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Jamie Zawinski


Computer programmer known for significant contributions to the free software projects Mozilla and XEmacs, and early versions of the Netscape Navigator web browser.
Jamie Zawinski
Our focus in the client group had always been to build products and features that people wanted to use. That we wanted to use. That our moms wanted to use.
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Your needs are big because the Internet is big.
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Professionalism has no place in art, and hacking is art. Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer.




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"One of the best programmers I ever hired had only a High School degree; he's produced a lot of great software, has his own news group, and made enough in stock options to buy his own nightclub."
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These people also tended to pretend to care deeply about the blind and otherwise disabled. I am sympathetic to the needs of those users, but I can't help but think that those who claimed to speak for the blind were being more than a little disingenuous, just like those Hemp people who present their arguments in terms of their deep and abiding care for the textile industry, when their real motives are something else entirely.
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I'd just like to take this moment to point out that C has all the expressive power of two dixie cups and a string.
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I've noticed that when I get quoted in .sig files, it's never any of the actual clever things I say all the time. Usually it's something dumb.
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Today, I use Linux as my primary OS (on an x86 PC, and on a Thinkpad), and I also use Irix (on an SGI O2). Linux has improved a great deal since I wrote this, specifically with respect to its ease of installation.
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Your "use case" should be, there's a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?
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Linux is only free if your time has no value.
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Nothing comes for free.




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There is a lot of money to be made in the business of secrets, of course.
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You can't take a dying project, sprinkle it with the magic pixie dust of "open source," and have everything magically work out.
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Don't do drugs, kids. Stay in school.
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Browser compatibility problems are nature's way of saying "stop trying to be so fuckin' clever".
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Using these toolkits is like trying to make a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes.
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If you're using Windows, go fuck yourself.
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If you want to do something that's going to change the world, build software that people want to use instead of software that managers want to buy.
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My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
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Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.


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