Nostalgic: Reading old posts previous: In a land far far away... next: ADO .NET Entity Framework Vote of No Confidence I just read a few of my posts from 2004. They are... an education. I forgot how I was then. My project at the time was creating a writable configuration file API and rambling about bad OSS is. Comments 06/24/2008 05:36 AM by Stuart OSS still has hurt feelings from that post. I hear that, to this day, she is still waiting for a public apology and retraction. :) Actually, though, I think your statement is fairly accurate. Open Source Software is bad. It's just that closed source software is much, much worse! 06/24/2008 08:15 AM by Joshua McKinney A while back I spent some time going through some of your older posts and there is some absolute gold in there. In terms of technical coverage, I would rate a dump of your site better than most textbooks. Have you ever thought about releasing your blog posts as a collection for offline reading? I'd pay for something like that. Especially if it were in a decent format (xml for transforming into chm / pdf / word / something readable on my Tytn II / rss for the offline feed reader / ... ). 06/24/2008 10:56 AM by Vadim These posts... They are lovely :) 06/24/2008 11:12 AM by Andrés G. Aragoneses But what you said in the bad OSS post is just plain wrong, or complaining about life. I mean, that is not an opensource limitation in the sense that a non-open-source program doesn't have it. A non OSS program just have a tons more limitations. The statements said there even contradict what you're current blog slogan is: "That is a great idea, send me a patch for it". Regards. 06/24/2008 12:26 PM by Ayende Rahien Knocte, Yes, that is the point of pointing that out. It has been four years, I learned a bit 06/24/2008 07:08 PM by Lucas Goodwin @Ayende Some people just don't understand this concept of "I've grown as a person, see what I used to be like" ;) 06/25/2008 06:49 AM by Jeff Brown I hear you. I cringe when I read the kinds of drivel I wrote 15 years ago... Times have changed. Anyways, I think very few people come to realize your level of maturity with respect to their work as you have in the past 4 years. Some never get there. So nice going! Also, I second the suggestion that you should collect your best writings and publish a little collection of essays. You have said some very insightful things on this blog and elsewhere. 06/25/2008 07:40 AM by Joshua McKinney @Jeff - Why the need to cull? If it were dead trees spolsky style, I would understand, but most of the posts Ayende's ever written are insightful enough to be seen as a collection, the conversations in the comments really add to that. Comments have been closed on this topic.