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Why Not ?

I thought I would write a post clarifying why I don’t ¬†use whatever is the next hype in chat clients because people ask these questions way too often and, while the answer is not so complicated, I’m just too lazy to explain this verbally. The answer is: I want to use an open protocol with [...]

Open Letter to CSEdWeek About Hours of Code

I received an e-mail today about the Hours of Code initiative for this year’s CSEdWeek. I have always been very enthusiastic about CSEdWeek and had made plans to participate in some way several times before. But going through the promotional text of this Hours of Code idea truly made me explode in anger, and send [...]

Wiki Loves Monuments Panama Provider for KDE Plasma Picture of the Day

It all started during our last FLISoL when Ricardo Chung commented, while looking at the calendars we sell with pictures from Wiki Loves Monuments Panam√° 2012, that we were missing a desktop integration. In case you didn’t know, I’m head of the technical team behind WLMPA, which is a team comprised of… well, me, and [...]

Bluetooth and the Year of the Linux Desktop

First, my flame disclaimer: This is not a constructive post, it is just me letting off some steam accumulated while figuring out how to configure a Bluetooth microphone to record my voice in Gentoo Linux. You won’t find a HOWTO here (I will probably post one soon), just some ranting going over a topic a [...]

Multiple Compilers with CMake and KDevelop

I my recent endeavor to shut down all warnings in Kig, I found myself in the need to compile the code in GCC 4.7, GCC 4.8 and Clang. It took me a couple of searches to find out exactly what I wanted and, although it is very easy to set up, it is probably not [...]

Leading by Example

A couple of months ago Floss-Pa was invited to an event at Colon. I attended the event with fellow members Monica Mora and Alejandro Perez. The event was amazing (I should have blogged about it but was very short on time those days) and I actually had my slides ready before arriving (whoever knows me [...]

Software for Real People

I try to follow Planet KDE as close as my buggy mobile RSS reader allows me to, and I frequently see posts start with phrases like I haven’t been able to dedicate much time to KDE lately because I’ve been busy with real life which is a very misleading phrase, for a number of reasons: [...]

Patch Plugin for KDevelop

Ever since I first wrote about KDevelop I’ve been using and contributing to this great IDE. While contributing, I have been focusing on making KDE Development as simple and integrated as possible, patching and improving the ReviewBoard plugin, the KDE provider for project imports, and other things here and there. But I had never really [...]

E-Mails are not Free Software

This is one of those things I have always wanted to say in a mailing list but it is not the appropriate place to do it because, you know, feelings and all of that intangible stuff. Fortunately, my blog is my own private place where I can actually rant about everything and be mean, so [...]

A Trip Through Sozi

This is a guest post about Sozi, with a sample presentation made by my best friend Katherine Matthews. This should get you going with this amazing plugin for Inkscape.