wolfpack syndrom

I call what njaard observed the wolfpack syndrom. The human being is a competitional animal (as any product of natural evolution) but with a twist. We premeditate the way we compete, we're not doing it instinctively.

JUN
17
2005

Mmmm... C++

(This entry is, of course, in relation to logs by ruurd, ruurd and mpyne)

MAY
25
2005

Back and bracing myself

It's "official" now, I'm back to more than lurking in the KDE virtual world. I reactivated today, after almost a year of interruption, the mail flood from cvs and kwin. I also set myself a cap of minimum 1h and a max of 2h per day for coding and manual reading.

Let's hope I'll be able to back Lubos a bit with the ailing kwin b.k.o. wish tracking, as he desired earlier on a channel somewhere.

MAY
19
2005

Oughta... write... some... applications.

Yes, it's already bad to be forced to own and run 16 different linux distros just so as to have one's application available for "linux". But it's even worse when there isn't an application at all.

MAY
19
2005

Finally woken (again)

After 7 years with my own (almost famous ;-)) build scripts and almost a year with kde-build, I switched today to kdesvn-build (many thanks, mpyne). It's definitely worth it, be it only for the colored output and for the progression notification. And ah!, I also switched to unsermake.

MAY
13
2005

"Selling" KDE

Among my other numerous and intricate tasks at work, I also play the temporary role of informatics djin in our research group. I herd machines, mold users (yeah :-| ), tend for software (both sickly commercial licenced stuff and marvelous free gems), test compilers etc. I thus come regularly in contact with absolute new unix users (in the occasion of creating their accounts and guiding them around), that come from 3-4 years of windows history and are cruelly plunged, headfront, into a boiling sea of C++ & g++ & python & Finite Elements & Mathematics & Unix & KDE & XEmacs. People that see a command line for the first time in their life. I have to handhold them during the first days and explain to them why machines don't crash (thus no need to hit the pesky reboot button) and so on.

APR
29
2005

The bitter failure named "safari and khtml"

It's a sad thing to read intelligent people uttering frivolous and unsubstantiated affirmations, harpooning around with caustic near-to-arrogance addressings and pulling a Demostene from the "height" of their perceived more inner understanding of the "grand scheme".

APR
12
2005

Down

My general mood is _down_. I'd like a "Personal Rant" category here...

I am now compiling for the last time the KDE CVS HEAD source. No, I don't intend to kill myself. It's just that I'll switch to svn as everybody else.

MAY
5
2004

searching frenzy

You know that a framework is great when adding a new feature (like, say, searching in a listview) takes under 5 minutes.

I got annoyed of never being able to easily find offending keybindings in the kkeydialog's listview so I decided to use Scott Wheeler's ListViewSearchLine widget to fix the problem. It just took me 5 minutes (including the update and compilation of a fresh kdeui from the head cvs) and I got a perfectly useful new functionality. All is so intuitive...

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