KDE 4 Thoughts
January 11, 2008

Personally, I am holding off on KDE 4. Yesterday, I checked out the KDE Four Live disk with RC2++ and to be frankly honest, really let down.

Some of the new changes, seem cludgy. Such as the menu, giving no easy and quick way to drop back folders, just close it entirely and reopen (which seems a bit silly), or click, click, click, click on the back arrow. This is annoying to me, because sometimes applications get their shortcuts automatically installed to a location I might not think it should be, and so when I'm hunting around for them to find out where the folder is, things slow down (the search thing is nice, but I like to know where stuff is too). Or oops, I clicked the wrong folder, and unlike before, I cant just move my mouse a few pixels over to highlight what I meant to go after to change, I have to move around and click some more. Yeah, this is minor, but, the new kmenu was supposed to make things faster and easier, where as this is a bit of a regression.

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE KICKER! I HATE, HATE, HATE a big fat kicker. Yeah, I know it is "Plasma" now, but why the fuck should you REMOVE functionality? Also, I liked my LCD looking clock! I had my theme how I liked it, thin kicker, bland grey, Clock with LCD look, Plastik and Keramik mix on the theme. It was small, bland, and utilitarian.

Control Center. How do I start with this. It looks like shit. Takes up WAY too much screen real estate for what it does. It is kinda similar to the Windows Control Panel and OSX System Preferences, BUT GONE WRONG! Also, with the tabs, shit is more difficult to hunt down.

Basically, I would like some of the old ways brought back. Old style Kmenu, with a search bar at the bottom would be nice. Normal Kmenu look, but when you search, it converts into the List style. Old style control center. Ability to make the new plasma kicker as customizable as the old kicker. I had been looking forward to KDE4 for a while, even been using the 3.5 backport of Dolphin for months, but with some of the things I had issues on, everyone kept reassuring me that "oh, you can make it look how it used to". If that is still the case, let me know how.

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September 11, 2007

I know I've not been around in quite some time. For the most part, I've just not been in the mood.

Working at "Toys B We" (not allowed to use their copyrights or trademarks, especially in blogs, as per the employee contract, so have to use this approximation). Things kinda suck there. Anal on rules, and screwy hours. Sunday I worked a 12 hour shift, but for the most part so far, they've only on average given me 12 hours (this week, since I am filling in for someone on some days, I have 27, still, only 2 weeks since I started there have I worked more than 15 hours counting this week). Still, its a paycheck.

Since I was here last, had a few deaths as well. Bill passed away, and that was particularly rough, due to how he went. Still, he had a long life, and was 23. Spam died just a week ago. She was going on 17, so had a good run as well.

For a while, I was playing a lot of Second Life. Kinda got out of it, too much drama, and also the client is a horrid buggy piece of shit.

Lately, mostly been watching different TV shows I've downloaded. Have the Mac mini hooked up to the TV, and using that. Great for video podcasts and what not. Also trying to work on getting a mythbox together. Already have the tuner card (pcHDTV HD-3000), and most of the parts. Now just need to get a hard drive in it, and start getting things set up.

Monstershit has been back up and running. Happy about that. Turns out the CPU fan was dying, and so wouldn't always start. Got the fan running for a while, but it was just a temporary thing. New heatsink and fan on today, keeping things a little better. Idle temps are a bit too hot for my taste (~120F), but the top temp is inline with what they used to be (~130F). Odd how it has such a short range.

Also, have had the start of birthday goodness. Yesterday, received a brand new 3rd gen iPod Nano from some really good friends of mine. Thing is really tiny, and sounds great. Plus awesome battery life. I really appreciate it, but still think it was too much.

Plus, fixed a few issues on the blog. For a while, it decided to not let me log in, which was quite annoying.

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Holy crap!
March 7, 2007

Things have been hell here lately.

I know I haven't posted in a while, but that is due to various issues, mainly being my net connection being down more than it is up. When it has been up, it has been horribly slow, like how it has been the last few days, where it was going at 20kbps and slower (Monday night, 4kbps). When you're having speeds like that, and 40%+ packet loss, it may as well be completely down. Plus, Got a new hard drive in Monstershit, got everything installed on the new drive, migrated everything over, only to have monstershit have it's CPU burn out 4 days later (freezes on boot now).

Yes, I am still doing the Wii exercise thing, and have everything written down, and will be adding that info shortly.

Also, I upgraded the blog software, so hopefully won't be getting any more spam.

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February 2, 2007

This one kinda makes me wonder how it slipped past my radar for so long. Pixel is a image editor much more in the vein of Photoshop, than GIMP. Something that makes graphics people happy. What perks my interest though, is that it is cross platform, with BSD and Linux support. Sounds pretty sweet to me.

Weight: 256.0lbs
Waist: 42.0"
Wii Fitness Score: 33

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Wika wii wow

First up at bat today, Linux.com had an article about a new open source project, the Linux Guitar. The basic concept is that the guitar will be able to record what is being played, add its own effects, etc. Also, all that goes into the guitar, even the shape and layout will be freely available. Pretty sweet.

Next up, according to Destructoid, Nintendo still hasn't released the specs for online play with the wii. This most likely means that Nintendo hasn't finished the spec, which really sucks.

Weight: 259.0lbs
Waist: 42.0"
Wii Fitness Score: 28

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