The Blog is 10 Years Old Today

October 26, 2001 was the first blog post I ever made. It was handcrafted plain HTML. Eventually I discovered there was such a thing as blogging software, and then it was off to the races.

It takes a special kind of thick-headedness these days to keep producing medium-sized articles, with an Atom feed, on your own domain. To celebrate this thick-headedness, here are ten posts of note, one for each year.

I can’t claim that any given post is the best of that year, just that it was the best I could find on short notice. Will try to do better next decade.

Well and Truly

  • I have just updated my phone to iOS 5 and said “yes” to iCloud.
  • My main home machine is still on Snow Leopard.
  • My wife’s home machine is also still on Snow Leopard, and can’t be upgraded until a critical piece of software she uses becomes Lion-compatible. Estimated time: six months.
  • My work machine is also still on Snow Leopard and won’t be upgraded until the IT department approves Lion. Estimated time: right around when 10.8 is out. Alternatively, I could follow the lead of many of my co-workers and just give up and buy a personal Macbook Air for all work computing needs. But that would require Brass Reproductive Organs, which clearly I lack.
  • Oh, my wife and I also use Mobile Me for syncing data and sharing calendars.
  • Not to mention that my life completely revolves around OmniFocus, and I use Mobile Me for syncing there as well.

When there is a big decision to be done, to be done, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one (happy one).

What Steve Yegge’s Platform Rant Tells Us

  1. Steve Yegge is a smart, interesting writer.

  2. The entire tech press ecosystem is utterly worthless.

Over the course of the day, the story has grown ever more encrusted with links. Each one just summarizes the original post (sometimes badly) without adding any useful analysis or commentary.

It’s baffling. I mean, If you look hard enough, you can find good crime reporting, good science reporting, and so on. So I genuinely do not understand why tech journalism rides the short bus. Particularly since there are people in my industry who are making decisions that involve large amounts of money and who would presumably benefit from having access to trenchant analysis. This seems like a market failure.

Perhaps all the good stuff is locked behind expensive, elite paywalls. Or perhaps the real action is all in the backchannel. My money’s on the latter. In any case, neither theory explains why the tech press is able to exist and perpetuate itself. Parasitism and AdSense can only take you so far.