The DashUI program is now moderately useful. It runs cleanly, has a low
overhead, and looks pretty good too.
At this point, it can swallow just about any window, even complex
programs like media players such as Totem. However, one problem that needs
solving is selection of which window to swallow. In programs that have
unpredictable titles, the window cannot be specified in advance. In others,
like gpsdrive, the splash screen gets in the way. Have not decided how to
get around this yet.
From using DashUI with a mouse, it is fairly clear that the solution
would work very well on a touch screen. Large tabs that are always where
they should be, quick switching between applications, and the ability to
swallow anything really work. From here on, it should be mostly cleaning up
the code, as well as adding configuration file parsing.
Yes, I'm Crazy...
I spent most of the day today drilling little window holes in the model of
the Enterprise-D I've owned for the last ten years. All holes are
hand-drilled for good alignment. At four holes per window, my hands are
quite sore. After drilling, the windows are reamed out using a dremel tool
with a dental burr, then the holes are cleaned up with an exacto knife. Once
the inside surface is painted black to protect from light leaks, then silver
to ensure a more uniform distribution of light within, the windows will be
filled with clear resin. A lot of work; hopefully it will pay off. I've seen
some amazing build-ups of this particular model.
In other news, the break still feels fantastic. For Christmas, I got a
2005 Dilbert calendar, as well as the much acclaimed Polar Lights Enterprise
NX-01 model. With the Enterprise-D just started, this one will not be opened
for quite some time. I also went ahead and bought myself a good quality,
full-size replica of the boomerang-shaped phaser from Voyager and DS9;
expensive, but it should be well worth it. Additionally, I just finished
eBay bidding for a decent airbrush compressor. I must be anticipating
graduation or something...
With time well spent on models, decent progress on my fourth year
project, and an astonishing A- mark in Quantum Mechanics, all but one of my
Christmas to-dos have been completed. I still have to clean up the situation
with files from my old desktop, my laptop, and my new desktop. The plan is
to turn the old desktop into a RAID (linux-md) file server, put everything
there, and rsync with it regularly.
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