· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · March
· · · · 14 (2 entries)

Things That Just Work: CVS · I’m working on a Java.net project that we’re getting ready to de-cloak, and I agreed to fix up some of the files. So I looked at the setup instructions, and the command-line CVS here on my Mac worked first time, and the whole thing checked out no problem, and there I was doing update and diff and commit. Things aren’t perfect; Java.net seems to run awfully slow sometimes. But it’s so great when things that are supposed to plug together just plug together and work.
Things That Just Work: SubEthaEdit · Last week Simon Phipps and I were working on something that had to be done by the end of that day, and he pinged me “Got SubEthaEdit?”. I do, and I’ve used it occasionally when sitting around a table with some people, but he said “Point it at my server.” I hadn’t realized how smoothly this worked across the Internet, but we both got our hands on the document at the same time (he in Southampton, I in Vancouver) and we worked out the problems and got the job done, no fuss no muss. Is there anything similar on Windows or Linux/Unix, or even better cross-platform? Because it’s pretty serious magic. [Update: Robert Chassell writes to say that Emacs has been able to do this for years, although the functions having names like talk-connect and make-frame-on-display has probably not helped the uptake.] [Hsui-Fan Wang and one other person whose email I lost wrote to point out MoonEdit].
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