A Short Intro
What is your role within KDE?
Day-to-day I look hard at KDE in general and try to find ways we can improve it. I usually investigate problems first, talking to those who are responsible or have good knowledge of a subject area. I then try to work with people to find solutions. This yields better results than simply filing bug reports.
How and when did you get involved in KDE?
I was working as a UNIX sysadmin at the time and feeling overworked, undervalued, bored, and ill. I wanted to help with Linux, which looked like the future of operating systems (and still does.)
How much time do you spend on KDE?
A few hours most days. Probably between 20-40 hours a week. Recently most of this time has been spent on finding problems with KDE 2 and fixing them. The rest of the time I'm working on the groupware stuff.
What is your favorite tool? (for developers; what is your favorite editor?)
Vim, of course. What else is there?
Is there a process you follow when you code?
I draft designs in my head, then in code. Sometimes in parallel. I know academics say this is wrong and I should get out a pen and paper, but I don't trust academics. Qt allows me to prototype very quickly. Once I can see how the design is panning out, I usually scrap everything and write from scratch. Programming is like cooking. If you add too much pepper, you can't really cover it up. Best to just start again and remember your mistake next time.
What was your first computer?
A Sinclair ZX Spectrum. I still miss those rubber keys. Most programmers I know seem to have started out hacking their programmable calculators and writing assembler. I just played Jet Set Willy II.
Which program would you say every KDE user should have?
KOrganizer. I say that because I have it and don't use it properly. I should, because I'm as forgetful as a goldfish. Being organized is a virtue. Probably.
Where do you see yourself and KDE 5 years from now?
Myself, probably 5 years older and no wiser. KDE, probably the standard desktop on all UNIX platforms and always mentioned in the same breath as Linux. I don't think it'll be the standard on the corporate desktop by then, but I'm sure it will take a significant chunk. The success of KDE really depends on the success of Linux, and vice versa of course, though don't tell any kernel developers I said that.
Are you being paid to work for KDE and if yes by who?
Where and when were you born?
Sunderland, UK, 1976. A small town, not exactly a visitor attraction.
Which University/School did you go to?
University Of Nottingham, UK. The Uni is great, but the Comp Sci course I did was pathetic. I had expected to learn about the two most useful topics, i.e. system administration and C++/Java/VB programming. What I got was electronics and LISP.
What's your status, are you single and up for adoption?
Yes, and yes. [*editors note; Hint hint, need we say more? To send fan-email; look for the address below]
If maried/girlfiend/partner(m/f), how does he/she cope living with a KDE addict?
I don't spend my whole life programming, so KDE is more like a normal job with flexible hours (and terrible pay.) I don't usually talk about programming or KDE in real life. It's not _that_ interesting. Oh, sorry, I'm not married or attached. ;-)
Do you have children?
No. I wouldn't have some of my own anyway, I'd adopt. There are too many kids who lead horrible lives because they were abandoned or taken away from their parents. I'd rather help out those who need it than indulge the desire to create in one's own image.
Do you have pets?
No. I don't mind them, I just wouldn't make a point of getting one. Are there any animals which can make coffee and play the drums?
What is your favorite food?
Ice cream. Preferably chocolate, mint, coffee, pistachio or vanilla flavour. Or all of them at once. Lots of it, anyway.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Probably home, but if home is somewhere hot with a pool, so much the better.
What do you (and your s.o) like to do in your sparetime?
Play my acoustic guitar, sing (badly), and talk to my friends.
What was the last movie you have seen?
Fight Club. Good stuff.
What was the last fiction book that your have read?
William Burroughs, Cities of the Red Night. Good stuff. Don't read it all in one stretch though, unless you're confident in your ability to get back to reality.
What songs do you sing in the shower?
Soundgarden and Radiohead. Stevie Wonder in the bath.
You are having a BBQ in your backyard and you're allowed to invite 3 famous people who would you invite and why?
William Burroughs, to freak everyone out.
Is your best friend (no family) a real person or an on-line one?
Real. I don't know which of my friends is the best, though.
Did you ever met a fellow KDE'r in person, when and where?
I met quite a few of them in Trysil, Norway, during a bug-fixing session before KDE 2.0. They eat cold meat for breakfast and make jokes about gzip. Very odd. You'd better avoid them.
Name your favorite quote/saying.
"Yes, of course we have mint choc coffee pistachio vanilla flavour."