Author Archives: kenvandine
The Friends Service provides an API for interacting with your social networks. The friends service uses microblogging accounts configured in Ubuntu Online Accounts. Currently there are friends plugins for facebook, twitter, flickr, foursquare and identica. Sound familiar? Friends is actually … Continue reading
New project, a dirt bike for Ashlyn
This year I’ve been getting my kids into riding dirt bikes. I’ve had motorcycles most of my life, since I was about 6, so naturally I want more excuses to get out and ride. I have a Yamaha TTR-250, and … Continue reading
Gwibber logo concepts, opinions?
I’ve had a number of people suggest Gwibber could use a new logo, but nobody has actually stepped up and designed anything. Recently I had the good fortune to chat with Abi Rasheed on IRC who volunteered to help. He … Continue reading
Social Networking in Ubuntu 11.10
Today I hosted an Ubuntu Open Week session on social networking in Ubuntu 11.10. I decided to convert my notes from the session into a blog post, enjoy! Ubuntu includes a social networking desktop service, Gwibber. Gwibber isn’t new to … Continue reading
Unity meet XChat-GNOME
Everyone already knows there is plenty of nice bling in Unity and we love it. Well now we can get a little more, in the form of information displayed on top of the launcher icons. This is a very simple … Continue reading
Gwibber and Facebook, call for help!
For some time now I have been struggling with getting Gwibber working reliably with facebook. Since Gwibber was included by default in Ubuntu, usage has gone way up and we quickly exceeded our API request allocation with Facebook. Facebook allocations … Continue reading
I love what I do!
When people ask me what I do, I frequently answer with “The same thing I would do if I didn’t need to work for a living”. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work full time on free … Continue reading
Introducing libgwibber, lets make the Desktop social!
For a while now I have wanted to make it easier for desktop applications to integrate more with social networks, enabling users to easily interact with their friends in many different contexts. Could be posting a status update based on … Continue reading
I recently released a plugin for XChat-GNOME (and XChat) which adds support for the messaging menu in Ubuntu. This was a fun little side project of mine, I use xchat-gnome very heavily and have really been craving integration with the … Continue reading
Gran Canaria Desktop Summit 2009
I really enjoyed my week in Gran Canaria with all the desktop hackers, it was a great event. Such a great location for a conference. It is great to see such innovative stuff going on for the desktop. This year … Continue reading