24 Dec 2002 grisha   » (Journeyer)

Started browsing the web in search of material relevant to an honor based micropayment system and an hour later somehow ended up on advogato, so why not make an entry?

In my web search I didn't find what I was looking for and I conclude that the Internet has turned from the cathedral and bazaar into a bizzare junk yard of abandoned well intentions. I saw numerous projects from p2p trust framewroks to entire languages, many written in java (I'm still not convinced its any good, btw), and all seemingly abandoned... Mailing lists with noone posting, source code not updated for the past year... It's like the technological progress just collapsed on itself - all this innovation and no good coming out of it. I still use pine to read my e-mail, and the way I pay my bills hasn't changed since 1997 when my bank started web banking; my phone system at work (am I not lucky to actually have a job) is a clunky nt meridian and is not integrated with the network whatsoever; my fridge is not connected to the internet, and, frankly, my internet connection is still kinda lame and expensive... My music is still on CD's, I don't download it because I'm too confused about what's legal anymore, and I'm not even going to get started on video... And what happened with convergence? I pay for phone because I have no choice, I refuse to pay for cable, and I think I should get both for a fraction of the price of either... Needless to say I'm disapointed. I'd like to change the world, but I don't know where to start.

So there is my diary entry.

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