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November 11, 2003
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Hi!

So today is my 29th birthday. (Happy birthday Gus!). Normally this isn't a noteworthy event for me (there have been instances where I have forgotten my own birthday), but it's my 29th. And long time friends of mine will remember this as the day that I "give it all up". That is, give up all the computer crap and just start making cabinets or something. The idea was that it would have all gone over my head at this point, and I wouldn't have been able to keep up so I would be better of just quitting.

But of course I decided this when I was 19 or 20, and little did I know that 10 years from then any hack can get a job programming. So I've decided not to give it up quite yet, especially since it hasn't really passed me up quite yet. That, and people are buying stuff over on Flying Meat, so why give up a good thing?

If anything I guess it's gotten easier (practice makes perfect, etc...). I remember studying the POP and SMTP protocols at the time and thinking that this was all eventually going to turn into some more efficient binary protocol, and those were a bit tougher to sniff out. HA! XML sort of killed that thought, didn't it? Although Radius still eludes me a bit (even though I wrote an authentication class in java- hey, you don't really need to understand the code you write, you just need to get it to work, right? right?). Learning the ins and outs of Kerberos would be uber cool... but I digress.

Anyway, to George and Jill and Amy and anyone else that knew me when I was 19- hey, I changed my mind!

Update: Duh, and of course the one person that I didn't mention who really should have remembered the "quitting and becoming a cabinet maker" idea was Joe, and he did. Turns out that having a comments system on my site is a good thing.