Hello Planet

Hey,

Since I’m new to the planet, I’ll start with an introductionary post.

This is a long postponed step to start my own blog, so it is finally publicly visible what I’m up to.

My name’s Christian Mollekopf, but I tend use Chris as an abbreviation to avoid confusion that I’m christian in terms of the religion (Use whatever you like though, as long as you know what you mean =). I live near Zurich, Switzerland, so I’m native (swiss-) german speaking.

While I’m currently finishing my first year for the bachelor of computer science, there is still plenty of time to hack on KDE.

After being a KDE user for a bit, my first real contribution was the taskbar rewrite back in 2008. After finishing the major part of the work I got tangled up in the UI bits, got frustrated and basically took a 2 Year break from the development (with a couple of retries, but nothing successful).

Still, I kept following the ml and also kept my devel build up to date, because I always knew that I want to get back to helping to shape the most awesome and innovative desktop environment I know. Of course also not last because working with the KDE guys was a tremendous learning experience for me. Aaron Seigo basically mentored my little project back then, and I often think I learned more in this project than the school has taught me so far.

So while still occasionally trying to get D&D nicely working for the manual grouping in the taskbar, I eventually gave up on it when QML appeared on the horizon and I figured it would be easier to implement it in a QML plasmoid than the currently existing buggy QGridLayout.

Anyhow, I needed to find a new niche for my development, and with akonadi and nepomuk  slowly building up, two new very interesting technologies  started to mature.

Since I tend to forget basically everything, and I’m a big fan of todo lists and organizers (in theory…), but never really got around using them, because I don’t like writing on paper (can’t sync to my phone and I can hardly read what I write=), and all the tools I found suck in one way or another (at least for the todolist and notetaking part), I figured eventually that I will have to develop my own Todo-Notetaking-Organizer hybrid. Obviously being able to sync to various webservices, so I can sync to my android phone (via gmail and evernote for instance), and fulltext indexing of all items was also on the wishlist, so I was really looking forward to the upcoming akonadi and nepomuk technologies which provide the perfect pillars for such a project.

So when I started my studies last year, I also started to get really bored (surprise!) and started finally my long planned pet project…

I’ll keep the interesting bits for the next entry =)

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