Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Articles tagged with software

Getting back into it (part 3) | 27 October 2012

This post is about software development, but I'm disappointed to say it's not about feedparser or listparser development.

I'm back to working 14+ hour days, and much of my time has been spent writing automation scripts in a custom scripting language that can be interpreted by Tera Term. It has …

A case for forgetting | 12 February 2012

My software never forgets what I tell it. I've accumulated over a dozen dozen passwords, door codes, and PINs over the years, but while I don't use most of those 150-some services these days they're still clogging my password manager. My address book has hundreds of entries spanning almost a …

Predictions and facts | 28 March 2011

After porting feedparser to Python 3, I've consistently tested every change on Python 2.4 through Python 3.1. That's four versions of Python 2, and two versions of Python 3. I've also started creating coverage reports for each test run, so I can ensure that the tests are reasonably …

Goodbye, Liferea | 19 December 2010

I've not seen eye-to-eye with the developers of my current feed aggregator, Liferea for a long time. I became aware that we had different ideas about how a feed aggregator should work when they tried implementing a new message count in the notification icon, but happily that decision was reversed …

Goodbye, Liferea | 22 March 2007

I read something a long time ago, and it has stuck with me. (I wish I could find the original text, but it has been lost to time.) It went something like this: You should choose software which has developers that think and work the same way you do.

Unfortunately …

Firefox! Stop locking things down! | 9 January 2007

A while back, Aaron noted that my Webmail Enhancer script wasn't working anymore. Tonight I finally looked into the situation, and the results have not been pleasing.

I got it working again, but there are some pretty serious Firefox changes that appear to have crippled the Northwestern Directory / Webmail integration …