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March 2003
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2003-03-22 »

Okay, so seeing as it's All My Fault, I suppose I should say something interesting.

NITI

Right, so Doc Searls was visiting our office (NITI-Toronto) last week and he said some interesting stuff. A lot of this is straight out of the ClueTrain, but since it was personalized for us, it seemed to hit home that much harder. As time goes on we'll be fiddling with stuff and downplaying the brochureware on our main web site, since (as he correctly points out), nobody cares about or even believes brochureware. Hear hear.

But what nobody mentioned is that our OpenSource site is also brochureware, albeit on less expensive paper. My plan is threefold:

a) Wiki-ize the OpenSource site so people internally will actually keep it up to date.

b) Finally get public anonymous CVS working, so people can find out about and download and maybe contribute to all the new free stuff: WvIPsec (AKA "Thank God it's not FreeS/WAN"), WvStreams, UniConf, ExchangeIT, SSoya, WvTFTP, and a bunch of things I probably already forgot. Note to self: consider making advogato projects for all these so I can add myself to them. Hmm.

c) Start blogging. Note: I hate the word "blog" and all its derivatives, but unfortunately that's all we've got. I'll call this my advogato diary nonetheless, and if you're lucky this is the last instance of the word "blog" you will hear from my virtual lips. Also, while some people claim that the interesting thing about a bl- err, diary, is that you can read all about people's personal lives, I basically have no interest in yours and expect you to have no interest in mine. So I'll stick to the technical stuff wherever convenient.

By the way, although it's All My Fault, choosing advogato as the target was All pphaneuf's fault.

Latency

Down with it!

(You will hear more from me on this topic.)

Trust Certifications

Since a bunch of NITI people have joined advogato, I felt as if I should certify them.

I think the whole web-of-trust thing (pgp, advogato - it's all the same) is amazingly cool, although nobody has ever taken proper advantage of it. Come on, let me define my own trust roots and then apply the trust calculation to arbitrary things - now we're getting somewhere.

Now, for advogato in particular, I feel rather silly certifying someone like slajoie, who is, franky, a genius with real-life experience, at Apprentice level just because most of his work has been on non-free software. Someone with years of coding experience who's not a big name in free software is just plain not an apprentice. We need a different word. But I'll follow the rules and certify him that way anyway, because luckily it doesn't matter.

Also upgraded my own self-certification to Master. "Modesty will get you nowhere," that's my new motto. Hence the bl- err, diary.

Life

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