NOV
25
2005

More snow [updated]

After a fight with nature and facing certain death in the face I am safely back home in the warmth with a nice cup of tea.

NOV
25
2005

Waking up and seeing...

This morning I woke up and heard the slushing sound of the occasional car and bike driving past through the perpetual open window of my bedroom. Oh, rain again, was my first impression. Sliding open the curtains required just my arm above the covers and I could then see a darkish-gray sky.
Ugh, I'm staying in bed a bit longer.

NOV
3
2005

web publishing with KDE

Recently I've been having some photographs that I make and want to share them online. Just one or two when in a IM/IRC conversation for example.
So, what I do is take the pic and make it smaller for web publishing (no need to place 750Kb images just to get your point across) and then I upload to a personal webspace it and paste a ULR in the IM window.

OCT
30
2005

ODF levels playing field and accessibility features in KOffice

Unless you have been living under a rock you have seen that Massachusetts chose for the OpenDocumentFormat in a very open and clear decision process leading to a lot of fuss and accusations, mostly coming from the closed source camp that obviously has a big problem if the number one reason for customers buying Word is eliminated, which is Lock In.
OpenDocumentFormat (ODF) eliminates this nicely and has a very cool by-product that all of a sudden KOffice and OpenOffice can again compete on a level playing field with MSOffice.

OCT
29
2005

Konqueror browsing tip

I'm sure I'm not the only one typing incorrect urls in the location bar sometimes. Typing a .com where it needed a .net or similar.
You only find out you mistyped it when you go to the page. So you go back and fix the line.

Next time you try to type the url, Konqueror has a tendency to propose the wrong url (the one you visited one time, instead of the one you visited later and browsed on for an hour). This is especially annoying if you don't use the dropdown list auto completion.

OCT
27
2005

autumn

The weather is changing, but we still have plenty of sun. In other words; great outdoor-photography time!

OCT
26
2005

Getting rid of the annoying popups in khtml

Since some months the accessibility feature of khtml is a lot more aggressive; in 3.4 only sites that specify shortcuts hijack the control key, so you probably never saw the feature this blog is about.
In 3.5 pressing ctrl, and releasing it again will show a lot of little windows all over your page on the spots a href is located. The little window has the same yellow background color as a tooltip and shows 1 character. Pressing that character will activate the link.

OCT
18
2005

The underdog, ApiDox and love for KWord

It apparently is pretty hard to write api-dox for your new classes, as is show by recent blogs from ade and Boudewijn.

AUG
19
2005

Learning things

Last week I read the blog of Jes where she addressed the usage of the word intuition on UIs. I found this interresting and wanted to add something to her content here.

AUG
1
2005

Slow hacking and the Eiffel Tower.

Boy, what a week.
I spent 2 days at the Krita Hackaton. I went there with the background that I know about KOffice and saw Krita ones or twice so I could contribute at least some technical and usability knowledge. What I found was that Krita is actually the most promising KDE application I currently know of. I did mostly usability consulting and some hacking to fix the rotating of the toolbox so you can drop it to be a simple toolbar, if you want. Didn't do much more hacking since I borrowed an older laptop and compiling was slow.

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