Recent blog entries for xan

I just ported some Chimera/Powerplant download code from the Mozilla tree to GNOME's Epiphany with Marco's help, removing some incredibly old and crappy backend code and hopefully landing the foundation for a better download fronted in the all-singing-and-dancing Epiphany 1.2. Gotta love Free Software.

I still hack on Epiphany, and I still think it's the best Moz-based browser around, so go to try it right now (Epiphany 0.8 "Girlish Edition" has been released today). Btw, Epiphany will be GNOME's official browser starting from 2.4, due in September 2003.

Watching the progress GNOME has made from 2.0, how focused everyone is in making real progress towards concrete objectives and the care for usability, harmony and perfection in the UI, I feel GNOME could be very soon the best all-around DE (free or not) in the world. Sure, there are things to do, but I think we are on the right track.

Hacking a bit these days in Epiphany (code in GNOME cvs), an, in my extremely-biased opinion, excelent gecko based browser for the GNOME environment. We're close to releasing 0.6.0 (or 0.5.1, who knows), remember to give it a try.

P.S: menthos forced me to update my diary :)

Learned more about GtkTreeView trying to fix the rating system in Rhythmbox. In general it's an amazingly powerful and extensible implementation (kudos to kris et al), but I'd be glad if some GTK hacker pretends to fix things like the ability to render widgets inside it or the lack (IMHO) of fine grain control over the individual cells.

And seeing some of you are talking about LISP recently...

I'm learning LISP for the AI classes in the university, and I use CLISP, which I find ok but not really great. Which one is in your opinion the best LISP development environment for GNU/Linux in particular and UNIX in general?

Sent some small cleanup and a spanish i18n file to Rhythmbox. Release is near, get ready.

By the way, the book was Love and Sleep by John Crowley, one of the best authors I've ever read. Go read it. Better, read all of his books (specially AEgypt and Little, Big).

29 Oct 2002 (updated 29 Oct 2002 at 21:09 UTC) »

Saw Land and Freedom (again), North by Northwest (again) and Blithe Spirit (this was a new one! :)).

Sent a small cleanup to Rhythmbox. It resulted to be braindead. Sent a comment to the code so hopefully nobody as dumb as me will try that again. I suck.

Just saw Red Dragon. Mediocre.

Bought a bunch of books for about 40€: The Magus (John Fowles), The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), The Eigth (Katherine Neville), ¿What is Property? (P. Jph. Proudhon), Statism and Anarchy (Bakunin) and the complete collection of the Sherlock Holmes books (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Not bad for 40€ huh!?

No answers for my mighty literary question from yesterday. Sigh, nobody reads my diary :)

25 Oct 2002 (updated 27 Oct 2002 at 15:27 UTC) »

So, first diary entry ever.

I've just seen Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi , the last Hayao Miyazaki anime. It's so good it hurts, so please go to see it if you can :).

Maybe you're asking yourself what's that silly name in my Notes entry. It's the name of a real book written about 500 years ago. The protagonist and narrator of a modern fantasy master piece (IMHO) reads it and tells about it to a single mother and her daughter, who laughs because of the funny name.

If you can tell me the name of the book I'll send you a FREE copy of Rhythmbox ;).

P.S.: I'll change the entry when I think something about myself to write :)

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