Recently GitHub added a new feature that allows one to attach a status to one’s profile (e.g., “Working from home”, “Out sick”). Now, this is not harmful in and off itself, but it speaks to a larger problem on the platform. Whatever happened to “Do one thing and do it well”?. This new status feature is bloat, pure and simple. People I work with wouldn’t use GitHub to see if I was working from home nor would they use it to see if I were out sick. It’s a seemingly pointless feature. It’s the last nail in the coffin for me. I loved GitHub when it was younger. There was a time when it tracked commit streaks, which is also useless, but I found it fun. It was back when they were doing that sort of thing that I started to learn to program in earnest. It was a scary time in my life. I was jumping into something I thought I was ill prepared for. I have no CS degree and no formal training. I was enrolled (i.e., paid to be part of) one of the myriad boot camps proliferating around the nation at that time. I knew I knew nothing, but I was also sure that I would be pretending to know something for the rest of my life. I still feel that way some weeks. I don’t truly understand half of what I do, but I love it and I love the tools that I learned with. GitHub was one of those tools. Yes, yes…Microsoft came and injected cash and talent. It’s the nature of the thing (this is a fond saying of mine because I lack a skill for written elegance).
As all these thoughts bandy about in the dome wherein my brain resides, I’ve decided to abandon my old online moniker. “Gusbenz” was lifted wholly from someone I knew vaguely in elementary school. His “Gusbenz” was a combination of his grandfather’s last name and someone else he knew. One was named Gus and the other Benz.The details are trivial and pointless. I stole the name and tacked on “3000”. There were three of us back in the early 2000s: Gusbenz, Gusbenz2000, Gusbenz3000. I evidently became the sole owner later in life and ditched the 3000.
I view my username change as a renewal with tech. I am excited about what the future will bring, while being sanguine about its prospects.
I’ve also started the process of moving away from GitHub. sr.ht is an open source solution that attempts to be a GitHub that isn’t a GitHub. It harks back to the days of mailing lists. I was never part of that world, but I stood in the penumbra. I want to be part of what it has become before it fades away from this earth forever. The history of tech is long and it bends towards irrelevance.
This post seems heavy on the ego, but I think it’s stuff I need to get out there. Getting older does strange things to your body and mind.
Long live Vexhack!