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Silicon Valley is disgusting. What is wrong with the tech industry? Why is everything about money?

When the industry was first getting started it was about changing the world. Now if you mention you are a Software Engineer people automatically thing IPO, Stock Options, $$, Porshes, and screwing other people over. Gates, Ellison, McNeally.... etc. etc.

What is a guy to do? I am not going to call myself a Software Engineer any more. Software Renegade? Artist? Software Artist... hm.

One thing is for sure. I don't want to categorize myself with unethical snakes that work for the Evil Empire.

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11 Jan 2001 (updated 12 Jan 2001 at 05:03 UTC) »

Not a very productive day.

Spent some time thinking about the recent Mac announcements from MacWorld (I'm going tomorrow... I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO!!!) and how they apply to Free Software.

The numbers break out to about 7.5% UNIX 7.5% Mac... the rest Windoze. When OSX ships (of BSD with some proprietary crap on top) this should bring a UNIX market of 15% (if you don't consider the other... boring... non Free Unixes). This should be a Good Thing. (don't have to explain why... I am sure you will see :)..

It just bothers me that Apple is SOOO close to getting a clue but they still don't see the light. I can't decide if they decided to base on BSD because they are smart... or too stupid to build their own OS. I think it is a safe bet to assume they are stupid and choose BSD because they couldn't figure out how to write a decent OS themselves.

This leads to why the CHROME (or Crystal... or whatever) stuff is still proprietary. BSD/Darwin allows this. If they based on Linux most of this stuff would also have to be GPL. This 15% I mentioned before might not help us if application developers don't code to Free APIs. Might be a good idea to write an abstraction layer for all of this.

- Why do they charge users $30 for the MacOSX beta... can't you just download it? dumb.

- Why do they only ship MacOSX for their own hardware? Didn't they learn this mistake 10 years ago? stupid.

So again... are they just another stupid/evil company (like Microsoft, SUN or Oracle) or are they actually *smart* but haven't reached the point where they realize that *everything* should be OSS :)

Good Zen quote:

"The best way to control your sheep is to let them roam free."

Kevin

OK.. more SUN rants... Lovely way to patent an obvious technology. This should seriously conflict with XPointer.

Just finished documentation for JavaCore. I have been working on this for ~1 hour every week for a while now (no time). I needed it for Sierra so I cleaned up a lot of things. Works like a charm. :)

It would be nice to implement JPDA support so that Thread stack information, etc, could be provided. It is amazing how clueless SUN is WRT Java. They have such an awesome language but the licensing makes it impossible to use. If they would just pull their heads out of the sand (they still think it is 1994) they would realize they are destroying an awesome technology. (GNU Java Compiler will be a big slap in their face when it ships with GCC 3.0).

Of course I go to look at the source for JPDA (or at least the JavaDoc) and this is only provided under the SUN Community Source License. Yuk. Should actually be called the SUN *DESTROYING* Their Community License.

.. starting to hate this HTML diary interface. Time to write an Advogato posting mechanism for Emacs.

6 Nov 2000 (updated 10 Jan 2001 at 09:32 UTC) »

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