Blackout Ireland

Entries for August 2007

August 2, 2007 at 4:46PM The KLF: Justified and Ancient

Top song!

August 7, 2007 at 5:41PM The upside of Eoghan Harris becoming a senator

At least in the Seanad, he can’t really do anything. The Seanad proves itself useful for once! There is a downside though: now we’re all paying to keep the bloody gom in lamb chops.

August 19, 2007 at 8:21PM Just back from Irish Green Gathering

Which, I have to say, was an awful lot of fun. I’ve pictures and the like to get off my sister, but I might write up something here if I get a chance.

Update: Erm, that might take a while longer... forgot to get them from her when I was up home for my mother’s 50th birthday.

August 29, 2007 at 3:05PM GrassSnake, my bug tracker

I thought I’d post up a few screenshots of GrassSnake, the bug tracker I wrote for my own use, and which we also use with work after we got rid of phpBugTracker, a piece of software nobody liked or wanted to use.

Most of the work on it was spent making its interface as bloody simple to use as possible: I wanted to get people keeping bugs in one place where everybody could see them rather than emailing them to me, and I wanted to keep the barrier to posting as low as possible.

The screenshots are a little bit old at this point, but they’re still pretty representative of the application.


This is the console, which displays the bugs pending the user’s attention, be they ones assigned to them (above) or ones they’re interested in (below).

Project Page

Here’s a sample project page. It lists the issues that are part of this project and lets you post up new ones. You see the stars? If they’re blue, the issue is assigned to you. If they’re yellow, you’re watching them, and if they’re gray, you’re not. You can toggle an issue between watched and unwatched by clicking the gray and yellow stars.

Issue Page

A sample issue. You can post up new comments, reassign it to other people, and change its status and priority.

There’s a few other screens, but they’re the principle ones. Once I’ve a public source repository (most likely a Mercurial one, it’s beginning to seem), I’ll make it openly available. [Update: More likely, I’ll be using Bazaar-NG, but only because it can publish repositories using FTP, which I’m stuck with until I eventually get my own server. Sigh. I’d prefer not to, because hg’s faster than bzr, but I’ve no choice, it seems.]

Update: I’m writing a ticketing plugin for it right now, which should be useful.

August 29, 2007 at 3:48PM Electric Picnic 2007, or “Why I’m not going this year”

I decided to post this up on account of the site getting a lot of hits for my Electric Picnic 2006 Timetable entry from last year.

No, I’m not heading this year. In spite of lots of bands I really, really want to see playing--it’s a cracking lineup--there’s not a chance in hell. It’s wildly over-priced, I’m sick of the awful chemical toilets (especially after the compost ones at Irish Green Gathering this year), and I think this is going to be the first year it really goes the way of Oxegen, where the scumbags and teenagers descend and ruin the fun for the rest of us. That is all.

I also resent that “early-bird” tickets stunt they played after EP 2006 for EP 2007. That was just friggin’ ridiculous.