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wirebird (8007)


Author of Wirebird (also known by its current version, Gamehawk), which is intended to provide separate interfaces to the same community via mailing list and webforum (among others), chiefly because culture clash is fun to watch. Someday I should submit something to CPAN.

Journal of wirebird (8007)

Saturday February 09, 2008
10:25 PM

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I really need to get the laptop set up the rest of the way, since it doesn't have an air modem or anything, and Wichita is not well set up when it comes to wireless (at least in the places I tend to hang out lately: medical waiting rooms, mostly).

This means learning git (to the dismay of my sysadmin/husband, who prefers... um... two other packages I can't remember, though he admits git is probably better than TWiki, which I've threatened to use), filling in some of my massive blind spots in Unix (to much reduce the dismay of my sysadmin/husband, who is perpetually going "You don't know how to use FOO?" forgetting that my Unix knowledge is sometimes deep but very, very narrow), and updating Postgres, exim, Apache, and Perl and whatever else I happen to think of.

Then I just need to get a USB-enabled M-type keyboard, and I can use the laptop exclusively....

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  • You won't regret learning git. It's a fine solution to the problem of version control. But, we are blessed at the moment with many good version control tools. For all the complaints, subversion does work well. Mercurial is in heavy use by Sun for Solaris, OpenJDK, etc. Ubuntu are investing heavily in bzr. There's a lot of choice out there, and they're all pretty good (when compared to CVS, RCS and SCCS which came before).
    • Subversion and Mercurial sound about right for the suggestions he made. I think he uses Mercurial at the day job, and used to use subversion, and only objects to git as being something different he has to deal with. For simplicity, he likes to keep home and work using the same stuff wherever it makes sense to do so. (I can appreciate that... having worked a contract job in Delphi and a FOSS project in Perl for a year or two.)
    • Actually, for all its primitivity, SCCS wasn’t on the wrong track, at least according to the information I could find about how it worked.

      Even RCS is OK for single-user tracking of a handful of files in one directory. That may not sound like much – but it gets two things right: local repository instead of a server; and zero overhead for setting up a repository (not even a foo init). If someone wrote decent merging and push/pull support for it, it would actually not be bad at all.

      CVS is where

      • Well, if you really want to investigate SCCS, you could poke at CSSC []. :-)

        Actually, OpenSolaris probably has a copy of the originals, but I can't find it after a quick look.

        • I saw that before. I’d be interested in a short conceptual overview of the SCCS model, but not interested enough to put in the effort to deduce that from the software. :-)

      • If I understand correctly, SCCS was one of the major inspirations for BitKeeper, as it was a major part of TeamWare.

        • Yeah; this is the sort of fragmentary hint about SCCS of which I’ve picked up a couple, which lead me to say that my understanding is it was decent, if comparatively primitive. But I can’t say any more than that since I haven’t seen any substantial exposition of how it worked.

  • I bought a stockpile of m101's from eBay a few years ago, and it was a great decision. I use one at home, now, on my two Linux boxes, with a cheap USB-PS/2 adapter that works adequately (but not perfectly). I'm starting to think that I'll need to replace them, though, because they're *so* darn loud that I daren't used them while Martha is sleeping. I need to find a really nice clicky-feeling keyboard without the clicks.