Bit of context: Pieter Hintjens is dying rather actively.
I’d just like to observe that I really appreciate this final accounting of his life’s work; so many of us refuse to talk about our achievements and failures, about the people that helped us and the people and businesses that screwed us. We do it for one reason or another, but as Pieter is demonstrating here in the end we all die anyways and the only thing we accomplish in our silence is hurting our allies and helping our enemies.
I’d like to think that at some time in the next thirty years I’ll have done some software work worth recounting as bravely as he has.
His account on people telling him what to eat reminds me of something:
The children’s hospital in my city used to have a mcdonalds, and people complained saying it didn’t make sense to have junk food at a hospital, and i believe it was removed. My dad is a doctor that works there sometimes, and he said making sick kids eat anything (esppecially healthy things) is a struggle, and actually, if they eat some chicken nuggets it is a big win for their health.
Dying actively, yeah, that’s about right.
I don’t know what came over me, it was after I’d been diagnosed and I got pneumonia from the biopsy and I wrote a final blog article and it all exploded, and I realized people were desperately interested in understanding death and finding perspective around it.
Everyone’s life is interesting. I’m a firm believer in that. It’s just how you tell the story, and I’m a writer and should be able to do that for my own stories…
Anyhow it’s been fun so far. :-)
Speaking as someone who’s been close to dying for mental-health reasons, I found your perspective touching and relatable. I absolutely am happy you’ve been writing. I’m not sure what else to say. :)
This really shines light on every thing brave and wrong with the Software World. A true fearless Hacker.
I think best think that consistently shows up in this is the team’s reputation in solving hard challenges with what appears to management to be senseless solutions. Sometimes they’d obviously see the value. Normally, it’s uphill for Pieter and his people on both technical side and politics of selling the solution. Yet, their rep at delivering is so good that people often let them take a stab at it and gradually see things their way. There were exceptions but that’s the rule.
Quite opposite to how many IT shops and careers work. That plus brining in technical approaches that are ahead of the curve are why Pieter and iMatix are awesome. :)
I have to say, the people I’ve worked with over the years have mostly been exceptionally creative and willing to think outside the box.
Lucky, lucky you. All I gotta say about that. Or maybe I should bump it up above other things I look at when considering working at a company. Drop leaflets at various companies with tough, programming challenges to see if anyone solves them at the web site. Haha.
EDIT to add: Make sure each is an actual problem in a significant OSS project. So, as I’m filtering chaff, the wheat is making real contributions instead of just playing games with puzzles. :)