Originally written: September 13, 2010
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When I started this blog four years ago, I never thought it would be seen by more than a few dozen people, so I never planned any sort of information architecture to it. 500 posts (300,000 words!) and several hundred thousand readers later, it is unwieldy to get to the good stuff unless you have been following along for the last couple of years, or have a week free. To make this a little less annoying, with the help of an assistant from Hacker News I found the best 72 articles I’ve written, grouped them by category, and for ones which are logically related explained what the connections are (in particular, for the “experiment” / “results” pairs).
Last week, Diaspora — the OSS privacy-respecting social network — released a “pre-alpha developer preview” of their source code. I took a look out it, mostly out of curiosity, and was struck by numerous severe security errors. I then spent the next day digging through their code locally and trying to get in touch with the team to address them, privately. In the course of this, I mentioned obliquely that the errors existed on Hacker News, and subsequently was interviewed by The Register and got quoted in a couple of hundred places.