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Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sat, 17 Aug 2013

Read this at Medium: She left Google

It's short on specifics, long on other things, but Ellen Huerta's "Why I Left Google" is worth reading if only to illustrate how it's possible to be unhappy at Google, especially if you're in your 20s.


I'm no longer in my 20s, more accurately far from them, and I never made Google-level money, so Huerta's life doesn't (in almost any way) inform my own.

No matter. I still respect her for making the choices she did and outlining why she made them. I would have liked to hear more about what her life -- and life in general -- was like at Google. But that's entirely up to her.

I do like that she threw over San Francisco for Southern California, specifically Venice (read: Silicon Beach), so she traded one tech hub for another (albeit way smaller) one. I can't find anything about the startup she mentions, but I do hope she finds what she's looking for in her post-Google life.

It's also worth checking out the site on which the essay appears: Medium. What's unique about Medium is that you can comment on and share via social networking not just the entire essay but any individual portion of it that you wish, down to the paragraph, sentence, phrase or word. The concept is intriguing.

What isn't intriguing about Medium -- to me anyway -- is that it's another hosted service that is asking people to write for free so those who run the startup and who are probably the recepient of many venture-capital dollars can somehow make even more money off of the uncompensated efforts of others. But the ideas behind the site -- especially, and probably exclusively, the granular commenting/sharing -- remain compelling.

The next chapter: Ellen Huerta answers questions about her Medium essay on YouTube. I might as well just drop the embed right here: