(Re)start

Let me write a short introduction for my blog. I started blogging several months ago. I saw as blogging spread over the Net and I thought I have some thoughts to share and it's also a fun activity so I started on Blogger because that was pretty popular. Later I realized how inconvinient was using it, and I've changed to something more usable so here I am.

I'll write about the topics that interest me the most, that are computing, especially free software, the desktop. You can visit my home page for more info about me.

I had a previous post on Firefox which I won't import here. I'll write about it later.

Using WordPress

WordPress seems to be pretty enough to use it. The admin interface is overstyled but the frontend part is now clean enough as I applied the Simple Blue theme. It's a shame that this baby doesn't have any wikiish markup, its parser almost only autoparagraphs HTML.

About Blogger

Blogger was a nightmare. In case somebody doesn't know (I didn't) it's basically a generator. It runs on blogger.com. The user logs in and makes some posts. The posts are stored in blogger.com's database and the users can publish them. In the user preferences one can set his/her (S)FTP account so blogger will be able to write the generated code to that location. Once you wanna publish your post you'll have to wait up to some minutes which is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately that's the better case. The worse is that you get some inscrutable error messages which truly mean that the server is so messed up that you should wait some days until the problem gets fixed. Blogger has a simple template language too. The only thing that was apparent to me that its UI is very mature and usable which is probably the result of years of development. That's probably why it's so popular.

Home Page Moved to Objectis

I moved my home page from Rustic (pretty hardly usable at this point and completely undocumented) to Plone 2 hosted by objectis.net. Objectis hosts noncommercial Zope, Plone, Plone 2 accounts freely. I almost couldn't believe this can happen. Plone 2 is pretty resource hungry so I was really suprised to see there is some free hosting when I googled for it. This service is great. The admins are very helpful and the servers are *fast*. I hope it'll last forever. I love Plone, especially its wiki-style markup (MediaWiki has better), its OO paradigm and architecture (Python and Zope rocks). Authoring is a magic this way.

Browsing in the Desktop World

I was browsing around the most recent developments in the free desktop world. There are some very exciting things going on. The most remarkable is the Dashboard project and the infrastructure it is based on, most notably Beagle. There is so large space to innovate. Computers throw away so much valuable metadata. I'm really excited about all this stuff. I wanna work on this and use it, but unfortunately I've got some other things to do until that.

Planet Universe

I didn't knew about the Planet universe until this time. This nifty feed aggregator, PlanetPlanet drives dozens of (for the present mostly technical) sites. It's amazing to see me how a single application can change the way information is distributed. I've tried it out myself. The summarized page looks poorer than the posts, because the original subtle formatting gets lost, but it's still very usable anyway. Good stuff.

Some skins and themes I created

Even though I'm not a graphics artist I created some skins and themes in the past that I'd like to share with you. I've made these available both on Gnome-Look.org and on GitHub.

Unix-clear XMMS skin

This is my first skin and quite frankly, I'm not impressed but I share this with you anyways because it's part of the history of humanity. :-)

xmms-unix-clear-skin

m7c XMMS skin

A lot better based on my opinion and others' comments. I personally like it.

xmms-m7c-skin

Explicit Flatness XMMS skin

I'm pretty satisfied with this piece of skin and decided that I won't make any more.

xmms-explicit-flatness-skin

Explicit Flatness Metacity theme

This theme is based on the XMMS skin of the related name.

metacity-explicit-flatness-theme