Skip to main content

PyGTK and desktop stuff

A few lives ago I started my professional career by trying to sell custom office software. Having opinions about that kind of stuff I've chosen Python and PyGTK and some NoSQL database library and it's been quite a struggle. In this present moment I live as a digital nomad traveling neutral zones around World War Z and I use many different online services in my professional life and all desktop clients for them are super shitty, starting with google-built web browsers. And whenever I consider building a kind of desktop utility those programs are there's a lot of resistance and comparative lack of tools (in comparison with what web backend context provides). And a lot of primary consumers for some of those services (think collaboration services) are educated, experienced, and opinionated folks like myself. Perhaps there's profit in coding desktop linux software again? And combined with my backend proficiency I could be weird full stack dev services developer... I should explore it. Sounds very meta.

Making different versions of PyGTK libs being easily available in venv and pyenv would be a great start. UI / integration testing tools (including running headless under multiple environments). Ability to install such "apps" with pip or some equally simple manager (not "sudo this long script we provide"). I'm pretty sure most of this already exists, I should just explore the space and develop a coherent process and see if there are any gaps. I did have some idea for a collab tool, actually. But I won't tell.

Popular posts from this blog

Using virtualenv for more than Python projects

Sorry, it's not a complete instruction, just a thought. It occurred to me (some time ago) that Python's virtualenv is, essentially, a simplified version of system "prefix", it has bin, lib, include, and can have more stuff when needed. If you're willing to experiment (you'll probably have to set a few additional environment variables and/or build flags but that's no big deal), you can install various other tools there up until you have a complete system with its own compiler and complete set of libraries although it's much simpler to keep using system compiler and libraries only complimenting them when needed. Granted, prefixes are nothing new, people were using /opt (and their home directory) this way since the beginning of time. But with little help of virtualenv-wrapper or pyenv you can easily switch between them and isolate environments better. Binaries and stuff installed in virtualenv would override system defaults but only when venv is activat

Terrible experience with bluetooth headsets and what to do about it

If you own a Bluetooth A2DP headset and any kind of personal computer, good chance is you tried connecting them together. Isn't it nice to watch movies and listen to music free from cluttering wires? Well, good chance is you hated that experience and if that was the reason for buying the headset, you might've even considered throwing it away (or using it only with your phone). Why do they suck so much? Everything points to the fact that it's not a hardware problem. The same headset most likely will work flawlessly paired with an android device or even the same computer under a different operating system (windows users report huge difference between, like, 8.0 and 8.1, and not in favor of the latter, surprisingly, I think only mac users report good stuff about their macbooks and beats although I didn't try it myself so they might all be faking it :) ). And most likely it's not even the drivers or other low-level stuff, android and desktop linux has mostly the same

Huawei TalkBand B3 (active) review

Despite the fact that no manufacturer ever sent me any free gadget for review, I'm continuing doing it. Maybe I'll become a popular reviewer and they will change their mind. This post will be the first in this year's wearable gadget reviews. To put it into perspective for those who don't know me, I'm not a fitness person, like at all. I eat healthy, I walk kinda a lot, I do some aerobics and occasional cardio but that's it. I'm too lazy even for jogging. But, for some reason, I currently have not one, not too, but three fitness trackers on my wrists. Yeah, crazy, I know, but that was the only way to compare them properly. By the way, wearing TalkBand on the same wrist with anything else is super inconvenient, you can hardly take it out for calls. But more on that later. Why do I need any fitness tracker? Apart from knowing time, I like to know how active I'm during the day, and, more importantly, track my sleep. I have some issues in that department so