My private working place is back!

May 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Real life | Comments Off

Finally, after having moved recently and needing much more time to re-assemble all the furnitures I again have a properly setup working place in my new “work room”.

This means I can finally try to get back to actual hacking and even hacking on kde4/win32 in a few weeks! YAY!!

how to write a blog with just 1 hand

April 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Real life | 1 Comment

So, I thought it would be nice to eat fried potatoes tonight. And after the peeling came the slicing. Unfotunately part of my thumb got under the slicing knife (got such a nice tool with variable sets of slicing knifes and a  plastic bowl to catch the slices). I guess I don’t need to mention the blade was pretty sharp, clean cut about 2 millimeters of flesh.

Thats how I came to write this entry with just my left hand and I don’t like that.

Speaking of stupid mistakes and KDevelop3 bugs

February 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Posted in KDE, KDevelop, Real life | 2 Comments

What I really love about myself is that for some reason I can’t stop making really stupid mistakes. I know everybody makes them, but somehow I’ve got the feeling I’m doing much more than anybody else.

Latest two occurence are bugs in KDevelop3.5.0 (one of them being in probably all releases since 3.4.0). I mean how damn stupid does somebody have to be to

a) use 2 variables, one named line the other named sline in the same function and

b) then mix those two variables up, which results in this: Bugreport 158236

The other one was pointed out on IRC today, stupid logic mixup with the same code in the else-part as in the if-part of an if-else. No wonder that you can’t turn off the warnings in QMake projects in KDevelop3.

I only catched the last one “by accident”, because I usually read the IRC backlog when I wasn’t sitting at the PC for a while. This one probably wouldn’t have ended in bugzilla as apparently some people think its not worthwhile to file bugreports against KDevelop3.

Thats however not true, especially if you’re not using one of the unmaintained parts. But even then, no bugreport is always worse than a bugreport that gets closed as wontfix (or fixed in 4.0 which is not yet usable on a wide scale). Obviously the problem here is to know which parts are unmaintained. So here’s a (probably incomplete) list:

fortran, java, php, python (this one will come back for 4.1), sql, csharp, bash, pascal, kdevdesigner (short note: use the normal Qt designer, you loose almost nothing and gain a lot of stability), valgrind, fileselector (known to be pretty buggy), distribution packaging, texttools, clearcase, perforce.

I’m not saying that bugs (especially crashes and the like) against these components will simply rot, I’m just saying its unlikely that they’ll get much attention as we simply don’t have many active developers and need to work on KDevelop4.

Time cut short

January 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm | Posted in Real life | Comments Off

After about 3 weeks of “real work”, I really see that this cuts down open source development (unless you’re lucky and get paid for it during the day-job).

Its not like I haven’t done anything these past weeks, in fact especially the first 1-2 weeks were rather productive, because I had no internet at home. However its still far beyond what I was “used” to. When you get home, got your dinner and watched TV for an hour there’s this sleepiness slowly crawling into your body.

I partly blame the fact that we don’t have a nice sofa or armchair here in this little 1-room appartment. At least I really fall asleep easily when I’m well fed and lie on a bed, trying to keep my head up to see some boring TV show.

Ok, enough of me whining about this, time for getting the kdegames card cache done.

End of an era

December 21, 2007 at 12:39 am | Posted in Real life | 3 Comments

So, today I said farewell to all the co-workers at the “Zentrum fuer Graphische Datenverarbeitung e.V.” in Rostock (thats a non-profit research facility). I’ve been working there as student since April 2005, so its been really quite a long time now. The last months was contract work because I’ve finished university. Its always been fun to work with them, though the work itself wasn’t always that much fun :)

Now I’m sitting here at my parents house and only have a bit more than one week before I’ll be one of those boring tax-payers. I’m going to move to my girlfriends place for the first days and see how driving from Lübeck to Hamburg will be. Whats great about the new job? I might have the opportunity to work with Qt/C++. I’ll be starting on January 2nd at Froglogic GmbH (some of you might know the founders) and as far as I can tell from the interview those guys are really nice and it seems to be a really cool working environment.

I’m looking forward to this new part of my life, though it’ll probably be a rough cut wrt. my spare time for KDE/KDevelop (also seeing that I’m not going to have internet for at least another week or two at my new home).

Vacation

August 22, 2007 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Real life | Comments Off

First I planned to write a blog entry for each day of my vacation, but soon enough it turned out to be too much work and I don’t really have any pics ready for publishing yet.

So just a short impression: I was in norway for the 4th time, again with my whole family (including my and my brothers girlfriend) and we had a great time. Weather wasn’t as nice as we hoped, but it was ok most of the time.

We took the ferry from Hirtshals/Denmark to Langesund/Norway on both ways, that means a 10 hour drive from the ferry to the town where we rented a house: Eidsvåg. The evening of the arrival we didn’t do much except unpacking, taking a shower and making plans for monday.

On monday we did a short trip to the next larger town, Sunndalsøra. Clouds where hanging deep so we couldn’t see much from the surrounding mountains, but it still was a nice walk (and shopping, I forgot my belt, contact lens cleaning fluid and my house shoes at home) around the town and river.

On tuesday we planned to go to Trondheim, because the weather was supposed to be sunny there. It was sunny most of the time and I recognized quite some places (did I mention that I’ve been in the same area 10 years ago with my parents?). We walked to the cathedral, up to the fortress and also talking a walk to the former fish market hall.

On Wednesday we went to a stave church and on to andalsness, from where we visited the “trollstigen” a steep, narrow road up a mountain with 180 degree turns. The really interesting thing here is normally when busses go up and down, those need the whole street in the turns, but we didn’t have any that day. It wasn’t the best weather, but it didn’t rain. On the top there’s a walkway along the border of the mountain top. Also did a short stop at some snow, which is a kinda cool thing for us people that seldomly have snow in winter…

Thursday was a round-trip from Eidsvåg to Molde and along the atlantic route to Kristiansund. Molde was quite nice, really sunny weather and warm. The atlantic route bridges are cool even the second time, the first bridge goes up and directly around the corner so from further away it looks like the cars drive up the road and then fall from it into the ocean. 10 years ago we had a house in Bremsnes a town right across from Kristiansund, but unfortunately we couldn’t find the road to it again and we didn’t really want to go hunting for it. So we took the ferry to Kristiansund and a walk around the city. The old resteraunt we ate in once or twice was closed down, but I think other than that the city didn’t change that much. Had a quite good pizza (and took the rest with us) later and went home.

For friday we did a short trip so we had time in the afternoon to pack things up as we needed to leave early on saturday (remember, 10 hour drive and the ferry leaves at 7pm). We opted to go to Mardalsfossen a large waterfall south of Eidsvåg (supposedly its the 4th largest in the world – 297 free fall), finding Mardal and the parking spot was easy enough and the weather was still ok. The hard part was walking up to the waterfall, its a pretty steep walk and it takes you at leas 30 minutes if you hurry up much. However it was paying off (we needed about an hour with stops here and there to take photos), really cool and pretty wet as well at the bottom of the fall :) But then also the weather changed to rainy and I’m not sure how much water was from the fall spray.

The drive back is also worth a note because we basically got no sleep. After the 10 hour drive, we tried to get not bored while sitting on the ferry, playing cards, eating something and so on. And after that we started the drive home (that is from 1am to 6:30am). While the drive in norway wasn’t a real problem, also because I changed 2 times with my girlfriend, the drive home was pretty hard. One problem of course sleepiness (yeah to coffee :), but more importantly because my girlfriend couldn’t drive anymore, she was too tired, and slept right next to me. Still made it home safe and quickly enough.

Wow, pretty long blog still and no photos :( I’ll post them as soon as I’ve got a collection ready. It was really a great vacation and gave me back some energy (most of which I lost while catching up with mail and stuff :)

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