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Journal Journal: June 23, 2004

KDevelop Feature: Add code for creating functions and variables, which also produces comments for htdig

For apps where I would like transparency, Support real transparency with's kdrive DDX
One such place might be the background of the graph for KPPP

KDevelop bug: When you select the tab of a file which is not long enough to fill the view, and you move the mouse wheel to scroll the view (generally before you realize the file is too short to scroll), the mouse wheel event is instead handled by the tab bar.

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Journal Journal: Tuesday, June 22nd

Got my car back today. Drives fine. Initially, the left front suspension did seem a little stiff. However, it only took about five minutes for it to loosen up a little. Seems to be self-adaptive. Pretty cool. Handles better, needs two new rear tires. The place rotated my tires without charging extra for it. That was cool. The mechanic, when I spoke with him, seemed competent and honest. The guy behind the counter, however, reminded me of Brian from Main Street. A little shady. I need to remember,


Another idea for Konqueror: Add option -> Print all tabs
Maybe also -> Print selected tabs

I installed another installation of Slackware 9.1 last night, bare bones. I need to download an X Server and a bunch of other crap. It turned out I could use the DVD, but I have to unplug my USB Hub before booting. The kernel on disc apparently has some problem with hot-plugging usb devices (other than, of course, root hubs). I have to re-install Lilo. The new install fucked up my lilo for some reason.

Europe forged ahead with the project Galileo (EU's GPS clone) and it is set to be operational by 2008 with 30 satellites encircling the globe in medium orbit.

Complain about Konqueror's bad method of resizing text: Specifically - Fonts overlap when font size is increased.

Kate issue: Set bookmark/clear bookmark text in context menu not set appropriately per line number. It appears to just be a bool, and does no checking to determine if the clicked-on line actually contains a bookmark or not.

Konqueror idea: context menu -> View Text
This would allow you to highlight text from an article, and have it displayed on its own. Benefits: Text can be rendered in the user's preferred font, font size, font color and background color (set in preferences). The text will also then be "printer friendly." In order to accomplish this best, the feature should respect the relative font sizes (for headings, etc) when rendering the text seperately from the source web page. This would also be a workaround, at least for now, for the problem of the text of certain web pages vertically overlapping when the font size is increased.

Konqueror idea: Highlight alternating lines of text.
This would be an accessibility feature, to make it easier to read the text for the visually impaired. Also good when drunk ;) or suffering from severe eye strain.

For Konqueror A page the has font rendering problems:
which is especially interesting because line 692 of the generated html specifically detects Konqueror as being the browser.

Today's quote:

In Boston, it is illegal to hold frog-jumping contests in nightclubs.

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Journal Journal: Monday, June 21st 2004

Ok, a little late on putting this in, but here I am at least.

Ok, today I took my car into Precision Alignment and Brake. Turned out the strut was bent, needs a new one. The toe was 2" in, and the strut seems to be bent about 2 degrees. Left my car overnight, and I am hoping I don't need a new ball end (?) or something like that. Piece of cast metal costs $150, used. The strut only costs $139.97 new. What a rip.

Saturday, the 19th, I used swaret. It updated aaa-something, which is a package which should never be updated. As a result, it screwed up my linkages. I'm not sure if I can fix them, so I'm now creating ISOs to burn for the Slackware 9.1 install. Crap, just stopped the iso creation process by pressing control-c, instinctively, to copy this message into here:

Error while reading `../../live/dev/core' - file will be ignored (Success)
Error while reading `../../live/usr/adm/messages' - file will be ignored (Success)
Error while reading `../../live/usr/adm/syslog' - file will be ignored (Success)
Error while reading `../../live/usr/tmp/kdecache-mike/http/e/weather.noaa.gov_pub_data_observations_metar_stations_KTUS.TXT_23361aed' - file will be ignored (Success)
Found 548 of the 550 files required by the template

Anyway, I'm creating the ISOs because the DVD I originally installed it from is a little scratched, and the installer would not boot from it. Just got this message:

Will not reuse existing temporary file `/home/mike/tmp/slackiso/slackware-9.1-install-d1.iso.tmp' - it was not created by jigdo-file, or is corrupted.

Well, I may do two installs, or not. We'll have to see. I have to remember to do custom kernel builds, no matter what. One install may be to see if I can get a 2.6.x kernel working with a bare install, and then custom build everything else (X Server, KDE, etc, etc, etc). That would be nice. Luckily, I believe I left a LOT of unused space on my 200 gig drive.

While swaret was updating my distro, I was making some changes to KPPP. The two files I modified are:


located in:


I will have to remember to use them. I used kdecvs-build-0.65 to get the files I modified, located in:


Once I'm back up and running, I'll have to test the changes I already made, and see if I can do the ones I mentioned in the comments I added. One I may not have put in comments is an auto-scale method, to make the scale sane again after rediculous spikes. Possibly even put a peak detection in there, to ignore them (maybe account for lag where the actual transfer rate could not have been that high, it was rather just buffered data which was read-delayed).

I also made some inconsequential modifications to KWeather. I really need to dig into that after I have finished my KPPP mods. It needs several changes, including displaying a weather summary page for all the stations it collects data for, and the ability to graph out weather patterns.

I would also like to make a change to the new LCD clock, to give a proper font or background color (preferably font) when the transparent background has dark colors behind the text. My idea for that is to average the RGB components to (effectively) get a luminance value. If that doesn't work, then I could use the yuyv style conversion to get the luminence from that. Anyway, I'd like to use the luminence to determine a proper font color. I believe it will take experimentation to find a color determination method which will work well.

After that, I would like to hack on Konqueror to give it (in order)

  1. Date and time display!!
  2. Adblocking, ala Firefox plug-in
  3. Some way to mark tabs and "Move selected tabs to %whatever% window," where %whatever% can be a named window, if the user chooses to give it a name. Then again, maybe no naming.
  4. WHERE THE HELL is the missing "Properties" option in the context menu??? ADD it. Also, while at it, perhaps give it "themeable" context menus. Konqueror's context menu SUCKS ASS.
  5. Completely overhaul the bookmarks system. I don't like it. Try to do this non-intrusively, of course, so as to not piss anyone off.

Also, making changes to the KMenu system, to give it the right-clicking capabilites of GNOME, might be a good idea.

Adding mouse wheel sensitivity to tabs in general within KDE has to be a good idea.

Finally get around to creating my generic KWin framework. The above tasks should give me a better working knowledge of KDE to help me out with this.

It was on CNN and MSNBC. Hell yeah!! I love it. Can't wait for it to change the face of transportation! Or at least tourism. Also can't wait to see the Discovery channel special about it.

Recieved my July/August issue of MIT Technology Review today. Lots of articles on nanotech.

Saw 50 First Dates today. Not too bad. 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

For some reason

rm /home/mike/tmp/slackiso/ -rf

caused some lockup. Then an

ls /home/mike/tmp/slackiso

also locked up. Weird. Did this because of the screw up above. Need to retry creating the ISOs.

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Journal Journal: June 10 notes

Well, it is now Thursday, June 10, 2004. I have been forgetting about this journal being here until just now. I now realize this could be useful, and provide me with great insight.

I have to get around to getting the app into pima tomorow, let's see if that happens.

I placed 5/6th in the Main Street tourney yesterday, for $10. It was a full 32 player field, with a waiting list. That left me with a net of -2 dollars for the duration I was there. I noticed some bad blood while I was there. Brian Wilson told me when I was paying my entry fee that I wasn't allowed to play in the tournament, and insisted he wasn't joking. I warmed up with Olivia Jackson, and noticed her speaking with Bob Jackson at the end of warm up about my playing, and whether or not I should be allowed to play. Found out the ratings meeting is this Sunday, June 13th. Will find out how that turns out on, perhaps, Tuesday, June 15th, although I have not yet decided on the date.

Last Saturday (June 5th) I played the Mint tournament. It was a 17 player bracket. I took 2nd place for $41. Net profit for the night: $30. One of the employees of the Mint tried to steal a full pack of cigarrettes from Anthony. Another employee there was in on it. Had a girl want to take me home, turned her down. Played spades afterwards with Anthony and friends. The day before was the first time I had played pool in quite some time, as well as the first day I drank any alcohol in quite some time.

My mom told me today about a new job she was hired to. She starts Monday, June 14, 2004.

I am still in the planning phase for the KWin decoration. I have finished marking up the howto I printed, and my next step is to start organizing my own notes on what needs to be done to create the generic framework.

I would also like to see if I can make a logging system for KWeather, to keep track of the temperatures on a day to day basis.

Still need to find a source for good, free quotes to use as e-mail signatures and the like. I need to remember to do this. I also need to remember to start making daily journal entries.

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Journal Journal: First entry

Well, May 1st is here. I currently have 51 dm's (at 2pm, az time).

Supposed to be doing web work next week finally, we'll see how that goes. The data's supposed to be almost ready.

Well, this is my first time trying a journal entry on slashdot, let's see if it's useful.

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