Archive | November, 2005

Paul Graham on IT Conversations

Posted on 17 November 2005 by Demian Turner

Paul Graham is the author of the excellent Hackers and Painters and also has a great blog, so it wasn’t suprising his IT Conversations piece was a riot – check it out, recommended 30 mins of quality time and not while you’re coding. Thanks to Luis for the tip.

Here’s the summary:

Paul Graham, popular author and Lisp programmer,
discusses what business can learn from open source. According to him,
it’s not about Linux or Firefox, but the forces that produced them. He
delves into the reasons why open source is able to produce better
software, why traditional workplaces are actually harmful to
productivity and the reason why professionalism is overrated.

Paul takes blogging as an analogy and explains how the
phenomenon is actually very similar to the open source movement. Both
show that amateurs often surpass professionals in what they choose to
do, because they love what they are doing. He also points out that in
the age of the internet, which has made collaboration extremely easy,
large corporations find it difficult to compete with software produced
by a bunch of inspired hackers. Paul also takes a dig at workplaces as
we know them and illustrates how the most productive phase of any
company is when it is still a startup.

Update: follow up with this one, also very good.

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Seagull 0.4.7 and 0.5.3 Released

Posted on 11 November 2005 by Demian Turner

We’re following the usual even-stable/odd-development release cycle, so here are the latest 0.4.7 and 0.5.3 releases respectively. The 0.5.x stream is where all the effort is being focused, new features include:

  • a rewritten task-based installer, easily extensible (thanks to Helgi on #pear for some quickform validation hacks)
  • cleaner URLs thanks to improvements by Julien Casanova. Work is in progress on an UrlAlias strategy, the Url object takes an array of strategies for easily extensible url handling
  • improved security for reinstalling live sites
  • blocks, when enabled, can now be filtered by user roles (Daniel Korsak)
  • a php4/5 compatible delegator class was added for simple object aggregation

This release is currently only implemented for MySQL so please wait until the DB maintainers catch up if you’re using another database. And PHP < 4.4.x, that will change shortly as new ZDE is finally out. And please be patient with the rough look & feel, html wizzes where are you?

The stable 0.4.7 release is just PEAR updates in response to recent security issues and a fix for the annoying Thunderbird RSS reader bug that duplicates any story that has an &amp; in the permalink. Thanks to this fix I would like to invite folks interested in keeping up with the Seagull project to subscribe to our RSS feed, so I don’t have to burden Planet-php with project posts :-).

In other news we also got the wiki fullly moved over to Trac from the previous Wacko install, a task made much easier thanks to Werner’s Wacko export and Trac import scripts. There is a certain amount of work still to be done to get the content correctly formatted however.

And it’s been a good month for press coverage, thanks to both PHP | Architect and Direction | PHP for running articles on the project. Finally Clay Hinson had done some interesting integration work getting FUD forum integrated with Seagull.

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Phone pests

Posted on 10 November 2005 by Demian Turner

An interesting conversation with a chap with a heavy Texan accent:

[caller] uuuuuh duhmon, duhman, duhmane … – what’s you name?
[me] my name is Demian
[caller] hi Duhmane – Ah’m calling you from Texas!
… silence
[me] ok, it this regarding a job?
[caller] yeah – you on Skype?
[me] well I’d have to reboot into windows ..
[caller] well Ah don’t want to waste money ya see, but aneeways, would you be interested in some P Haytch P work in a LAMP environment doing customization of OScommerce?
… visions of horror drift back from my last run in with OScommerce 2+ years ago
[me] um, not really
[caller] ok <click>

You have to think of the "ok <click>" as 3 syllables of the same word, no hesitation whatsoever before putting the receiver down. Just in case there are some lucky recipients of the same call out there 😉

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