D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

The internet depresses me...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:39 AM

Remember back in the day when the internet was (relatively) new, and we were all discovering the joys of hand-written web pages (with notepad, no graphical stuff), playing XWing vs. Tie Fighter online in MSN's Zone (I was part of LSF: Last Starfighter League which routinely playing in Weekends of War...that's WoW before it became World of Warcraft), and chatting it up with friends on ICQ (who uses THAT anymore eh?).

But now...now the internet is just so...BORING. I mean, its become as routine as a cell phone: of COURSE I'll talk to people over messenger, who doesn't? Games are just one clone of another of another (I'm burnt out by FPS other than XBox titles...having good multiplayer where friends can play means more than graphics and realism to me), and there's so much software out there...why build your own when you could just buy or get for free? Even programming tools...Visual Studio used to be a big deal...now anyone can just download the free versions.

The internet has become a consumer appliance, and although the new stuff from Microsoft around Vista and .NET 3.0 is kewl, its not revolutionary. WPF is just Microsoft's Flash...which has been around for a long time. Vista is MS's version of OS X.

So yeah...just ramblings of a disgruntled 30-something geek I guess...

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# re: The internet depresses me...

You absolutely nailed how I feel about both WPF and Vista, for certain. You're right on, D'Arcy! 12/12/2006 9:54 AM | Justice~!

# re: The internet depresses me...

Games *should* be boring to you, you're in your 30's for crying out loud. And I've got more news for you - video games are done, they're baked, the dinger went off, the toast popped up, the teapot's whistling, it's been done and done and re-done and re-re-re-done over and over again.

I suspect now that all the non-stop hype and urban-hipsterism of the IntarWebs has dissapated, you don't know what to like anymore. Until we can come up with another way to rip off venture capitalists, you're gonna have to find what inspires you on your own. 12/12/2006 11:03 AM | Jeepy

# re: The internet depresses me...

I'm feeling even older now ... I remember plain old X-Wing and not the fancy, smancy X-Wing vs Tie-Fighter that you could play online. 12/14/2006 10:16 AM | Jason Row

# re: The internet depresses me...

Justice: Yeah, kind of a counter-excitement for the technologies, although I'm not ruling out the kewlness of WPF...as long as it can do more than just paint pretty vector graphics.

Jason: wow...you are old. ;)

Jeepy: LOL! That was hilarious! I have this image of you being some 50-something former hippie with a huge santa beard and a baret smoking weed and coming up with new conspiracy theories...although that also kind of creeps me out...

D 12/15/2006 6:45 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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