Keith Gaughan

An attempt at public introspection

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Thoughts on Bugtracking

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At Blacknight, we use our own custom bugtracking software, GrassSnake. It’s something I wrote over the course of a few days on my own time and which I’ve been working on whenever I’ve had a free moment, which, in fairness, isn’t all that often.

It’s …

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Fixing a FreeBSD annoyance: shell editing keybindings

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Unlike all the other systems I use, FreeBSD is lacking in one tiny little area: default shell keybindings. Specifically, there’s no keybindings associated with the arrow keys when CTRL is held down.

I’m used to being able to move back a word with CTRL+LeftArrow is pressed, being …

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A RELAX NG compact schema for RSD

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I was feeling a bit bored last night and decided to write a schema for RSD in RELAX NG compact syntax. RSD is about five years old at this point, and nobody ever seems to have got around to writing one, so this might help somebody who wanted to make …

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Moving from SVK to Bazaar-NG

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I exported my projects from SVK‘s hidden Subeversion repository on Saturday using tailor. I was expecting it to be simple, but it was anything but! Mind you, this is probably my fault.

I just wanted to get it working, so I read the documentation accompanying tailor to figure out …

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I’m finally happy with my terminal colours

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It’s been seven years since I’ve had a set of terminal colours that I’ve liked, but I think I’ve finally worked out the colour scheme I used to have back then. Here’s what I’m using now:

Palette element Colour Description
Text #A4CC28 Lime
Background …
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GrassSnake, my bug tracker

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[Note: I haven’t been able to recover the screenshots.]

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 …

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McDowell says Gardai ‘were unprepared for Dublin riot’

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Here‘s the Breaking News article.

What kind of fools does he take us for? Really. There wasn’t a cognizant person in this country who didn’t think there’s be some trouble. Does he really think that saying that “An Garda Siochana had prepared for a low key …

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The lot of you can bugger off back to Northern Ireland

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Clashes in Dublin over loyalist march.

It’s time for some righteous anger and disgust from me over what’s been happening back home. However utterly wrongheaded and pointless I think the “Love Ulster” march was, I’d no problem with it going ahead. However, the last thing anybody with …

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Irreducible Complexity? Feh! Think Sufficient Robustness

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I promised myself I wouldn’t get involved in this rubbish again, but I can’t help myself: I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Why to people persist in bandying about the old trope of irreducible complexity? Orson Scott Card in an article on the eighth of this month …