Fri Mar 27 1998 12:00: OK, I'm continuing my newfound fetish for list-making by making a list of pages I need to do. I had it down here, but that didn't make much sense, as it would soon be lost to history, so it's up there.
This page is like my journal. I was never able to keep a journal before, but this is easy. Cool. This is a good thing. Of course, as Kris points out, there's stuff I could put in a paper journal that I wouldn't want to put up on the Web. But if I kept a paper journal and used it to record all my sordid deeds, revisionist historians would get ahold of it after my death and make me out to me even more of a bastard than I am. Best to cover the whole thing up. [tomato, tomato]
Do you think I should change the name of Leonard's Yummy Homepage? It doesn't sound as good to me as it did when I thought it up. In fact, I never really thought it up, I just started the first version of it with "This is my yummy homepage" or something like that and it didn't become a name until later. Let me know what you think of the name.
I have a message from Jake which I guess can go up as a mail thing. Do you know of any things that let you convert mail to Web pages? Ideally I'd like to have a separate directory where I could just stack the mail I recieve on a particular day and then have a CGI that puts the glitz on them for the viewer at home. I know I saw something recently that converts mail to HTML, but I can't remember where I saw it. Argh. I'll check freshmeat.
Do you think I'm talking to the elves in my head in the last two paragraphs? Well, I am, but I'm also talking to you the person reading my home page. Let me know what your opinion is. Or I'll sic the elves on you.
Even when at work in the horror of Windows 95, I can take sanctuary in the GNUness of Emacs and edit my homepage. I have this nifty ergonomic keyboard which came with one of the new systems we bought. It hasn't been taken away from me yet, so I'm using it.
Microsoft's trade magazine ads lately have been interesting. Though they continue to lay the FUD on thick with "All who will not join us will die" ads, they also are running ads emphasising interoperability, apparantly since it has occured to them that there still exist MIS managers for whom the political cost of implementing a crappy system is greater than the political cost of a non-Microsoft solution. There's a Microsoft ad in the latest Infoworld which talks about their committment to Unix interoperability. And it's a cool ad, I'm not dissing the ad at all. Microsoft does some great ads. But I don't really understand it. It's very Waiting For Godot-ish, it's a B&W photo of three IBM-type old white guys in suits, and two of them are in a rowboat holding oars and the third one is outside the boat turning on a water faucet. And the copy of the ad implies that Microsoft and its new bedfellow HP are committed to working with Unix, at least until such time as it [Unix] goes away. But I don't understand the dynamics of the ad. Who represents the guys in the boat, and who represents the guy with the tap? I don't know. And don't even get me started on the ads with the creepy MSCE.
Oh, I see. There's another ad in another Infoworld in which the two guys in the boat are seen holding up a giant fish. So it would appear that the guys in the boat represent Microsoft and HP, and the fish represents Unix. Still pretty freaky.