Tag: Software

Thursday Quote: Jonathan Edwards

August 5, 2010 » Geek

“It is not about solving puzzles and being the brightest kid in the class. It is about realizing that the complexity of software dwarfs even the most brilliant human; that cleverness cannot win. The only weapons we have are simplicity and convention.”

– Jonathan Edwards
Mea Culpa

Thursday Quote: David Heinemeier Hansson

May 6, 2010 » Geek

“Most software has a tiny essence that justifies its existence, sickness everything after that is wants and desires mistaken for needs and necessities.”

David Heinemeier Hansson
You Can Always Do Less

Thursday Quote: Chris Parsons

March 18, 2010 » Geek

“The joys of simple tools, cure doing one thing stupidly well.”

Chris Parsons


New Lifestream Site with Storytlr

January 13, 2010 » Consume, Geek, Life

Update: 2010-01-14
It looks like my problems are more commons than not. The “fix” as it stands is to remove the tidy references from your RssModel.php. Here’s the bug on Google Code http://code.google.com/p/storytlr/issues/detail?id=1#c6

I read an article on ars today that is about lifestream app Storytlr which is now open source.

I’ve seen this sort of thing before, and wanted to put one together eventually, so today I bit the bullet and just did it. It was super easy, and Storytlr is a nice piece of software.

I hit a few bumps (for instance, the RSS feed for this site isn’t importing yet) but in general it pulls, stores and presents my feeds in a clean and readable fashion.

I’m under no illusion that anyone will really ever visit http://lifestream.velvetcache.org/, but it makes me happy and it adds another bit of knowledge and experience to the corral.


Disable Gnome Keyring for SVN

October 28, 2009 » Geek

Although I am personally switching over to git for my projects, we still use Subversion here at work.

Something I’ve noticed recently is that SVN now stores my passwords in gnome-keyring. This appears to be a feature in version 1.6 and I am running 1.6.5. It seems from that article that it can also use KDE’s Wallet system.

However, I do not use Gnome, and I don’t like KDE wallet. Plus, sometimes it seemed that gnome-keyring would stick on me during a transaction. The only way to fix it was to run another transaction (svn update usually) in another shell.

I finally got sick of it today and Google’d around. Here is the fix I found, edit ~/.subversion/config and add one key.

password-stores =

Easy enough, and once I did everything was a-okay. Hope this helps someone else!

[email protected]:/var/www/experimental/source$ svn commit -m "SOME MESSAGE"
Password for 'default' GNOME keyring:
Sending        SOME FILE
Transmitting file data ...
Committed revision 448.
[email protected]:/var/www/experimental/source$ vim /home/jmhobbs/.subversion/config
[email protected]:/var/www/experimental/source$ svn update
Authentication realm:  Private SVN
Password for 'jmhobbs':
ATTENTION!  Your password for authentication realm:

    Private SVN

can only be stored to disk unencrypted!  You are advised to configure
your system so that Subversion can store passwords encrypted, if
possible.  See the documentation for details.

You can avoid future appearances of this warning by setting the value
of the 'store-plaintext-passwords' option to either 'yes' or 'no' in
Store password unencrypted (yes/no)? yes
At revision 448.
[email protected]:/var/www/experimental/source$