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Great gig last night. Blaze played a hell of a set - and I had a chat with Blaze Bailey and the drummer Jeff Singer at the end of the show. Nice chaps.

We saw Savatage walking down the street before the doors opened - Jon Oliva said hi. Cool stuff. They played a great gig and Chris Caffrey has had a serious effect on my playing. :)

After the gig, I was walking out with the other guys and I saw the lead singer from ShadowKeep - Rogue M. Vox. It turns out Rogue is a "big fan" (his words!) of my work in Linux Format. A bit surprised at him knowing me and saying this I had a chat with him about music and Linux. :)

All in all a pretty cool night...oh looking forward to band practices.

Today I decided to sort some more email out and finish writing another article for Linux Format.

Jamming with Steve tonight, so I better get going.

Later all!

Had a band practice last night - it went well as ever - things are really coming together. :)

After the practice we went to see Steve's old band. They played quite well.

I got in after dropping steve off and layed in bed - I then saw a WebCam on QVC - so I bought it. :) It is Today's Special Value. :)

It looks like this cam will use the cpia driver. I have seen a couple of compile issues but I don't think it iwll be too much of an issue - it seems well supported. This will all aid my addiction to all this H.323 madness.

Havent done much today as I am going to London to see Savatage / Blaze / Vicious Rumours. I just answered some mail and discussed some education related stuff regarding Linux on KDE::Enterprise.

Seeya tomorrow all!

I had a more relaxed day today - did the usual email thing and played with Gnome Meeting some more. This whole H.323 stuff is cool.

We managed to get it going on the local LAN - it connected to a NetMeeting session and worked pretty well. We were going to test the video output but the machine the webcam connects to is shafted.

I tried a few other places and it seems to connect OK, but I have had mixed success. I assume this is due to (a) bugs (b) an older release as it is from Debian Testing (c) me b0rking it up.

Thanks to Telsa Cox for mailing me about Gnome Meeting. I did'nt even think people read my diary. :D

I have got a band practice tonight, then off to see a band at a local venue, then off to see a band tomorrow in London. Busy busy busy!

Seeya later all!

11 Feb 2002 (updated 11 Feb 2002 at 16:50 UTC) »

Wow what a fast and furius few days. here is a summary:

Thurs - went to London with the crew to see Kamelot. What an amazing band. A truly great metal thrashing mad gig. :)

Fri - relaxed after work. Subscribed to yet more KDE mailing lists. Man, I love email. :)

Sat - Spend the day relaxing and then went out on the evening to a metal night with the two steve's and sooz.

Sun - band practice. Went well. :)

Today I have been doing a *lot* of email to various projects. I have got quite interested in the whole voice over IP thing. I had a go with Gnome Meeting and it seems nice, although I was told by the guy who maintains the project that I need Alsa. I will look into this. also saw Konference; I have subscribed the mailing list and I am gonna keep track of this. I checked out their CVS code but it only compiles with KDE 2 and not KDE 3. I sometimes forget I run KDE out of the CVS and it is not in general use yet. :P

I had an interesting chat last night with a guy who works at Ximian. I was asking some stuff in #gnome and he was there. A genuinely nice guy and I look forward to ask him for help again. :P

I am looking into a few things here and there with regards to promotional material and KDE/Linux. I am looking into writing a couple of HOWTO's or reports. I am planning on getting some of this stuff out soon.

I have a fair few plans I want to get done soon - mainly KWebStat - I want to get it ready for KDE 3.0 final...I may try and get it in the CVS again. It was blocked last time by Stephen Kulow who thought it ws not useful. :( I disagree, but then he holds the CVS strings...

Well, I am gonna just relax tonight. I am giving a guitar lesson tomorrow and have a band practice and should hopefully get some coding done in between.

Oh, just beforeI forget...I added an interview to KDE::Enterprise. Check it out, and use the forum!

Seeya later!

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Well, a major hacking session has resulted in a huge hump in progress for KWebStat. I have virtually finished the rendering engine for the pages and I have implemented the activities tags. The tag engine is fully working and seems pretty smooth. I did most of this in VNC and my fonts are a bit screwed but ignoring that see some screenshots here.

Right, band practice and LUG meeting tonight. Seeya later!

Productive day today. Did lots of coding. Not all of it on KDE either bizarrely.

I did do some hacking on KWebStat tonight. I got the tags in the QMap now being created first time when KWebStat is started and read in from the config file on each subsequent execution.

Well, band practice tomorrow and LUG meeting...lots to do...

Seeya later!

Had a decent weekend - saw little Elliot - the new addition to the Curtis clan, and got the guitar. I also had a band practice and that went pretty well.

Today I hacked at KWebStat and added a dialog which is displayed when KWebStat is first run. The dialog indicates that the tags are being created for the config file which are later read into the QMap.

Right, I better get some kip.

Seeya all later!

Went out last night with Sooz for an Inian meal. The food was great as usual (it was our regular) and it was nice to go out and relax. This week has been nice. :)

Ahhh it is Friday - that wonderful day when the weekend looms. :) It is particularly nice when you know you are visiting a new baby and going to be getting That Guitar. :)

Got in to work a bit late today due to the docs. I got in and started doing some work.

Hacking on KWebStat today started with some head scratching due to some access problems in my code. At first I thought my design was shafted, but it does seem to be ok. After some discussion in #c++ I fixed the problem and now my tag settings dialog is searching the TagStore QMap ont he fly instead of hard coding the tags. This is a better all round solution and was worth the effort. :)

Today Jason in the office managed to get some data of my old laptops hard drive, so the band logo's are now safe. Phew!

Right I am off...gonna finish up some work and then leg it home.

Seeya all!

Sooz and myself went out last night and had some pub food. It was nice to just go out and relax.

We got back in and I decided I better check my mailing list email. I hadnt checked it for a few days and there were about 600 or so messages. I waded through most of that and send some replied which didnt arrive as it turned out. I will look into this when I get in.

There has been some interesting discussion on kde-usability. I started a thread regarding the redesign of the 'K' button on kicker (the panel). Some interesting ideas have floated around and hopefully this should be merged into 3.1.

Today I hacked at KWebStat and decided to abstract the tag storage and keep it out of the main KWebStat class. I think this is a better idea and the interface will be cleaner - wow...it looks like C++ FAQs is paying off. :) I wrote a TasgStore class to resolve this and also decided to implement read/writeConfigFile() in th class to keep it modular. I then hacked at the QMap tag store and I now have the tags written to the config file and read back into the QMap. I will now hack the tag settings box and I am away. :)

I am pleased how KWebStat is going. I have not worked on it as obsessively as the previous version (mind you, back then I was hacking that layed in bed in the middle of the night not needing to get up for work the next day). This version seems much more mature and easier to code. :) It will be in Debian one day...I hope. :)

Well...it is getting closer to the weekend, and I will be picking up my new Rhoads and much metal will be had. :)

Oh well...I better run...I need to pack my stuff up and get off home.

Seeya all!

Great band practice last night as usual...things are going really well. :)

I havent done much today as my lunch hour was taken up teaching Dom guitar. I do however on doing some KWebStat hacking tomorrow.

I send an email to Xandros for an interview for KDE::Enterprise - looks like it will be on the cards. :)

Seeya later all.

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