25 Dec 2001
(updated 25 Dec 2001 at 22:57 UTC) »
So this is christmas...
In the following I will adher to the established
trend of partitioning my diary into sections
Finished reading "Flashman and the Redskins", yet another
refreshing read about the english voyeuer and hen-teaser
Sir. Harry Flashman, knight of the order of Bath, holder of
the Victoria Cross, the order of the Elephant (funny for a
dane), the congressional medal of Honour, and several other
ill-deserved honourary titles. This book takes place both
in the year of the gold boom of 1849, as well as 27 years
later, in 1876, where he takes part in the "battle" of
little Big Horn.
Because I've run fresh out of Flashman books, because I
didn't get any for christmas (sigh), I've started reading a
book by Rose Tremain, entitled "Music & Silence", about
english musician who get's hired at the court of the danish
king Christian IV in the 1630's. Very relaxing.
Inspired by reading joelonsoftware.com, I
ordered "Peopleware" and "High stakes, no prisoners" from
amazon, which I will be looking forward to reading.
No work until january 3rd :) Although I at the moment don't
know what other uses I can make of my time, I probably need
some time off.
How about an option to "show recent diary entries, without
observer diaries". In either case I really don't mind if a
spammer writes a few diary entries once in a while. It's
really quite interesting that someone can be so incredibly
bored that he spams a site as effectively "boring"
and "dry" as advogato :)
Sometimes I worry that we as programmers will run out of
cool software to write. When the ultimate operating system
exists running the ultimate productivity apps, and when
every industrial sector has killer stock-management and
auto-ordering, auto-configurating management programs. When
hospitals have the best patient monitoring software that
money can buy, when military weapons and space rockets as
well as crude household equipment never fail. What if new
software becomes unneccesary, or what if the need for new
software stabilizes at a level supportable by very few
people given the ultra-high-productivity languages and
tools that are made for that purpose?
This might very well happen in our lifetime, and sometimes
I wonder if all we're doing as programmers is working
towards the day where we will all be obsolete or at least
to a large extent neglectable.
I try to console myself with the thought that humans are
basically vain creatures, who will always desire new and
improved versions, if not to have better software, then to
follow the newest trends and the newest fashion.
Maybe software will some day not be a matter of "pushing
the envelope", but instead of polishing new and improved
slick interfaces to the same low-level implementations of
this years "software-fashion".
I guess that development would basically be a good thing,
because it would mean that the basic infrastructure will
already be in place, software and computers and the
possibilities they provide will be a commodity taken for
granted. I think the development is inevitable, given the
basic "construct-once-use-in-all-eternity" nature of
It's like being amongst the many people who are building
the big railways across asia or the north american
continent. While building them we are heroes, but when the
tracks are complete, we better start look for some
alternative ways to make ourselves useful, because history
will not be looking back.
Advogato diaries are such clichés :)