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Ignore the Photo

Carl Sassenrath, CTO
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20-Oct-2006 23:30 GMT

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Everytime I visit here, I see my photo right there. I look satisfied and friendly, don't I? It kind of bugs me.

Well, that photo was taken recently in France, so that's why I look content like that. France is that kind of place. Friendly. Satisfying. Good wine, great cheese, coffee, bread. Great people. I already miss it.

Now that I've been back home for a while, I need to update that photo. I should look gruff, grumpy, old, and mysterious like the other language designers drifting around the Internet. Maybe I need to grow a beard and gray my hair?

I'll see if I can get a photo like that. After all, the battle to promote and deliver lightweight distributed computing is serious stuff, isn't it? We don't want to look like we're all having fun and satisfied.

No, that's not the Microsoft way. PC users do not appreciate that kind of happy attitude. They want heavyweight computing. They want applications that cost millions to build and even more millions to update and support. If it's not a 5GB download, it's obviously no good. Yes, they want to spend all their time purging the auto-installed spyware, adware, and viruses that are the direct result of the defective MS operating system design. After all, what do they expect? The OS technology to prevent such problems has only been around for 40 years!

Ah, whoops, now there I go... that's the attitude that will help gray my hair and make me look really serious. That's the way personal computing is supposed to be, right? Gruff, grumpy, old, and mysterious.

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