I need a new name!

... for a new Plasma Widget that is 😉 I've just started implementing a mashup that lists music events going on your own location (from Last.fm) and adds links to Google Maps, Social Services etc. But the beast needs a name as I think "Last.fm Events" is a tad too generic. It has to be a name that gives the user an idea of what the widget does, so it shouldn't be too imaginatively - like say Plasma, Akonadi, Funambol etc. 😉 No offense intended :-) BTW a name is also needed because I need to register at Last.fm to get an API key and I have to inform them about the applications name. It's a bit premature for something that hasn't been released even at Alpha level but that is in their ToS... There's still a long way to go but here are some screenies as an appetizer for what can be expected: =-=-=-=-= Powered by Blogilo

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Google Translator 0.6 released

Now there's a shiny, new Google Translator Plasmoid version 0.6.

Well maybe that's a bit exaggerated because the User Interface hasn't changed a bit, but there's a lot of new stuff going on under the hood that will also soon benefit the Currency Converter Plasmoid.

Head on to Google Code or KDE-Look for downloads or get it via "Add Widgets" from the Plasma Desktop.

Changes can be found in the Changelog.

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Kernel hell

Ever since I finally installed Kubuntu 10.4 Lucid Lynx I have had kernel crashes at least once a day, sometimes up to ten times a day. It's very frustrating and effectively breaks your workflow to put it mildly. I could easily come up with other, more harsh ways to describe the situation 😉

I have tried a variety of different kernels:

  • 2.6.35-020635rc1-generic
  • 2.6.34-020634-generic
  • 2.6.32-23-generic
  • 2.6.32-22-generic
  • 2.6.32-22-generic
  • 2.6.32-21-generic

Some I can (sometimes) boot and let me work for 0-20 hours, others never reaches the login screen or goes into an infinite reboot loop.

If anyone experience the same or similar the relevant bug report is at https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/585734 and it doesn't look promising. So now I have come to the conclusion that I need to install a pre-Lucid kernel and see if I can get it running. It will probably degrade X performance (if it even runs) and crash other applications but I'd rather live with that than having to reboot all the time.

Is it at all a viable solution to install a pre-Lucid kernel and if so how should it be done. What about graphic drivers (aren't they somehow partly kernel modules now?).

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Google Translator 0.5 released

Updated my Google Translator Plasmoid to version 0.5 with the biggest news being auto-detection of languages.

Head on to Google Code or KDE-Look for downloads or get it via "Add Widgets" from the Plasma Desktop.

Changes can be found in the Changelog.

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Google Translator 0.4.3 released

Updated my Google Translator Plasmoid to version 0.4.3.

Head on to Google Code or KDE-Look for downloads or get it via "Add Widgets" from the Plasma Desktop.

Changes can be found in the Changelog.

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Google Translator 0.4.2 released

Finally I got to update my Google Translator Plasmoid to version 0.4.2.


Changes since I last updated this blog includes:

  • 0.4.2
    Much improved error handling when no network connection using Solid. The Plasmoid is now disabled until a connection is established instead of just giving up and dying 😉
    The Plasmoid is now installed under the "Language" section.
  • 0.4.1
    Improved KIO handling to be able to handle longer text while at the same time limit text to 1200 characters to avoid errors on too long queries.
  • 0.4
    Added a "Swap languages" button.
    TransferJobs are no longer shown in KDE Notifier.
  • 0.3.2
    Languages weren't sorted after change to KLocale.
  • 0.3.1
    Quick fix for layout error when adding Plasmoid.
  • 0.3
    Use KLocale for getting languages. This cuts down on code lines and it will i18n the language names. Also I don't have to keep up with the number of Google translations. It's now a race between Google and KDE 😉
    Act on no network connection.
    Added nice little Google attribution logo :-)

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2 new Plasmoids

For the last 2-3 weeks I have been working on a couple of scripted Plasmoids for KDE4.x written in Python. First I started with the Currency Converter which uses data from Yahoo! Finance. When it was sorta working I figured out that I could create a Google Translator Plasmoid using almost the same code, so now I'm maintaining them concurrently. Well - 'nuff said. Here ther are:

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Terms I hate – part I

NDA - Non Disclosure Agreement

An agreement is always good. It's nice to agree about something. But what I hate is double negations and what I hate even more is triple negations.

  1. Closure Agreement: You agree to keep the lid closed about a topic/case/job - whatever.
  2. Disclosure Agreement: Hey - let's tell everyone about it.
  3. Non Disclosure Agreement: Eh - I changed my mind. Shut up about it.

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What’s going on…

Well, yes I got this blog so I thought I ought to write something. Last week I started working out at a local gym. Actually I was sent there by the municipal authorities because I'm unemployed, and in Denmark you have to be "activated" when you're unemployed, or you won't get any money. It's OK to go to the gym. I've never really liked these fitness centers with all the beefed up types, but this one is kinda relaxed. And it's good for me too. Haven't made anything physical for like 7 or 8 years and my computer is on the coffee table so I have no muscles and my shoulders and neck hurt like hell.

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