I can't think why someone whose entry has now scrolled off the recent diary entries thinks I'm so good with DocBook. I still haven't figured out tables or the CDATA stuff. But it was kind, if not accurate :)
Steven Rainwater was asking about FidoNet. I remember that. All those poor posters to Usenet talking about "Mind your language, this echo is moderated!" when posting to alt.* :) More seriously, I have several friends who used it, and one who was looking at it as a simple way to get younger siblings onto the net since they had such happy memories of it. And this was last year.
I found the Godel, Escher, Bach book really hard going, but I am going to have to look at this stuff that schoen mentions. Um. I hope it's the same author or I'm about to look stupid. On the subject of authors, I see there's yet another person here who's read David Brin's "Earth" and is making connections and comparisons.
I suppose, that since this is a developer-type site, I should say what I've actually done recently, but there hasn't been a lot, largely because I am not a developer... But anyway, sent a bunch of bug reports in -- and one got bounced by one BTS and others were to GNOME's bug-tracker, which is apparently down. So that was productive. Solved a friend's woes getting Linux installed and set-up correctly, which was a mistake, because now he thinks I know more than I do and I shall have to find out more when he hits the next snag. Whoops.
Oh yes. Someone said "Telsa, if you're reading this..." in their diary a while ago. Only problem is, I forget who that was, and what they wanted. Email would be good: the diaries are getting a little too numerous to go through everyone's to find something.