Nikon D200

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I had been thinking about getting a new camera for awhile, because I bought my Coolpix 995 back in like 2000 or something and it’s getting a little tired. But I thought I might step up to an SLR this time, and I figured now would be a good time to get one so I would have it when I go to Berlin next month.

I’m always very impressed with C├ęsar’s photos, so I bought a Nikon D200 like he has. It just arrived yesterday, and I started toying around with it some. I’m not posting any photos today though, because I haven’t taken any good ones yet. :) Hopefully I’ll get plenty of good photos in Berlin at the GTK Hackfest though.

Win32 Updates for GTK

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Today I committed a patch to rework modal windows on Win32. This fixes #455627 and #511111. Ever vigilant, Brad quickly caught one very important thing that I missed, so I filed and fixed #514643.

I also finally took the time to get the gtk-2-10 branch caught up with all the latest Win32 patches, since Medsphere is using 2.10 still. I merged in patches for #505928, #506769, #504984, #144269 (again), #164537, #371036, and #405178.

There seems to be a lot of interest right now in improving GTK on Windows. There’s now a new wiki page devoted to it, and #win32 on IRC. Very exciting!

Medsphere Widgets Released

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Nobody else at work has blogged on planet about this yet, so I figure I’ll go ahead and post it. Medsphere has just made the first release of Medsphere Widgets under LGPL 2.0. This includes CPaned, FBox (a “flow” container), GridView (managed Excel-like grid widget), and Graph (managed 2d graph widget using Cairo).

Graph Demo

GTK Win32 update

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Last night I committed the patch for #164537 that I believe will finally solve the remaining transient and modal window problems that have been affecting GTK on Windows for years. I think this was the last really critical blocker for GTK being usable on Windows, at least that I’m aware of.

Visiting California

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I went out to California last week for work. We had a good time hacking, watching movies, eating, and hearing music. Cesar, Anthony, Amber (Anthony’s girlfriend), and I all went to hear LA Phil play on Thursday. They played Brahms 3 and Brahms 1, which seemed like a little bit of a strange concert.. but it was really good. Whoever was sitting principal viola was playing on an Iizuka viola like mine, which was sort of cool. Walt Disney Concert Hall was fantastic. On Tuesday we went to see The Departed at the dollar theater. Very cool movie.

Pete and Cesar hacking

Gnome 2.16

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It was very cool to see that Gnome 2.16 is released! Congratulations to everyone involved with it!

Medsphere

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So I went out to California the last two weeks to start my new job, and I got to finally meet Cesar from #mono. Anthony Taranto, Peter Johanson, and Brad Taylor also work there. It was a really fun trip, everyone was fun. I almost went to see SoaP with the rest of the company, but my plane left too early on Friday so I missed out.

Upgrading to Dapper

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I’ve been running on Ubuntu Dapper for quite a long time now, and my mom has been using the previous version, the Breezy Badger. So I figured since the official 6.06 release is final, I’d upgrade her machine to Dapper.

I ran into a little bit of a hiccup, and it seems that somewhere along the way her Python 2.4 install had been corrupted. Since stuff like that doesn’t usually “just happen” I filed a bug report on Ubuntu’s Launchpad. It was fixable without too much trouble, by just manually installing the latest python24 package from Dapper. After that the upgrade finished without a problem.

Nobody else has run into this issue that I’m aware of, which is very peculiar. I got a response from one of the Ubuntu hackers trying to get some more information, but by that time I had already forced the upgrade of python24 so it was too late.

Dapper is released!

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Exciting news today, Ubuntu has unleashed the Dapper Drake!

Xgl goodness

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So, I’ve installed Xgl and compiz here and the results are really beautiful, although not entirely stable yet. But this is software still in development, so I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect yet. It seems to also be missing support for Xinerama X extension, because now my gdm login screen and my panel stretch across both monitors.

I’ll try to make some videos of the desktop running compiz sometime. It’s really nice looking.

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