MS didn't acquire GitHub because they cared at all about the technology. It was the exact same strategy as LinkedIn. It's all about tracking us, the developer community, and keeping their finger on the pulse of where things are going. Generating more click event data to further profile your tastes for future commercial use by Microsoft. What other possible reason could there be?
Engineers weirdly trying to impress recruiters by pretending they're working all the time?
- You had total customization over your computer, every app was skinnable including Windows or MacOS itself
- Linux was in a great spot, finally becoming usable as a desktop OS with a ton of fun toys and UI/UX experiments that got a lot of us into Linux before we knew about CLIs
- Products were sold per-unit instead of *aaS, so when you bought something, you knew you could use it as long as you needed to
- Social networks didn't exist, so if you wanted to interact with people, you had to learn something - which is what made geocities and later MySpace fun, since people had to learn a little HTML in order to update their friends on their current status, and could use that new skill to decorate their "home" page
I miss the 90s. I want to bring that back. That's why I got my kids PICO-8, at least it's a little taste of the good old days!
The only thing that was difficult for me, was installing my webcam drivers.
By 1997 I was able to get X running with xclock and xterm. Any other X application would freeze my computer due to sheer lack of CPU.
That, or rolling your own distro from scratch and spending ALL YOUR TIME maintaining your Linux install somthere was no time left to do the stuff you actually wanted to do.
Oh look, updating my windows manager means sound no longer works. I guess that’s three hours I need to invest to get my music player working again.
See you tomorrow.
It makes sense on Slack, an application for communicating with people.
Though I think HN is too old-hat to really understand how anyone could like these sorts of social features, and it's to their own detriment.
I pretty much wouldn't use it, but that use case is not worthless.
GitHub now reminds you what commits you made on this day last year.
"Your code is rusting, get out there and oil it!" (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
Set phone to DND. Set auto responder on email client(s). Set away status on various desktop apps. Set away on various web apps. Set away on work mobile (cell) apps. Go home.
Actually I don't bother with any of that. I don't answer the phone or any apps when I'm not "there" or can't be arsed or am busy. It's what people have done for millennia.
So Twitter became a Swiss army knife.
It would he great if software just supported the protocol, and we might have a single page to set the status, then broadcast to all related services.
I simply want to be a human and behave (badly) like one.
Yeah, hopefully in a few years we'll have intelligent silicon servants that actually care about us.
As one example: it will be nice to know if a coworker is out of office or on extended PTO, like vacation. There are usually other "profiles" which display the same information in an organization, but this is a useful place for it too if you're about to e.g. tag someone in an Issue thread.
Also as irritating as vacation mail can be, at least now I know that you aren’t talking to me because you aren’t here, rather than you’re just giving me the silent treatment because I made a disparaging comment about Tori Amos’s latest album.
Soon, we might not be able to make PRs without making our friends "help", and people will be making accounts for their cat.
When my (non-coding) teenage daughter signs up, I'm leaving!
I'm wary of "slippery slope" arguments but I do NOT want a(nother) social network in my life. It's hard to imagine how this doesn't evolve into GitHub Chat, etc, especially with GitLab buying Gitter, etc. No thank you. Thankfully there are ever increasing (and OSS) forge platforms, it seems.
It is a bit amusing, however, to imagine hypothetical horrible, naggy, even more self-promotional LinkedIn/GitHub integrations.
If you dislike this feature then you need to take ten seconds out of your time to submit feedback through 'set status' interface.
- maintainers are all on holidays, that PR is not getting touched this week
- the person who accepted that issue has not been active for a week, perhaps I can pick it up
- the person who accepted that issue is active today, maybe there will be a PR to review later! Check with them to see howmit’s going and maybe schedule some time tomorrow to review the PR
Heaps of use cases.
Please stop mucking about with pointless stuff like this and make your search functionality not totally suck.
All devs everywhere.
This is a really useful feature for indicating that an account is vestigial despite occasional blips of activity. I hope they implement something similar with LinkedIn.
I don't see much difference between MS bootstrapping a network from github or google bootstrapping one from youtube, so I disagree with the GP.
errrrr, actually - second (after unlimited private repos)
It'll be interesting to see where Microsoft take this. GitHub is fundamentally a collaboration tool so chat would make sense.