Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Merry Christmas & happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

What? Did you think I’d blog on Christmas and not mention it? Here’s the obligatory post. (:

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope everything is wonderful for you all!

Oh yeah! I have a blog!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

I need to post something here more often.

birds at the beach Georgia Queen

Most of my little bit of free time on the web has been elsewhere, at places like:

Aside from the above, I’ve also spent a good amount of time working on SUSE Studio (which is currently in alpha, but still awesome).

ice, a row painted desert
dancing with fire winging it
in the air campfire magic

By-the-way: the photos above are recent uploads of mine. Some are from not-so-long-ago; some are from a while back.

You can find the above pictures—and many others—at my Flickr photo stream.

Hack Week wrap-up!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Another Hack Week @ Novell / SUSE has come to an end. I think I’ve been pretty productive, as I took on and accomplished three pretty successful mini–projects.

Redesign the one-click installer

I walked through the current one, taking screenshots and notes. My goals were simple: make it simpler, and reduce the number of clicks (at least 6, depending on what happens) down to 1, as the name implies.

When I had a mockup ready–to–go, I showed it to Benjiman Weber, who happened to be visiting the SUSE office for hack week. He thought it was good overall, but suggested a few changes. I iterated over it a few times and came up something much simpler than the current design, and got it down to 1 click if the repository is already trusted, and an additional click if the repository needs to be trusted.

Here’s the final (for now, at least) design:

If you’re interested, also check all of the mockups, including the previous two as well.

WallaWalla, a from-scratch font (which looks quite a bit like the SUSE font)

Jakub had a great idea; initially I wanted to help out, but I basically wound up making my own SUSE derivative font. Most of it was done on Monday. I spent today (Friday) tidying i up and redoing a lot of the glyphs, as well as quickly adjusting the space between letters (kerning).

Download version 0.1 of the WallaWalla OTF (OpenType File) …or if you want to play around in FontForge, you can download the SFD also.

Ubiquity command for quickly performing a software search

This week, Ubiquity was all the rage. It’s a quick launcher for the Web, served up as a Firefox extension. I decided, on a whim, to whip up an extension for the extension—basically make a new command for it called “software-search”.

Basically, it lets you search the openSUSE software search engine all from a selection on a page (or whatever you type, optionally). It displays the results of how many hits there are (if there are), which provides a quick glance to see if you can do a one-click install from the software search to install whatever software you want, without even needing to visit the page (until you know there’s something available of course). To see the results, just hit enter, and it will open up a new tab with the software you’re seeking.

(It’s great for all of those pages that lists random software for Linux, or whenever you feel like quickly searching to see what is available in the software search.)

Here’s a demo screenshot:

Interested in trying it out? First install Ubuiquity in Firefox, then visit my page for the software-search command.

birthday hack week!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

This week is “Hack Week” @ SUSE / Novell… and Tuesday is my birthday, too!

whoisi theme

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I posted about this on twitter already, but I hacked together a quick user theme for the excellent whoisi service.

It works with either stylish or greasemonkey (there are two versions on the theme’s page, one for each excellent Firefox extension).

no GUADEC for me…

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I was intending on going to this year’s GUADEC in Istanbul, Turkey… but, unfortunately, I’ve been having an amazingly horrid apartment experience.  I call it “the flat fiasco”.

Firefox 3!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Today is Firefox Download Day, and the release of Firefox 3.  Go get (and install) Firefox (it’s available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows too), and be counted as part of a world record!