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 Martedì, 23 luglio 2002

Dave almost instantly commented my post (hey, the 16th most powerful IT person is reading my blog!! ). I like the term "loosely coupled", I think that the whole point with weblogs being personal pieces of the universal web is that you're free to manage them as you like and use the writing style you prefer. I might agree that editing posts in a discussion group, where posts are threaded and... uh... tightly coupled might not be a good practice, but this does not make any sense with weblogs.

Weblogs are a great tool for an people to express ideas and opinions. The very concept of a rule preventing them from changing the way they express themselves or also changing their very ideas is simply ridiculous.

Dave has a disclaimer on, honestly I don't really get the point: is there any rule that once something is written on a web page it cannot be changed? Is it because if you point to the post commenting it and in the meanwhile the post changes, then you look stupid? You can change your post to, uh? Well, whatever.

Talking (writing?) about disclaimers, there's a kind of disclaimers that I find particulary stupid: the ones at the bottom of email messages (usually coming from consulting firms) claiming that all you are reading doesn not belong to you and that if the message was not addressed to you, you should destroy your computer.

Some time ago I found on the web the following disclaimer, which I have added to my signatures set and I use from time to time with these people:

IMPORTANT: This email is intended for the use of the individual addressee(s) named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humour or irrational religious beliefs. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email is not authorised (either explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas.

Unless the word absquatulation has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or no grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this email, although the kelpie next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you. Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft.

However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this email in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites, whisk and place in a warm oven for 40 minutes.

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