Author Archives for barisione

Why is g_hash_table_insert used?


Yesterday I was discussing a bug in some code using a GHashTable with Will and we both started to wonder if there is any reason to use g_hash_table_insert instead of g_hash_table_replace. First of all an example, look at this code and try to find the bug. #include <glib.h> static void add_entry (GHashTable *ht, const gchar […]

Message Notifier for Gnome 3.6


Recently I didn’t have much time to hack on Message Notifier, but luckily Guillaume Desmottes ported it to Gnome 3.6. This version also changes the shortcut to open the menu from Win+M to Win+L, as the former is now used by the shell. To update, just visit the extension page and click on the update […]

Boss Mode extension


Gnome-shell’s popup notifications and integrated chat are great, but sometimes I’m annoyed when the content of a chat is displayed on screen at the wrong moment (for instance if a colleague sends you a work-related message while you are sitting at a conference next to other people). The Boss Mode extension allows you to quickly […]

Keybinding for the message notification extension


I uploaded a new version of Message Notifier to extensions.gnome.org. The main new feature is that you can now open the menu pressing Win+M. The default keybinding can be modified by clicking the preferences button on the extension page (next to the switch to enable/disable the extension). This version also fixes notifications for xchat-gnome on […]

Better notification support


Yesterday I released a new version of my message notification extension for gnome-shell (3.2 and 3.4), to install it or to update it just visit its page on extensions.gnome.org. The main feature in the new version is that it just handles notifications coming from well-known applications: Empathy, XChat, XChat-GNOME, Pidgin and notify-send. Handling the Empathy […]

Updated message notifier and new cooking blog


A few months ago I wrote a gnome-shell extension that shows how many conversations with unread messages you have, so that I could stop missing incoming messages. I updated the extension so it now works better and it can also show what the incoming notifications are when you press the icon. You can get the […]

Permanent IM notifications


Update: the extension is now available on extensions.gnome.org. Gnome 3 and the shell look really great, but there are a few things that annoy me. My main complaint is that I keep missing IM messages because there is no visual clue that you got a message (unless you are staring at the bottom of your […]

Broken GTalk calls


Recently Google updated their XMPP servers to use standard Jingle for audio and video calls; see the “Google: The Future is Jingle” post on xmpp.org for some more details. This would be good news for us, except that, by doing so, they broke calls in telepathy-gabble (so in Empathy, the N900 and MeeGo) in multiple […]

Folks and QtContacts


At the moment I’m at the MeeGo conference in Dublin, finally finding a bit of time to blog on what I have been working on for the past 2 weeks. The conference is really well organised and the location is a bit unusual but awesome. For me, the best thing about this conference seems to […]

Feature complete custom ringtones


I finally released a version of “Custom ringtones for your contacts” that implements every basic feature I wanted to have for a first stable version, so I think it deserves being called 1.0 . Apart from some bug fixes, this new version is translatable and allow you to set a ringtone for callers with a […]