Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Gervais Principle

Here's an absolutely fascinating and insightful article about the psychology of company structures and lifecycles and the different roles people play within them, using the TV show The Office as an example:

The Gervais Principle, or The Office according to The Office

(This is from last year, but I didn't see it then, and it just got reposted on Hacker News. Long but worth reading all of it.)

It's quite dark and slightly cynical, but it's also pretty much spot on. Suddenly the business world makes sense.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

ColorLogs log colorizing script - my version

Finally got round to publishing my log colorizing script 'ColorLogs'.

It's available here on GitHub:

This is a perl script intended to have command output piped through it to a terminal, and allows easy creation of new highlighting configurations using simple text matches, globs or regular expressions. See the readme for instructions - very simple to use.

My version started as a fork of v1.1 from here, but I've made numerous improvements since then. It's become an essential tool for me when running ant, maven and various other programs in the terminal.

Please feel free to use it, modify it, etc. You can also send me your custom highlighting config files - I'll be happy to put them in my repository for others to use.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Color survey

Awesome and fascinating results of XKCD's color survey.

How nice to be able to spend your time on stuff like that...

I'm gonna print the poster, RGB monitor color spaces be damned!