7 Apr 2000 argent   » (Master)

Someone pointed me to this site as "like Slashdot, only with people who can actually think". Sort of like the Scary Devil Monastery on a web site, I guess, though the "Certification" process seems a mite complex and also, well, kind of limited. Also, what the hell is wrong with calling a Journeyman a "Journeyman"? Ah well, I guess I'll write up something about myself, troll for votes, see who bites... and maybe use the opportunity to get some exposure for my free software tools.

Anyway, I've been writing free software since 1981. I've written a lot of small programs, and worked on a few big ones (a lot of the semantics of Tcl are my fault, for example... Karl Lehenbauer and I contributed a lot of stuff to it early on, though for some reason they scrubbed most of the early contributors names from the sources around the Tcl 6-7 timeframe). I also did Patch Kit 24 to 386BSD and I've been working on FreeBSD since the beginning.

What else? Oh, I'm the demented person who kicked off Usenet II and The Internet namespace Cooperative.

You can see some of the free tools I've written at my software page.

And I can't believe that nobody caught on to the Slashdot lawsuit hoax. Cordwainer Bird? Doesn't anyone read *paper* books any more?

Whoops the diary code needs a little tuning. Somewhere in there it's got a chunk of code that looks something like...

If the last line was blank,
      insert a <p> at the beginning of this line.

That really borks editing. It really needs to be...

If the last line was blank,
   and this line doesn't start with a <p>
       insert a <p> at the beginning of this line.

Does anyone else try to use "vi" commands when editing something in a browser?

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