Monday, May 31, 2010

Renaming kttsd

Hey all, I thought I already blogged about this topic, but found I didn't. Anyway, one of the things I wanted to get done while in Randa was to rename KTTSD (Kde Text To Speech Daemon) to something with a meaning that is pronounceable. It's changed a lot since 4.0 (and 3.5, etc.) so a new name fits. A user suggested the name Kitty on a previous blog post, so I used that for about a day until another developer pointed out that Kitty exists ( though it seems outdated/unmaintained. The next morning in Randa, we had a brainstorm session with other developers and came up with a few choices. We went with Jovie which happens to be a less commonly known and used name (and is also one of my daugther's name). So new in kde 4.5 Jovie will talk to everyone (if you or your distro setup speech-dispatcher correctly, etc. etc.)

Next step? Move the developer page from about kttsd that's outdated to techbase and update it for D-Bus, 4.x documentation.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Multimedia/Edu Sprint day -1

I can't remember which day it is today besides that it's Monday. Tomorrow morning very early I'll hop on a train with Percy from Peru and George and go to Zurich, then fly home in our different directions from there. I believe a lot was done in this sprint. I have a longer todo list than I did before, that's for sure. I'll also be blogging more hopefully about the things I do going forward.

One thing I did last week but didn't blog about was to move the workspace tab from the application style area of system-settings down into desktop style area instead. I as many others I've heard were confused when we opened the desktop theme details settings and couldn't set the global plasma theme from in there. I combined that one with the existing workspace tab of the other kcm and call the combination desktop style. I hope this will be more usable and discoverable.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Multimedia sprint

Today lots of people arrived for the first day of the Multimedia/Edu sprint including myself. 2 hours drive to Las Vegas, 4 hour flight to DC, 7.5 hour flight to Zurich, then another 3 on the train. I would have slept on the plane, but there were crying babies (and I was excited to get here). Mario is a great host and has all our needs taken care of, it's great to be here. I've met a few developers I've only known on irc so far, so it's been good though I am tired.

On one flight I did make a todo list of stuff I'd like to get done while here so will start to work away at that now. The plan so far is tomorrow to get all together and decide what we each want to do (and do the same each morning I believe). Anyway, enough for now, just wanted to get my 2 cents in about the day 1 :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Headed to Randa, Switzerland

Hey all. It's been a while. Lots of good things are happening in KDE land these days. I wish I were helping with more of them but will be this week anyway. I'm waiting for a flight to Zurich right now then will hop a train to Randa where the Multimedia/Edu sprint will take place. Thanks to my sponsor and employer Collabora Ltd.

What do I hope to achieve while there? I will definitely be helping with whatever needs help in Edu land. I will also be presenting and discussing any possible tie ins between Edu and accessibility. Plane boarding soon will report more soon.