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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [perlmonks.org], and here [javajunkies.org] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [blogspot.com] and my other blog [blogspot.com]. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Tuesday July 29, 2003
12:19 PM

Wretched Webfreak

[ #13760 ]
In the category of Things That Are Wrong With Me, sometimes I'll go Googling through the trash, using phrases like "no longer maintained" or "no longer updated" to find things that, are, well...no longer maintained. Add that to the Wayback Machine and you get instant dirty laundry, old documentation, what people thought and what they thought about what they thought, snapshots of gradual processes, etc.

With blogs, the feeling you get is typically the voyeuristic thrill of rooting through a closet full of diaries.

I'll admit that I'm a filthy, filthy investigator. Human nature is a curious thing, and my curiosity is always dragging me off in these kinds of directions. Careful guessing can produce surprising results with Google, including lots of information that people will often not realize is available to the world.

Case in point: I emailed an instructor of mine fairly recently at a few email addresses I managed to glean from Google (or guess from information gleaned thereof). He was surprised, part because I used an email address that had never been given out, and part because the domain it belongs to was not one that had gone "public" yet. Google's a strange beast, but one I'm glad to have around.

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  • I don't believe I've given out my email address directly on this site, but resourceful people are usually able to ferret it out if they feel they have occasion to email me. I've always found that interesting.

    Of course, I also hate email and prefer message boards...

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers