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Hi there,

Thanks for your reply not being angry or offended. :) I guess it depends on whether you're aiming for the LCD or an experienced computer user. I'd be curious to see how those same users would fare with the KAddressBook interface.

Personally, I don't want my KDE UI to look like a Wii or a PSP; I want it to be clean and functional, making good use of screen space, while still looking nice. I think the current KDE 3.5.x does this very well, and OSX is pretty good also. But, to each his own. :) Maybe you should consider working on Plasma for KDE 4. - Jul 16 2007
No offense intended; I respect the time and effort you put into this, but I feel like giving my feedback to hopefully help you make a better app.

The UI is really bad. It is completely inconsistent with any existing UI design standards. It wastes enormous amounts of screen space. It gives emphasis to unimportant items, and relegates important functions to strange-looking, non-standard widgets.

I can't recall exactly what the OSX address book looks like, but you could probably take some cues from it. And to be quite honest, the KAddressBook UI is far, far, superior to this. It's far more usable and functional.

Really, the look and design of your app belongs more in a game UI than a useful app. - Jul 15 2007
Konqueror Navigation Icons

Icon Sub-Sets by rowancompsciguy 6 comments

You really should use Inkscape and develop in SVG, not Gimp and raster. - May 07 2007
qBittorrent

Network by hydr0g3n 18 comments

It's hard for me to understand the purpose of this app. KTorrent is excellent, mature, and already has these features that are "coming" in qBittorrent: UPnP/NAT-PMP, RSS, styles, files prioritizing in a torrent; Windows portability will likely come in the future with KDE4. Ok, so this works without the KDE libs...but the KDE libs are great!

But, hey, more free software (and Qt, at that) is always good. - May 02 2007
Yakuake

System Software by Sho 1026 comments

That might be hard if X crashes and restarts, which would kill drkonqi. - Jan 28 2007
True transparency for Konsole

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by TheNacho 41 comments

To be honest, I actually like the "not real" transparency. The reason is, the Konsole uses my wallpaper as the background for the terminal, which looks nice and clean as a background for all that text. If it used "true" transparency, it would overlay the terminal text on top of windows, icons, etc, which would make it uglier and harder to read. So... :/ - Nov 06 2006
Amarok Dj mixing according to same mood (idea)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by Carroarmato0 11 comments

This is what Bugzilla is for. Please learn to use it. - May 17 2006
Adblock Improvement

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dagnele 47 comments

Nice! Are you going to try to get it in Konqueror itself? - May 12 2006
Kopete DeskList Plugin

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by conrausch 118 comments

Great plugin. Thank you! - Apr 16 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

Not your fault, it's something with checkinstall (which has always worked fine before). I filed a bug already. Thanks for your help. - Apr 15 2006
Kopete DeskList Plugin

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by conrausch 118 comments

The make failed until I installed libxss-dev (Debian name). Shouldn't the configure script catch this? - Apr 15 2006
Kopete DeskList Plugin

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by conrausch 118 comments

Oops, didn't have kdenetwork-dev installed. (This should be detected by ./configure, shouldn't it?) - Apr 15 2006
Kopete DeskList Plugin

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by conrausch 118 comments

Same problem. Using Debian with KDE 3.5.2 and Kopete 0.11.2. Have kdelibs4-dev 3.5.2-2. - Apr 14 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

I'm not sure if this is caused by your packaging or a bug in Debian's coreutils package. I thought I would ask here before filing a bug in Debian.

After make finishes, make install gives this:

(I also uploaded at: http://alphapapa.net/kbeaglebar-install-segfault.txt)

/bin/sh ../../admin/mkinstalldirs /usr/local/kde/share/doc/HTML/en/kbeaglebar
/usr/bin/install -c -p -m 644 index.docbook /usr/local/kde/share/doc/HTML/en/kbeaglebar/index.docbook
/bin/sh: line 1: 27773 Segmentation fault /usr/bin/install -c -p -m 644 ./$base /usr/local/kde/share/doc/HTML/en/kbeaglebar/$base
/usr/bin/install -c -p -m 644 screenshot.png /usr/local/kde/share/doc/HTML/en/kbeaglebar/screenshot.png
/bin/sh: line 1: 27774 Segmentation fault /usr/bin/install -c -p -m 644 ./$base /usr/local/kde/share/doc/HTML/en/kbeaglebar/$base
make[3]: *** [install-nls] Error 139

What do you think I should do? - Apr 13 2006
Butterfly

Wallpaper Other by duguedes 2 comments

Please post a high-res version of this wallpaper, at least 1600x1200. It's very nice, but will look bad scaled up. - Apr 13 2006
Kerry Beagle

Utilities by binner 47 comments

The make failed until I installed libkonq4-dev (Debian). Shouldn't the ./configure catch that? - Apr 09 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

(Had to scrunch the subject in there.)

I upgraded to Beagle 0.2.3 and noticed that kBeagleBar didn't work anymore. When I do a search it just doesn't do anything; it doesn't even say that it found no results. I recompiled it with beagle-dev 0.2.3-1 (from Debian), and still nothing. - Mar 21 2006
Kopete

Chat & Messenging by mattr 100 comments

I didn't know AOL had a Linux version.

No offense, but I have a hard time believing that someone who writes like this uses any Linux distro.

My advice (if you read this):

1. Dump whatever distro you're using and install Kubuntu.
2. Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Explain your problems clearly and with detail. Don't write as if you're typing with a cellphone. - Mar 13 2006
usb_device_amaroKscript

Amarok 1.x Scripts by kbulgrien 34 comments

I just got a 1 GB SD card so I can put music on it to play on my PPC in the car with an FM transmitter. I want to reencode my MP3s to 96kbps Oggs to save space on the card. For the last several hours I've been trying to make a plugin for this script to do that. I'm 99% there, except for one thing: the scripts can't handle a non-zero exit code without popping up an error box and stopping cold.

Not all of my music files are MP3s: some are Oggs already, so I need the transcoding script to handle that. But no matter what I try, the script always stops with "Error 1" when the test to see if the filename's extension is ".mp3" fails. Of course it's going to fail on an Ogg file...but that doesn't mean the script has to quit there! I want it to continue!

I've tried using grep, I've tried using case statements, and no matter what, it always kills the script before it can continue.

*sigh* I've got it working great on one filetype. - Mar 11 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

You're right; I never noticed that before. Well, I've noticed that Beagle can take a long time to return results, and as long as kBB is waiting for Beagle's results, it is frozen; and as long as kBB is frozen, you can't give any input to any other programs or interfaces in X. IMHO this is a serious problem. Here are some ideas to help:

1. A simple timeout for searches; if nothing's returned in so many seconds, cancel it and close the menu, so the user can continue using the X session without having to resort to something like restarting kicker.

2. Instead of using the pop-up menu, do a little trick where you create a special window at the same position that the pop-up menu appears, without window decorations or borders, but one that is a normal window. Make it act like the pop-up menu, in that if you click on something else it disappears. This way it wouldn't block input to the rest of the GUI.

3. Get KDE to fix the problem at a higher (lower?) level, for all pop-up menus. - Mar 10 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

I've noticed that while the kBeagleBar box is open, X does not receive any events from the mouse or keyboard at all. Just moving the cursor over something, like buttons on a title bar, does nothing while kBeagleBar is open. This is especially bad if kBeagleBar freezes up for a while, as it makes your GUI unusable. That happened to me earlier; I had to switch to tty2 and `killall -9 kicker` to get my GUI to respond again.

Please continue your work on this. So far it's the only Spotlight-like thing for KDE, and it's really handy. - Mar 09 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

Wonderful start! Please continue developing this. I can already see "Spotlight" in KDE. :) - Mar 07 2006
kBeagleBar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by dbera 42 comments

You say 0.2.0, but ./configure says 0.2.1. - Mar 07 2006
Timer

Karamba & Superkaramba by davidstefka 2 comments

Great applet. Could you add the ability to simply type in a number for the timer? It'd be nice if you could just type "20" or "20m" for 20 minutes, and ":20" or "20s" for 20 seconds, etc. - Mar 05 2006
Eiffel tower

Wallpaper Other by hariuha 4 comments

Maybe you could take a shot in the spring or summer so the tree would look better. :) Very nice perspective, though. - Feb 16 2006
Torino2006 - #1

Wallpaper Other by rod 3 comments

It's only 1024x768, not 1600x1200. - Feb 16 2006
yaBi - beagle search client

Various KDE Stuff by dbera 31 comments

Here's another one. I used a different search term, the search completed, and after a few seconds of looking at the summary (didn't click anything or even move the mouse), it crashed.

Terminal:
$ python2.3 yabi.py
Unhandled exception in thread started by
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "yabi.py", line 1260, in print_snippets
fetch_and_print_snippets (hitlist, box)
File "yabi.py", line 1280, in fetch_and_print_snippets
response = client.send_request (snippet)
gobject.GError: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
KCrash: Application 'yabi.py' crashing...


Backtrace:
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Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
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0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#0 0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1 0xb7ee5da0 in sem_wait@GLIBC_2.0 ()
from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libpthread.so.0
#2 0xb7d776a0 in ?? ()
#3 0x080dd10e in PyThread_acquire_lock ()
#4 0x080b1aa1 in PyEval_RestoreThread ()
#5 0x080d7659 in PyGILState_Ensure ()
#6 0xb77bee3e in sip_api_wrapper_check ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/sip.so
#7 0xb5bfb780 in sipKApplication::notify ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/kdecore.so
#8 0xb6eb25e5 in QApplication::sendEvent () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#9 0xb6f1398c in QEventLoop::activateTimers () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#10 0xb6ec635c in QEventLoop::processEvents () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0xb6f3ada2 in QEventLoop::enterLoop () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#12 0xb6f3accb in QEventLoop::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#13 0xb6f21225 in QApplication::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#14 0xb62cf6c3 in sipQApplication::sipEmit_guiThreadAwake ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/qt.so
#15 0x080b6ca4 in PyEval_GetFuncName ()
#16 0x080b8417 in PyEval_EvalCodeEx ()
#17 0x080b8695 in PyEval_EvalCode ()
#18 0x080d935c in PyRun_FileExFlags ()
#19 0x080d9623 in PyRun_SimpleFileExFlags ()
#20 0x08054fc7 in Py_Main ()
#21 0xb7d8deb0 in __libc_start_main () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
#22 0x080549a1 in _start () - Feb 02 2006
yaBi - beagle search client

Various KDE Stuff by dbera 31 comments

I do a search, the result summary shows up, and after a couple seconds, it crashes. Happens every time the same way. Log and backtrace follow...

(I had to use the HTML for the less-than sign to get it to show up here.)

Terminal:
$ python2.3 yabi.py
QFont::setPixelSize: Pixel size <= 0 (0)
QFont::setPixelSize: Pixel size <= 0 (0)
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'DOM::DOMException'
KCrash: Application 'yabi.py' crashing...


Backtrace:
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Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread -1209882944 (LWP 15340)]
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0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#0 0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1 0xb7f98da0 in sem_wait@GLIBC_2.0 ()
from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libpthread.so.0
#2 0xb7e2a6a0 in ?? ()
#3 0x080dd10e in PyThread_acquire_lock ()
#4 0x080b1aa1 in PyEval_RestoreThread ()
#5 0x080d7659 in PyGILState_Ensure ()
#6 0xb7871e3e in sip_api_wrapper_check ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/sip.so
#7 0xb5cae780 in sipKApplication::notify ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/kdecore.so
#8 0xb6f655e5 in QApplication::sendEvent () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#9 0xb6fc698c in QEventLoop::activateTimers () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#10 0xb6f7935c in QEventLoop::processEvents () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0xb6fedda2 in QEventLoop::enterLoop () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#12 0xb6fedccb in QEventLoop::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#13 0xb6fd4225 in QApplication::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#14 0xb63826c3 in sipQApplication::sipEmit_guiThreadAwake ()
from /usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/qt.so
#15 0x080b6ca4 in PyEval_GetFuncName ()
#16 0x080b8417 in PyEval_EvalCodeEx ()
#17 0x080b8695 in PyEval_EvalCode ()
#18 0x080d935c in PyRun_FileExFlags ()
#19 0x080d9623 in PyRun_SimpleFileExFlags ()
#20 0x08054fc7 in Py_Main ()
#21 0xb7e40eb0 in __libc_start_main () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
#22 0x080549a1 in _start () - Feb 02 2006
yaBi - beagle search client

Various KDE Stuff by dbera 31 comments

Running Debian with python2.4=2.4.2-2, I get a segfault. I got it working with Python 2.3 though.

Any plans to package this for Debian? - Feb 02 2006
RecordRadio

Amarok 1.x Scripts by tkaitchuck 32 comments

Trying 0.2.3 now. You rock, thanks. :) - Jan 29 2006
RecordRadio

Amarok 1.x Scripts by tkaitchuck 32 comments

Thanks for adding that, but wouldn't it make more sense to not record by default, and to use the menu to record it? I listen to this stream all the time, but I only record from it once in a while. - Jan 28 2006
RecordRadio

Amarok 1.x Scripts by tkaitchuck 32 comments

By the way, Amarok isn't showing the stream metadata for the relay stream, but XMMS does. Is that a problem with this script, or Amarok itself? - Jan 24 2006
RecordRadio

Amarok 1.x Scripts by tkaitchuck 32 comments

Oops, I'm sorry, I didn't realize there was separate functionality for podcasts and streams. I just tried it, and indeed, it's recording. :)

Now, I do have a small feature request, if possible: could there be a button or menu item for recording streams, instead of doing it automatically? I don't want to record it every time I listen to it, but it'd be nice to be able to leave the script activated without it automatically recording streams.

Thanks for your great script. :) - Jan 24 2006
RecordRadio

Amarok 1.x Scripts by tkaitchuck 32 comments

Here's one that streams fine but this script doesn't handle, because it doesn't end in ".mp3" or ".ogg":

http://64.236.34.67:80/stream/1005

Can that be fixed? :) - Jan 21 2006
switch

Wallpaper Other by meeps 3 comments

Can't even read it. - Jan 09 2006
Yakuake

System Software by Sho 1026 comments

Hey, I love Yakuake, I use it all day long. I look forward to its development. But I have to say, this IRC meeting thing is a little silly. Please, no offense intended, but I'm not going to get up at 6 AM to attend an IRC meeting about a little terminal app. You should post an announcement on your site and invite discussion on a mailing list or forum, like every other open-source project. :) If you want to chat about it in IRC too, great, but don't limit it to IRC. You're cutting out 99% of your audience. - Jan 07 2006
SmoothSlideSaver

Screensavers by carstenw42 55 comments

I posted the other comment before trying it. WOW. This is fantastic. I'm running it on an nVidia card, and it looks amazing. All the photos look so smooth and sharp while panning and zooming. This is a top-notch screensaver. It should really be included in KDE itself.

You should also submit it to Debian. :) - Jan 06 2006
SmoothSlideSaver

Screensavers by carstenw42 55 comments

Maybe you should submit it to KDE itself. :) - Jan 06 2006
Winter

Wallpaper Other by 08021982 6 comments

Well, unless the original photographer took the pic at 1024x768, there is a larger version. :) I don't know what you mean about having to scale it down for use in the GIMP; GIMP works great with large images. And fuzziness isn't a problem if you use the highest-quality resizing algorithm, usually "cubic." - Jan 02 2006
Santa Tux and Friends

Wallpaper Other by blujay 3 comments

I didn't draw that Tux, it's an SVG I found on the Net somewhere. Unfortunately Inkscape won't let me ungroup it and modify it. - Dec 30 2005
Winter

Wallpaper Other by 08021982 6 comments

Computers with smaller displays can resize the images themselves. Why lock out people who have larger screens? Just upload the largest size you can, and everyone else's computer can automatically size down as needed. That way everyone can use them. - Dec 30 2005
Winter

Wallpaper Other by 08021982 6 comments

I really like the photo, but 1024x768??? I was running at that res ten years ago. Wallpapers nowadays should be at least 1600x1200, but even bigger than that would be good future-proofing--and there are those with really large screens who need it now, too. Remember, the software can always scale it down as needed. - Dec 29 2005
Eiskristalle

Wallpaper Other by 08021982 2 comments

Is that ice or cracks in the window? - Dec 29 2005
SamuraiSVG

Wallpaper Other by serxxx 5 comments

great work. - Dec 28 2005
Abstract Circles

Wallpaper Other by Ofenrohr 2 comments

Very nice. What techniques did you use in GIMP to make them? - Dec 28 2005
911-Sandcastle

KDE 3.x Splash Screens by funny-girl 11 comments

What's the story behind this photo? - Dec 28 2005
KBFX Silk (KBFX 0.4.9.3.1)

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by sirajr 613 comments

Minimal mouse movement is a great idea, but the problem with your solution is that you can't see all the apps in a menu section at one time. So if you aren't sure which section an app is in, you have to scroll your wheel through the entire section before looking in the next one. It's hard enough when they're all on-screen at once, but I think having to scroll through a few at a time before you can see them all is worse. I guess it depends on how many apps are in a section.

Something I did to reduce mouse movement is to move my kicker panels to the top of the screen. Now most mouse movement happens at one edge of the screen: menus, launchers, pagers, task lists, notification areas, app title bars, app menus, app tabs, etc. They're all near one edge of the screen, instead of some being at the bottom and others at the top. I actually did this with Windows 2000 before I switched to Linux. Anyway, try it for a few days, you might like it. :) - Dec 28 2005
Gnubuntu main menu

Icon Sub-Sets by zima 12 comments

Do you have an SVG version? Ubuntu requires that all their icons be SVG. - Apr 22 2005
Gnubuntu main menu

Icon Sub-Sets by zima 12 comments

Excellent logo. Ubuntu should use this as standard. - Apr 22 2005
Gnubuntu main menu

Icon Sub-Sets by zima 12 comments

"objects" is not a child of "apps > panel". The next level would be "default_setup" or "profiles", with "objects" being a child of each of those. But I tried changing both, and neither worked for me. - Apr 22 2005