Thursday, December 07, 2006

OpenSync progress redux

More work on the Opie plugin for OpenSync. After testing synchronisation with KDE PIM it seems there are still a lot of bugs. I fixed quite a few obvious ones, but a major problem that still remains is UID mapping. If you create an entry on the non-Opie side it doesn't have a unique ID that Opie understands, so when that entry is synced across and subsequently modified by Opie it gets assigned a new one. At the next sync it appears to OpenSync as a new entry and so you get a duplicate item. This pretty much makes the plugin useless at the moment, but I think I know how to fix it.

It's nice to finally have a few users testing the plugin too - it gives me some motivation to keep working on it :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I am

You are Geordi LaForge

You work well with others and often fix problems quickly. Your romantic relationships are often bungled.

Geordi LaForge 75%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt) 70%
Jean-Luc Picard 60%
Worf 60%
Spock 54%
Data 43%
James T. Kirk (Captain) 40%
Leonard McCoy (Bones) 40%
Mr. Scott 40%
Chekov 40%
Beverly Crusher 35%
Deanna Troi 35%
Uhura 30%
Mr. Sulu 30%
Will Riker 30%

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

You are Slackware Linux. You are the brightest among your peers, but are often mistaken as insane.  Your elegant solutions to problems often take a little longer, but require much less effort to complete.
Which OS are You?

You are .exe When given proper orders, you execute them flawlessly.  You're familiar to most, and useful to all.
Which File Extension are You?

I'm Quinn. Which Slider are you?

Which 24 Character are you?

No, I'm not kidding, I really am Jack Bauer (according to multiple tests even!) although I think I'd rather be Tony Almeida - and with a wife like that, who wouldn't... :)

And, as you can probably tell, I'm bored...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

OpenSync progress

It's surprising what can be acheived with a solid weekend's worth of hacking. The Opie plugin for OpenSync now syncs contacts, todos, and events. I still need to sort out categories, alarms for events, and a few other fields, plus improve robustness (improve error handling, etc.). Still, it's getting towards the point where it will actually be useful.

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Well, here we are again, 8 months down the track.

LCA was good, met a few cool people and I definitely enjoyed my stay in Dunedin. One thing I did not like however was how all of the recordings of the talks have somehow been lost or weren't even recorded correctly. Yes, I know the people helping out were volunteers, and I know from my own experience how difficult running a large event like that can be. On the other hand, I paid a fair amount of money for the conference and having been promised recordings of all the talks, that's what I expected. I have to say I am less than enthusiastic about making a special trip to Australia for LCA 2007, although I won't necessarily rule it out.

Over the last little while I haven't had much motivation to do work at home, but in the last week or so I have managed to fix up the Opie plugin for OpenSync a little bit - syncing contacts (or at least, retrieving them from Opie) is now working again. There's lots more work to do and hopefully now I've figured my way around the recent internal changes in OpenSync itself I can start to make some headway, possibly with help from a few other people. It would be nice to have a real syncing PDA again, I have missed that from the days of my old Palm.

For the last few weeks I have been going to a local pub quiz every Tuesday night, and it's been a lot of fun. I'm not so great at the sports questions, or "Who's that?" picture rounds, and the music round seems to consist of mostly 1950s stuff that I've never heard; but often there's someone in our team who can fill in the answer. I've been surprised by how often a guess turns out to be right as well :) We've managed to come second or third a few times.

Turns out I was wrong about the X-Files seasons 8 and 9, which on the whole were surprisingly good. The new characters worked, and a lot of the stories were just as engaging as in the previous seasons. The "mythology" (conspiracy storyline) gets weaker in the later seasons though which let the show down a bit.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Happy New Year to all

Happy New Year!

I'm off to in Dunedin this month. I figured it would be shameful not to go on the one year they decided to hold it in NZ :) I've never been to Dunedin and there's lots going on at the conference so it should be quite interesting. Maybe I'll get to see a few of these people whose names I keep reading all the time.

I have been a bit slack lately - emails going unanswered, open source stuff I should have been doing not getting done, etc. and for that I apologise. Maybe it has something to do with the pile of DVDs I got for Christmas, most of which I actually bought myself in the after-Christmas sales. In particular I now have seasons 1-7 of The X Files, which at 45 minutes an episode and ~25 episodes a season is quite a lot of sitting in front of a screen. It's a lot better than I remembered it, though, and I've found that my earlier impression of the series was clouded by just a few not-so-great episodes in the later seasons. I'm still holding off on seasons 8 and 9 though, I'm not convinced that wheeling in other characters to replace Mulder & Scully was such a great idea. Then again by the time they started screening those episodes on TV here I had stopped watching it regularly, so maybe it's not as bad as I think.

Anyway, back on the "stuff getting done" thing, I have started using KOrganizer (part of the KDE PIM suite) more lately which should help me remember things I need to do, and hopefully soon I will be able to spend some time finishing off the OpenSync plugin for Opie so that I can sync my Linux-powered iPAQ with it.