here's today's plasma screenshot (tell me when you get bored of them ;):
the tiger hasn't turned the standard background on, while the other two successfully launched plasmoids have. those borders and background are fully themeable using suitable svg. personally, i'm thinking we may want a thinner outer border by default; they look really nice but do take up quite some room. fortunately all it takes is playing around with the file in an image editor.
twitter shows how easy it is to bridge web services to the desktop (that lineedit lets you enter new entries, aka "tweets", to your microblog timeline).
what you can't see there are the animations, such as when you post a new tweet and the "syncing" label fades in and then back out. or when the time changes and the clock animates the number flipped "down" ala the real old school clocks. it's all subtle and so smooth.
what you also can't see is that layouting now works. the failed plasmoid is being circumvented by plasma and a (fairly useless at the moment ;) error message gets shown. eventually it'll be a nicer looking label (about 2 lines of code; damn i should just do it now) with slightly more information. but the point here is that the the geometry of all the label and applet are being managed by a dynamic layout. now that they are working i can start playing with the panel replacement.
so if all goes as it has been, i should be able to screen cast a panel and d'n'd installation of a js plasmoid package demo. suh-weet.
mosfet also poked his head up on kde-core-devel the other day. he's put together a little package of graphics utils that might be rather useful for 4.0. i'm hosting the tarball on plasma.kde.org for him right now, but will let him announce it. tune in to kde-core-devel tomorrow if you're interested.
and speaking of graphics gurus ... i'll be seeing zack and the rest of the norwegian trolls in about a week's time. i'm off to the trolltech offices for a (work) week of hacking and then its off to germany for a board meeting in darmstadt. i'm home for a day and then p. and i take off to my sister's place in washington state for two weeks, during which time i'll only be working 4 hours a day or so (in other words ... pretty much a vacation for me).
if you're in the oslo, darmstadt or seattle area and want to meet up for a visit i'm sure we could figure something out.