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Journal Journal: LibertyStorm is dead. Long live Libertarian Geek!

So I had this web site, see?

I called it "LibertyStorm."

It was a "Libertarian News and Discussion" site. It was a /.-style site that focused on news of interest to libertarians, and it was going to shock the world with its originality, keen insights and active community participation.

Only, it didn't.

For one thing, there are a number of other sites out there trying to do the same thing, they've been around longer, and have already won the "libertarian web surfers that post to web logs" crowd.

For another thing, I don't have the time or resources to a) promote the site in any form, or b) take the time to post the amount of stories that these other sites do.

After about eight months, I think the only traffic I had coming to libertystorm was me and GoogleBot.

So, alas, LibertyStorm is gone, but not forgotten. The site and content is now called Libertarian Geek.

And I'm not really promoting it at all. There's no need, because Libertarian Geek is not trying to reach any particular audience or catering to any particular niche subject. It's just about stuff that interests me, whatever that may be at any given moment.

Which is what a blog should be.

Funny thing is, I had another, second blog running at the same time. This was my "personal" blog that had oddball posts not related to politics. This is now part of Libertarian Geek.

Even worse, I toyed with the idea of having yet a *third* blog, focused on stories related specifically to the tech job market, connected to SkillMarket.

Three blogs is lame idea.

Libertarian Geek is now my single, general blog "libertarian politics, computers, technology, life in the Triangle, and more."


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Journal Journal: Market Programming

The latest turn in the computer science industry is the new development process called "Market Programming"

It is designed to make it easier for people who don't have programming experience, but who do work in the Marketing Department, to develop applications independently of a technology or programming staff.

Market Programming requires a voice-recognition element, because people from Marketing Department are (seemingly) much clearer when speaking, but the meaning of their thoughts are completely lost when committed to the written word and are able to systematically analyzed.

The process amounts to a Marketing Expert speaking into the microphone, or to an individual that the Marketing Expert will treat like a microphone. For example, he might say, "I need a robust, multi-tiered, fault-tolerant, enterprise-class, innovative, xml, j2ee, turn-key, hands-off solution ASAP."

At this point, the Market Programming process begins.

Step 1: BLORK!
Step 2: Marketing Expert double-clicks on the setup.exe icon to receive and implement the solution.

NOTE: Step 1 may take a while. Please be patient. The process will initially report the completion time to be 3 months, but it may eventually take 9 months to complete.

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Journal Journal: SkillMarket

A daily look at in-demand tech skills. I poll nightly for a variety of queries, store the number of hits, and chart the history.


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Journal Journal: Software Development Rules

  1. Users are never happy.
  2. If users ever *seem* happy, they always qualify it. "Yeah, I like the new version, but it would be even better if..." The next day, see rule #1.
  3. If you change the interface at all, users will be angry.
  4. If you don't change the interface to add new features, users will be angry.
  5. For every new feature you introduce, it will spawn at least five more feature requests.
  6. Most feature requests are lame.

"We fear change. Change is bad" -- Garth, Wayne's World.

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