Tellico 1.2 Released

Tellico 1.2 is available. There have been a few changes since -pre3, including a fix for a crash when right-clicking in the list view and documentation updates.

Here’s the full change log:

New features:

  • Added dialog for downloading new entry templates from kde-files.org
  • Added dialog for downloading new scripts (requires gpg)
  • Added config options for fonts and colors for entry templates
  • Added preset z39.50 server list
  • Added auto-completion to filter dialog
  • Added scripts for allocine.fr, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Dark Horse
    Comics, from Mathias Monnerville
  • Added ‘next’ and ‘prev’ buttons to entry editor.
  • Added isbndb.com as a data source
  • Added Ant Movie Catalog file importer
  • Added dialog to choose from multiple CDDB search responses
  • Fields can have default values
  • Data sources can be set to overwrite existing data when updating entries.
  • Added parser for unmodified CueCat bar code scanner

Significant bug fixes:

  • Fixed a couple of memory leaks in the image cache
  • Fixed ISBN-13 compliance
  • Fixed HTML export to validate and to have better formatting

Minimum KDE version is now KDE 3.4. Minimum Qt version is 3.3. Minimum
libxml2 version is 2.6.

Also, if you attemp to download any new data sources, the download will get verified using gpg against my public key. That’s a security layer to guard against downloading new scripts from unknown sources that could harm your computer. But it’s not perfect, and you’ll need to download my public key to verify the download.

You have no 100% certainty with this download, since you don’t know me, so you’ll have an identified download from what is technically a untrusted source. Make your own choices about installing the scripts.

If you download my public key, you can use kgpg to import it into your key ring. Or do it from the commandline instead, using the command:

gpg --import < robby.asc

Postcards From Mars

Jim Bell, who is the lead guy on the MER PanCam team, has a book coming out soon called Postcards From Mars.

Over 150 lavish full-color-process prints bring the colors and textures of
Mars to vivid life on the page. Four of the most impressive pictures are
presented in their entirety as gatefold images—which extend over three
feet in width—providing a view of the surface of another planet unprecedented in its detail and clarity.

It looks like some great photos, something neat to stick on the coffee table or show to your kids! Amazon.com has it available for pre-order.

Next, baseball games will only last eight innings

One of my friends emailed today, and was rather indignant that one of her planets was getting taken away. I suppose ending the anbiguity about Pluto is a good thing, precision is an engineer’s second best friend after all. But there’s something to be said for tradition, too.

The new standard still bothers me, though. I mean, if we’re ever going to be able to chart the galaxy, we need clear standards. And “sweeping the lane” is not precise at all. Oh well, they’re only astronomers after all, not engineers.

Betas are fish

Megan seems to be a fun and witty engineer lady up in Sacramento. Plus, she plays Ultimate! At this point, I can’t even remember how I came across her blog, some bread-crumb trail that probably traipsed from Indepundit to Planet KDE to View from Rocky Top. Who knows…

Anyways, I was reading her post about being alpha female. Frankly, I occasionally get frustrated about the same thing, people seeming to need a pointer/mover/shaker/motivator before anything happens. I usually chalk that up to my being an engineer, since the number of other engineers in my circles of friends is rather low. But I never thought about it from a lady’s perspective before.

Megan’s contemplation on dating an alpha guy vs. a beta guy is rather interesting. Perhaps I’m one of those guys who would say that I want to date a lady who is confident and outgoing and well-spoken, etc., etc. but then who ends up scared to actually do that? Hmmm, hardly the case I would want to be true.

From my side, it’s the search for a lady who understand my engineer’s quirks and foibles that eludes me. 😛 It’s non-trivial!

Anyways, it’s a beautiful thing how Megan’s personality seems to ooze through her blog. I’ll have to go through and read more of her posts.

Voyager 1 at 100 A.U.

Voyager 1 passed the 100 A.U. mark this week. That’s 100 times farther from the sun than the earth is, more than 9.3 billion miles away. It’s the most distant man-made object in the Solar System, launched in 1977.

So, to commemorate, JPL gave out pins to all its employees. They’re very nice pins. I have a drawer at work where I put them, along with all the missions patches and stickers that we get. I imagine that once I leave JPL or retire, I’ll put them in a book, or Lord willing, give them to my grandchildren or something.

I occasionally run across some colleagues who actually worked on the Pioneer and Voyager missions. It’s so cool to think about the spacecraft functioning for three decades. Several engineers in my group routinely talk about working on the design for the Galileo spacecraft which was built in the early 80’s, and was delayed by the Challenger accident. I’ve been at JPL for 8 years now, and it’s hard to imagine being there for 20. Great place to work.

Donating for Tellico

After a couple of folks have asked, I did add some information on the Tellico homepage for sending me items from an Amazon.com wishlist or Paypal donations. Actually, two people have taken the initiative and sent me donations via Paypal already, and they were very much appreciated! Those gifts went towards my small hosting fees for the website.

Developing Tellico is a fun hobby for me, and I don’t expect anything at all for it. But heck, if people want to show appreciate, I won’t turn them down! Tellico will always be free, as in speech and beer, so no one should feel obligated.

The books in the wishlist are mostly technical ones, mostly relevant to SQL or C++, which would help with Tellico development. I can always learn more! And I added a few DVDs that came to mind that I would enjoy.

Roving Mars in Los Angeles

Roving Mars is finally coming to Southern California! It will be showing at the IMAX theater at Universal CityWalk starting this Friday, August 18, 2006. Gosh, it sure took long enough.

I saw it at the screening they did for JPL employees at the California Science Center, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I recommend it highly! It amused me to no end that the movie closes with the rover rotating its cameras towards the ground as twilight falls over Mars, and the narrator intoning, “and then one day, Spirit will go to sleep and not wake up…”

Tellico 1.2pre3 Released

I improved the IMDb importer a bit, and cleaned up some warnings, so I rolled another pre-release of Tellico. Grab 1.2pre3 if you’re willing to give it a shot. Please backup your data files.

Also, if you attemp to download any new data sources, the download will get verified using gpg against my public key. That’s a security layer to guard against downloading new scripts from unknown sources that could harm your computer. But it’s not perfect, and you’ll need to download my public key to verify the download.

You have no 100% certainty with this download, since you don’t know me, so you’ll have an identified download from what is technically a untrusted source. Make your own choices about installing the scripts.

If you download my public key, you can use kgpg to import it into your key ring. Or do it from the commandline instead, using the command:

gpg --import < robby.asc

Tellico 1.2pre2 Released

I’ve got a pre-release version of Tellico 1.2 available from the download page. If you’re willing to try it out, please let me know of any issues or bugs you come across. As always, please back up the data files you care about.

I’d especially appreciate feedback on the HTML export and memory usage since
those have been the hot topics of late. I don’t expect to be changing any
of the strings now, so translators are welcome to send me updates, too.

New features:

  • Added dialog for downloading new entry templates from kde-files.org
  • Added dialog for downloading new scripts (requires gpg)
  • Added config options for fonts and colors for entry templates
  • Added preset z39.50 server list
  • Added auto-completion to filter dialog
  • Added scripts for allocine.fr, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Dark Horse
    Comics, from Mathias Monnerville
  • Added ‘next’ and ‘prev’ buttons to entry editor.
  • Added isbndb.com as a data source
  • Added Ant Movie Catalog file importer
  • Added dialog to choose from multiple CDDB search responses
  • Fields can have default values
  • Data sources can be set to overwrite existing data when updating entries.
  • Added parser for unmodified CueCat bar code scanner

Significant bug fixes:

  • Fixed a couple of memory leaks in the image cache
  • Fixed ISBN-13 compliance
  • Fixed HTML export to validate and to have better formatting

Minimum KDE version is now KDE 3.4. Minimum Qt version is 3.3. Minimum
libxml2 version is 2.6.

This is a pre-release. I haven’t updated any of the documentation. It doesn’t have any show-stopper bugs that I know of, but there’s still a bit of polishing to do before 1.2 is completely ready. Please let me know of any problems.