Stephen D. Williams
Sun, 03 Mar 2002 15:47:12 -0500
Michael Watson wrote:
>I am at a similar turning point in my life and your post has heartened me. I
>am thinking along the same lines as you. In fact, one of my thoughts has
>been to drive a cab to pay bills while working on open source code. However,
>I am really turned off by the rabid anti-microsoft sentiments among some of
>the open-source programmers. That is all well and good, but it would be
>extreme ingratitude for me to join the chorus since I am currently living
>off Microsoft Works money. Many of the programmers at Microsoft are just as
>passionate about their code as any open source programmer.
I'm pretty anti-microsoft, but I'm not anti-Microsoft-Programmer at all.
The problem is strictly with the top management and their actions,
guidance, and externally-focused part of the culture. A company with
such a monopoly position and ridiculous amount of capital tied up in a
money-making rather than truly constructive enterprise desperately needs
to learn to be magnanimous and truly helpful of the long-term of both
society and the software industry.
I think I still have 4 shrink-wrapped copies of Works from years ago
that I never unloaded on anyone.
>I recently got a massage and during the massage I shared my recent
>near-death experience with the therapist. She in turn shared that she felt
>she was inhabited by personalities from the past. I am trying to keep a much
>more open mind so I didn't even think to question her reality. Her comment
>that really struck home to me was "There are many of us who have important
>things to say but we don't know how to get our message out on the internet".
It seems like the important problem to solve is how to get the right
people talking and listening with the right communications model without
overloading everyone with the wrong data. Recently, I've been thinking
of how the Wiki meme-set can be improved and extended.
>That got me thinking of a direction to go in. Might be a good way to meet
>women too. :-)
>At 11:00 AM 3/2/02 -0500, you wrote:
>>About five years ago I went through a similar period after a good friend
>>died. It was a turning point in my life. I stopped working pure money
>>jobs and started thinking of a life coding as being the same kind of life
>>as an artist's. If that had never happened I would never have achieved
>>the profound satisfaction I've gotten from open source development,
>>projects done at my own expense just for the love of it.
>>I used the absurd hourly rates from 95-2000 mainly to finance hacking and
>>music. ...in a way it bugs me that I didn't use the time to stock up on
>>cash, but I am overall very happy to have been able to put my career in
>>service of my life.
>>On Fri, 1 Mar 2002, Michael Watson wrote:
>>>Hi, this is my first post to this list. I am a technologist whose focus has
>>>recently shifted . I am looking for a place to discuss issues related to my
>>>new focus. I have spent the last 20 years writing 68K asm/C/C++ code; I was
>>>one of the original authors of Microsoft Works for the Mac. Having
>>>established my street cred, as the hip-hop people would say, I would like to
>>>ask if this list is appropriate for what I want to talk about. First let me
>>>describe what shifted my focus,
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