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Tyson Grubb
File Manager + DE Usability

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 35 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 28 2003
No lagging here, and I'm on a 500MHz Pentium III with an old ATI Rage 128.

Have you tied any of the Nautilus 2.2 series? The latest is 2.2.1 (though currently my version is 2.2, and I've not seen any speed problems since the early 1.x and 2.x releases). - Mar 16 2003
No, for alot of people Nautilus 2.2 IS very fast. Are you everyone else in the universe? No. Then what makes you think you can speak for everyone else in the universe?

Try the latest Nautilus first before bashing it.

- Mar 16 2003
elmo II

KDE 3.0-3.4 Themes 35 comments

by elmo
Score 50.0%
Dec 16 2002
Dude, read the author's comments. It's only screenshots of an idea for a theme. :o) - Dec 26 2002
New style 'Different'

Various Stuff 57 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 10 2002
Holy Moly!

You've more than hit the nail on the head with the second update to the first screenshot, you've knocked it perfectly flush into the wood!

Code that baby! :o) - Jul 07 2002
First of all, let me say how much I LOVE the idea of this style! It's simple, it's elegant, and it's...well, it's a new look that is professional-looking (not Fischer-Price) and usable.

1) No gradient - as others have pointed out, it destroys the elegance. I personally prefer KDE Default over HiColor Default for that reason. But still, keep it as an option in KControl for those who insist.

2) More shadows for widget elements. Keep the widgets themselves flat (eg, pushbuttons, readiobuttons, checkboxes, etc), but make them appear a little more raised from the window background - this improves usability by making the widgets more discernable from the background, especially so since everything (including the widgets themselves) is flat. It appears now that every widget does have shadow; I would just suggest make it a little bit (not a lot!) more pronounced. BTW, I love it! :o)

3) Colors - make them configurable (ie, go with the current color scheme). For example, I assume the orange border in the button in the screenshot is meant to show that it's the default button (has keyboard focus). Some folks may not care for orange. I would suggest keeping the border, but make it a darker hue than the color of the window background.

4) Definitely use regular shapes. The offset rectangles in the second screenshot make look cool at first, but that's gonna confuse the hell outta people and look just gaudy later on. It serves no functional purpose (things like shadows, however, do)

5) Progress bar - increase the contrast between the progress bar background and the progress bar text.

All things considered, this a GREAT style (referring to the first screenshot), and I'm truly excited that this style is coming into existence.

Eagerly looking forward to what may come,
Ty - Jul 07 2002
The Winhoes XP

Wallpaper Other 7 comments

Score 50.0%
May 11 2002
"Ho" is the singular, "hoes" would be the plural. So "Winhos" would be incorrect - it would come out sounding like "when-hoss" or "when-hozz". You need the e in the plural to keep the o long.

In the singular, "ho" is correct, because "ho" is slang for "whore". - May 08 2002
Black and White color scheme

KDE 3 Color Schemes 9 comments

Score 50.0%
May 03 2002
One person pointed out above that visually impaired people need no greys. As for the wallpaper, I'm not sure what would be best, but I guess a tight black and white matte patter, such that it would provide a clear contrast with windows yet not be too bright or two dark. - May 03 2002
The concept is definitely good. Ignore the trolls - it must be a full moon out.

Things I would suggest:
1) Wallpaper - while the existing one has a 'gee-whiz' componenet to it, a matted grey backgorund would provide more contrast and be easier on the eyes (black window bordes/title and black background would get confused).

2) Finish out the iconset (probably something to be done by the icontheme's maintainer) to provide more consistency

You're onto a good thing here. Somee more work and we're on our way to having a usbale high-contrast theme. - May 03 2002
Mmm... different

KDE Plasma Screenshots 1 comment

Score 50.0%
May 03 2002 seems, however, that the Keramik-Liquid-Crystal craze is still going strong and showing no sings of lessening. I posted a "differen" screenie a while back and it didn't get near the attention my Aqua-ish one did.

BTW, intereting use of blue. :o) - May 02 2002
arewe (mouse pointers for X)

Various Stuff 5 comments

by dleal
Score 50.0%
May 01 2002
Well, poo poo. :o( - May 01 2002
Reread my original post. I know we can't do that yet. That's not what I'm talking about.

What I'm talking about is FAKING IT by drawing something that simulates a shadow onto the cursor itself, ie, it's part of the cursor image.

Take, for example, the standard white arrow cursor. It has a black border all the way around it. Now make the right and botton borders a little bit thicker and color them grey. A simulated shadow if you wull.

No blending or anything else like that, nothing whatsoever to do with XRender. If you can draw cursors in all shapes and sizes as we do already, you can do this. It won't look like the blending found with the hardware accelerated stuff. It will look like a regular cursor with a drawn-in dropshadow (ie, like handind drawing "3D" letters on a piece of paper - a part of the image itself). - May 01 2002 draw a grey drop-shadow on some of the cursors? I know some NVIDIA cards alpha-blend cursors, but for the rest of us would it be possible to just fake the shadow with a smudgy grey outline on the botton and right sides of the cursor? - May 01 2002
Marbles 0.1.3 (Translucent)

Icon Sub-Sets 44 comments

Score 50.0%
May 26 2002
That's about all I can manage to stammer out with all this, it's like I went to the dentist and had my mouth anesthesized... - Apr 30 2002
KDE Steel

Wallpapers KDE Plasma 18 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 29 2002
I've been using a modified version of Bluestripe - the Ximian-like lined tile - and wanted to make a version with KDE logo on it (a la Ximain's monkey). However, I'm not a graphic artist, and couldn't even figure out how to do it.

So I'm quite pleased with this. :o) - Apr 28 2002
Why do I need Windows???

KDE Plasma Screenshots 27 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 20 2002
Some of us still need Word - SO6 and OO import filters are good, but sometimes they still screw things up when going back and forth from Word to SO6/OO.

I don't know how many times I've cursed when I written a paper for class in SO, taken it to the computer lab to print it out, only to discover that my careful formatting is screwed up. Often times it's worse than that. I can't live like that, I need to be able to take it from one computer to another without having to repair the formatting and whatnot every single time.

Too many people send Word documents around, and simply telling them to use rtf isn't gonna make them change. (You also loose formatting when you use rtf).

As for the browsers, I agree. - Apr 20 2002

KDE Plasma Screenshots 1 comment

Score 50.0%
Apr 20 2002
If your graphics card is accelereated, you might be able to get better fonts if you enable anti-aliasing, apply the Xft-slighthint hack, and get some good TrueType fonts. The Xft-slighthint hack greatly improves AAing, removing a lot of the headache-inducuing fuziness that doesn't allow your eyes to focus.

For Mandrake, grab the RH "webfonts-noarch" rpm from, which gives you things like Verdana, Arial, etc. - Apr 20 2002

KDE 3.x Splash Screens 10 comments

by Xter
Score 50.0%
Apr 14 2002
Or do I even wanna know? - Apr 14 2002
Sort of Keramik

Ice-WM Themes 27 comments

by Matti
Score 50.0%
Apr 13 2002
The screenshots you see are of as yet unreleased code, unfinished code. The final version of Keramik will probably look different. People are pulling the code from KDE CVS. It will be ready for 3.1, I think. - Apr 13 2002
Not a flame, just curous. I can't really tell any similarities with XP, or even OS X. - Apr 12 2002
Not a flame, just curous. I can't really tell any similarities with XP, or even OS X. - Apr 12 2002
Assorted Icons

Icon Sub-Sets 7 comments

by telex
Score 50.0%
Apr 10 2002
It's pretty darn cool.

I was gonna d it for some of mine, but never got around to it.

I wonder how hard it would be to add drop shadows to icon text and windows in KDE? I submitted a wishlist sometime back in the 2.x days, but I'd say that's rather low priority next to other things. :o) - Apr 10 2002
Did you fake it by adding the shadow on the wallpaper, or did you you write a font with thick, fuzzy borders (both of which I've thought about doing).

Or do I dare hope it's in CVS? - Apr 10 2002

KDE 3 Color Schemes 4 comments

by AGran
Score 50.0%
Jul 28 2003 did change your password, right? :o)

Intersting use of color.

- Apr 09 2002
It looks like You-Know-What

KDE Plasma Screenshots 9 comments

by Ty
Score 50.0%
Apr 08 2002
Your email address was sent as localhost@localdomain, so I couldn't reply to your email. Anyhoo, the color-scheme is given here in a post above. - Apr 08 2002
Window backgorund=245,245,245
Button backgorund=165,209,255
Standad Background=white
Selected background=137,191,239
Active Title Bar=185,216,245
Active Title Bar Text=black
Inactive Title Bar=195,205,202
Inactive Title Bar Text=90,90,90
- Apr 08 2002
Ugh! Finally, I have the previews working. I don't know why. It's inconsistent.

Anyhoo, enjoy the new preview. - Apr 08 2002
Is anybody else having trouble with the previews? - Apr 08 2002
Mac OSX background

Wallpapers OSX/Apple 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 07 2002
I be much oblidged to ye! - Apr 07 2002
Slick Icons 1.5 pre2

Icon Sub-Sets 168 comments

Score 58.0%
Nov 08 2003
Whoops, didn't mean to misspell (sp?) your name. - Apr 07 2002
You just don't quit do you? You just hafta keep makin' em better and better, don't you?


Congrats, Amibig. Really nice stuff. I like all the alpha and how they "jump out" at you. - Apr 07 2002
Here's how to get these awesome icons! :o)

1) Rename to slick-1.2.1.tar.bz2
2) bunzip2 slick-1.2.1.tar.bz2
3) gzip slick-1.2.1.tar

Now you can install slick-1.2.1.tar.gz via KControl!

- Mar 20 2002
I figured the bzip2 thing mighta had somethin' to do with it.

I guess one can just bunzip it and then gzip it and install via kcontrol... - Mar 20 2002
The file appears corupted. The tar archive won't install in KControl. When I open the tar up in Konq, all the files have really long names with some very strange characters. - Mar 20 2002
Well it ain't blue!!!

Wallpaper Other 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 07 2002
Could you make a version in blue?

Sorry, sorry, couldn't resist! :oD

/me ducks and runs

Seriously, though, it does look pretty cool. - Apr 07 2002
Finding ConectivaCrystal Beta theme

Various Stuff 16 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 07 2002
Goto to the cited directory, and snatch the latest revision of the rpm.

It's slow downaloading, so wait until I get done. :O) - Apr 07 2002
Where does the rpm dump it's files? In /opt/kde3? Just curious.

BTW, thanks for finding them! I never woulda found 'em myself. I just assumed they would be in a tarball, didn't think to check in an rpm. Good scouting! - Apr 07 2002
I was a wonderin' the same thing... - Apr 07 2002
I didn't tell you where to fscking find it because I didn't know where. I didn't get it from an rpm - I got it straight from a tarball somewhere on that server - I clicked a link someone posted here, and WHAMMO! I had an option to save the tarball of Crystal Beta. I didn't notice the exat path, except it was on said server. I went to try to find where it originally came from, but was unable to locate it. - Apr 07 2002
Blue Wallpaper

Wallpaper Other 3 comments

by mfw
Score 50.0%
Apr 07 2002

Might wanna stick all of them in a tarball; the bad ratings are probably coming from the multiple postings. - Apr 07 2002
KDE Trail

Wallpapers KDE Plasma 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 02 2002
Better watch and be sure your icons dont fall over the bank! :o)

I think the shading of the icon area is a pretty cool idea. - Apr 02 2002

Wallpaper Other 5 comments

by jyc
Score 50.0%
Apr 01 2002
..refreshing. Plainly and simply KDE. - Mar 26 2002

KDE 2 Themes 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 26 2002
Cool use of color - ties it all together in a cool motif.

I think the main problem is the wallpaper. The vertical stripe clashes with the icons, and the copyright statement just sticks out there. I'd take away the stripe or move it to the right side, or just fade it a lot, and move the copyright on bottom so it is hid by kicker (but still be there). I'd also maybe ghost the lithiun text a bit, so it's stylish but not in the way.

- Mar 26 2002

KDE 3.x Splash Screens 22 comments

by ian
Score 50.0%
Mar 30 2002
I LOVE the KDE3 text. Sexy. :o)

Ditto regarding the icons.

It would probably be a good idea to maybe fade/ghost the combobox a bit (in stylish manner, maybe very subtle, slight motion blur in both directions or however you get that effect), so people (newbies) don't mistake it for an actual combobox and thinking this is where they can changwe the style. Sounds dumb, I know, but I bet ya ten dollars to a doughnut somebody will.

Did I say that I love that KDE3 text? - Mar 26 2002

Wallpaper Other 7 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 27 2002
Wow, it keeps on getting there! Two suggestions I would make:

1) The black hole looks as if it's sitting in the accretion disk, kinda like a bowling ball on a matress. Shouldn't the accretion disk be more around the "equator", so to speak, of the black hole?

2) Make the jets inot a tigher cone as they leave the event horizon (going more to a point as they go in), and maybe add some _faint_ hints to make them appear to be swirling, as I'd say they'd be rotating themselves.

Lookin' really good! - Mar 26 2002
Liquid looking like OS X

KDE Plasma Screenshots 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 25 2002
Think: Liquid 0.9, centered kicker, destop menu, kwinAqua_ace port...

Oh, I can't wait 'til I get my hands on KDE3 final... - Mar 25 2002
Dream of Mac :)

KDE Plasma Screenshots 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 24 2002
MacOS-style menu, centered kicker, HP Liquid 0.9.x, a mishmash of Aronaxx's OSX icons mixed with Crystal icons + Slick icons...

Ooohhh, I'm about to pee in my pants (well, not really. But I am excited. Hold me over 'til I get my PowerBook. Then I'll use Konq in XDarwin with HP Liquid as my browser :o) ).

I did this style a while back with an icon theme that came with an olde version of Arronax's Aqua theme which was essentially the icons from OSX converted to KDE icons. Lastest version of Aqua has a different set of icons. - Mar 24 2002
I Like Reno *BLUE* 1600x1200

Wallpaper Other 1 comment

Score 50.0%
Mar 22 2002
Thank you so much!

You took care of everything. The wallpaper functions excellently. Icons stand out really well. And you picked the pefect shade of blue.

Thanks again! And, BTW, cool homepage.

Ty - Mar 22 2002
I Like Reno *YELLOW* 1600x1200

Wallpaper Other 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 22 2002
Great job! I love that wallpaper, especially the glass glare thing.

My suggestions:
1) Make a blue version. I love blue. Yeah, this is personal preference. Yeah, you can do the hue effect thing in the Wallpaper dialog, but it puts a choppy gradient coloring to it.

2) Make the left side square fade, as right now the lines make it difficult to make out icons and icon text.

3) Also make the left side a little more the color of the right side. Especially with the dark squares, it's too busy and you can't make out icons.

Keep up the great work!

- Mar 22 2002
Yellow Mellow

KDE 2 Themes 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 19 2002
I love 'em! Especially around terminals!

Very nice desktop, good sir. - Mar 19 2002
Ice Wing Dale

KDE 2 Themes 6 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 17 2002
The wallpaper comes from Windows Me, and maybe 98SE.

Nothing wrong with using it, a photo is a photo. I particularly like the "Cliff in Clouds" that comes with ME. I used to use it with KDE a lot.

I use M$ ttf fonts on my system, simply because they look better than the ones that ship w/ most distributions. Like someone once said earlier, we've paid for those fonts and backgorunds before, so we might as well use 'em.

The Kicker background has nothing to do with Windows, as far as I know. It was included in a kicker backround pack. Kudos to the author - they are quite nic and do jazz up kicker a bit. - Mar 18 2002