I should really be writing documentation for Xt/XAW. DDG doesn’t seem to be finding too many resources on it(the only hello world outside of mine posted was one whose page was in japanese….) So yeah, once I’m done with XAWPanel I’ll probably document what I know.


KDE Suggestions

I’m back on KDE, after much urging from my friend Thomas from Gnome(old 2.3something, which was part of the reason for the switch.) However, I’ve noticed a few things that would be awesome for the great power user environment. One of them I dented, porting V8 to Konqueror(actually I just said more work on KJS, Leo said V8.) The others I’ve come up with are mainly involving kget. First off I’d really like a kde provided addon to use kget with firefox. The second is support for cloning in version control and ssh. Mainly because a lot of the time with version control you just want to download, ssh for scp. Basically I’d really like to be able to handle all my downloads with kget.

Toolkits and languages

So….it’s been way too long, though I’ve been busy. The now famous ai-class, other schoolwork, social stuff. At least I update my identica, that’s enough, right? So anyway, sorry for the long wait. I just figured I’d say what I think are the best gui toolkits for various languages, and a short explaination for why.

C: XAW(preferably XAW3D, which looks slightly better)

This is going to seem REALLY weird to a lot of you, and I know why, gtk is C, after all. Well the problem is that gtk isn’t fun, at least not in C. It’s also faster to write, here, let me give you a quick hello world in Xaw3d, then in gtk.

*includes, so xaw, xt, and X11 stuff*

int main(int argc, char **argv)


    XtAppContext ctx;

    Widget toplevel, hello;

    toplevel = XtVaAppInitialize(&ctx, “HelloWorld”, NULL, 0, &argc, argv, NULL, NULL);

    hello = XtCreateManagedWidget(“Hello”, labelWidgetClass, toplevel, 0);


    return 0;


okay, so there’s XAW for you. I’m going to assume that you are capable of looking up the gtk hello world, it’s way too long to include here. It also has the ability to be used without pkg-config. That requires 3 -ls, X11, Xt, and Xaw3d.


I’ve wasted enough time here, so I’m just going to get on and say that I prefer gtk in every language except for C++ and javascript. Mainly I honestly just wanted to show off that xaw is pretty awesome, even though it’s ridiculously ugly.

IE6(Or why to make a gecko browser in a webkit world)

I know, I know, Webkit is new, Webkit is in chrome, Webkit is fancy, Webkit can use everything native. So why make a gecko browser these days? Well, there are actually quite a few. First off, while Webkit is theoretically faster, Gecko FEELS faster(I think because it starts rendering earlier.) Second, add-ons: you can use xpis natively, just spoof your user-agent to say you’re using Firefox and quite a few should work. Second of all I’m pretty sure they’d be easier to develop, while I haven’t tried it yet(I want to though) your development is really in Javascript, which is much nicer than C/C++, and better(in my opinion) than Ruby and Python. Also IE6, why did we have IE6? Because of a monoculture, once they had no one to compete with nothing happened, for YEARS. So if Webkit gets to be in every browser, then who is it competing against? Exactly, no one. Is Opera going to compete? Good luck, they’ve had the same market share percentage since the 90’s, as far as I can tell. So our only real choice is the gecko family, which is BETTER TO BEGIN WITH. In case you’re wondering I’m using seamonkey, which I built from source today to be all nice and customized for me.

Lossy Handwriting Optimization

Yesterday I detailed handwriting optimization, and all of those techniques were lossless, that is, they didn’t compromise any theoretical readability. There are other letters that I can/have optimized, but they are lossy and can make your text less readable. The first is "t", where you just start with the cross, go to the side, then loop around and make the vertical part. "f"s are easy as well, and probably the most readable of all of these. The only difference with "f" is that you don’t draw the horizontal line, it should still be recognizable as an "f", but it saves a lot of time. The final one is "x", which is probably the hardest to read and has the least benefit of these 3(the only gain is in the amount of time it takes to pick up/put down the pen and the momentum that you carry through.) All you do is draw the \ portion, but then loop back around like \) and draw the other part, so it ends up looking a bit like X.)

That’s really all I know, but I’ll post more if I can figure any more out.

EDIT: changed "pots" to "post". Give me a break though, I literally typed this with my eyes closed 😛

Handwriting Optimization(How You’ve Been Told How To Print Incorrectly)

You’ve been taught how to print badly. Conspiracy to get people to use cursive more readily, stupidity, unwillingness to improve, but for whatever reason printing is taught horribly. It’s full of horrible time wasting things that will really add up.

For example, take the letter i: how you write an I is you stroke downwards on the line, then make a dot, but you should stroke UPWARD, that way you’re positioned to make the dot. Then we have the d letters, I’m a bit partial to d because it’s in my name, so the d letters are, as it sounds like, the ones that are d. b is d reversed, p is d rotate 180 degrees, etc. This is also pretty simple, but it has a slight handedness dependency. I write left handed so I will write b faster than d, because, well, just use your hand a bit, it’s easier to curve OUTWARD( to the right for lefties, vice versa for righties.)

The capital letters are a bit touchier. D, B, and P can be optimized with variations on their techniques that I’ve already said, just use p for the base and modify that. A can also be optimized: you simply don’t take your pen off of the paper and move it back up to cross that way. Look at the Alcatel-Lucent logo for reference here The amount of swipe on the backstroke(the ")" part) is up to you, mine varies between about as pronounced as there and near-invisible.

These are all of the ones that I know at the moment, comment if you find any more though.


Just testing out Blogilo, which doesn’t really fit into my Trinity desktop, but it seems pretty nice. In totally different news today I wrote a simple(yet turing complete, and even beyond that) virtual machine in less than 100 lines of perl, maybe I’ll put it up some time…