Re: Broken for PHP5
Have you submitted your changes to the author, or otherwise
made them available somewhere online?
Re: Bach, Shakespeare, and tech.
> Did he think back at how those monks of
> yore had done good work sitting in their
> cells meticulously illuminating scrolls,
> and ponder if he should return to such
> blissful pursuit?
No, but then those inventions had a net benefit. That's the very question Jeff is raising here. Computers CAN have a net benefit, if we let them, but so many of us get trapped into the always-on mode that we have forgotten how to turn it off and enjoy life. I have had a very similar journey to Jeff's, though in my case I just turn it off at 5 unless I get paged by a monitoring system. One which I work harder and harder to ensure it only pages me when something is actually wrong that I need to fix.
I'd add that to your list Jeff. A well configured nagios system can be a wonderful thing. When you have a list of problems that you fix regularly, but which can't be automated in cron, often your monitoring system can do it for you. Simple troubleshooting, if it's a common problem, execute this script, see if it clears, if not, escalate. One less interruption.
If instead of actually enjoying their work and getting it done, they were too busy pushing around the various options and typesetting of the printing press to actually accomplish anything I'm sure they might've looked back with appreciation to how people before them accomplished things.
Lets particularly consider that many of them only had daylight hours in which to do things. And how much got done? Yet our days often last from before dawn to well after dusk, and yet they seem shorter than ever, and we feel like we accomplish so much less.
Some people aren't ready for this kind of article. I wouldn't have been a few years ago. For a long time you are blinded by your love for the work you are doing and you don't even realize when it starts to enslave you. Eventually you wake up to it, and for those of you who aren't there yet -- when you are, I hope you remember this article and come back and re-read it.