KDE calls 'home'

July 10, 2010

Yep, I didn’t have time to blog during aKademy as you may have noticed :) The main reason is that I had a lot of discussions and attended to a huge number of BoFs. This aKademy rocked just as the others that I went. Huge thanks to the organization team, KDE e.V and sponsors for providing ways to make this happen and to have a lot of KDE hackers there!

Instead of doing a technical blog today, I will just say that during this aKademy KDE ‘called home’ for the first time. This means that for the first time in history :) we had KDE running on a mobile phone and we made a call with it! This was AWESOME! Just a summary: Plasma-Mobile and a plasmoid that worked as a dialer did the work, using the phone API of Maemo5 on a N900.

As Aaron noticed, our first call was a little bit more “interesting” than Graham Bell’s one. The first words on a telephone in history are:

Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.

Interesting…..but you may think that the transcription below is a little bit more interesting. I will also omit some context that would explain some of the questions/answers during this talk as I think that it may turn this more…let’s say…special ;) Enjoy!

My phone rings (for the sake of curiosity, my ringtone is “Snow” by Red Hot Chili Peppers) and the ID of the caller is “+41″. I answer and the call drops. I tell Helio that it should be some company from Brazil during TeleMarketing. While we walk to the bus for aKademy’s day trip it rings again. Alexis Menard is the caller this time:

Me: Bonsoir! er, Bonjour Alexis!
Alexis: Guess what?!
Me:
hhmm, you’re going to miss the dray trip because you just woke up?
Alexis: NO! Guess what ‘amiguinho’!? (note: ‘amiguinho’ means ‘little friend’ in portuguese)
Me: Oh, I got it! You’re the guy! Your bed is warmer than it should be?
Alexis: What?! No, no, no! Come on! GUESS WHAT?!
Me: I don’t know then! Let me think….ow yeah! GREAT! This phone call was made through the Plasma-Mobile stuff that we did yesterday?!
Alexis: Yes!! Finally!! I’m turning off my computer and meet you at the bus!
Me: OK! See you!

And then I tell everybody that was by my side that it was the first KDE phone call in history! REALLY GREAT! :) The conversation above may seem non-sense but all the questions had a reason and the answers too :P

Soon we should post some more technical bits about Plasma-Mobile and also I plan to talk a little bit about KDE-Pim-Mobile, the new Sharebin engine (that will support scripted plugins and GHNS) and if you want to contribute to some use cases of Plasma-Mobile take a look at this link.

As a kind of “sad note”, I would also like to tell you that the QEdje scriptengine was removed due (my) lack of maintenance of the QEdje project.

2 Responses to “KDE calls 'home'”

  1. It was great to meet you in person! I had a blast at Akademy too.

  2. @Texrat: really good to meet you too! :) Hope it happens more oftenly ;)
    Cheers!

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