MAY
3
2006

LinuxTag initial view

The usual suspects of the KDE crew arrived in Wiesbaden/Germany (near Frankfurt) last night; we did some initial work in setting up the booth and finished up this morning before the crowds arrive. Here is a nice pic of what our booth looks like. Yes this is before any visitors were allowed on the floors; I'm pretty sure it will be more crowded after that ;)

Have fun!

APR
29
2006

Flake is snowballing!

Since a week I've delved into a library the KOffice devs are creating; its called libFlake. The goal of the library is to have the best of both worlds from KWords frames and KPresenter shapes down to Karbons vector graphics.
To do this we provide a low level object called a Shape and provide hooks for the high level stuff so they can be build on top.

APR
26
2006

When marketing doesn't know whats going on..

Today I got an email from a friend asking me if I knew about Sun open sourcing Java. Naturally I wanted to reply that thats been a long teaser from Sun where they will never do it, but they let on enough people to hope it might happen one day. Pleases all parties, I guess.

Then I read down to the link this friend got his info from, its actually a sun.com URL, so I got curious.

APR
15
2006

KWord bug 'fixing'

Many years ago I was the maintainer of KWord. I lost interrest in C++ and things went downhill from there (for KWord, not for me : ). The module got reassigned to David, who we all know has more code under his wings then is humanly possible to actually maintain.

APR
12
2006

Back

I have been away from the blog sphere for some odd 3 months. Unlike most I don't have the excuse of being too busy, I have a rather different excuse. I have been out of the country and mostly away from internet during that time :)

JAN
27
2006

KWord text processing

I know it sounds silly, but editing text in KWord used to be some sort of a drag; it was annoying to select text with the mouse, for example.
In the upcoming 1.5 release (not all fixes have made the beta) there are a set of changes in how KWord allows you to manipulate text. Tell your friends and family; this release is going to stun a lot of people!

DEC
30
2005

ODF; battle lost, but victory seems unavoidable

As a KOffice core-developer I am certainly very interrested in how OpenDocument is gaining traction in the state of Massachusetts. After all, KOffice is one of the contenders for the eyeballs of state workers after ODF becomes mandatory Jan-1-2007.

DEC
23
2005

A penny for your thoughts!

As if you did not hear already, KOffice is more alive than ever. Its honestly brewing with activity. Krita has gotten more new features in the last couple of months then are set to go into Longhorn and the commit rate is growing each week. It shows; there has been commercial interrest in making KOffice stay ahead of the curve. There now is a competition for ideas with a prize for the best or top-3 totalling $1000.

DEC
23
2005

KOffice & interaction policies

I'm a usability guy, so my first concern with any feature or application is consistency, I guess all you guys and galls know that rule of usability, its the most important one.
So, when in one day a couple of questions came up on how to scale a KPresenter object but keep the aspect ratio of the object, and how to disable the grid while scaling, well, I got thinking and I started looking into what all the KOffice applications did.
In short, each one invented its own way of doing things. Which, as my introduction states, is not good usability. Duh!

DEC
20
2005

Losing faith in technology

Here in Holland we have a 'chipknip' (chip-wallet) that is a very cool invention where you basically carry around electronic money and pay using an 'ok' button instead of giving out cash and collecting too many coins.

Its been around for about a decade already and the thing is really secure (I know since I worked with the designs back when I was doing my thesis at one of the companies that exploits them). Today I found out that the saying that the weakest point makes or breaks the whole chain still makes sense.

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