Distributed Bug Tracking

The free software/open source/software development world needs a distributed bug tracking story. Because the current one sucks. Contents The State of the Art Requirements The Future of the Art Resources The State of the Art There are a number of tools written between 2006 and 2010 or so that provide partial or incomplete solutions to the problem. Almost isn't quite good enough. The "resources" section of this post, contains an overview of the most important (my judgment,) representatives of the current work in the area with a bit of editorializing.…

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2012 New Haven Singing

I went to a fabulous all day Sacred Harp singing in New Haven Connecticut last weekend. It was great. Thoughts: Size and Space This wasn't a huge singing. There plenty of singings in the Northeast that have higher attendance, but that doesn't matter, there was something nice about getting to sing with the people assembled. It helped that the room was great for singing, and it was the perfect size for the crowd.…

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The Origins of Morris Dancing

When you're out in the world Morris Dancing, everyone asks what you're doing. Actually, more typically people ask "What country is this from?" but I don't know what that means. In any case, this past weekend I witnessed the following exchange between elderly spectator to the foreman of a certain New York City Men's Team as the tour was moving between stands: Spectator: What is this and where is it from?…

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Lies About Documentation...

.. that developers tell. All the documentation you'd need is in the test cases. My comments are really clear and detailed. 3. I'm really interested and committed to having really good documentation. This code is easy to read because its so procedural. This doesn't really need documentation. 6. I've developed a really powerful way to extract documentation from this code. The documentation is up to date. We've tested this and nothing's changed.…

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NYC Subway Strategy

I have a question for game theory/urban planning/transit geeks, in part for practical reasons, and in part for a story I'm developing: Is there some sort of resource that explains "most efferent" rapid transit rider strategies, perhaps from a game theory perspective? I've been living in NYC for almost a year, with frequent visits for about 6 months before that and I've learned things like: The physical layouts of a number of station complexes and transfer points, to facilitate quick/easy transfers.…

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The Million Words of Crap

There's this saying, I traced it down once but have forgotten the source again, that before you can write anything good, you have to write a million words of crap. Well I've done it. I'm guessing that most writers hit this number without much difficulty fairly early on in their lives/careers, but it's hard keep records and do proper accounting of this data. And let's be frank, it's kind of a stupid thing to track.…

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Loops and Git Automation

This post provides a few quick overviews of cool bits of shell script that I've written or put together recently. Nothing earth shattering, but perhaps interesting nonetheless. Making a Bunch of Symbolic Links. I have two collection of Maildir folders to store my mail. One in a ~/work/mail folder for my work mail, and ~/mail for my personal projects. I want the work mailboxes to be symbolically linked to the personal ones (some work email, notably from GitHub comes to a personal address, and I want to be able to refile as necessary.…

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