Life has felt bleak since 9/11. Is there anything to be thankful for?
Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings become movies. Lucy Lawless appears on the X-Files. And Star Trek returns to the air.
Dating. Improv. Visiting Mom. Karate. Debating with friends.
George Bush celebrated for saying things sensible. Naomi Wallace celebrated for saying things unfashionable. Jerry Falwell excoriated for saying things hateful. Jerry Falwell now saying nothing at all.
Discussing the religious implications of quantum physics with my oldest childhood friend until 3am.
Weblogs. Smalltalk. Programming Perl in UNIX for Windows.
Getting a t-shirt from my favorite restaurant because I am their favorite regular.
The best burrito chain in the city opens right up the street. Cold milk and Halloween candy. Warm sunshine in November.
All in all, sounds pretty good.
What should you be thankful for?
– The Centaur
Let’s begin with a bit of technology humor.
Recently, Amazon announced they had saved millions of dollars switching to Linux. Despite the fact that Amazon’s switch was from UNIX and not from Microsoft, the spinmasters from Redmond nonetheless felt the need to leap in and say:
With Linux, customers “end up being in the operating systems business,” managing software updates and security patches while making sure the multitude of software packages don’t conflict with each other…That’s the job of a software vendor like Microsoft.”
Speaking as someone who works in an all-Microsoft shop … HA!
Managing software conflicts and security patches is the life of an all-Microsoft shop. Almost daily, issues of endless Windows 9x*, NT and 2000 patches and conflicts between applications consume valuable time we could be spending making our customers happier.
If managing software conflicts was your job, Bill… we’d fire you.
The sad thing is that by pitching this corporate “spin” relentlessly, Microsoft lost the chance to tout its true advantages. It is the integrated tools, the reams of available software, and (often) speed which lure developers to the Microsoft camp. When a Microsoft shop is working, things really *sing* … even if the duration of that song is often short.
And perhaps that’s the real problem. Microsoft’s advantages are debatable advantages — just as debatable as the advantages of the Macintosh user interface or the Linux open source philosophy. But rather than open an intelligent debate, our friends from Redmond chose to sell their latest Big Lie.
And ended up looking like idiots.
– The Centaur
Welcome, Gentle Readers, to my web site.
Tradition demands that a weblog begin with a few pretentious comments about how the grandiose vision behind these few HTML files will empower them to change the world. Therefore, I shall begin by revealing the purpose of these pages:
To celebrate Life.
To communicate my work in art and science.
To exchange ideas, share experiences, learn truths, and stand in faith.
That’s it. Welcome, and enjoy.
– The Centaur
Dr. Anthony G. Francis, Jr.
November 1, 2001.