Well its been a while since I blogged, I’m thankfully now back in the UK working for Codethink, being creatively stimulated by an (architecture) dancing Rob Taylor and developing on Wizbit… Amongst some other things
So, what have I been holding back? Oh, where do I start?!
First up, Tomboy with 200% more awesome
Source for this is available tomboy here, wizbit here and notes on getting it working can be found here
This is tomboy with wizbit as a storage backend, unfortunately tomboy doesn’t allow pluggable storage backends so this is fairly hairily hacked into the code, John Carr has been beavering away at this too over time so its essentially the combined works of everyone at codethink…
You’ll get to see a presentation we’re working on for Boston so I hope to see lots of you there!
. . . Next up there’s a couple of mockups
I worked on these as a result of lots of ideas that were buzzing around inside my skull, some things that got mentioned on p.g.o like this from Federico and some of the things that were happening with wizbit.
As you can see, I really do like the idea of a universal dock, I suppose the taskbar is just so 1995. Along side it, I wanted to give an impression of GNOME being the desktop, the GNOME menu item isn’t really intended to be a final but its when I think of MacOSX’s finder being the the default running application on the OSX global menu I thought GNOME would be a nice word to have on the default desktop. There’s also these little corner widgets I’ve been thinking of, a sort-of-rotating-journaly-thingy and maybe a sort-of-rotating-presencey-thingy-similar-to-the-repurposing-of-the-ubuntu-screen-corner-thingy.
This, hmm, well I’d like to be honest, I do have some pretty clear influences from that large fruit company up in Cupertino, and we should all look at what they’ve done and go “AWESOME”, I’m not going to spend my time being a fanboi but paying homage to them is fair to say the least. Now that we’re over the overall look of the mockup, the features involved are what I imagine the next generation file management type thing to really be concerned with. Lets call it, 20,000 leagues into the future (anyone get that joke or was it just too obscure?)
Firstly, no-sodding-hierarchy-for-me-to-loose-my-files-in paradigm is what I’m going for. Wizbit makes this pretty easy to achieve, along with some tracker style tagging and various other bits of additional wizardry would let us get there quite easily. I suppose the drawing actually explains everything pretty nicely, but pay close attention to the file timeline, it makes for a blinding future when you think long and hard enough about it. I also want to see some discreet artificial intelligence in the desktop thinking about syntax of emails, notes etc… If anyone has seen the iWish video from *ahem* *muble*microsoft*mumble* then I think you’ll get closer to the idea that’s dancing around in my head.
. . . And a quick and dirty python dock
I wanted something here that was lightweight and simply provided me everything that Mac OSX Tiger provided, there’s a lot of missing features and I haven’t really had any time to hack on it, but it was only a couple of days of lazy hacking to get it to where it is now. I always thought it would be better to write a dock in python rather than C, simply because it would make it easier to implement certain features like plugins etc… I have Rob Taylor telling me that I should re-write it in vala… I’m torn :/
This user experience hackfesty thing
Well I’d really love to be there, but it’s not exactly on the itinerary of codethink, we’re arriving in Boston on Friday (I think?) that’s if everything goes well and I don’t get pulled out of the visa line up by a guy called Bruno with really big hands and latex gloves…
There’s actually a lot to discuss with this, and its going to be interesting to see what people blog about it, I mean its perfectly feasible to one-up the competition without putting too much work in, for a start we’ve got a couple of years in order to come up with fruit-company-beating-concepts as “Snow Leopard” is purely concerned with performance and lessening the memory load rather than adding more features to the already good UI. I suppose when you have polish like they do already it gives you time to sit back in comfort and go, lets just make it quicker and less bloated, this gives us the opportunity to get new features which will beat Apple to a pulp (bom bom).
One last thing, currently only in planning stages…
Another thing that I’ll be working on is a collaborative white board. We’re gonna be wizbit powering this if John Carr gets his way, this was initially Rob Taylor’s idea, partly because we couldn’t find anything out there which does it, and partly because he loves his thinkpad tablet so much he wants to use it for something cool. A shared whiteboard is something that we’re lacking in GNOME and I’d like to think that this project will be easy to start out with something in a working form, then move on to plugging it into empathy or something so white board sessions can just be initiated… Its a cool idea overall, and I really want to get started on this one…
I have a few other things on the horizon too, and I’ll try and get round to blogging on my developments more often.
I’m looking for a 150gm, A5 unruled-plain white notebook for doing sketches in, anyone know a company in the UK that stocks 150gm sketch notebooks that aren’t on crappy recycled paper (which is horrific to draw on and just isn’t white) please get in touch, I’ve looked around in a few places but haven’t been able to get one that would fit the bill.