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Aug. 4th, 2004

A profile.

I’m a hacker. My day job is running a small but forward ISP in rural Colorado. My passions, computer-wise are toying with interfaces, making fun technologies play nice and find the more useful permutations of their combinations, and thinking about new communication systems.

My pet projects, mostly unfinished, are a mailing list manager, a rhythmbox-alike music player, and a jabber-IRC hybrid server with MUD-like abilities, as well as various ruby modules. I also spend a lot of time reasearching distance cluster filesystems, one of the more interesting problems in large-scale high-availability cluster computing.

My programming language of choice is Ruby, with a style inspired by much reading about LISP, Arc, Scheme, SmallTalk and Objective C and a functional style started with trying to make PHP not crash when it had memory management issues.

My company specializes in making internet service simple, and encouraging our customers to become good citizens, both on the net and off. We provide dial-up service, and are expanding into DSL. We host a service to build-your-own-website, and are open to custom hosting projects of an interesting nature.

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raijna
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
God Damn, Ari...
You really are a geek. :)
robin_roe
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh i knew that...
aredridel
Aug. 5th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
I am. And proud of it. I like using my brain.
robin_roe
Aug. 5th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
LOL... at least you HAVE a brain...

"Umm, do i click on the little picture thingy to make The Internet go?"

"I would like to buy the Internet."

[Check made out to 'The Internet']

"Y'all means ta tells me ah gots a buy wun of dem computer thingees to get on The Internet? What kinda rip-off game y'all running dere?!?"

"Umm, hello? I think i broke my foot pedal and my computer won't work.. Can you fix it?"

"I just paid two-thousand dollars for this new computer i bought from you, and it's been sitting on my desk all day! I demand it DO something or give me my money back!"

"I can't seem to get any web sites on screen, is your antenna broken?" [man who thought the internet (and his computer) was just an overly interactive TV]

"Damnit, The Internet's Broke!"


aredridel
Aug. 7th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
"Umm, do i click on the little picture thingy to make The Internet go?"


No, you click the little blue "e".

"I would like to buy the Internet."


The whole thing, or just part? (Better is when they want some Internet, so you can ask how many barrels they'd like.)

[Check made out to 'The Internet']


Pencil in "Company" afterward. One problem solved with an ambiguous company name.

"Y'all means ta tells me ah gots a buy wun of dem computer thingees to get on The Internet? What kinda rip-off game y'all running dere?!?"


That, thankfully hasn't happened. I have had several irate Mac users who were upset when told they needed modems, though.

"Umm, hello? I think i broke my foot pedal and my computer won't work.. Can you fix it?"


Hasn't happened to me, though I did have a broken cupholder once.

"I just paid two-thousand dollars for this new computer i bought from you, and it's been sitting on my desk all day! I demand it DO something or give me my money back!"


This is why I don't do computer sales anymore.

"I can't seem to get any web sites on screen, is your antenna broken?" [man who thought the internet (and his computer) was just an overly interactive TV]


That's usually the problem with Ouraynet's service. Antenna alignment in windstorms is a bitch.

"Damnit, The Internet's Broke!"


Where's my red phone?!
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