JUL
16
2005

GUI Libraries

My first project in KDE was maintaining KOffice. This was years ago already. Later I was forced to use Java at work and have been doing that for some 6 years now. I recently left that job, but I still have a nice chunk of work from that job available as an open source project I started and worked on during that time together with some colleagues and volunteers.

JUL
13
2005

Switching focus

Over the last weeks I have been spending time on KDEPim and KMail in particular. Various usability and feedback issues have been fixed that bothered me before and I find KMail to be a lot more pleasant to use, fixing bugs beats working around them any day!

JUN
23
2005

Research into KDE

KDE is growing. And I don't mean in the way programmes think; but we are receiving contributions from non programmers more and more. In the last year we have seen the artists sites grow tremendously, this interview on the dot proves again that more usability experts are stepping into the open source waters and with companies like Apple and Nokia seriously picking up, and working with technologies like KHTML that will only increase.

JUN
16
2005

Features v.s. Usability

I stubled upon a post about features/usability curve. This article made be laugh; its a very good, highly recommended :)

JUN
6
2005

Giving kdepim some love

Over a week ago we had the pim meeting in Achtmaal, which was a big success. From my perspective it was mostly because of meeting all those new kdepim people in real life for the first time.

MAY
4
2005

Subversion conversion is completed; only small things left to fix.

At this time, when I upgrade from the old cvs to the shiny new svn; I can't help but compare the experience to real changesetbased and disconnected revision management software.

You all know the problem; you are away from internet and still want to hack on your project. If you are anything like me then you depend on your revision management system for a lot more then simply committing your work at the end of the day.

MAY
1
2005

Usability vs. features

The comic foxtrot is always really nice to read; and todays comic was showing the common problem of more features meaning less usability in a very clear way; I can't help but talk about it (well, after I stopped laughing :)
First here is the comic:

APR
25
2005

Berlin

I'm in Berlin for week, enjoying a city that many friends said is definitely worth visiting. Well, they were right :)
The first thing I noticed was the traffic. I took my car to Berlin and the first day (without a good map) I got lost all the time. Totally frustrating since I normally navigate in new cities without any problems. Normally, when I miss a turn, I just take the next one and make sure to go left and right one more to get back to the right road. This strategy completely breaks down in Berlin since almost no road is straight (nor circular, for that matter).

APR
14
2005

ReportWriter

At the last aKademy the openusability website was demonstrated with the idea that usability experts (mostly people that do this for a living) will describe problems in open source projects with suggestions on how to fix them.
Sounds great! There was one thing I found less then great; those poor usability experts had to write their report in an XML to make the website understand.

APR
2
2005

I finally quit my job

I'm probably a rare example of someone that has worked in the same job for over 6 years already, where the job was the first one I got after finishing university. At birthday parties of friends I know for over 15 years there was always someone that recently changed jobs, and I got a look of unbelieve when I told them I _still_ worked at the same company.

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