Kenneth Rohde Christiansen

The life and feelings of an individual not like the most.

Monday, October 16, 2006

From the other world

I have been wanting to blog about one of the other projects that I am working on: Syncropated!, so here we go :-)

Basically Syncropated! is an application for easily synchronizing your media contents with mass storage devices such as the Nokia 770 and MP3 players.

Currently it will find your static playlists from Amarok and Rhythmbox and let you sync these with the mass storage device connected. It then automatically generated pls and m3u playlists on the device which are used by most cheap MP3 players. It also handles replacing playlists gracefully, by making sure that no songs are deleted that might be referred to from another playlist. It also syncs photo albums from Picasa and F-spot support is also planned.

It is my first real Python project, and I am slowly getting my hang of it. Python is nice, though there are some things that I dislike. Anyway, I should probably do a few more Python projects to form my opinion on the language.

Anyway, it you would like to check out Syncropated!, it can be found in Ubuntu universe (edgy) under the name syncropated. Go try it out today!

Porting Landell to Tapioca

As some of you probably have heard, the Tapioca project "merged" with the Telepathy project, in the sense that Tapioca now consists of convenience libraries for working with Telepathy and some extra connection managers and some tools like the Telepathy-Inspector.

Some of you might ask why convenience libraries are needed and why not just use Telepathy directly. Well, actually it is out experience that when using Telepathy we have ended up developing internal convenience libraries in our products and not of the quality that we had hoped for.

To remove this duplication of work and help the KDE Decibel project as well as port the instant messenger Landell to Telepathy, we sad down some time and started designing a nice, usable
API for using Telepathy. It is still work in progress, but so far it has been a success.

It really makes sense. Telepathy is designed to provide the features needed to make a instant messenge and VoIP client, while keeping the API small so that it is easier implementing connection managers (like for protocols such as MSN, Jabber, GTalk...). It is also based on DBus which is a cross-platform Inter-process Communication Protocol, which means the API uses raw data structures such as hashes, arrays. This is not really optimal and is thus no longer a problem if you choose to use Tapioca.

Over the last month Renato and I have been porting
Landell to use the new Tapioca library. Since we are using C# for the Landell product we were faced with the problem that there was no well-working .NET library for using DBus (which we needed to implement Tapioca# and Telepathy# which it is based on), but luckily Alp Toker took on the task of completing his fully managed DBus (an implementation of DBus only using managed C# code) to the state where it was usable for out needs. Many thanks goes to Alp!

There are still things to be done to Landell, but both me and Renato are currently busy with some other projects. It is coming along just fine though, and I would also like to thank the Tango community for supplying lovely new icons to the project.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Meu coração já naum me pertence

So this is actually just a post to say that from time to time (that will say mostly every day!) I'm uploading pictures to my fotolog account. Take a look if you want. I'll try to post some here as well! =)

A vida é uma viagem, sem ter qualquer caminho predefinido. Ela fica um tanto em suas mãos, mas o suficiente para que você possa modelar. Nosso caminho pela vida é feito de coincidencias e de nossas açoes.

Nós não controlamos ou decidimos nosso destino, mas temos a habilidade de direciona-la para onde queremos ir. Nós podemos decidir o que queremos valorizar na vida, e podemos aproveitar as chances.

Chances e fé tornam as pessoas fortes, nos fazem capazes de viver nossos sonhos e coisas que nós nunca imaginaríamos. Ela nos dá a habilidade de alcançar a felicidade e não apenas viver, e nos proporciona momentos que fazem o resto de nossas vidas não parecer importante.

E todos que precisamos fazer é ter fé, decidir e suportar, e sem ter medo de fazê-lo. Eu sei o que escholi.

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Hva' faan!

Originally uploaded by stamppot kartoffel.
Så har man også set det! Det kommende landmandspar! Er de ikke yndige? =) Tja... with the Flock web browser it is quite easy browing flickr web albums and I fell over this lovely picture of my friend Jens and his girlfriend! If you didn't know better you would think they were a farmer couple! and I should know... i'm from the dark Jutland! =)

Farmer-Jens! hauaahuahauh! Seems you have a backup career going!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Long time no post

Yeah, I know it :/ I was kind of planning on uploading lots of photos, but then my hard drive didn't wanted to spin anymore and I lost a lot of my stuff ... man, why don't real men make backups! Anyway, this is sort of a test post as I am posting from flock, which is this extremely cool new web browser =) with build in blocking!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Plagiats-t-shirts... na ja... Betales is a cool band afterall!

hmm... I look strange here... well, anyway, it is supposed to be me.


"..the idea is that you hit with the dart within these circles, otherwise you get no further..."

..und dann gab es essen! Schwartzbroot und Schwartzfleis ;-)

Normal people have a cat, a dog or so.. but apparenly not people working at DLR!

Whoo... later there was actually nice food!

My office :) And yes, there are trees outside!

Wow! at my office they gave me specially designed drawers with my middle name printed on! NICE!

Ohhh... Those Ruperts are so happy together!

Aiiii... I got the eugle! (or how you write that... well doesn't matter so much, it is more like a monkey anyway!)

This is for all my Brazilian friends! Yeah, really... when you are older than 18 it is really about time to learn to cook some of the most basic things and learn to wash clothes, clean the bathroom etc.. well, you don't :S I know, so now at least let me teach you to how to make an "Omelete do Kenne" ! It is quite simple! Just follow the steps shown in the picture and then after 2-3 tries I am sure you have succeeded! Good luck pals!

yeah... about time :) also took the whole sunday! Well, actually I had a nice relaxing weekend... Friday I went with Paula to a huuuge, great party at the university and saturday I was so tired and with pain in my feets (danced too much?) that I did absolutely nothing... hehe.. well, then sunday I at last got around to cleaning my room and the rest of the apartment! whooo :-D now it might stay clean a whole week... lets cross our fingers!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 bed at 6, up at 7 and arrgg... back to bed... yeah... was supposed to go to work, but it turned out that I needed more sleep.

Yesterday I was supposed to go with Paula to a party at RWL, but she got a job in Düsseldorf so she had to get up quite early... so anyway I went to her place and we went together to Zülpicherplatz to meet some friends of her that were going to the party as well... I met some other people there that I knew already, like Mr. Schönheit aka Enrique, Lisa, ... blah blah... anyway, it was quite nice and later some of us went to the party and met some other people which means that I am invited to parties for the next 3 days...

Anyway, around 3 today I went to the university to meet Sylvia and we went a bit to the city to look around... really cozy :) ... Later her mother came and we went to look at some rooms Sylvia is interested in and later we went for a cup of coffee..

.... so that was a brief update on my life... until next time.

Me and Sylvia drinking a capocino with her mother

Monday, April 17, 2006

Not so much to do today, been going out every single night (and day actually) the last 5 days and I needed a day off. Yesterday night I went to a great Drum n' Bass concert with my roommate Malte.. man that was so great! The melody is still living inside my head =)

I forgot to shop... :S Almost nothing in the house, and still I managed to make this delicious meal out of almost nothing... seems my cooking skills are improving =)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Making IM history?

As a long-time instant messenger (IM) user I have gotten quite some good ideas how the whole instant messaging experience could be improved in order to match the current use and still stay simple and useful. I have put a lot of thought into this and I have discussed my ideas from time to time with Nokia engineer and friend, Marcelo who is currently working on the client for the INdT (Instituto Nokia da Technologia) IM framework Tapióca.

Yesterday Marcelo told me that he got green light for implementing some of my ideas! That is really cool =)

Whoo... now it seems that I am making Instant Messaging history!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bonn, one more city down!

Just in case the below pictures doesn't make it clear, I spend the day today in Bonn with some new friends of mine. I've become quite lazy at writing in my blog.. I should really try changing that, but there is so much to write about and I have no idea where to start... Anyway, Happy Easter to everyone!

Happy Easter, Vrolik paasweek, Prettige paasdagen, God påske, Feliz pascoa, Good paaske... etc .. etc. . .

Right now I'm drinking a cup of coffee and in an hour or so I will go out with a friend of mine called Steffen... The night is young... and shit, I forgot to shop for tomorrow :-S

Aiiee... such a camera is just Hammergeil!


Very interesting brochures...

Beethoven lives here... actually was born.. but as we can see in the window, he might still be around...

Bonn ist ganz gemuetlich!

..natürlich in Rietz aber bei mir gibt es nur currywurst mit pommes frites