Moving on

Just a quick shout-out as I keep getting emails from people – project hamster has now new maintainers and I fully stepped away from development a good while ago.

I wish all the best to the new maintainers, you can follow their progress here:

This blog is officially defunct – for any enquiries please consult


Announcing APX – an open source variant of a lovely arcade



For the last few months among other things i’ve been fiddling with a port of a lovely game from 1980ies called QIX.

It is implemented in hamster graphics and was a fun venture in basic game development.

Download here!

APX github repository


Shout out to bostonians – hamster on wheels

I’m in Cambridge till Apr 3rd (8 days), so shout ( if you’d fancy a beer and/or a chat’n’hack on hamster and hamster graphics!

Next stop – pycon in Montreal and then Edinburgh.

Looking for usage patterns!

Update: thanks for all the submissions they were most helpful!

Hello peepses, i want your hamster database!

I promise not to share it with anyone, including your employer, NSA, and the underwater yetis.

If you would be willing to help out, then please simply grab the hamster.db file in ~/.local/share/hamster-applet/ and send it to me at

This is part of my long term aim of giving you usable insights based on your tracking habits, and by providing your data, you will be helping me to create interface that works also for you.

Hamster autocomplete revamp

Autocomplete will now look at last 30 days and do a bit of recency / frequency ranking, to also include tags. The assumption is that you keep doing the same things with same tags.

Would be interested in hearing how it works for you.

To try the autocomplete, run it in experiments: (python

Or try out in master

Hamster coming to Gnome3



Hamsterians – meet the new overview

Screenshot from 2014-02-02 17:58:52


While work in progress, the base parity has been met and the code is now in the master branch and good for running. This view will replace overview and the “standalone” window, and will work best with the shell extension.

Translators don’t panic – will be fixing labels soonish!

Love it? Hate it? – Try it out and leave a comment!

Hamster is looking for a new maintainer

Update: toupeira has taken over maintainership for a while now and seems to be doing quite alright with getting all the ducks in the row!

I keep going back and forth on this, but the truth is i don’t have time for hamster anymore.

So i’m looking for a new maintainer.

First of all – don’t panic – the project is not going to die – as i’m using hamster on daily basis myself (and it does everything i need), i will keep making sure it works at least on Fedora (my distro of choice), but i need someone taking care of pull requests and making sure hamster stays on focus and doesn’t gain weight via preferences (i’ve seen oh so many requests for that lately and majority fall far outside the 80/20 rule; it is however compelling to please everyone, and that’s what i’m afraid my replacement would try to do)

Ideally the candidate would have something to show that he and she have created, because if there is anything that i fear more than extinction is the project falling into somebody’s hands who will botch it up 🙂

I’ve disabled comments. If you are interested, please contact me at

Also, code: