I have been telling all non-IBMers to not use my ibm.com email address for years, but this advice is routinely ignored. I’ve repeated the reaons behind why I ask this enough times that it makes sense for me to post the reasons in one place so that I can point to it.
The back story is that 15 years ago I wrote some open source code in a programming language called Java. I don’t use that language much any more, but I understand that it remains popular in some circles. In any case, javadoc style comments encouraged sharing your email address, and my employer discouraged me from doing anything that would hide my relationship with them, so my email address was put out on the web.
The inevitable result is that I’m deluged with spam, most in languages I am not familiar with.
My personal email I have control over and the spam tools (all open source) I use are largely effective. I don’t have that option with my corporate email. As others within IBM don’t have this problem, I am clearly an outlier.
Over time, I was missing enough important work-related emails that I tought myself enough LotusScript to write a script that I can invoke as an ‘Action’. This script identifies emails that were sent from outside of Lotus Notes and places them into a separate folder. If I am alerted to the presence of a single email, and given enough information (like senders name and time it was sent) I can generally find the email; but in general people should assume that emails sent to my corporate email address from outside of IBM are never seen by me.
Another downside of this is that some of my IBM email is sent from service machines that don’t interface directly with Lotus Notes. That means that I miss some important updates. And important reminders. Eventually such reminders copy my manager, who sends them on to me.
Apparently there is plans in the works to migrate corporate email to the “cloud”. Perhaps that will be better. Perhaps I will need to find a way to reimplement my filter or equivalent. Or perhaps it won’t be something that I won’t need to worry about any more.
Having determined that Angular.js is overkill for my blog rewrite, I started looking more closely at React. It occurred to me that I could do better than JSX, so I wrote a Ruby2JS filter. Compare for yourself.
I have test results that
show that there is much work to be done.
The most likely path forward
at this point is to get representatives from browser vendors into a room and
go through these results and make recommendations. This likely will happen in
the spring, and in the SF Bay Area. With that in place, I can work with
authors of libraries in popular programming languages to produce
web-compatible versions. This work will take the form of bug reports,
patches, or — when required — authoring new libraries.
I’ve downloaded the multi-part zip archive for IE11 on Win10 for VirtualBox on OS/X from modern.ie. I’ve downloaded the single-file archive on both OS/X and Linux. I’ve verified the md5 signatures for each. Yet each time, when I try to unzip the result, I fail.
My original intent was to aggressively prune unnecessary function with the intent of producing a more maintainable result, but with the ability to have automated acceptance tests, this is now less of a concern.
I particularly like the comment that “It just works” was never completely true. My experience is that when working with open source codebases, doing so on an Linux operating system comes much closer to “It just works” than doing so on any other.
Not rack’s fault, but Sinatra hasn’t released in a while. Problem has been known since July, and a fix was merged into master in August. One possible workaround has been posted. An alternate workaround:
alias_method :old_pretty, :pretty
result = old_pretty(*args)
def result.join; self; end
def result.each(&block); block.call(self); end
I’ve clearly been neglecting my little spot on the web.
It has gotten so bad that Brendan Eich had to link to a web archive copy of a page of mine. I must say, however, that it is very ironic and amusing that it is was that particular page. General outline of my current approach:
Dreamhost upgraded my server to Ubuntu 12.04. I noticed things breaking in preparation for the move, and things that broke after the move. If you see something not working correctly, please let me know.
New laptop for work: MBP 15.4/2.6/16GB/1TBFlash. First time I ever went the Apple route. I did so as I figured with those specs, I could run multiple operating systems simultaneously. So far, so good. I’m using VirtualBox to do so.
Notes for Mac OS X 10.9, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 8.1, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5.
Joe Gregorio: But something else has happened over the past ten years; browsers got better. Their support for standards improved, and now there are evergreen browsers: automatically updating browsers, each version more capable and standards compliant than the last. With newer standards like HTML Imports, Object.observe, Promises, and HTML Templates I think it’s time to rethink the model of JS frameworks. There’s no need to invent yet another way to do something, just use HTML+CSS+JS.
I’m curious as to where Joe believes that these features came from.
My current service is “Standard Cable” (70+ channels, no premium ones) and “Standard Internet” (nominally 15 Mbps up, 1 Mbs down). At the end of the month, I will have had basic cable with Time Warner at the same location for 22 contiguous years, and standard Internet for more than half of that.
With that context, today I got in the mail notification that my rates are set to go up by 60% as my “Promotional” rates (Seriously? A twenty two year long promotion?) will be expiring. After spoofing my User Agent as the chat function doesn’t recognize my browser/operating system combination, I verified this is indeed the plan with “Veronica”. I was then provided a transcript and directed to an online survey when promptly logged me off without submitting my feedback once I had completed it.