To start off I’d like to make a sad announcement. Sam, my Beagle Dog, the handsome little guy who I’m holding in the picture above, who I’ve referred to as my “Editor in Chief” (he sat beside me when I wrote every article for the last four years) died in June. He was chasing a rabbit, and it cut across a road. Sam didn’t look.
He is greatly missed by the family, and by his pack mate Rose..
I would like to introduce my new editor, Kleopatra (Kleo for short – and yes, that is the correct spelling, her namesake was the Greek ruler of Egypt). She’s a bit young, and I’m going to have to break her in. For the first week she had a tendency to piddle in the most distressing places (my lap for instance), but she’s learning. Fast. She’s a real little darling, with the accent on little. At twelve weeks old she can still sit in my Fedora.
Unfortunately she has all the bad habits that Beagles are famous for. We’ve lost one Cat-5 cable. She chewed through it where it wasn’t visible of course. We are re-learning what it is like living with a puppy in the house.
I love Stumbleupon. It’s a great way to find neat things. It’s also a great time waster, and I have to ration myself 🙂
So my stats go berserk because someone tagged two old articles, and it’s right during the time when I’m on layoff because:
A) Sam died.
B) They changed my medication, and I was having weird side effects, including total lack of concentration.
C) I’ve got a short story which is coming close to overdue.
D) I’ve got two non-fiction books which are overdue (written, final editing not complete).
E) I’d found a major plot problem in the novel, and was working out how to re-write it.
So I haven’t been writing here a lot. Hey, I’m human. I do try to answer comments though, and I did. And I did. And I did. Yes, they were persistent. So persistent they merited an article!
Inflammatory title. The article itself wasn’t inflammatory. It made a simple point, that most people who switched from Microsoft Windows to Linux did so not because of Philosophical Reasons, or because of Technical Reasons. They switched because they were so damned annoyed at Microsoft Windows that they probably would have switched to a Commodore C64 if they were still on sale. Since they weren’t, they switched to Linux or bought a Mac.
If you are that annoyed at Microsoft Windows, the last thing you want to find is that some idiot has installed Microsoft Technology on your computer without telling you.
I know a couple of people who switched to Macs to get away from Microsoft. They were furious when they found that Apple had pre-installed Microsoft Office, and that there were NO INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REMOVE IT!
It’s the same with Mono. There’s 1590 hits on Google if you search for how to remove Mono from Ubuntu.
The comments that piled up after July 18th 2011 were all based on one concept, that programmers should have the right to choose whatever programming environment they wanted to use. When I suggested that users should have the right to choose what programs they wanted to use, this seemed too difficult to understand.
I’d mentioned an even older article I’d written critical of Ford, and their use of Microsoft’s Sync system. The argument moved there, and proceeded to get silly, at least in my opinion. I’ve got one guy telling me that Microsoft’s own website is incorrect, that even though Microsoft says that Windows NT 3.1 came in two versions, a Client and a Server version that this is not true. Here’s a screenshot for those who don’t want to visit Microsoft’s website:
I’ve collapsed the details of the fix, all you need to see is that Microsoft is calling out a Client and a Server version of NT3.1. The commenter has gone so far as to claim that Microsoft’s website is lying by inference. I used to own a copy of NT3.1. I wish I still had it to show him, but he’d no doubt claim I counterfeited it.
The rest of the comments were the usual “You’re opinionated, you’re crazy” sort of comments. What they don’t realize of course is that by arguing the point they are proving that they’re opinionated, and therefore crazy too.
The Frustrating Part Is
So I wrote up a nice article about Miguel’s agreement with Attachmate. Do any of them bother to comment on it?
Does anyone else bother to comment on it?
Mono and Copyright is the most important article I’ve written on Mono, and it doesn’t draw a single comment. Now that really annoys me.
Monday August 8, 2011