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Monday April 26, 2004
08:57 PM

Do I have ADD?

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Well, obviously my commitment to blogging waned significantly. Maybe I'll be able to muster some more energy now that the Long Dark of winter has passed.

Sometimes I wonder if I have ADD or if I am just easily bored... I can concentrate my full attention on a subject that interests me for roughly two months, after which the rest of the entropy in my life overwhelms the object of my obsession. Knowing this about myself, I should probably break each of my major life goals into two-month chunks, in hopes of actually finishing something before I have rigor mortis.

I just had an incredibly frustrating conversation (can you call it that when you aren't allowed to finish a single sentence?) with a Microsoft Professional Services zombie. The gist of his position was that Open Source is destroying the national economy; interestingly, despite his claim of impending doom, he is confident Microsoft is not losing market share. Oh, and he thinks Madonna is still a virgin that is saving herself for him.

He made the following claims:

Munich is still using Microsoft tools almost exclusively

Nearly all viruses targeting Microsoft systems are written by Open Source proponents with an agenda

Indian coders aren't capable of putting together a high quality product

Redhat's corporate earnings are attributable only to investment income (Anyone?)

Netcraft is biased, and most of the sites it reports as running Apache are unmaintained

Windows has a much better security track record than Linux

Germany, France, and Finland are subsidizing Open Source to hurt the US

Lots more that I couldn't hear because of my loud internal laughter

I just pray that I sounded like the calm and reasonable one in that conversation; it was at the client site, and we were surrounded by management offices on nearly all sides. Hopefully some of the more intelligent managers thought he protested too much.

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