Nov 03

Names and consequences

freshmeat.net abruptly changed its name to freecode.com a couple of days ago. As a consequence, the little program I wrote to submit release announcements to it is now renamed freecode-submit.

People who ship releases frequently enough to find freecode-submit essential might also want to look at shipper, which I wrote to automate other aspects of release shipping as well.

shipper is how, when I want to ship a release of one of my projects, I can normally just type “make release” and the right things will happen – webpage updates, freecode release notification, SourceForge release, and release-tagging in the project repository.

Nov 25

If RCS can stand it, why can’t your system?

I’ve written software for a lot of different reasons besides pure utility in the past. Sometimes I’ve been making an aesthetic statement, sometimes I’ve hacked to perpetuate a tribal in-joke, and at least once I have written a substantial piece of code exactly because the domain experts solemnly swore that job was impossible to automate (wrong, bwahahaha).

Here’s a new one. Today I released a program that is ugly and only marginally useful, but specifically designed to shame other hackers into doing the right thing.

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