Random tidbits


First, I finally caved in and moved my site to Gandi, because my previous host had apparently stopped keeping its platform up to date.

Second, this article made me smile. It’s a pretty standard diatribe against overly geeky linux fanboys unable to grasp the needs of normal users, but the reactions (starting right with the first one) are hilarious. It got so bad so quickly that the author had to turn off the comments.

Third, Google Wave. It’s demise showed me one thing : I’m a very slow blogger :-). I’ve been meaning to blog about it ever since it was announced, and now it’s dead (although I hope the protocol will find its use eventually). Another thing I wanted to say is that a little thing Vic Gundotra said in the opening remarks of the presentation ticked me off. See the video at around 1’20” : (paraphrasing) “with this application you will be amazed by what is possible in the browser”. Yeah, well, indeed, the UI is impressive… for a browser-based app. But in absolute terms, it’s pretty dull. And that I think is another example of how doing something which would normally be easy, within an environment that makes it hard, skews your perception of what you’ve achieved. Because it was so hard to make, you think you’ve done something impressive. Viewed from within, yes, it is. But the end result is not.

2 thoughts on “Random tidbits”

  1. I love the Dilbert strip used in that article — I used to have it pinned by the monitor in a previous job, 15-odd years ago.

    However — it’s a pretty hopeless article. It’s all very well as a rant, but it’s basically an extremely personal rant against a group of people who, the article hints, are in fact some of the likely readers of the blog — but whose existence is not actually supported in the article. The response to it is pretty much as you’d expect if you posted the typical diatribe against smug clueless Apple users (or whatever) in an Apple-friendly blog: of course there is some truth in the complaints, but much of the article is a long way from being indisputable and the manner is pure provocation. Was it actually intended to achieve anything positive?

    I think the essence of the outrage in the comments can be summarised as: You seem to be criticising people like me, in ways that are really kind of personal, just because we don’t show much interest in the things you think are most important.

    In that xkcd article, the Linux guy is shown as out of touch with what the typical consumer user wants — but so what? He’s getting what _he_ wants, and he’s happy.

    1. It is a hopeless article, and one that’s already been written dozens of times before. What I found funny were the replies which were so caricatural and thus proving the author’s point. And I still disagree with the “I’ll implement what I want and the general interest be damned” adamant mentality of the Open Source community.

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