Manolis Perakakis world

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Became uncle! July 31, 2006

Filed under: personal — perak @ 9:55 am

I became uncle recently!
Wow, what a nice feeling!

Here is my niece :

my niece

Isn’t she a beauty?


Daily bike rides July 29, 2006

Filed under: bike,places — perak @ 12:18 pm

Where i ride everyday (almost) :

When in Chania : (Nea Chora, around 8pm)

Nea Chora Chania

When in Ierapetra :
wakiki beach Ierapetra

Any similarities 🙂 ?

Coolness factor : 5!


Well done Jive!

Filed under: IM/jabber,technology — perak @ 9:10 am

Just downloaded and tested Wildfire jabber server from Jive. It’s a full featured java jabber server with a very handy web configuration tool. Setup and configuration was really a breeze, comparing to the old jabberd server. I am sure this server will be a huge success and will help spread the jabber community. Well done Jive!

They also maintain the Smack jabber library. I haven’t check it yet but I am sure they have done a very good job!

Finally, I downloaded the Spark messenger which was recently released as open-source. It has all the basic functionality, but it’s a bit slow and memory hungry for just a jabber client! If the community helps, it might soon become another good option for all jabber users out there.

Coolness factor : 4.8 (server), 3.0 (client)


Opera prepares for version 10?

Filed under: HCI,interfaces,Multimodal,technology,web — perak @ 8:42 am

According to this C|net article, Opera prepares version 10 of it’s successful browser.

Wow, it’s not a long time since I updated to version 9. Opera is the ONLY non-open source program I use on my Linux boxes for many years now! It combines rock-solid functionality with an excellent interface.

I really like it’s simple yet intuitive and extremely configurable interface.
(Well in terms of design, it reminds me of Google’s simple interface – simple is beautiful!)
Opera was one of the first apps to use mouse gestures and they have also build a multimodal-enabled version in cooperation with IBM (should test this sometime on my Zaurus)

It’s standard-compliant and it’s blazing fast (compare to pre-firefox mozilla days) and secure (vs IE).I have got 5000 opera bookmarks & a big mailbox and I can quickly find anything in msecs!

In terms of functionality, a jabber IM plug-in would make it almost complete!

<The company expects version 10 to work on and across any platform>
I have already Opera running on my Zaurus PDA and my K700 mobile! – Opera mini is really cool! This gives a strategic advantage for Opera. I think desktop browser wars don’t matter any more, mobile browsing is the next frontier.

<Opera is aiming for a day when people needn’t use a full desktop operating system, instead using a browser and Web applications for most tasks>
This is another cool idea, especially for the mobile space, browser is the computer! And this widget idea is really promising, especially for the mobile space.

<There is also a big push in the company toward creating developer tools>
Attracting developers to it’s already small but dedicated community would be a huge plus. Go for it Opera!

These Norwegian trolls are really cool!

Coolness factor : 4.5


Trolltech releases Qt Jambi! July 28, 2006

Filed under: C++,embedded,GUI,Java,programming — perak @ 11:31 pm

Trolltech just released Qt Jambi, a java library for the desktop version of QT. Development with QT & QTopia (QtEmbedded) had been a really exciting experience for me in the past (well that was 2002; with my QtJim QTopia jabber client). It was a cool paradigm shift away from Swing’s mess of that time.

Sometime in 2005 i ported Qtjim to SWT in just a day! I found SWT to be also extremely nice as an API. And yes, i am still waiting for those SWT bindings for Qt/Qtopia (SWT uses Gtk bindings). Some people also proposed that IBM buys Trolltech, so it seems Jambi was a way for Trolltech to fight back!

Now, i think it’s really nice to use the power of Qt directly from Java. I recall how painful, the porting of an AWT application to Zaurus was : I had to fight different QT bindings for CVM/J9 and the worse part is, i could not use the OpenZaurus ROM (had to stick with Sharp’s original or TheKompany’s ROM).

But will Jambi be a success or just add fragmentation?
Well, time will tell

pros :

  • exposes excellent QT, to java programmers (java on desktop might get finally real )
  • eliminates jvm-vendor QT-bindings lock-in

cons :

  • Only for J2SE 5!! (the real usefulness would be for the embedded space, trolltech folks! – hope they make it for embedded too!)

coolness factor : 4.25!