Been playing with the K Desktop Environment version 3.1 for the last couple of days, and have to say I’m quite impressed. Once I figured out how to change some of the silly shortcuts (ie: non-ctrl+r for reloading a webpage) and got some other stuff going, I’m pretty impressed. I’m still a terminal guy though. When it came time to get work done I ended up exactly as I normally do, with a cat lying across my shoulders, and a bunch of terminal windows (also known as dos windows, or “those little black box windows”) open with my favorite editor, a log window, and a couple of others.
One of the things that has been integrated into KDE 3.1 is kio_fish. This allows you to:
…lets you view and manipulate your remote files using just a simple shell account and some standard unix commands on the remote machine. You get full filesystem access without setting up a server – no NFS, Samba, … needed.
This means that I open up my file browser, and in the location bar type “fish://firstname.lastname@example.org” and get something like this. Pretty funky huh? All operations that you can do are done on the remote files, image/file previews work, copy/paste, everything. I was editing several files in the Kate editor, one on my local machine, one at a fish:// location in Vancouver, and one at a fish:// location in California, all transparently. Nautilus (the GNOME file manager) is getting there with things like this, but it’s just not there yet it seems, or at least it doesn’t “feel” as slick.
The next few days are going to be busy, even though it’s the weekend. Friday there is a meeting regarding the ASP project, which will involve a bunch of work to fix up all the niggly bits over the weekend. Add onto that that I haven’t been able to work for the web designers new stuff, as old stuff has had to have been fixed up (ie: stuff that I thought was working but apparently wasn’t). I’ve got that all done, so now it’s just one or two more chunks of functionality (the big stuff of course) and that’ll be done. Take into account that I’m almost a month into the gig at Chilliwack, which means that on monday I start coming in 5 days a week instead of the three. This correspondes nicely (for varying definitions of “nicely”) with the start of a push to get stuff done to keep on track for deadlines.
As several have pointed out, I shouldn’t bitch (I’m not, I’m “mentioning in a whiny way”) as these things are famine and flood, I went for almost a year with no work or sketchy work, now I’m flooded. In another 6 months it could be back to no work, so I’m not going to say no to anything right now. It’s been a while since I’ve been really pushed and stretched, and aside from the missed sleep and living like a hermit, I’m looking forward to it (kinda 🙂