Saturday, October 24, 2009


Thanks go out to Stormy Peters and Jo Shields for tweeting a link to Seth Godin's blog post entitled: Trolls. Had they not tweeted it, I likely would have missed these marvelous words of wisdom:

Lots of things about work are hard. Dealing with trolls is one of them. Trolls are critics who gain perverse pleasure in relentlessly tearing you and your ideas down. Here's the thing(s):

  1. trolls will always be trolling
  2. critics rarely create
  3. they live in a tiny echo chamber, ignored by everyone except the trolled and the other trolls
  4. professionals (that's you) get paid to ignore them. It's part of your job.

"Can't please everyone," isn't just an aphorism, it's the secret of being remarkable.

Thanks, Seth. I needed to be reminded of this fact.

And yea, Team Mono is remarkable ;-)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Looking Back: 10 Years of Ximian

Nat and Miguel both reflected on the incorporation of Ximian which has made me a bit nostalgic myself. I've only been with Ximian for about 9 and a half years, but they have been pretty awesome years! I'm very thankful for having had the chance to be a part of something great and for having been able to work with both Nat and Miguel, 2 of my heroes.

The things I respect most about both Nat and Miguel are their positive attitudes and energy. They both have an amazing ability to inspire the people around them to do great things, and we did. From Ximian Desktop and Evolution to Mono, Moonlight and SuSE Studio. Nat and Miguel have set out to change the Linux Desktop for the better, and I believe they (and we, together with the rest of the GNOME and Mono communities) have accomplished that. So congratulations Nat & Miguel on 10 years of Awesome(tm)!

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