Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's all about Hacking, Adventures and Food : Randa Meetup 2014

Randa Meetup 2014, I never knew KDE meet ups are much more than just hacking into huge source codes, it's about meeting awesome people from all around the world, it's about adventuring with adventurous hackers, it's about delicious food and at last but not least it's about luscious chocolates.

Randa Meetup 2014
KStars is desktop planetarium application under KDE Education Projects. There are some awesome tools in KStars like Moon Phase Calender, Conjunction calculator, What's Intresting, Solar System Viewer, Astrophotograph Browser, What's up tonight, and many more. I am fixing bugs, documenting and polishing few of this tool. On first day of Randa Meetup I added distance measurement tool in Solar System Viewer, it makes KStars an unique application which allows you to measure distance between planets or asteroids on any selected day, no matter past, present or future ;-). So Astrologers won't succeed to fool you by saying that Saturn is coming in your way to lucky Mars, if you have KStars installed on your PC ;-). I then fixed Astrophotograph Browser to download quired images in synchronization with their metadata. So when you will query for real time image uploaded by astrophotographers to, along with high resolution images you will get the information like name of user who has uploaded the image, date, camera used, magnitude and position of the skyobject in photograph etc. I hacked Moon Phase Calender to enable it to display name of the moon in title bar of window.

Well, too much about hacking. Let's talk about the another adventurous part of Randa Meetup, Hiking. I think few snaps will tell much more than many words.

Randa, Switzerland

Tasch, Switzerland
And not to forget these mouth-watering swiss chocolates. You get lot of them while hacking ;-)

Swiss Chocolates @ Randa Meetup 2014
Thank you very much Mario Fux and team for organizing such a wonderful meetup. Thanks KDE.

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