Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ode to the Blog

Congratulations, via a matter of hapless clicks, you've discovered your browser inexplicably displaying this web page.  Let me be the first to assure you that your back button is fully operational, and escape is just a few panicked clicks away at any time.

Being as this is my inaugural post, I suppose I should provide some context concerning my decision to begin a blog.  Though, I think possibly it's better to start with why I've waited so long to begin.  The rampant narcissist teenage angst which pervaded my and many of my friend's LiveJournals left me with a poor perspective on blogs as a communication mechanism.

A decade later my natural aptitude for problem solving lead me into a career as a fixer of problems, specifically IT issues.  The complexity and ever changing nature appeals to the side of me which craves challenges, while the constant deluge of catastrophe provides plenty of opportunities to play hero.  In this process, I've spent countless hours on the internet, exploiting google to replace the need for me to actually be knowledgeable on a subject. Unfortunately, over and over again I found someone whom posted an issue almost identical to mine, only to follow it up with "Thanks, I fixed it", if they followed up at all.

And I realized, I'm one of the worst offenders.  On many an occasion I've found something after countless hours of putting together bits and pieces of poor documentation, or went off on original research.  However soon as I finished, I made no attempt to record the answer for posterity.

That doesn't mean I'm restricting this blog purely to paying my dues to the collective knowledge.  I expect I'll throw in some additional material with questionable correlation to the central theme based on my whims at that moment.  Hopefully it'll all be interesting, but I can assure you that it will all be highly unsupported.


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