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simpled - Simple Desktop project started !

2008/08/11 by Nicolas Chauvat

I bought last week a new laptop computer that can drive a 24" LCD monitor, which means I do not need my desktop computer any more. In the process of setting up that new laptop, I did what I have been wanting to do for years without finding the time: spending time on my ion3 config to make it more generic and create a small python setup utility that can regenerate it from a template file and a keyboard layout.

The simpled project was born!

If you take a look at the list of pending tickets, you will guess that I am using a limited number of pieces of software during my work day and tried to configure them so that they share common action/shortcuts. This is what simpled is about: given a keyboard layout generate the config files for the common tools so that action/shortcuts are always on the same key.

I use ion3, xterm+bash, emacs, mutt, firefox, gajim. Common actions are: open, save, close, move up/down/left/right, new frame or tab, close frame or tab, move to previous or next tab, etc.

I will give news in this blog from time to time and announce it on mailing lists when version 0.1 will be out. If you want to give it a try, get the code from the mercurial repository.


gajim, dbus and wmii

2008/09/02 by Adrien Di Mascio
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Gajim.png

I've been using for a long time a custom version of gajim in order to make it interact with wmii. More precisely, I have, in my wmii status bar, a dedicated log zone where I print notification messages such as new incoming emails or text received from gajim (with different colors if special words were cited, etc.).

I recently decided to throw away my custom gajim and use python and dbus to achieve the same goal in a cleaner way. A very basic version can be found in the simpled project. As of now, the only way to get the code is trhough mercurial:

hg clone http://www.logilab.org/hg/simpled

The source file is named gajimnotifier.py. In this file, you'll also find a version sending messages to Ion's status bar.