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Golden Cheetah

By , February 15, 2010 7:53 pm

A few days ago whilst browsing the latest news on Quarq power-meters, I discovered that some very smart guys have answered my prayers and written a fabulous new piece of software called Golden Cheetah!  Not only is it fully cross-platform and incredibly feature-rich, but it works natively with ANT+ devices via quarqd, and with the Computrainer not just in standard erg mode but also in online streaming mode allowing you train with someone on the other side of the Atlantic 🙂  It’s becoming harder and harder to resist buying a Garmin Forerunner 310XT and a Quarq Cinqo Saturn … But perhaps most importantly of all, it’s free software released under the GPL.  The authors really do “get it”:

We believe that cyclists should be able to download their power data to the computer of their choice, analyze it in whatever way they see fit, and share their methods of analysis with others.

If only companies like Suunto “got it” rather than shipping miserable excuses for software such as Suunto Training Manager… *sigh*. Anyway, looking forward to getting my media PC fixed and trying this out soon… maybe I’ll even find some time to help improve it 🙂


ant dependency FAIL

By , January 5, 2010 2:28 am

Oh wow, that’s four hours of my life I won’t get back.

Four hours trying to figure out why the hell my changes to .java source files weren’t showing up in the compiled binaries, debugging an unholy mess of ant XML files, before I finally realised how badly ant’s dependency checking sucks … Then 5 minutes of googling for ‘ant sucks’ and I find two excellently written rants (the second seems to have since vanished off the face of the ‘net, but was at ) which confirm my discovery.

I shouldn’t have been surprised.  Anything which uses XML as a domain-specific language should have already set the alarm bells ringing, but my excitement at learning something new initially blotted out the dull headache caused by hacking in XML.  Bah!


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