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A New Decade, a new beginning...

It's been awhile since I've posted. 2009 was a year of reflection and figuring out a new direction. Now that 2010 is here, things have been up on the up turn. I accepted a position at RIM (Research In Motion) and look forward to exciting stuff.

This does mean however, my KDE development as it stands, must cease, at least within Plasma. I enjoyed the time I had to help KDE grow, even if it was a small bit. It's sad letting go of a baby you nurtured and developed (in my case the weather plasmoid) but now someone else can make improvements and help it grow, I will be able to answer questions though.

Sometimes the directions you take make unexpected turns, but in the long run, a good future can be made.

Syndicated 2010-03-20 17:09:41 from spstarr's blog

Even though you know it's coming it's never something you really want to happen...

Well, today I was let go after being at Platform Computing working on our Open Source software for almost 5 years. It's been one of those up and downer days. I read the FLOSS blog postings from all the different communities and see people being let go and now I'm one of them Sad

The writing was on the wall though for months, it's not like I didn't know this would happen. I just wanted to deny that It could happen, but it has happened.

So, for now. I will not be dedicating much time to KDE while I try to find new work elsewhere. I don't look at this as a sad day, but as a new beginning for me...

If anyone wants to hire a pretty smart Linux guy, please contact me Smiling


Syndicated 2009-04-21 20:50:22 from spstarr's blog

Weather Forecast Widget - Update

There will be some new weather providers coming soon. I am currently working on adding a Netherlands source (current conditions only provided free). Someone is working on a German source and I plan on adding 7 day forecast info to the NOAA provider hopefully soon.

Just be aware, I do read what's out there from googleland and yes we do need more weather providers for you folks complaining Eye-wink
As for using Marble, I'd like to, as NOAA provides .kml files which would make radar display very nice to have. But I'm only one person you know, help me out and things happen faster!

Thanks to aseigo, we have Solid Network awareness support for the dataengine.

Thanks to Petri Damstén, we have a cleaner interface for weather data handling.

It's very nice to see the weather wallpaper!

More to come... Smiling

Syndicated 2009-04-16 20:30:45 from spstarr's blog

Congratulations KDE! and a note on weather forecast plasmoid

We did it!

KDE 4.2 Released!

Congratulations to everyone who made this possible! It's this kind of spirit that makes me want to shed a tear of joy.

For those looking for the weather forecast plasmoid (that's the official name of it), it's now in extragear for the KDE 4.2 post-release so distros can now package it.

My plan is to move this to kdeplasma-addons for KDE 4.3 in a few months. We have some features planned that will be really nice Smiling

Syndicated 2009-01-29 22:50:51 from spstarr's blog

A Holiday Present - Weather Plasmoid 1.0 is finished

Well, I've been extremely busy on the weather plasmoid and finally, '1.0' is ready for use. It's now moved to kdereview so that any final bugs can be shaken out. This should arrive in extragear as soon as the review is completed.

You'll notice some differences:

* New! Five day view. Special thanks to Marco Mart and Lee Olson also the wind icon.
* Dock applet to plasma panel thanks to Marco Martin for this.
* Tooltip support that displays the icon, place, condition and current temperature.
* Rearranged configuration dialog thanks to Davide Bettio for this.
* All the conversion combo boxes now work it you can mix and match any combinations.
* Clickable credits where present (depends on data source) this will take you to the original data from the source's website.
* Popup tooltips when you hover over the 5 day icons to show you what the condition will be.
* Clickable watches/warning links where present (depends on data source).
* If in Canada, if a watch or warning for your area is issued the applet will add the 'Notices' tab on its next update of data.

If you're using KDE trunk, please test and report any bugs you find to me on #plasma or email.

And now, for screen shots!

In this screenshot, two shots using the Environment Canada data source:

Weather Plasmoid Config Dialog

You can click on the watch and warning text and it will open up in a browser to show the official warning text from your weather agency (where supported, only Environment Canada at the moment)

Weather Plasmoid Applet

In this screenshot, using the BBCUKMET data source, I configured temperature for Fahrenheit, wind speed in Meters Per Second (m/s) and pressure in Inches of mercury.

Here is the applet docked to Plasma panel

Weather Plasmoid on panel

* NOTE: The NOAA data source only provides current conditions not long term forecasts.

Thank you for your patience =)

Syndicated 2008-12-29 05:52:37 from spstarr's blog

A New Beginning

So,I've moved. This is the first week that I'm in my new place. If you were wondering why I haven't done much coding, that's why Eye-wink

Getting used to living away from the nest.

Here's some pictures:

Condo Picture 1

Condo Picture 2

Makeshift workstation area, notice no LCD monitor yet Smiling

Condo Picture 3

Condo Picture 4

A view from above with more snow coming tonight

Condo Picture 5

Syndicated 2008-12-06 21:49:37 from spstarr's blog

Current Status of weather plasmoid


Just to let everyone know, I haven't stopped development. Here's a current look of the plasmoid with more changes coming

Weather Plasmoid

I've been busy with notmart aka Marco Martin and finally the results are starting to pay off nicely. I am still gunning for KDE 4.2 to have the '1.0' version of this plasmoid complete and ready for use.

The configuration dialog is going to be redone as this was designed for a different use case that didn't make sense now. If you'd like to help out email me or find me on IRC Smiling

Syndicated 2008-09-22 17:46:28 from spstarr's blog

OLS Day 0

On Monday, I drove to Guelph to hang out with some friends and then take the VIA Train to Ottawa. We arrived around 5pm today.

About the only thing done that was productive today was order a Pizza and sync rawhide and pray wireless will work tomorrow morning.

I wish Other KDE people where here Sad

[ Insert I'm Going to OLS! banner here ]

Pictures to come ...

Syndicated 2008-07-23 04:19:40 from spstarr's blog

Plasma Weather Meeting and things to come...

Our famous Oxygen folks have brought a taste of things to come for the weather plasmoid. This mockup is a work in progress.

Credit goes to Pinheiro and Lee Olson from Oxygen for getting things started!

Weather Applet Mockup

I would like to propose a meeting for next week to discuss some changes for the mockup, and other features we may need. Feedback welcome on the date and time.

This is scheduled for KDE 4.2 timeframe.


I'm not going to Akademy :-(
and wish I could

Syndicated 2008-07-10 15:30:30 from spstarr's blog

A lament for the system tray

O woe is me, your poor systray,
I work so hard to show you statuses,
and even then I get no respect.
I make your panel shine with glee,
O please say a prayer for me.

O woe is me,
I am the systray,
just don't make me display things in disarray.

Syndicated 2008-07-03 03:58:55 from spstarr's blog

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