August 6th, 2007


On Leaving SixApart

There's a bit of accuracy in this ValleyWag story, in that I'm leaving SixApart. But the reasons ValleyWag cites for me leaving aren't so accurate.

Yes, I'm bored, but that boredom isn't SixApart's fault. I've been doing this whole LiveJournal thing for about 9 years now. Even though I haven't been working on LiveJournal itself for perhaps a year or more now, people still think I am, and it's probably time to distance myself from it and move on... I just need a change. LiveJournal's in good hands -- I'm not worried about it. I haven't touched the code or the servers in ages, so I know it's fine.

I've really enjoyed working with everybody at SixApart, especially on public projects like MogileFS, Perlbal, OpenID, djabberd, Gearman, TheSchwartz, etc. But all that stuff basically just works now[1], solving the problems they were meant to solve, and I find myself out of new things to work on.

Since I've always been just kinda been a floater engineer at SixApart, never really part of (or head of) a group, I just feel a bit detached now without something obviously broken consuming all of my time & attention. There are plenty of other groups at SixApart having fun working on other problems, so I could join one of those groups, but I think this is just a good point in my life to change directions a bit.

My apologies that there's not more drama to this whole story. :)

[1] Yes, things can always be better. But relatively good, compared to the past.


t-mobile, iphone, etc

T-Mobile has one again somehow decided that my phone (Blackberry Pearl) can't receive MMSes, instead sending me a text message to go to a website and login with a username and password to get my pictures.

Except the MMSes I'm getting now (from lisa) aren't even pictures... just plain text (she's sending an MMS instead of SMS?), so I'm getting a text notification to go log in to a website to get a text notification. This feels like MySpace/Friendister/Facebook/Pownce/Vox, etc. "HERE IS A MESSAGE THAT YOU HAVE A MESSAGE! GO LOOK AT OUR ADS!" I hate you so, so much T-Mobile. I paid how much for this phone? Doesn't it advertise itself to your network? I know you know ... when I log in to your website, you show me it as my profile icon.

If I didn't want picture messages (and I don't care much, really, except when they're broken), I'd just get an iPhone. My biggest qualm was lack of Bluetooth modem support, but I guess you can just do an ad-hoc Wifi bridge and SOCKS proxy on the iPhone, and that works?


Cancel T-Mobile? Number portability doesn't work across state lines, unless I change my billing address and credit card info to my parents' info for awhile, then port number, then switch back. No way.

Maybe change down to $5-$10/month plan, just for call forwarding to new Cingular plan? Does Cingular suck in San Francisco? (I mean, worse than everything else?)

Then I could just keep my Java-illegal-argument-exception Blackberry (it crashes if I type too fast?) and only use it while traveling abroad?

mailing lists

Fun with sh....
$ cd /var/lib/mailman/lists
$ (for LIST in *;do (echo -n "$LIST ";list_members $LIST|wc -l); done)|sort -n -k2

mailman 1
brackup 13
memcached-commits 14
gearman 25
djabberd 123
perlbal 197
mogilefs 347
yadis 413
memcached 1120
Guess I know which projects are popular.

(yadis is the old name for OpenID, btw...)

I'm actually surprised that brackup has any subscribers, considering I just put up the mailing list and there's been like zero posts so far.

(playing with qpsmtpd... adding more fun plugins)