Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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I must say, if Apple snatches the domain for its new .Mac service, I would be impressed. Its a very cool domain name, simple, very Jobs'like.

Scripts repository

I've started to publish my ~/bin script stash at GitHub. Not all of them are written by me. For example, I've included Gruber's script under a new name. Before you ask about the strange long names, my memory sucks, so I use tab completion a lot. I name all my script with a x- prefix so that I can just type x-<TAB> and see my entire script repository. I use long and (I hope) self describing names.

Snapz Pro X a bit to eager?

Run this: sudo fs_usage -w -f filesys 'Snapz Pro X' Does your copy checks the Preferences and License File every two seconds? Sheeeshh... (tested on Tiger by the way, not sure if it work on Leopard)

The current crop of the XMPP-based bots is pretty basic. They provide an online presence in the XMPP network, and you interact with them by a command-line-style interface. These are some suggestions that bot authors can use to increase your XMPP presence easily. I'm going to stick to easy stuff only, most of it widely deployed. The first thing that you need to understand is that you can have different per-contact presence information.

git email workflow

I personally was never on the receiving end of a email-based git workflow so I don't know how hard it is to use git to track all the incoming patches and the status of each one. I much prefer the workflow based around pull-requests, and the GitHub interface for them is extremely nice. Today, as I stood in the shower (it was a shower day, yes, and my best ideas usually hit me under running water) I started to think about a Web interface to manage email-based workflow's. + Google Gears = Sweet!

This is great news: Todd Ditchendorf just released a nightly build (link removed) of that includes Google Gears. I'm a big fan of Google Gears, and Fluid is getting a lot of love regarding integration with the desktop. BTW, this is a good reason for me to upgrade to Leopard. update: Todd giveth, Todd taketh away.

Apparently Trevor Squires found my Search in Project With ack TextMate command at the time it was 404, so he wrote is own. I haven't tried it yet, but from his description its a lot better than mine.

Will 10.5.3 win me over?

For the first time since 10.1.x, I didn't upgrade to the latest Mac OS X with the .1 release. Usually I wait for a .1 and "nuke and pave" my Mac, but this time, after almost 8 months after the 10.5.0 release, I'm still running 10.4, and reasonably happy with it. Sure, there is software out there that I would like to try but requires 10.5, only its nothing that I totally depend on, so 10.

git usage vs operating system

A small meaningless statistic (but interesting nonetheless) about the split of operating systems and git usage on github. I admit that the second place was a surprise to me. In a good way.