trac rocks

spurred on by dani, i gave trac a try for a project i am working on.

Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. Trac uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management. Our mission; to help developers write great software while staying out of the way. Trac should impose as little as possible on a team’s established development process and policies.
It provides an interface to Subversion, an integrated Wiki and convenient report facilities.
Trac allows wiki markup in issue descriptions and commit messages, creating links and seamless references between bugs, tasks, changesets, files and wiki pages. A timeline shows all project events in order, making getting an overview of the project and tracking progress very easy.

i’m in love. trac beats the crap out of bugzilla (no UI to speak of), RT (UI?), jira (likes to crash your servlet engine, not free), collabnet (slooow, not free), sourceforge (very poor integration, 1997-era UI), basecamp (useless for projects with both suits and coders) and a couple others i have tested (and forgotten about over the years). while some of the competition is stronger in certain areas, none are as well-rounded and tightly integrated between bug tracking, wiki and scm, or have such a pleasant UI. trac is the kind of application that makes me want to pick up python for real to play around with it (sorry, but plone never had the same effect for me). trac will go far.


Momento is an XML document object model. It is designed to permit large XSLT transforms and XUpdate queries, larger than in memory document object models will allow. In addition, it stores transaction based modifications to XML documents that are recoverable in the event of a system failure.

people are doing more and more work on xml storage. momento looks like it could become quite useful inside cocoon if the author decides to donate it.


Here are my recommendations for cool stuff. I include any books, tools, software, videos, maps, gadgets, hardware, websites, or gear that are extraordinarily handy or useful for individual and small groups. The best items are those that open up new possibilities. I depend on friends and readers to suggest things. Generally I try something out first if I can. I only recommend things I like and I ignore the rest.


gregorLinks 2.0

shared online mindmaps
lucid implements the memeplex, a collection of notes about memetics, software, computers, science, sports, culture, people, places…

FOIA and other goods contains all the information that someone wants to censor. interesting site.

eBiz lives
context is spreading eBiz ideas, never mind the downturn.

gregorLinks 1.0

i just discovered a bunch of submissions in my blog queue that had been sitting there for a year. guess its time i start to blog them (3/28):

a very smart graphics guy
john c. hart has some pretty interesting papers online, such as on ray tracing on mass market GPUs.

promoting the third culture
The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.

peter saint-andre maintains a guide to the nomenclature of philosophy

why linux on the desktop will not happen

some open source advocates are serious when they suggest that gnumeric is a valid excel contender, or that the gnome desktop “is just as easy to use as the windows desktop”. these people suffer from their very own reality distortion field, as Larry Augustin, founder of VA Linux, points out:

I recall a discussion (not on this list) some time ago where a group

of people were arguing that Gnumeric was a replacement for Excel. I

was appalled. They were arguing about Excel vs. Gnumeric features.

They were arguing about reading and writing Excel file formats. They

didn’t understand why Excel users complained when they tried to use

Gnumeric. The prevailing opinions were that users were just not

willing to learn to use something different.

I finally asked the question, “Can Gnumeric do pivot tables?” I go

the response, “What’s a pivot table?” My point was proven. The

Gnumeric advocates didn’t even understand the technology they were

trying to replace. I can hand an Office power user an Excel

spreadsheet with thousands of names and addresses, and with a few

point and click operations, out come pages of stick-on mailing labels.

How do you do that with Gnumeric? I’m willing to bet that few or none

of us on this mailing list have that level of proficiency with MS

Office or Excel. If we don’t know what it can do, and we don’t know

what people do with it, how can we replace it?

idiot gallery @ interpol

this interpol query shows some 96 idiots who are currently wanted by interpol for terrorism. not a whole lot you would think, considering that there must be thousands of terrorist around the world. note how they are all male and ugly. there may be something to the theory that terrorists are promised virgins in the afterworld as they won’t get laid in this world.. what a bunch of losers.