I've decided to do this first one from a web browser, just to see how bad it is, before I try to get one of the MacOSX clients working. My feeling so far: pretty bad. The text is too small and I don't see any way to change it. Why are they using this font size that is so much smaller than my browser's default? All the other text on the page is fine, except in this dreary little rectangle they give me to type in. Blecch.
I'm doing this under protest anyway. I already wrote myself a very nice client for participating in non-realtime internet discussion communities. It's called a "newsreader." You know, for that other thing? USENET? Perhaps you've heard of it? Probably not, if you were born in the eighties or later.
USENET didn't scale very well. It was ideal when the 'net was small and almost everybody was worth listening to. But it has absolutely no defense against trolls, other than the participants' own thick skins, and I guess that's more trouble than most are willing to go to. All the cool conversations have left USENET, it's only good for tech support these days. All the decent amateur writing I've read in the last two years has been on blogs. So I guess I have to submit. Dang.
I have a feeling that I'm on the run-up to the last phase of my life. Just in the nick of time too, since I recently turned 40. Currently I am marooned in Tennessee by the tanking of the tech-space and my own bad timing, but I'm going to get back into the game, oh yes. I was a late bloomer, I had a lot of crap to straighten out before I could reach my full potential.
And I guess that's all I'm going to say about that, for now. Don't want to use up all my good material in the very first entry.