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brought home forcefully not only that not every hacker is as old as I am, but actually that very few hackers are as old as I am. The result is that there are stories I take for granted, but which the hackers of today don't know.
So I've started to write them up.
I'm commenting here because this introduction doesn't belong in the generic item - it's really specific to Hack News.
I hope you like the account - there will be more as fast as I can get the time to write them.
Yeah I did an eight-part "tips on effective one-person startup teams" today that I thought was awesome. Lots of practical tips and stuff people probably haven't read elsewhere, startup-centered, easy-to-read.
It sunk quickly with only 3 votes.
So perhaps I'm not the best one to judge, eh? (grin)
I'd buy the book. And a couple other folks, including you. So that's 3. Another ten thousand or so and you've got a best-seller.
I liked your story, though i am not really a hacker.
Regarding your story, it illustrates an issue I have been thinking about lately. Some background on myself so you know where i am coming from. I started in biotechnology running mass specs in a small molecule analytical lab. Later, when i moved to an area with very little small molcule r&d I took a job doing web development.
Here is my observation. In highly technical fields there are a lot of people like those on the 'Black' team who would rather make someone look bad by knocking over a box because they can than patting them on the back and telling them, hey nice code - we can't find anything wrong with it. I saw similar behavior in Amgens R&D department time and time again where the people tearing each other down were very smart and passionate about thier jobs but unwilling or unable to be civil to the competition.