Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcome to the jungle

So blogging.

Yeah.

I work in technology as a network engineer but I have been slow to take up the new technology. I don't Twitter, nor do I do Facebook, My Space, or any of the other social media. Never blogged, and I don't maintain a homepage. As Jubal Early would say, does that seem right to you?

Perhaps it is a generational thing. My first computer was a TRS-80. I remember my first modem. At University, we used a mainframe and Lynx was the broswer of choice for the new-fangled HTTP protocol.

I certainly know that I still type out full words in SMS messages and email. I still prefer my old Blackberry with the wheel on the side over the newer trackball models, although I'm probably not so averse to touchscreens and gestures.

As a fairly conservative, reserved and anti-conflict individual, I am probably also very wary about an online presence. Though not scarred by the flamewars of the usenet era, they certainly convinced me that one should keep their head below the parapet. Opinions matter, but am I prepared to have mine out there - will I look a fool, am I just being dumb, what do other people think? Is my opinion worth anything?

Probably it is not. But with a billion other primates hammering away on a billion keyoards, generating gigabytes of gibberish (with a few jewels thrown in), who is going to notice? My interests include computer networking, astronomy and, of all things, elections. So, these are the things I want to talk about. Maybe this thing will die in a ditch after I lose interest; maybe it won't. I guess I'll wait and see.

M.

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