JUN
12
2007

Monday

After a weekend of being slightly ill and not sleeping because of that, as well as the hot and wet wheather, I get up at 7am on Monday morning. I have to get to a meeting at the other side of The Netherlands about the OOXML standardization track in ISO, which starts at 10. Traffic was pretty Ok and I actually get there 5 minutes early! After some 10 minutes with most of the people having arrived we learn that the time mentioned in the Agenda was incorrect and the meeting is actually starting at 10:30. As mentioned in another communication.

JUN
8
2007

OOXML at the national level

I have been invited to join a subcommittee at the Dutch national institute for standards, NEN. This subcommittee is about document formats, and thus the new OOXML format is being discussed there as that is in its 5 month period for the fast track as requested by Ecma.

I also got a nice box with the paper version of the over 6000 pages specification. Leafing through it gives me a headace every time. I'd rather preserve the trees anyway (its some 45 cm tall)

JUN
3
2007

The network is the computer

Yesterday I watched a talk given by Trolltech on Qt Jambi where we saw the presenter create a widget and use it in QtDesigner afterwards with an ease that is really compelling. This tied in with the points raised on Aarons blog earlier this week: on-mistaking-internet-for-interface.

MAY
27
2007

Golden Ratio

A couple of days ago I was hanging out on IRC, doing some work on a new Gui widget for KWord. Now, creating Guis is the most boring and annoying thing I can think of, hence the IRC. It still beats kpat as that is mouse-only and RSI is not on my wanted features list.

MAY
21
2007

Eben Moglen on Microsoft’s summer of fear

I just ran into this video from a couple of weeks ago where Eben very eloquently puts the finger on why the Novell/MS deal is happening and how its bad business for Novell.

    Imagine a party who engages in recurrent threats every summer time for years on end. On a sort of annual Be Very Afraid tour.

Video at: http://www.redhat.com/v/ogg/summit07_eben1.ogg

Its also quite fun to watch ;)
Here is a

MAY
20
2007

Tabs

When KWord 2.0 is to be released we expect it to be on top of Qt4.3 which is in beta right now. As you may know the new text engine for KOffice is based on the one in Qt, which is new in the 4 series. Naturally, the engine in Qt is not feature complete at all for all the complex stuff that an application suite like KOffice needs.

MAY
18
2007

qotd

After a discussion followed by someone renaming a class in subversion;

10:54 < b> ok this discussion has lasted long enough -do as you think best
10:55 < Thomas> yeah, I'm going to paint my next bikeshed purple with yellow spots of varying diameters ;)
10:55 < i> Thomas: OMG! Pics!
10:55 < Thomas> LOL!

MAY
8
2007

conspiracy crackpots

When I get an email blaming me for doing something wrong, I typically stop and think. Its important to me to be open to feedback from others and 'do better'.
Now; when some mails further in the thread you notice all arguments get ignored, and everyone that speaks up gets accused of conspiring with the others, you know you've got a conspiracy theorist on your hands and you know that whatever you say will have zero effect anyway. (yay for KMails 'ignore thread' feature!)

MAY
6
2007

What I've been reading.

A great example of grass roots; educate the educators about the brave new world and supporing critical thinking about MSWord and .doc
 Critical Thinking About Word and .doc

APR
30
2007

Standard Office

June 21th 2005 was the day KOffice released version 1.4. I highlight that release because it was the first release where KOffice switched its native format to the OpenDocument Format. That would become an official ISO standard in May 2006.

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