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Starting School Again

I start school this coming monday at University of Washington. I haven't been in school for a while now, so I guess i'm a little concerned. My first semester is going to be pretty easy though. I only have two classes, a digital vlsi design course and a digital system design course. Pretty light load for a grad student, but thats ok, I just moved to seattle and would like to get to know people and the city instead of just burrying my face in text books.

Music

Saw ted leo yesterday at the graceland. He played solo though not acoustic. Anyway it was pretty fun, and of course he played "Timorous Me" which made me happy :) The kills are playing friday and that should be a good show too.

I spent my precious time today building gnome from cvs. Why I did this i'm not sure... Well at least for the most part it now works. Notable exceptions are evolution (which I can live without), storage (just a toy at this time anyway) and gaim (the lack of gaim does kind suck.). Anyway I think this link summarizes the day well.

For those that are too lazy to click the link: "If we truly understand that the internet is shit then maybe we'll go back to looking elsewhere to check our information instead of just Google...If we remember that the medium isn't the message then maybe we'll stop aimlessly surfing for something amusing when we could actually be doing something fun."

It's Official, Hell has Frozen Over

Yes it's true. This annoucement from Dave Camp, was sent to the nautilus mailing list today proclaming that Nautilus will now become an object oriented file manager (with an optional file browser). Frankly, I'm in a state of shock.

Everything you buy will eventually be thrown away.

Moving and more specifically packing really depresses me. It really makes you realize how much crap you buy that you end up just throwing away. :/ Maybe I'm just a hippie with short hair but I find the act of throwing stuff away really upsetting. Well at least paper can be recycled.

Coolest Free Software Project Goes To...

"Storage is an exciting project to replace the traditional filesystem with a new document store. Storage is part of a larger design for a new desktop environment, more details on that to come. The current implementation offers natural language access, network transparency, and a number of other features..."

Awesome!!!!

Just got back from seattle. I'm moving there at the end of august and needed to find a place to live. I'm off to wisconsin tonite to see Radiohead. Woot...

aldug: Instead of forking gnome-open processes, you can launch the default gnome web browser using gnome_url_show from libgnome. The advantage of this is that gaim can still be used with gnome2.2 (assuming it doesn't have any gnome2.3 depends). Only real problem is that gnome_url_show can block when doing mime sniffing synchronously. It would be nice if gnome-vfs provided an asynchrounous implementation. Open Applet has a hacked async function, but the more I think about it, the more hacky it looks. I need to talk to alex about how to do this the "correct way" in gnome-vfs
Too Much Hacking For One Day

As the Changelog will show, I spent way too much time hacking on OpenApplet today.
I'm sure the next time I go look at the code I'll end wondering what the hell I was thinking :P

Anyway the list of new features includes:

  • Asnychronous loading of urls so that the ui doesn't lock up while mime sniffing remote files.
  • Progress dialog while a remote file is being loaded.

    and why did this take me so much time?

  • Don't you love when you spend two hours searching for the source of a bug that ends up taking two lines to fix.

    Vicious on Code Quality

    "Most code is absolute crap. GNOME, KDE, it's all mostly crap. Yet overall it generally works. If we just wrote beautiful code that is all theoretically correct and only uses nice well designed APIs, we wouldn't have shit...Unix APIs are utter shit...Same with X11. Let's produce free software desktops that work, rather then lots of beautiful code that will never be finished."

    Tabbed MDI Strikes Mozilla Again

    In attempt to deal with the monstrosity known as tabbed MDI, mozilla developers have now added a "Do you really want to close all these tabs" dialog, a variation on the horribly annoying "Do you really want to quit" dialog.

    The solution to this problem is really not all that difficult. Instead of trying to deal with the data loss caused by allowing users to close a group of documents at once, simply only allow the user to close one tab at a time. Epiphany gets this right. The file menu close item only closes the current tab. If there is only one tab in a window, the window is closed. Now if I can only get them to implement the same behavior for the window border close button.

    Desktop Wide Bookmarks

    Why are bookmarks in the web browser only? It seems so limiting to me. Shouldn't any file or folder be bookmarkable?

    Anyway here's my idea. Remove the bookmarks menu from every application that has one. Instead add a "Bookmarks" menu to the desktop panel menus. This menu would list the 15 most used [1] bookmarks and a "More Bookmarks..." menu item. Selecting "More Bookmarks..." opens the bookmarks folder [2], giving you access to all of your bookmarks and automagically opens them in the correct application.

    How do I bookmark a page than? Well quite simply File->Bookmark should be available for every document. [3]

    Question and Answers

  • Why not list all bookmarks in the bookmarks menu using hierarichal menus? [4]

    Well hierarichal menus are slow and hard to use. The main goal of the bookmarks menu is to provide quick access to the most commonly used bookmarks. Including all bookmarks in the bookmarks menu makes the menu inefficient at which point a desktop launcher to open the bookmarks folder makes more sense. The bookmarks folder should provide quick enough access for less commonly used bookmarks.

  • Why File->Bookmark?

    File is the most correct menu in which to place this entry. All document actions appear in this menu including print and save.

    [1] Note I say "most used" and not "most recently used" there is a difference.
    [2] I use the term "folder" loosely here, it need not be a unix directory.
    [3] Of course for this to work we're going to need a cross-desktop standard for bookmarks.
    [4] This assumes a hierarichal bookmarks system of course, which I actually don't support but thats another issue.

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