Georg Grabler (STiAT) - blog

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Category Archives: Personal

1 Monitoring, 2 Amarok – JuK

I know I was hardly working on JuK lately (not at all to be true), due to other favoured projects as building a own agent based system monitoring framework. I’ve given up that task though, it’s a lot of quite complex work doing this cross-platform (all flavours of unix and windows, mainframe interfaces etc).
Also, I completely underestimated the “pro-active monitoring” suites, which is basically easy if you do it protocol based, but a lot of harder concept-wise.
Besides that it’s a lot of work, I proved my current concepts quite wrong, and have no intention to start over from the start there again.

I decided I’ll work some on JuK again. I was using Amarok lately, because all people say it “rocks”. Maybe it “rocks”, because on my desktop it does play rock (metal) music. But the application itself? I don’t know. I have not succeeded yet getting Amarok to play my playlist randomly, and repeat the playlist. I can just “sort” it randomly by clicking, what’s not too nice in my eyes, while I couldn’t find the “repeat playlist” at all, not even after spending 30 minutes looking + using google. I’m pretty disappointed about that.

So – what’s next? I’ll move on now, no, not away of KDE, but back to JuK. I’ve plans spending some time again there, and I’ll definitely start out porting the last parts of JuK to Qt4 before messing around with other stuff (playlist management in example). I’d also like to make some changes to the UI, especially the playlist / collection management, but I’m not sure how many guys would disagree with that :-).

Anyway, I decided I’ll take the task of finishing the port, to get it pushed by mpyne again, and will apply for an SVN account then. I’ll go on porting first to see if I really have enough time contributing to KDE.

Back from vacations

Woooho, back from my vacations. It was a great time in Croatia – I love that country, the people, the sea – just everything. I’ve been on the island Hvar (2nd time already) which has been very nice.

I did some deep water soloing, and plan to do so again next year. It’s just great, a lot of fun. Next to that, I really relaxed a lot, read several books (NON technical ones, except the python book which I wanted to finish for over a year now). Pictures of my vacations will be uploaded later, as soon as I got them. I was intelligent enough to buy a water protection for my camera, sadly, it broke on the cliffs, and by jumping into the water, my camera broke as well. A friend of us made some more pictures, which I’ll get some time. As soon as I receive them there will be picture time here.

All the holiday and relaxing thing means – I’m back, with new power, and intentions to get my last tasks done.

I’ve not gotten any step further in my holidays on removing k3support in JuK. Even though, I had my laptop with me and a bunch of time, I simply didn’t have any intention to work at all (to be true, I didn’t even take the laptop out of the car), but rather enjoyed the sea, spare time, and people and beer there.

Sadly it seems as if the version for the next major release of KDE has been reached, at least I guess so, since Michael wrote that in his svn commit, and I’m not really aware of all the release politics in KDE – and I’m not really interested in those things (thanks Michael for caring :D).

The good point, he finally pushed my patches, means I don’t have to work on 4 different versions of JuK (having no local branches in this case is hard, and for some reason I’m not really satisfied with git-svn :D), and I really want to work on the last huge patch of JuK, removing all remaining k3support. It’s pushing me that I want to work on features instead of porting, so I’m very motivated finishing this one.