How not to advocate Linux

Must remember this:

(…) whenever anyone discusses computers, the stereotypical Amiga user will always claim that the Amiga is a better, faster, cheaper, more user-friendly computer than any other, ever, and any opposing view is treated as treachery, oppression, and a declaration of nuclear war. Some Linux users are using the same tactics.

Reason for me not to apply

Today’s letter to a recruiting agency.

Dear Mr/Ms XXXXXX,

I am not writing to apply for the advertised position. I would like to point out excessive number of typos in the advertisement, including a mistake in the title: it’s “programmer”, not “programer”.

Other mistakes include:

  1. industties (industries)
  2. solutins (solutions)
  3. diffrent (different)
  4. qalification (qualification)

Low quality of English in the advertisement is repellent. It’s also the reason for me not to apply for this position. I believe that you can significantly improve the feedback once you correct them.

Kind Regards,
(my name)

I’ve successfully moved my sites to Dreamhost

It was pretty easy. Access to the shell is very convenient, I could avoid downloading and uploading large files via my slow DSL; I moved them directly between servers instead. Database migration was also pretty easy, shell access was helpful again.

I’ve changed domain delegations yesterday’s night. Changes were effective this morning. The downtime was quite short and it was only the night hours.

I’m happy about the migration:

  • my sites are now independent from the company servers
  • I can run Django applications there
  • The new hosting is fast and has a lot of space
  • I’m always happy having new toys that work

Dreamhost has approved my account

I’ve sent them a fax with my other credit card number and they approved my account. I’m not sure about the payment. The money seems gone. The account seems working. I thought they would return the money and I would pay again with the credit card. However, they have approved my account even though the credit card numbers didn’t match.

The billing tab shows $0 account balance, all functions seem to work. If nothing happens, I’m just going to enjoy the new hosting service.

Poland vs the Polish

I’ve heard that there is a stereotype of Polish people being reliable and hard-working. I wonder, if Polish people perform so good abroad, why is their country performing so bad?

It’s not uncommon that good musicians can form a mediocre band, or that mediocre musicians can form a good band. Similarly, Polish people would gladly work hard in Poland if they worked well as a (huge) team and their work was rewarded appropriately. However, this would require the whole society to follow certain rules.

Lemme give an example of the road signs. I was driving a car down a six-lane street (three lanes in each direction). It was straight and there were no crossings. Suddenly, I saw a speed limit sign: 50km/h. WTF? I could safely go 130km/h there. OK, I thought to myself, I’m going to obey the rules. I slowed down from 80km/h to 50km/h. Whizz! A car passed me. Whizz! Whizz! Cars were passing me one by one. When a police car passed me, I accelerated to catch up with it. The police car was going 70km/h under a 50km/h speed limit.

I never obeyed this limit again.

You get such things all the time in Poland. If you try to follow the law, you’re doomed. You will be ripped of with taxes, you will be crippled and just watching people whizzing past you.

What to do then? Well, in order to survive, you need to disregard the regulations, exceed the speed limits and cheat on taxes. Everybody does it.

“They can’t put everybody in prison, can they?”

I would have had hope for better life in Poland if the authorities would be getting smarter. Unfortunately, every government gets dumber and dumber! Current government is so dumb that you wouldn’t believe. Moreover, they haven’t kept a single promise.

I considered running my own business in Poland. I had an idea that might work. I finally decided that I don’t want to do that in this demoralized society.

I rather go someplace else, where there is a point in working.