Dec 15, 2004
Marvellous comment from Ian Hixie, over in the infamous Mozilla bug 25537:

> Keep in mind the old saying that a committee is a life form with six or more
> legs, but no brain.

This is no committee, it's a meritocratic elite dictatorship. In fact, listening
to everyone's input, such as yours, is what would make this a committee.

I agree that committee-driven design creates poor products.

John Peel dies

Oct 26, 2004
John Peel dies aged 65.

Pretty terrible news. John Peel was an excellent radio DJ, with an obvious passion for music. He was utterly hapless at putting the records on at the right speed, and it was all part of the charm of his show. I always kept meaning to listen to his R1 show more often, and now I don't get the chance.


Sep 19, 2004
I've not been able to access my homedir (and hence my work mail) all day. I suspect this was a planned outage I've forgotten about, but it's still a big problem. And what kind of planned outage lasts all day?

Jun 15, 2004
A comment on IRC:

so, is the whole thing a place for employees to vent their inevitable frustrations, but in a place where absolutely no one will ever see them and thus they can't cause any damage whatever?

How very perceptive :)

Roller seems to be a bit of a PITA. There's no trivial way to preview a post, for one. You have to save a draft, then "Edit" the draft, then post it properly. Seems rather a silly way of doing things.

There's your Linux desktop

Jun 15, 2004
Micah Abbott complains that there isn't an internal push for people to use JDS/Linux on their desktops. I suppose they missed the "JDS challenge", an effort to install JDS as much as possible. Also ISTR there have been a few JDS install-fests.

Micah: the date/time bug has long since been fixed (it's bug 4852615). And I'm afraid that Mozilla is no less crash-prone on Linux than it is on Solaris (believe me...).

Linux is great but I'm not sure how you reached the conclusion you needed it based on a fixed bug, one that hasn't anything to do with Solaris, and having an ancient machine :)

Alas, poor Advo...

Jun 7, 2004
Since it seems that Advogato is down, with no signs of it returning, and my current hosting isn't suitable, I'll probably end up blogging here (translation: unimportant rant every three months).