An interesting view on social groups and their problems

Chris Cunnington cunnington at
Mon Nov 5 22:21:25 UTC 2007

It's interesting. When he was describing what happened to Computertree, it
sounded like a loss of innocence story. Gosh, it was great when our ideals
came to life in other people, but those people, they have not been imbued by
our ethos. How sad. Let's close the project.

That's so precious.

I long for eternal September to hit the Squeak and Seaside boards. Then the
experts will fade away from this community, and be as rare as ghosts. That
will be a loss, but a true sign of growing community. It will be at that
point that these Smalltalk utilities are gaining wider currency, that a
large community is growing. I long for the arrival of the barbarians.

Smalltalkers talk about wider adoption, but they don't really want it. They
like community to be as small and cozy as an English smoking lounge. I was
talking to a developer at Smalltalk Solutions of a large product, and he
said he was afraid of too many people using their product, because then
people would blame their own deficiencies on the product.

I'm not here just because I'm an aesthete, who likes Smalltalk. I just took
the subway today to Yonge and Eglinton to a library here in Toronto to
borrow Jonathan Littman's "Once Upon A Time In ComputerLand: The Amazing
Billion-Dollar Tale of Bill Millard's ComputerLand Empire". I see Seaside as
a 1975, Popular Electronics has just put the Altair on the cover

You may say I'm deluded, and you may have a point. But if I say most
Smalltalkers talk about a greater level of adoption, while secretly trying
to kill it, I'd have a point too.


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