14 Mar 2001 RyanMuldoon   » (Journeyer)

It's been a long time since my last diary entry. A lot has happened since then, so I'll only talk about recent events. I am extremely happy with Nautilus 1.0.....I have a few problems with it, but they are already being worked on, which is great. I am now very much wanting to learn how to write views and sidebars for Nautilus, and bonobo components in general. The RSS viewer thing that is in the works is a really excellent idea. I am deeply saddened by Eazel having to lay people off......that is really unfortunate. But, I think that people are jumping to the conclusion that Eazel's failed - which is obviously not the case. They haven't really tried to sell anything yet. But, as soon as they do offer services for sale, I am most definitely going to get them. I want to support Eazel and Ximian. I think that they do great work. I hope that I will be able to contribute to their projects, and GNOME in general soon. Time is a hard thing to come by, but so many people here seem to manage it, so I'll make an extra effort.

I really place most of the blame on the fact that the US has become obsessed with the stock market. The concept of daytrading has really just messed up the function of the stock market, as well as normal business practices. I don't think that it is a problem unique to Free Software companies, or Linux companies, or tech companies. It is just investors not realizing that an investment is supposed to be long-term. Believe in the company, and support them. But our economy is now on a slide. Why? Because it is in the interests of the bush administration to push us into a recession, so he can gain support for a tax cut that only really benefits the wealthy. I can't say that I am particularly looking forward to the reincarnation of 80's class warfare, powered by trickle-down (oops, I mean supply-side) economics. And so legitimately good companies that I think are going to not only have excellent profit potential a little down the road, but are able to do so with the good of the public in mind are getting hurt. That is really unfortunate. I am glad that there has been something of a shakeout to get rid of companies just interested in capitalizing on a buzzword, but I hate to see problems extending to companies with a strong commitment to their work, and the community.

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