29 Feb 2004 ncm   » (Master)

Monotone

In the coming Source Code Control wars, with Subversion and Arch squaring off, the dark horse (if I may mix metaphors) looks to be Monotone, by our own graydon. Such beautiful code, such spare design. Why not pitch in and help by giving it a "blame" command, or perhaps a web view? Just to touch such code will exalt you.

A Proud Moment

As of this moment, the Orkut group "I hate Java" has 284 members, identically with the "Lisp" group. In other words, right now, and maybe never again, precisely as many people hate Java as like Lisp. Who knows what the future holds? Will the next year bring more Java haters or Lisp likers? Will Orkut survive that long? Will Java?

People posting are finally beginning to catch on to what these "I hate ..." groups are for, and it's starting to get fun. (What could be more dreary than somebody hyping their own favorite language?) It took longer than I expected, and for a while I thought the experiment had failed entirely. Score one for humanity.

Zombie Leaks

Debian unstable finally got Mozilla Firefox, so I installed it to see if it will spawn zombie processes like a parthenogenic rabbit (and like Galeon 1.3.1{1,2,3}, lately) when used to look at eBay.com. The answer is yes, which narrows the problem considerably: the fault is all Mozilla. Meanwhile, Evolution 1.4.5 (even with Bonoboized Vim as its editor!) hasn't crashed in many weeks.

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