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Dan's past

2000-07-02 14:43:30+00 by ebradway 3 comments

In a belated celebration of Dan's birthday last week, I tried to find the post to Usenet that got Dan a job offer at Pixar - dragging him kicking and screaming out of Chattanooga... Or was that kicking and screaming at him in drag... Anyhow, the search would have been easier if a guy named Marcin Jagodzinski hadn't used Dan's quote, "XML is basically the subset of SGML that Microsoft's developers could understand," as a signature on his posts. Unfortunately, DejaNews is reconfiguring their historical archives and you can't pull up anything more than a year old. What's scary is that just one years' worth of posts generates 392 hits on 'Dan Lyke' (divided about 1/2 between Dan's posts and Marcin's posts with Dan's quote).

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#Comment made: 2000-07-02 17:43:08+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Giggle. Philip Greenspun was using that quote for a while too. The other thing is that some of my favorite posts fell off the back of Deja's archive. I went and dug up the message a few years ago and I'm still not sure what was stellarly cool about it, but I'm also learning that there is a vast gulf between good coders and the rest of the software development world, and while I keep underestimating my own place in that heierarchy especially out here by the bay quite often anyone displaying the smallest clue becomes a hiring target... Oh yeah, you might also be able to narrow down the search a bit by constraining it to comp.graphics.algorithms (Hey, now we get to see if the audit trail thingie works!).

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:09+00 by: ebradway

And now we get to see how well the edit history works with the main topics. A suggestion on the edit history: highlight the changes somehow.

#Comment made: 2000-07-03 15:48:07+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

No edit history on the main topics, only on the comments. The pope is always right. I'll see if I can find some references for good (ie: non N2) algorithms for diffs.