{June 30, 2010}   approaching akademy

whee, only two more nights before akademy begins! :)

I’m on my way to linkoping right now (somewhere near stockholm) – I got over my jetlag quite a while ago, though. Two weeks ago I set off for ireland, to spend some time with my sister, and one week ago I arrived in borne, for our little odf hackweek. :)

My visit to ireland didn’t quite go as planned, but it was fun nonetheless. After many hours of flights and buses, my sister picked me up in galway, and we got back to her house just in time to rush my nephew to the doctor. :/ he had a pretty bad allergic reaction to something, and scratched his cornea, so a large part of the weekend was spent keeping an eye on him and stopping him from rubbing his eyes. :/ Still, it was great to be there again. I brought good weather with me, and we mostly just hung around the house talking (and enduring *far* too much hi5). On saturday my cousin came down to visit us – her boss is mean so she had to go back that evening, but we had a good time while she was there – she’s a teenager now, and a rather cool one (must be my sister’s influence!) so we can actually have proper conversations. ;)

Being out there, I felt very happy to have *family*. :) most of my family experience so far had been visiting old aunts and uncles or babysitting cousins – but my sister and cousin I can actually relate to, and it’s amazing how much we have in common. I’ll have to get the photo of the three of us…
My nephew’s awesome too, even when he’s being a stubborn little bastard, and I highly approve of my sister’s bf. ;) I wish I could visit them more often.

Anyways… arriving in borne, I was greeted by vandenoever with two bikes. :) Unfortunately he’d forgotten to lower the seat, so I had to ride without sitting – wow, that takes a lot of effort. especially after a full day of travel. Still, it was pretty cool to just hop on a bike – I wish we had that kind of bike culture in vancouver.
I was quite impressed by his house, too. it was clear that many parts of it were not just built, but *designed* – especially the kitchen. :) The cupboards opened upwards so nobody’d hit their head on a door, there were giant drawers with organizers (works better than it sounds) – I love seeing good design like that in RL, as much as in software. :)
Oh, and they had chickens in the (very pretty) backyard. :) I helped eat their eggs. :D

I didn’t see much of borne, though – I spent nearly all my time hacking on odfkit. jos has blogged about that already. :) I also spent the weekend with boud, in deventer – between the heat and the unexpected (and bad) music right outside their house, I wasn’t feeling great that weekend, but I got a little hacking done, discovered a new fantasy author, and got a photo of boud’s daughter holding far too much tequila. ;)

Now I’m on a bus, almost at linkoping, where me and rrix will be staying overnight at ingwa’s place. Tomorrow we’re all heading up to stockholm to meet sandsmark and take the boat to helsinki – I wonder whether there’ll be as much booze as the *last* akademy boat trip ;)

…and now I’m with rrix and ingwa and his gf, and we’ve had a yummy dinner and I think I might fall asleep now :) yay :)

so, a bug snuck into beta 2. If you’ve never switched activities, you might not *have* a current activity, which can get you weird stuff like black screens. It’s fixed in trunk (as of a few days ago), but if you’re using the betas, go press meta-tab (the global shortcut for cycling through activities) to avoid this bug :)

Also, although the beta1 activity-creation bug was fixed, it gave some people a lot of useless activities that can’t be automagically cleaned up. If you don’t want to delete them all manually, here’s how to wipe out all your plasma and activity config:

1. log out of kde
2. log into a terminal
3. remove plasma-desktop-appletsrc and activitymanagerrc from ~/.kde4/share/config/ (might be .kde/ instead of .kde4/ on some distros)
4. log back into kde
5. do the meta-tab thing again if you’re on beta 2

remember: that will delete *all* your plasma config, both desktop and panels. you might want to back up the files first, in case you change your mind.

[edit] oh, one more note; if you’re using multiple screens or PVD, the migration from 4.4 to 4.5beta will make each containment a separate activity. so, if you had 4 virtual desktops and PVD turned on, you’ll have four activities, *each* with four containments. this might not be what you wanted. I had intended to add some code to try and create fewer activities during migration, but didn’t have time. it might still make it into 4.5; we’ll see.

so, good news: the activity bar and mouse plugin and so on are all safe to use in beta 2. :)
Thanks to neoclust, the main crash bug was also fixed. yay! :) I was seeing a second crash, but it was very odd and I can’t reproduce it any more, so hopefully that means someone else fixed it ;)

As for multiscreen – there’s still one bug to fix there. oy, and it seems I have some screensaver maintenance to do… I don’t think either of those will be trivial fixes, but I’ll try and tackle them soon. I’ve been busy lately – for the next three months I’m working on odfkit. :) It’s nice, but takes away a *lot* of my kde hacking time.

Added to that, I also installed opensuse last week, so I didn’t really have a kde dev. environment until yesterday. I’m still having some weird problems with 4.4 apps getting all broken in a trunk environment (somehow /usr/share/kde4 is getting totally ignored no matter what I do, if my PATH has trunk stuff in it, and kmail can’t get the imap protocol even if I run it in a 4.4 environment) but other than that it’s been surprisingly smooth. :) There were minor issues, of course, but most were easy to resolve, and now I have compositing and other such shiny things. :) I just wish I could figure out how to import my Amarok collection from the old hard drive…

et cetera