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Journal: /., mod points, and flying frogs

Journal by zarqman

okay, so i've been reading /. too much of today already. really, enough for a week. (as if that will stop me from reading tomorrow. heh.) and, i've replied to a few stories, not something i do with terrible frequency -- it seems to come and go in phases. i'm not sure why. i seem to read /. all too often as it is (who here doesn't?), but i'll go weeks without writing anything. then i'll bomb out a few comments, and then seemingly go into hibernation for a while. it's peculiar. i wonder if that's a common practice or whether i'm a freak.

the other thing i've noticed is that there don't seem to be as many mod points floating around any more. from my limited view of things, anyway. if that's true, i wonder if it has any effect on the quality or quanity of comments posted here.

oh well, i guess none of this is important, i'm just rambling because i can. (isnt' that what /. journals are for?)

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Journal: "despite it's small size"

Journal by zarqman

while browsing freshmeat today i was reminded again about the errant view of software size that has developed in recent years. the software announcements always go something like this:

despite it's small size, yetanotherprogram is secure, standards compliant, and offers many features.

my problem certainly isn't with being secure standards compliant, and isn't really with offering features. but i have to ask, why do we have to disclaim a program's small size? it seems to make the assumption that programs of this type should be bloated. have we become to accustomed to bloatware that we find it strange that a program can be well written and full-features and still be small? i'm afraid we have and it's a tragedy. kudos to those developers who write complete, secure, standards-compliant, and small software. don't be ashamed of doing so.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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