NOV
9
2005

Rants & Ideas: Keyboard configuration usability

I let on somewhere that I'll like to see keyboard configuration in KDE be greatly improved, and since then a few people have been trying to catch me, hold me down and get me to elaborate. So I'm going to shotgun this one out into blogsphere(?) and see what happens.

OCT
30
2005

Guidance, displayconfig and eye candy

I've finally been able to put some much needed time in displayconfig, the screen/monitor/X11 configuration part of Guidance. Other things like writing a paper about Python, Qt and KDE for this NLUUG conference next month kept me distracted. I've now got some eye candy that I can show-and-tell at the end of this post.

SEP
7
2005

Application scripting: AmigaOS & KDE

Malaga has naturally fired supertankers worth of discussion about what we want to do for KDE 4. I want to add some more fuel, this time about application scripting and bindings. :-)

I thought I would explain how AmigaOS handled macros, scripting and IPC back in the day. I have yet to come across a desktop platform that offers better, more powerful or easier to use application scripting and inter-application scripting than what AmigaOS had in early 90s. Then I'll have a look at what we have now in KDE 3.

AUG
22
2005

Ho ho ho now I have a wattmeter

I recently moved into my new house, which also means that I have to pay for electricity directly. Wanting to do know how much power things are really using in the computer room, I went out and bought a wattmeter. It measure power use at the wall. I thought that other people might be interested in seeing some "real world" measured values.

I measured energy use at the wall with the device idle and also when turned off but plugged in.

AUG
16
2005

Footnote to Usability, hierarchies and IO-slaves

It appears that at least one person (Hi Peter!) seems to have misunderstood what I was saying at the end of my last post.

AUG
15
2005

Usability, hierarchies and IO-slaves

There is a really good series of articles on hierarchies and usability at the SAP Design Guild site which ever developer should read:

http://www.sapdesignguild.org/community/design/design.asp

(look in the left side menu for the hierarchy articles)

For those who don't have time to read the articles I'll just break it down to a couple simple points below.

JUL
31
2005

Back online (yay!)

So finally after 4 weeks without having any kind of internet connection at home, I'm back. Sure, I could browse the web and download my mail at work, but it wasn't really possible to change what was happening "out there" on the net. Kind of like TV. You could watch, but not interact. Rather irritating.

JUN
21
2005

Hardware blues

Setting up my Athlon64 mobile I realised why I should stick to software: hardware is frustrating, and I'm just not particularily good at it. Here is the short list of problems I've come up against getting all this to work.

JUN
9
2005

Slow down, and breathe

I figured that now was as good a time as any to jump on the blogwagon. My timing couldn't be worse though, everything is happening at the same time:

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