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Real Geeks Ride

Real Geeks Ride

Zapatag is still but a baby, an amoeba, an early effort that’s barely begun. But that doesn’t mean it can’t step up and support a good cause. Especially when that cause is advanced by two great guys and meshes with Zapatag’s goal of making our roads a better place to travel. So is proud to support Real Geeks Ride.

Real Geeks Ride is a cross-country bike tour by two geeks — Joe Philipson and Carlos Urreta — who hope to inspire other geeks to bike to work instead of drive. They are not hardcore or even serious cyclists, and they plan to learn about bikes and the biking community as part of their 3,000-mile journey. They’ll be fully “geeked out,” of course, and will document every step of the trip online.

The ride begins May 20 in Pennsylvania, and ends August 2 in Seaside, Oregon. Hopefully, they’ll be “zapping” plates along the way. We look forward to watching their progress across the country, and in getting more geeks onto two wheels.



UnfuddleI’ve used countless bug tracking, ticket tracking, help desk tracking and general project management solutions. Some were overly simple, and some were overly complex for what we needed. All were great, essentially, provided you were using the right tool. Examples include Bugzilla, Flyspray, Dotproject, and Trac (installed), or BaseCamp, TestTrack and TargetProcess (hosted).

For Zapatag, I decided to try yet another option: Unfuddle. Why? Well, they’re a local company, for one. Two, they’ve got a great name. And three, their solution includes subversion and Git integration. Of course, I’m a beginner when it comes to subversion, and I’m not using it to develop Zapatag… but it seemed to be a differentiating feature that could matter down the line.

I wanted a basic, fairly customizable ticket tracking system. Something that was a step up from the static Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that my development team was haphazardly compiling from e-mail conversations and updating only periodically. And Unfuddle was the perfect choice. It has an elegant, straightforward interface, but with all kinds of granular functionality for those who need it. Tickets tied to milestones tied to projects, and a wonderful array of categories and other options to organize everything.

And I’m only using the free version, which allows only two users (my development team and I), doesn’t support file attachments, and a number of other advanced features like time tracking. But looking at the various plans, they seem well structured to allow a project to grow without breaking the bank.

Anyway, if you’re looking for something on the simpler end of the project management scale, but with lots of room to grow, check out Unfuddle. I’m glad I did.

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