The end of this particular line

Hi there!

In the very near future I’m going to point at a brand-spankin’-new self-hosted wordpress instance, and leave this here as an archive of a previous life.

If you’re here and you’re looking for something more recent than my random 2014-and-earlier burblings, you should head over to there. If that’s still redirecting here (which it will be until probably sometime in March 2016), then it’s not ready yet. Hold yr horses!

The end!

Open source projects & the tools that make them go


I’ve been actively involved in open source projects since around 1997, and as part of Mozilla since 2005. During that time I’ve noticed that successful projects usually make do with a short list of relatively simple tools. These are:

  1. A version control & source code management system
  2. A bug tracker
  3. A mailing list (for asynchronous discussion)
  4. An IRC channel (for synchronous discussion)
  5. A wiki (for documentation, designs, meeting notes, and so on)
  6. An etherpad install (for collaborative note taking & a host of other things)

That’s really it. There are more elaborate tools, and there are more elaborate processes that can be built around them, but I have seen it proven time and again that if you have these tools and a good group of smart and dedicated people, you can literally change the world.

(Photo by OZinOH.)

Testing, because it’s been a while

I haven’t posted anything to any of my non-tumblr blogs since March 2012. That’s really silly. Now I have a thing I want to blog, but I need to update my feed on ye olde Planet.  This is a post that will let me use a new tag that will let me create a new feed, since I don’t want my old work posts to accidentally get spammed all over Planet, confusing everyone.

So here we are.