KDE Katapult Tip


I’ve done this before, all of it. Everything I’ve done to my new Mepis box is a repeat of two years ago but a lot of it I can’t remember… too hazy. That’s why the blog posts.

Today’s tip involves Katapult. I fell in love with it because of the way it lists my album art as I incrementally search my music selection. I used to rate it above anything on the Mac until I actually tried a Mac. (Silly me, right!) After having been exposed to QuickSilver for a while (and to that extent even Launchy has a thing or two on Katapult!) I miss the ability to re-index my catalog. What that means is being able to see the things right after you install them. Quicksilver (and I think even Launchy) does this automatically on an interval and gives you the option of manually starting a re indexing. Katapult, sadly, only indexes on startup. So I have this one line bash command that you can stick in your KDE menu (so Katapult can see it) that will force a rebuild of the index.

dcop katapult MainApplication-Interface quit; katapult

It restarts Katapult and if you put it in your KDE menu (and stick the Katapult icon on it all nice and cute like) just as I did then you can invoke katapult, right after you do something like install Pidgin, or Groovy, then restart and the next time you bring up Katapult your new install will be there.

RBIPhoneTest Oddities?


Of course I don’t expect things to work 100% so it’s no surprise that I found an oddity in the RBIPhoneTest project (brought to you by Dr. Nic). No discredit at all toward Dr. Nic, as he did a fantastic job with what little Apple gives you. Maybe it’s my misunderstanding of Ruby testing and the ZenTest autotest thing but I got autotest running since finishing that screencast last night and I noticed that inserting a simple “assert_respond_to” call started showing a test failure when I thought it should pass. I then found something even funnier. After commenting the failing “assert_respond_to” call the test passed! Yes, that’s not really funny but get this. I uncommented the very same line that was failing and got the test to pass!! Now that’s funny! not in the “haha” sense of funny but more in the “things that make you go hmm…” Arseniol Hall kinda funny. It’s repeatable as well. I change the message name in the responds to assertion to make it fail, change it back to make it right but it still fails, comment the line to make it pass, uncomment and it still passes! More on this later…

The dark secrets of blogging


Wanna blog? Sounds easy enough, right? The software today makes it dirt simple. Setup an account, click the “write new post button” fill in the empty rectangle partway down the screen with your dumb thoughts that only you and your dog, Fluffy, really care about (…and Fluffy only cares because without giving you that “I give a care” look that only Fluffy has, Fluffy stands the chance of missing out on a meal or so he thinks because how is he to know you love him and will feed him unconditionally even if he doesn’t stick around when you rehearse your dumb blog ideas… and by the way is Fluffy really a “he”? You never did figure that one out after taking “him?” in several weeks ago and judging by the way “he” looks at the neighbor’s obviously masculine dog “Butch” you probably should take “him?” to the vet to be sure…) then hit the “Publish” button. Real easy stuff right? Even my grandma can do it! (I dunno why everyone always picks on Grandma when it comes to computing just of the ol’ stereotype that says older people can’t keep up with the times? Well let me tell you my grandma can code circles around a lot of you! She’s more coherent and clever than most of the people I’ve worked with! Good for Granny! You go girl! You say that kinda invalidates my earlier point? Who are you to point out validation mistakes?? The compiler???!!!) Yes, blogging is simple… until you get the post that just won’t get off of the top of the screen!

Most people stay away from options and check-boxes they don’t understand. Then these same most people will occasionally make a finger fumble or inadvertent mouse click in the wrong section of the screen and… that’s when the fun begins! The dark secrets of blogging! Wanna find out more? Keep your browser or feed reader locked to my RSS!

Disclaimer: This is not a precursor to a new series on my site, rather it’s a teaser to a set of posts I don’t plan to make. I really just wanna know why they put the “Stick post to front page” option so close to the save button.