Well, lookee. A dilemma of ethics.
Paul can express his honest opinions about the company and his work environment in a public forum - and diary entries or no, that's what these are.
I'm not as lucky as all that. I'm the old boy. For at least two reasons that I don't feel I can reasonably mention, people at the office who have problems come and tell me about them. They tell me what has (or hasn't) happened, how they feel about it, what they think, make a few predictions about the future, and occasionally ask me to make things better.
There are other people that they could go to, but they don't (for the reasons I failed to mention above). Granted, it's not everyone, but it's enough. That in itself is probably a good reason for my not saying any number of things about the place I work, for good or ill.
Another is that I would most assuredly offend some people if I followed my natural instinct to say what I think. Some days, I wonder if it's possible to make any third party reference to someone (good or ill) without risking offending them. Most days, I think it isn't. At least I can't risk offending my boss. I haven't got one. I'm an autonomous unit in the company, and just about the only one left. That's probably why people come to talk to me.
So, where does that leave us? I work for a company. It does company things. I have a team of people who do all the things I used to do, while I now concentrate on helping them do it, in the new environment. This takes up the major portion of my life.
I have three friends outside the office who are not work- related, and a number of people I know well enough to nod at. I'm not sure that any of those would accept an invitation to coffee, though.
Of the three friends, one I knew before I moved here. The other two are friends of Jenn who I get on well with. I've not really been able to find any time for friend stuff since we moved down here.
Doesn't leave a lot of options for discussing things on a daily basis, does it? I have a lover, but that's intrinsically work-related, so I can't talk about that, and it would probably be both dull and bad-mannered to chatter about the details.
That brings us to Open Source
I actually turned down a request for help on a project because it's linked to the Qt library. Is that small-minded or what? Nevertheless, I did it. I don't use Qt, or contribute to anything that involves it for very complicated reasons. I'm not a political animal. Ask anyone (except anyone who's ever role-played with me...they don't count for the purposes of this discussion) and they'll tell you that.
Iterations and increments. "Patience and order...sequence and time". Feel free to try to place the quote.
Work is proceeding steadily. Weather effects are beginning to happen, and conversation code is getting cleaned up.
I've got my C++ jackboots on doing code-nazi things. While the discrimination logic for -Weffc++ is a little iffy, you should really try compiling your C++ code with it. It generates more horrible warnings than an opposition party before a major tax-reform implementation. (Some of you know what I'm referring to).