Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Dear Dot

Dear Dot,

I want you to know I'm leaving you. I'd love to use that old line, “It's not you, it's me,” but unfortunately, it's you. I just can't count on you. I can't even remember how many times I've asked you to check in, only to be disappointed. And you're a dawdler - I got tired of asking you a question, only to have to sit around and wait for the answer. To be even more blunt, you're not sophisticated enough - I have fairly refined tastes, and you simply don't seem interested in all the finer things that I need to lead a rich existence.

Since you'll probably hear about it, I might as well tell you that I've met someone else. I don't want to mention any names, so I'll just refer to this other as “SF”. Oh sure, SF isn't perfect, but we share a lot of the same interests, and we just have a lot easier time getting along. And yes, it's true, I've been visiting SF on the side for quite some time now, so this isn't just some fling. SF, frankly, is just a lot more mature than you are, and I need that.

I hope you're able to get over your problems. I'd like to see you succeed in life, if for no other reason than that a lot of my friends still hang out with you. All the best,


(With apologies to Don Box.)


  1. brought a tear to me eye

  2. Tears of laughter or sorrow?

  3. I guess SF's had a ... 'gear job' then? Or maybe she's been to a psychiatrist. She used to be really slow. I'd ask her her name and she'd often say "sorry, I can't find me".

  4. I'm sorry to say, that whilst you have been dallying with SF, I have sampled the fruits of Dot. Though initially sweet, the realtionship has definitely turned sour... I too have recently turned to SF, though the fact that SF can keep us all satisifed is both satisfying and worrisome...

  5. SourceForge is both sometimes slow and occasionally down. But I can live with both of those waaaaay better than a source control system that drops checkins on the floor silently, or a site that doesn't provide a rich set of tools for automation. Besides, the CVS model means that if SF is down, I can go on with my life easily, since it doesn't suffer from the VSS model of source control.

    Like I said, it's not perfect. It just sucks less.

    And Daren, your expansion of the analogy is disturbing. :)

  6. I hear you Craig. As of late, my eye has been wandering too...

    But, I'm still trying to stick it out with Got -- talked about it in my blog:

  7. While my parents have tried so hard to keep me close to Dot, I've made so many painful experiences that I'm now secretly dating SF as well.

    I admire your courage to draw a line and finish this. I've always had a lengthy process on ending long lasting relationships :)