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Brent’s time at Userland

Brent Simmons has another expanded résumé of sorts, following his post about working at NewsGator. I love this write-up because it mirrors a lot of the work I was doing, so it brings back a lot of memories. I was actively using Frontier for client work and crazy side projects; one of my co-workers for a time was Mason Hale, who built an early CGI framework for Frontier; and I loosely worked with Dave Winer to help run the frontier-talk mailing list and hack on a potential WebSTAR plug-in for Frontier. (Though I was still a pretty poor C programmer back then. Someone else ended up shipping it.)

Back when the job description “webmaster” still meant something, I worked for the WebEdge conference which brought together the best web developers for the Mac OS. WebEdge hosted the first meeting of the Macintosh Internet Developer Association (MIDAS), led in part by Dave Winer. And I was always playing with the tools that came out of Userland, from Manilla to Radio Userland. I used Radio to run this blog until 2004.

Some of the developers from that time have faded away, moved on to other projects away from the public spotlight. But not Brent. He just shipped Vesper 2.0 and it’s some of his best work.

Brent Simmons on Git, plus blog anniversary

“Brent Simmons is still looking”:http://inessential.com/2009/03/07/still_looking_for_a_version_control_syst for the perfect version control system:

“People talk about how wonderful are features like re-writing history — and I read that stuff and think, ‘Wow, Git’s really cool and powerful.’ But then I know it could suck me in and take away time from _real_ work. It’s _already_ more work — _for me_ — than when using Subversion.”

I haven’t used Git much since Daniel and I discussed it on an early “Core Intuition”:http://www.coreint.org/ episode. Like Brent I just don’t see a big win for single-person projects, although it’s fascinating to watch how open source projects are using “Github”:http://github.com/.

I like what Brent did a few months ago with his blog redesign, how both inessential.com and ranchero.com complement each other. He also wrote “more about his publishing system”:http://inessential.com/2009/01/30/new_publishing_system_tour_of_my_head, including a bit in passing about the tool I used to start my blog, Radio Userland.

I mention it because this blog is 7 years old today. Happy birthday to manton.org.

Still digging

Wow, Dave Winer is applying for a new job:

“As I’ve been talking with people about this, it’s been hard for them to separate me from UserLand, but that’s what I want to do. I’m going to get a new job with a new title, and it’s going to be quite different from being the CEO of a commercial software company. It’s time to set my life in a new direction.”

Good luck, Dave. Still digging! :-)