Geck!! I had use that word 4 times in my post. Somebody gimme some soap. blechhh.....
A thought on the current discussion on the economics of free
In answering the "why people write free software," some are comparing it to art, some to science. It occured to me that maybe one reason it's hard to peg is because nothing that came before can compare. It's its own new creature. In the future perhaps someone will try to come up with a reason for a new endeavor and say "it's like writing free software."
No energy to flesh this out for a post. If you read it feel free to expand...
Two job interviews last week. Both went well - I think. No offers yet. Sure hope I'm not suffering a real disconnect with reality here...
Tip of the month:
Don't help raise circus tents, period.
Checking out OpenSRS. But who cares?
I've got an interview!
I reiterate: There is no fucking IT worker shortage. If there were, I would have a job by now. The true shortage is in intelligent Human Resource personnel....
Python is really cool. I am reimplementing my numttt data structures to use dictionaries a little more. I may never get this done, but it at least helps pass the time....
Here's a fun python "gotcha":
>>> spam = "spam" >>> L = ['s', 'p', 'a', 'm'] >>> for letter in L: . . . if letter in spam: . . . L.remove(letter) . . . >>> print L ['p', 'm']
(It might more appropriately be called a python "well, DUH"... ;)
I woke up thinking about why eivind's arguments on ad-filtering had stirred such a response from me. Well for those interested, it probably has to do with "not accepting guilt that is heaped upon me because I didn't fulfill someone else's flawed expectations". This is really nothing against eivind personally. In fact, I enjoy arguing ethics. For the record, the only thing like ad-filtering I use is "only accept cookies originating from same server." On the other hand, I think blanket ad-filtering is a great idea!
I do think that the current banner-ad-supported revenue model for many online sites is a temporary experiment that will probably fail for most, and eventually be abandoned as a valid model. I don't have a solution, but I would suspect that in the future, once the internet's novelty has worn off, sites that must directly generate revenue to survive will survive by subscription. (One idea for implementation would be for a site to offer a full-access time-limited trial subscription.) The content on such sites will have to be of high enough quality to sustain a large enough subscriber base. There are several I would subscibe to, including this one.
Coloc ISP has fixed problems. Determined tech support, at least. That's good.
Still no job, and I guess I won't be getting that interview with Linuxcare. The IT worker tech shortage is a myth. The only shortage is of perl and java programmers. I really don't like perl. Guess I may have to dig into java.
Speaking of Linuxcare, I'm glad to see lilo back. Sorry about the job. Glad you found a silver lining...
NPR just reminded me that the planets are aligning today.
The dawning of new age?.....
The reporter ended his story with: "Maybe we are spending too much time staring at screens, and too little staring up at the heavens..."
Argh! Just got through trouble-shooting my coloc ISP's network. It is getting really frustrating not being able to depend on communicating with my servers. I won't mention names here yet, but I sure hope it gets fixed soon.
It has occurred to me that maybe I should try to go to work for them. I'm just not real sure about SF, CA.
Columbia contact had a family emergency Friday. Looking for a job really sucks.
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