Fri, 16 Nov 2001 09:50:30 +0000
This is not a blog(sic). There's a whole weblogging culture out there (if `culture' is not too strong a word for it), which is nothing to do with this diary. You will not find a URL with every entry, gratuitous use of CSS, all-lowercase entries or XSLT.
There are several arguments I could make for keeping a diary on my own site instead of using the Advogato one. The actual reason, though, is that Advogato is just too big these days; when there were fewer people there the non-software-related entries were interesting, but there are too many people posting them now to get worked up about.
I'm on a train. This is another reason for not using the Advodiary, actually: emacs and rsync is a much friendlier interface than html forms, and makes it easier to write offline. I'm on a train to Sunbury, where I am going to install exciting new features in an aging Perl/Oracle/Java web application, about which client confidentiality would prevent me from giving more details, were self-preservation instincts not doing a perfectly good job of that already. The problem here is that Google likes me enough that any comment I write along the lines of
"The Oracle 8i graphical installer sucks so much and so hard that we suspect it was actually repurposed from its original use dividing the waters under the firmament from the waters above the firmament"
will inevitably turn up when some potential customer googles "daniel barlow oracle" in two years time. This would obviously be Bad if I were to write anything that's actually controversial - happily, in that particular case the only dissenting voices are going to be the faction who claim that the installer doesn't suck, it just blows. <question type="rhetorical" answer="sparingly">What were they thinking</question>
Daniel Barlow Local Variables:
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