Effective at the stroke of midnight, January 1 I will no longer be blogging here. I will also disable comments on existing articles on that date.
I’ve been thinking about this for some time now. The reason for disabling comments is primarily because of the increased amount of “comment spam” and the inability to deal with it effectively using the controls WordPress offers (allowing the URL field to be disabled would stop 99% of it dead in its tracks). Once I stop posting here, I don’t want to have to deal with comments.
Tonight was the final straw. I posted a how-to article (which I have since removed) and the comments I received so angered me that I took it as a sign that it’s really time for me to quit. They were not personally insulting, but rather just demonstrated to me how fucked up things are in the United States nowadays (due to the influence large corporations hold over our government), and how blogging is not nearly as rewarding as it used to be. Again, I took this as a sign — sometimes things happen for a reason, and I think those particular comments reminded me of why it’s time for me to bow out.
I’ve been threatening to quit blogging for some time, and I have always come back, but not this time. If, for some reason, I feel I absolutely, positively must continue to write, it will be in a different forum with a different name (and no, I will not post that information here). But frankly, I’m just tired of dealing with assholes, and even some formerly reasonable people seem to be turning into assholes lately. And even technology is not nearly as much fun to work with as it used to be, and I simply don’t enjoy working with it or writing about it anymore.
Plus, I am getting old. Imagine your parents or grandparents trying to write about technology. At some point you fall out of the mainstream. There are probably people one quarter my age that are writing better blogs than this one. My day in the sun was during the days of the TRS-80, and while it hasn’t been completely downhill since, I do think that in some respects technology has started into a downward spiral, in that you can’t depend on anything working as it should anymore, nor that the developers will give a damn when it doesn’t.
The only thing I had been looking forward to writing about, MAYBE, was the new version of the blue.box PBX software that is supposed to come out in the first quarter of 2013. So I will just say that it is coming and when it arrives you may want to check it out.
I ask you to please respect my decision here. Please do not write and ask me to change my mind; I REALLY need to do this. Please do not try to guilt me or flatter me into writing more. Let someone younger than I have a chance to do this. It is their world now, and I’m very sorry it’s in this shape.
To those who have followed this blog for a long time, thank you for putting up with me. I hope you can find peace and happiness in the new year, just as I intend to try to do. If you need a blog to read, I once again recommend Stop the Cap — he’s doing what I used to do, and he does it better than I ever did!