Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Better (some?) Wifi coverage at ESE

I've never been to Eclipse Summit Europe.  I'm told it's because there's not enough beer in Germany to accommodate my lavish consumption.

Regardless, I've started working with the conference organizers towards providing better/more Wifi coverage at the conference in a manner that would resemble what is provided at EclipseCon.

This is where we play the game of estimating how much Internet bandwidth you'll use up, double the number, then double it again, and then have our calculations be demonstrably wrong once the conference is in full swing.  But that's part of the fun!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This is why I love Open Source Software

As I prepare to replace dev.eclipse.org with new servers, I noticed that IPZilla, a tweaked version of Bugzilla, wasn't working on the new servers.  It was bound to happen -- an antique version of Bugzilla running on the latest Perl.

Googling the error, I stumble upon this 3-year-old post from Max-Alexander Kanat, who responds to a user who is trying to run Bugzilla on a development version of Perl.  For that person, downgrading to the stable Perl works, but I can't (and don't want to) do that.

But Max didn't stop there.  That post raised a red flag, and he diligently opened a bug to investigate.  Patch issued, RESOLVED/FIXED.

I applied the one-line patch to our antique system, and voilà.  RESOLVED/FIXED for me as well.  15 minutes from start to finish.

I love Open Source Software.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Forums and NNTP newsgroups are back online

If you've been missing the forums/newsgroups, you'll be glad to know they are back online now.