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John Hintz , United States of America
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SoundMania

Karamba & Superkaramba 289 comments

Score 50.0%
Sep 04 2008
Sorry for the extremely slow reply, I've been having trouble with one of my hard drives and been trying to figure out if the drive or the motherboard is behind the problem...

I don't currently have pyKDE installed. There isn't an rpm available for it that I've seen, and I've been too lazy to compile it myself. :-p My processor is an Athlon64 3200+.

Here's my soundmania config file:

VERSION = "030000"
updateinterval = 200
theme = "aero-g-round"
buttonset = "default"
player = "amarok"
playerlist = ['amarok', 'xmms', 'juk', 'kaffeine', 'noatun', 'kscd', 'kaboodle', 'rhythmbox']
textred = 255
textgreen = 255
textblue = 255
textshadow = 1
font = "DejaVu LGC Sans"
font_size = 11
showbitrate = 1
display_albumcover = 1
image_rendering = "imagemagick"
scan_cover_image = 1
show_progressbar = 1
pbarcolor = "light"
show_remaining_time = 0
mirror = "alternate"
effects = 1
round = 1
fetch = 0
scroll_text = 1
shadowcover = 1
textshift = 1
textshiftver = -5
encoding = "utf_8"
play_ra = 0
pykde_on = 0
language = ""
theme_path = "/home/john/.superkaramba/soundmania/currentver/"
keep_aspect = 0
widget_mode = "classic"



As for the CPU usage, I usually find it at 100% when I've left the computer alone for a while. I think once it did do it while I was sitting here, and it seemed to build up gradually, but I'm not sure. I'll load up the theme and keep an eye out for it.

Thanks,
-John - Apr 13 2008
no idea why that posted twice...sorry :-/ - Feb 17 2008
Since upgrading to Mandriva 2008, I've been having problems with the cpu usage of X going to 100% and KDE becoming slow/unresponsive when I leave the computer on for a long time. After a lot of work turning one program off at a time to see what happened, I narrowed the problem down to superkaramba. After more work, shutting down individual themes, I narrowed it down to soundmania (Aero-G caused the same problem on my machine at work, and I've replaced that with Aero-AIO).

When the cpu usage for X jumps to 100%, .xsession-errors fills with a lot of this message:

X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0x3222b5b

The resource id changes every time. If I run soundmania from console, I get the same message. Since this problem is new with Mandriva 2008, it most likely is because of something they changed, but so far the only response I've gotten in their forums is "Superkaramba has been known to cause problems like that." (They're usually more helpful than that there...) So I wanted to see if that error meant anything to you and if you might have any ideas.

If it matters:
Mandriva 2008
KDE 3.5.7
Superkaramba 0.42
Soundmania 3.0 (though had same issue with 2.7.6)


Thanks,
-John - Feb 17 2008
Since upgrading to Mandriva 2008, I've been having problems with the cpu usage of X going to 100% and KDE becoming slow/unresponsive when I leave the computer on for a long time. After a lot of work turning one program off at a time to see what happened, I narrowed the problem down to superkaramba. After more work, shutting down individual themes, I narrowed it down to soundmania (Aero-G caused the same problem on my machine at work, and I've replaced that with Aero-AIO).

When the cpu usage for X jumps to 100%, .xsession-errors fills with a lot of this message:

X Error: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) 3
Major opcode: 20
Minor opcode: 0
Resource id: 0x3222b5b

The resource id changes every time. If I run soundmania from console, I get the same message. Since this problem is new with Mandriva 2008, it most likely is because of something they changed, but so far the only response I've gotten in their forums is "Superkaramba has been known to cause problems like that." (They're usually more helpful than that there...) So I wanted to see if that error meant anything to you and if you might have any ideas.

If it matters:
Mandriva 2008
KDE 3.5.7
Superkaramba 0.42
Soundmania 3.0 (though had same issue with 2.7.6)


Thanks,
-John - Feb 17 2008
I erased all my config files and still get the same problem. I can try my work computer (same distro, different hardware) next week, or I will be upgrading to Mandriva 2008 soon, maybe that will fix it. :-p - Oct 19 2007
I tried it at debug level 2 and got exactly the same thing EXCEPT for the position of the carat. Apparently, when the stuff I type here gets converted to html, the spacing changes, because I entered it again and in the preview it was wrong. The carat is actually under the close parenthesis (or perhaps the colon), not under the "c". I don't know if that helps.

Could it be that the version of a prereq has changed since 2.7.6 (which works fine), or that the old config info for 2.7.6 is messing it up?

Thanks,
-John - Oct 14 2007
I'm having trouble getting 2.9 working, here's the debug output:

[john@Hintzy soundmania-2.9]$ superkaramba soundmania-2.9debug.skz
sys.path.insert(0, '/home/john/Download/superkaramba/soundmania-2.9/soundmania-2.9debug.skz')
File "soundmania.py", line 786
class button():
^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax
------------------------------------------------------
What does ImportError mean?

It means that I couldn't load a python add-on soundmania.py
If this is a regular theme and doesn't use python
extensions, then nothing is wrong.
------------------------------------------------------



The theme is running on the desktop, but not visible. - Sep 28 2007
I'll try it out right away!

Thanks again for your help and hard work! - Jun 15 2007
Thanks for the reply. The description of soundmania makes sense, that definitely seems like a good way to do it!

I tried all of the combinations of PyKDE/no PyKDE and auto/amarok and still get the same results. I also adjusted the smoothness slider and completely turned scrolling off. No dice.

However, I found some other interesting things... If I closed amarok and reloaded soundmania, no spikes. It seems to only happen if amarok is open but not playing anything, until I click stop in soundmania. I also tried switching the player to kaffeine. If kaffeine was closed, I got the same as if amarok was closed, no spikes. If kaffeine was open and not playing anything, I didn't get spikes, but the CPU held at about 35% instead of the normal 7%. If I then closed kaffeine without touching soundmania, the CPU rose to about 70% and held steady there, until I clicked stop in soundmania and it dropped back to 7%.

I can try some other players as well, but it seems to be something when the selected player is open but idle when soundmania loads, and it doesn't realize it is idle until you click stop.

Anything else I can try? I'm having fun trying to hunt this down! :-p - Jun 10 2007
I've noticed kind of an interesting quirk with soundmania and amarok. When I first start up my machine, superkaramba and amarok are loaded, and I always see a series of cpu spikes (showed by the Aero-AIO theme). The cpu plot refreshes every second, so the spikes appear to be 2 seconds apart (but that may just be how often Aero-AIO catches it). The spikes continue until I either start up some music or click stop in soundmania, and then the cpu drops down to a nice, low, constant level.

The spikes will also happen if the music is playing and I click stop *in amarok* instead of in soundmania, and will continue until I restart the music or click stop in soundmania.

It seems like the theme is expecting amarok to be playing music, and checking for it every two seconds until the music does start or I tell it that nothing is happening.

Any ideas? It's obviously easy for me to click stop when I so infrequently reboot the computer, so I'm not really bothered by it, but it's an interesting phenomenon and I'm curious if you've come across it. I don't know if it might cause problems on slower machines. The main annoyance for me is that the spikes prevent the cool n' quiet drivers from dropping the cpu frequency down to idle, so it ends up staying at the higher frequency and running hotter. Of course, I'm the smart one who put the computer in the hottest room in the house... ;-) - May 24 2007
"- There are some problems with pyqt on amd64 systems, causing soundmania crash"

Any news on this? I took a look at the PyQT website and couldn't find anything there.
I was excited to get my new Athlon because the old Celeron 366 I had was too slow to run soundmania! :-p
Oh well, keep up the good work, I'm sure I'll be able to run your theme someday! ;-) - Dec 07 2005
I and my body

People 292 comments

Score 56.0%
Dec 27 2006
This pic look familiar?: http://williamwalsh.deviantart.com/art/Bathing-Beauty-2-38857075 - Oct 29 2007
Actually, those photos you linked to have a gear in them, which you may have noticed, is part of the KDE logo.

You're right, there are plenty of non-KDE images posted here, but not those two. ;-) - Sep 11 2006
I completely agree, the effects are awful... - Aug 31 2006
Liquid Weather ++

Karamba & Superkaramba 1797 comments

by Matti
Score 46.0%
Jun 01 2008
Nevermind, we're back to normal now. As I said, probably an issue with weather.com. ;-) - Sep 30 2007
LWP started freezing yesterday, here's the output from console:

[john@Hintzy superkaramba]$ superkaramba lwp-14.6.1.skz
/home/john/Download/superkaramba/lwp-14.6.1.skz/liquid_weather.py:3656: SyntaxWarning: import * only allowed at module level
sys.path.insert(0, '/home/john/Download/superkaramba/lwp-14.6.1.skz')
Reading config
Reading from Config ...
fontSizeMatrix:
[20, 12, 10, 12, 10]
/home/john/Download/superkaramba/lwp_backgrounds//Aero-G/bg.png
No such application: 'kxdocker'
Downloading weather in initWidget
http://xoap.weather.com/weather/local/20723?cc=*&dayf=5&prod=xoap&par=1003666583&key=4128909340a9b2fc
using weather.com
parsing XML
11:00
11
00
AM
dnamobst: 0
unit: mph
11
00
unit: kph
Observation: ( @Columbia, 11:00 EDT Sat 29 Sep 07 )
( with 0 forecasts )
icon : 32
sky : Sunny
temperature : 20?C
relative_heat : 20?C
dewpoint : 7?C
visibility : 16 km
uv : 4
pollution : 0
wind : N
wind_speed : 14 kph
reverse_wind_arrows : 0
wind_icon : weak/N.png
humidity : 44 %
pressure : 1029
pressure_change : steady
cloud_cover : 0 %
+++++++++++++++++++Today's Forecast++++++++++++++++++++++++
unit: kph
Forecast: Sat ( date=Sep 29 )
icon : 32
sky : Sunny
temperature_low : 11?C
temperature_high: 24?C
uv : N/A
pollution : 0
wind_speed : 0 kph
wind : Calm
humidity : 0 %
rain : 10 %
pressure : 0
pressure_change : N/A
sunrise : N/A
sunset : N/A
unit: kph
Forecast: Sun ( date=Sep 30 )
icon : 32
sky : Sunny
temperature_low : 11?C
temperature_high: 24?C
uv : N/A
pollution : 0
wind_speed : 0 kph
wind : Calm
humidity : 0 %
rain : 10 %
pressure : 0
pressure_change : N/A
sunrise : N/A
sunset : N/A
unit: kph
Forecast: Mon ( date=Oct 1 )
icon : 30
sky : Partly cloudy
temperature_low : 13?C
temperature_high: 24?C
uv : N/A
pollution : 0
wind_speed : 0 kph
wind : Calm
humidity : 0 %
rain : 10 %
pressure : 0
pressure_change : N/A
sunrise : N/A
sunset : N/A
unit: kph
Forecast: Tue ( date=Oct 2 )
icon : 30
sky : Am clouds / pm sun
temperature_low : 14?C
temperature_high: 26?C
uv : N/A
pollution : 0
wind_speed : 0 kph
wind : Calm
humidity : 0 %
rain : 10 %
pressure : 0
pressure_change : N/A
sunrise : N/A
sunset : N/A
unit: kph
Forecast: Wed ( date=Oct 3 )
icon : 30
sky : Partly cloudy
temperature_low : 15?C
temperature_high: 26?C
uv : N/A
pollution : 0
wind_speed : 0 kph
wind : Calm
humidity : 0 %
rain : 10 %
pressure : 0
pressure_change : N/A
sunrise : N/A
sunset : N/A
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph
unit: mph



At that point superkaramba completely locks up. The same happens with v14.8. As usual, it's probably due to something weather.com did... :-p

Thanks in advance for your help,
-John - Sep 29 2007
This caught my eye on yahoo today: http://widgets.yahoo.com/

They sure made the "yahoo weather widget" look a lot like liquid weather ++! Of course, I'm sure our superkaramba themes are way better than any of the equivalent widgets! If only people knew we'd been doing this for years... :p - Dec 23 2005
Ah, that would probably be a result of when I was playing with configuration options last night, hit "change animation style" by accident, and hit cancel in the dialogue box instead of picking an option. :-p

It's all better now. Thanks again for the help! Keep up the great work! - May 15 2005
Hey there,

LWP 6.0 was working fine for me until I rebooted my system. Now the theme appears to be running, but it isn't visible. SK tells me it's there and I see a brief flash of a rectangle where it should be when I switch desktops, but otherwise I can't see it.

Here's what Konsole has to say about it:

[john@hintzy liquid_weather_plus]$ superkaramba ./liquid_weather.theme
superkaramba: Symbol `_ZTI7QPixmap' has different size in shared object, consider re-linking
superkaramba: Symbol `_ZTI7QWidget' has different size in shared object, consider re-linking
superkaramba: Symbol `_ZTI12KApplication' has different size in shared object, consider re-linking
superkaramba: TaskManager::TaskManager()
ISO-8859-1
ISO-8859-1
flatstring:
Call to initWidget failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "liquid_weather.py", line 2512, in initWidget
animstyle = int(animtest)
ValueError: invalid literal for int():



Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help or any other information you need from me. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

-John - May 15 2005
tuxboard

Wallpaper Other 6 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 01 2007
Solar cells? That might require me to go out in the daytime! :-/

:-p - Apr 03 2007
Linux-Aero 2.0

Beryl/Emerald Themes 6 comments

Score 50.0%
Jan 16 2007
With "Aero" in the title, I was hoping this would look like the Aero-G style that I use for the SK apps on my desktop. But alas, it's vista... - Jan 17 2007
Winter - Ludwig Castle - Germany

Wallpaper Other 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Nov 19 2006
Nice picture! I was there in November of 2005 and took a ton of pictures (maybe I should post some of them...), but there wasn't any snow yet. Guess I'll just have to go back and see it in every season, eh? :-p - Nov 20 2006
night desktop

KDE Plasma Screenshots 12 comments

Score 50.0%
Oct 05 2006
Yeah, I'd like to see those added to your wallpaper collection as well. ;-) - Oct 16 2006
KZenExplorer

Audio Apps 21 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 03 2005
It wouldn't work on win2k????? That's weird. My box says it should work on 98SE and above. I only use mine on my winxp machine, because my wife won't let me reformat her win98 machine even though it takes AGES to do anything and a simple fresh install will fix it...but that's another story! ;-)

I haven't gotten to try any libmtp apps yet, but I should have time tonight or this weekend. - Aug 10 2006
I've had the same problem with my Zen Micro...KZenExplorer and KIO Zen do not detect the player. So I just did a little digging and came across the libnjb website: http://libnjb.sourceforge.net/

Take a look at the dark box on the right. Looks like your MicroPhoto and my Micro (which says "PlaysForSure" on the box, so I presume it uses MTP) don't work with libnjb, so then things like KZenExplorer won't see them. :-(

I followed the link to the libmtp site, and it lists a few apps which support MTP devices (under the "downstream" header). One is for Mac OS X, and two seem intended for Gnome, but I will try them anyway when I get home and report back with what I find.

Mussgill: Any chance of an updated KZenExplorer to support MTP devices? :-D - Aug 08 2006
KDE in renaissance wallpaper

Wallpapers KDE Plasma 6 comments

by EmZed
Score 43.3%
Aug 14 2006
That's REALLY well done! Some people would have just copied and pasted a big blue KDE logo on it and called it done. More often than not, when that happens it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't show any creativity. You took the extra effort to actually make the logo *part* of the picture, like it belongs there. Really nice work. - Aug 09 2006
be aware of the tiger

Wallpaper Other 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 18 2006
Looks just like my cat Skimble! Very cute. :-) - Jul 18 2006
Sunrise-1280x1024

Wallpaper Other 5 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 17 2006
That's awesome, really nice work! Wish I knew how to do that stuff! :-p - Jul 17 2006
Good bye Lapin noir

Wallpaper Other 7 comments

Score 50.0%
Jun 21 2006
we're referring to Monte Python and the Holy Grail :-) - Jun 21 2006
"First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it." - Jun 21 2006
Weed

Wallpaper Other 4 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 28 2006
It's pretty sweet (6% residual sugar), and definitely tastes like flowers! It's very interesting simply because it's so different, but I think it's tasty. Still prefer grape wine though. ;-) - Apr 29 2006
Ever had dandelion wine? There's a winery near me that makes some. :-p - Apr 29 2006
slackhomer

KDE 3.x Splash Screens 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 04 2006
This what you're looking for? :-)
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=6463 - Mar 05 2006
meorpc?

Wallpaper Other 18 comments

Score 50.0%
Mar 02 2006
Ah, I had missed your disclaimer, sorry 'bout that.

You're right, there are plenty of Americans who are prudes and freak out about the slightest thing. Personally, I'm annoyed by their bitching and, therefore, the media's portrayal of all Americans being like that. But that's my problem, not yours. I'm glad you acknowledge it's not everyone! :-) :-p - Mar 02 2006
I don't see anything in his post about being offended by the nudity. He said if it was well done, he'd have no problem with it. I agree, the pic itself is fine, but the cut and paste sucks.

What's that?!?!?! I'm from the US and I'm NOT freaking out about nudity?!?!?!?! IMPOSSIBLE!

C'mon, let's leave the political bullshit out of this, it's just unnecessary.... - Mar 02 2006
Su-per-Doku

Karamba & Superkaramba 24 comments

by Matti
Score 50.0%
Dec 02 2006
This makes me ridiculously happy since I visit websudoku.com so frequently! Now I don't even have to launch a browser, the puzzle is on my desktop! I can feel my productivity dropping already...

Thanks, as always, and keep up the great work! :-D - Feb 06 2006
ComixCursors

Cursors 307 comments

by jlue
Score 85.7%
Aug 02 2017
I keep forgetting to come back and update you on my progress!

I ran your script and, at the time, nothing changed. However, shortly after that, I reinstalled the i586 version of Mandriva 2006, since I was having problems with some 3rd party apps under x86_64 and had decided the performance boost wasn't worth the hassle for now. As usual, I formatted the root partition, but left /home alone. On the first boot, the comix cursors showed up and work everywhere! The only minor caveat is that firefox displays the open hand cursor on links instead of the pointing hand, but I'm honestly not worried about that.

I really have no idea what the problem was before! :-p Perhaps its just another quirk of 64 vs 32 bit, like something looking for /lib when it needs /lib64 or something like that...

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that the cursors are working everywhere now and I love it! Thanks again for all your hard work! - Jan 24 2006
Tried whiteglass and had the same behavior... :-/ - Jan 10 2006
I've noticed the X cursors show up in other GTK-based apps too, such as Gaim, the Gimp, and Mandriva Control Center. However, in those apps its not all of the time, only for the text entry and hyperlink cursors. Firefox uses X cursors all of the time. I'll try out another cursor theme and let you know.

Thanks! - Jan 09 2006
These cursors are really gorgeous man, keep up the good work! They fit VERY nicely into the look of my desktop with the thin keramik window decorations and comix widget style. ;)


Only trouble I'm having is that Firefox completely ignores them and uses the default black X cursors... Could it be because I'm using the Mandriva RPM for Firefox instead of Mozilla's installer? - Dec 23 2005
kio-locate

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 178 comments

Score 58.0%
Oct 20 2005
I loved using kio-locate on my MDV 2005LE box, but when I did a major hardware upgrade and installed MDV 2006 (x86_64), I get this error when I try to run scons:

$ scons configure prefix=/usr
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/scons", line 143, in ?
import SCons.Script
ImportError: No module named SCons.Script


Any ideas? I've already posted on the Mandriva Club forums about this and have gotten no response. Kio-locate is incredibly useful and I'd love to have it back!

Thanks!
-John - Jan 10 2006
ps: Aero AIO plugin

Karamba & Superkaramba 21 comments

Score 50.0%
May 20 2006
That's a great idea for an AIO plugin! Very useful! Thanks! - Dec 19 2005
Blue Amd64

Wallpaper Other 2 comments

Score 50.0%
Dec 16 2005
I also got one about 3 weeks ago...I love it!!! :-D - Dec 18 2005
Tulum Citadel

Wallpaper Other 3 comments

Score 50.0%
Oct 26 2005
Very nice picture!! My wife and I visited Tulum on our honeymoon, so this brings back nice memories for me too. ;-) I should post some of my pictures from there... - Oct 26 2005
Aero AIO

Karamba & Superkaramba 342 comments

Score 50.0%
May 17 2006
I'm having some trouble with the .skz version of the theme (the tarball version works fine). When opened, the theme doesn't appear on the screen, I can only locate it (and close it) by the rectangular patch that flickers when I switch to an empty desktop from one with a window open. I tried removing the .rc file for this theme from my ~/.superkaramba folder to see if something it had saved from previous versions was causing the problem, but that didn't help. The only other .skz SK theme I have right now is liquid weather ++, and that's working okay.

When running from a console, I get this error from SK when I open the Aero-AIO theme:

superkaramba: Starting theme: Aero All In One
superkaramba: /home/john/.superkaramba/aero_aio.rc
superkaramba: Loading python module: aero_aio
Loaded Aero-AIO python extension!
sys.path.insert(0, '/home/john/download/superkaramba/aero_aio.skz')
Call to initWidget failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/john/download/superkaramba/aero_aio.skz/aero_aio.py", line 309, in initWidget
File "/home/john/download/superkaramba/aero_aio.skz/aero_aio.py", line 295, in extractScripts
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/zipfile.py", line 203, in __init__
self.fp = open(file, modeDict[mode])
IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'Desktop/aero_aio.skz'
Call to widgetUpdated failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/john/download/superkaramba/aero_aio.skz/aero_aio.py", line 348, in widgetUpdated
KeyError: 'autoswitch'


...and those last four lines keep repeating until I close the theme.

Any ideas? :-)


Thanks,
John - Jul 31 2005
I agree, that would be REALLY slick if you could integrate your aero-g amarok theme into this theme! - Jul 31 2005
Volley-Player

Wallpaper Other 14 comments

Score 50.0%
Jul 26 2005
Oh, how I love volleyball. :D - Jul 26 2005
Torchlight

Icon Sub-Sets 14 comments

Score 41.4%
Sep 03 2005
I agree somewhat with memphidoo's comment about the consistency. Mostly it's the CD and DVD icons that stand out from the rest, in my opinion. The icons for MIME types, folders, and buttons all have sort of a soft, rounded, almost cartoonish look to them, which I love. I think the CD and DVD icons would look better if they were softened somehow to fit into that style.

Overall, I think what you have here looks great and I can't wait to see more! - Jul 14 2005
Amarok

Audioplayers 574 comments

Score 77.0%
Aug 01 2011
Does anybody know where amaroK stores album cover images? I'm about to do some "spring cleaning" and a fresh install on my computer and would like to save the covers if I can. I would check the amaroK website but it's kinda down still... :-p

Thanks for the help! - Jun 13 2005
Beach Splash

KDE 3.x Splash Screens 19 comments

Score 50.0%
May 25 2005
Putting lack of creativity aside, I'm negative about it's because it's not GPL. .. - May 26 2005