Marginally better this morning. No arguments thus far, with humans or computers. The weather has been a bit episodic ranging through mist to fog to cloud bursts, and as seems usual on Tuesdays, the podcast episodes were mostly flat and grits. The only bit of attraction, and that compromised by poor recording – why is it that the bigger the organization doing the podcast, the worse it’s sound and organizational quality? could it be that they don’t really care? – was an NPR bit on how supplements are bunk. Now all I have to do is recall this for about six months as I go through the rounds of visitations with the physicians who have me taking supplements.
The blogging problem yesterday was my own fault. My attention slipped. Several of the add-ins, including the blog editor, ceased to work on FireFox with version twenty. I have a copy of FF 19 on my hard drive and a web page bookmarked with instructions on how to install, and the update checking in FF is turned off. But the update manager doesn’t pay any attention to that and so I have to look at the update lists and uncheck FF updates. When I don’t forget like over the weekend. Mea Culpa.
Anyway it took me about an hour to get my ducks linearized and another half hour to get the restoration effected but by then I had to translate location. Alas, the joys of Life and Linux.
One of my colleagues, Magnetic Force Inductance, sent me an article link [Link] about some work by academics in the Land of Golden Earthquakes that indicates GEN Y have a fixation on social consciousness. I have to admit to taking this cum grano. If you go back and look in the literature every generation exhibits social consciousness when they are in college. But then they get out of the campus and life gets competitive and the social consciousness tends to be less important. So I am not expecting a second hippie infestation. I am hoping that the study is at least partly accurate, that GEN Ys want employment that is socially meaningful because as they come to dominate the work force maybe they will force organizations to change for the better. Not that I expect to see whether this comes about, but the idea is pleasing.
And then on a more serious note, or at lest, more credible (?), I ran across an article [Link] claiming that silly naming conventions in Linux were detrimental. The journalist thinks that this sort of frivolity puts off customers. Customers? Does Linux, except for evil corporations like Red Hat and Canonical, have customers? Linux isn’t about customers, it’s about good sense. And the marketplace definitely isn’t about good sense, it’s about greed and conquest. So I have to wonder why anyone would give a commercial journalist any attention on the subject of Linux? Maybe it’s humor? Galgenhumor?
And while we’re on silly names, has the fellow bothered to wander the aisles of a MalWart lately and look at the names of products. Almost never does the name have anything to do with the products purpose or usage. And they seem invented to be catchy and more than a bit immature. So before you accuse the Linux community of overusing silly names, clean up your own house first.
Gad, that came across as overbearingly christianist. I guess there have to be good bits almost everywhere? And I am reminded of something Neils Bohr said:
“There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.”
Keep your powder dry and your bayonet shiny, the British are acting up this day.