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Sunday, July 20, 2003

  Going behind the NDA wall

Since July 3 I spent time at kirk creek campground, with my gf, in my garden, in front of paperwork - I knocked out an enormous backlog. This is the longest time unplugged I can remember since 1982. It felt good, I'm going to make a point of doing this every decade or so....

I made peace with the last of the big things bothering me, and last sunday re-entered the job market. I'd spent the last year suffering, holding onto my job, hearing that there were no jobs available anymore...

Well... I scanned monster.com for "Linux", found 50+ results, sent out 12 resumes, and on the next day - I got 3 callbacks. Maybe the economy is perking up. Maybe I'm no longer as ahead of the curve as I was, and the visionary memes I've been talking about for so long are finally taking hold.

The blogging I did helped. I know my battered ego needed to see all variants of my name rise to number 1 on the google search results. Some of the pieces I wrote helped me understand myself better, others helped to present myself better. Some shed ectoplasm, some influenced others to write in or even start blogging themselves.

Without blogging this past year - I'd be living out of an RV right now, hating the software biz, and working on becoming massage therapist.

Everyone that linked to me, and especially Doc Searls helped. I'm embarrassedly grateful for interacting with him - not just his blogs, but reading the Cluetrain and World of Ends restored my faith - nay - reinvigorated my faith - that computers, the internet and the web were still powerful forces for good and for growth - that maybe, finally - that people, real people, using the internet, will deeply influence the shape of the Real World.

Maybe some unconcious meme I'm involved in is rising and I don't know it yet (much like with ISPs in 93 or wireless in 98)...

I've been trying to write a very complex summation of where I think the entire computing industry is at. I've been peering into my crystal ball, trying to figure out where it's going - and where I should be going. I'm nowhere near done! I'm 10,000 words into it. I identified a few major positive trends... and have an interview with a company involved in one tomorrow. I may vanish behind an NDA wall before I finish writing. We'll see.

Later,


mike
 
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