Unused Cycles

May 20, 2008

KDE Superkaramba Themes

Filed under: GNU/Linux — Kevin @ 11:41 pm

Well, I was hesitant at first to put time into learning even basic Python commands, but in one evening I learned enough to be able to write two themes for Superkaramba. Both are very similar: the first fetches Garfield comics, and the second fetches xkcd. I’ve uploaded them to KDE-Look.org, and they can be found here and here.

My motivation for creating them was two-fold. First, there were already a few Garfield fetchers for Superkaramba. One seemed to work only when it was the first theme opened in Superkaramba; the other didn’t resize itself for Sunday comics which are a few more panels. Second, there wasn’t an xkcd fetcher for Superkaramba, so I thought I’d make the first!

The Garfield theme does have a small “bug” if you will. The file names change from day to day, and it’s actually a predictable pattern so I’m just using this pattern for now. Unfortunately, it seems the newest comic isn’t posted right at 12:00 AM EST. In fact, it’s almost 1 AM here now, and it still hasn’t been posted. So the theme searches and searches for the file, but it’s not there. I’m not sure when it’s uploaded, but as soon as it is uploaded it should grab it and update itself. I guess the easiest way to fix this is to wait until, say 5:00 AM EST to get it. I’ll work on it soon.

The xkcd grabber, on the other hand, shouldn’t have this problem since I have it reading the newest url right from xkcd’s RSS feed.

If you enjoy them, I’d like to hear from you!


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