Devrant: Salting the Earth, WITH FRIENDS
Salting the Earth a reference generally to the Roman Legions salting the grounds of Carthage after Hannibal's defeat by Scipio Africanus at the end of the second Punic Wars. The Romans,
realizing that an imperfect or incomplete victory that left Carthage the ability to recover would only serve to insure that there would be a third Punic War, harvested salt from the sea and
sowed it into the land so that the region's fertility would be impacted long enough to prevent the city from restoring itself to levels that threatened Roman. This victory set the stage for the Republic to become hegemonic
in the Mediterranean, the first Western European people to attain any civilization unless you attempt to count the central/eastern Greeks but to them at this time, Romans were barbarians (ironic isn't it). Salting the Earth, being
a salt or even references to salty schooners may also tie into the Biblical wife of Abraham who ignored God telling her not to look upon Sodom as he blew it from the Earth and she did she thus she became a pillar of salt permanently transfixed
on the ruins (talk about an easy divorce, no need to even get that sideways look from the judge!)
Why did I discuss this at the beginning of a write up on cantankerous developers? Because as you know computers often make me feel like Scipio Africanus, I won the battle only later to die of syphilius while celebrating and my distro crashes from the .deb file I installed without thinking. And y'all need a little history, it gives you a more balanced view of your role in history (not as important or unique as we think we are)
A Place for Salts
Maybe you noticed my tone is a little snide with a side of unfriendly and harsh. I am a salty developer, mainly because I am getting in this later in life than others (5 WHOLE YEARS, I PRACTICALLY WAS RETIRED << I am 27, take from that what you will, hiring manager dingbats). This means I have to prove that getting a degree that wasn't CS didn't mean my brain atrophied in my head despite having graduated cum laude, taken CS as an elective path for years because it was good for general logic skills and gotten As in those classes. The salt really crystallizes with what a explosive wreck the land I grew up in has become with developers paying 4k a month for an apartment in a part of Oakland you couldn't have paid that same individual 4k a month to live in just 5 years ago. That then is refined into pure salt by the very basic frustrations that come with development, trying to get a job in general (even when the hiring managers are fully equipped, rational individuals who care little for fads like being a ninja) and working on Microsoft computers professionally in the mean time.
Now I try to keep my cool here and GitLab (not GitHub I went off when I saw a thread where electron support claimed not to have Linux experts WHEN IT WAS BUILT IN 12.04 so someone in that damn building must know something), but I am still prone spouting off in vehement rage or some snotty commit message or texts to people I know who also have some connection to our robot overlords. Some friends think I am going nuts, maybe they are right but I am not alone. Until the other day I thought I was as I furiously typed out my frustrations with WINDOWS 10 full of profanity of the lowest caliber attempting not to punch my desktop until hand was a bloody mess and the thing was dead as your Thanksgiving turkey has been the last few months. Instead of another set of articles written by shills on Windows I found DEVRANT, a social-like platform for expressing your unlimited hatred for anything tech focused not on problems of confused boomers ("turn it off, turn it on then call me back") or even those awful attention monsters we call "influencers" now I guess. No DevRant, like the name should make clear is for Devs to rant. Unlike many names in tech, it hasn't become the ironic foil of its intended purpose yet either.
What can you find there? Everything tech and angry. Pissed at C++ compilers, someone else is too. Mad at Adobe for not offering a Linux version? Check. Think its stupid to code on Microsoft? Check! Think its stupid to use Linux? Check. Useless flame wars or need to check people's response? Nope. Nor can you rant more than once per two hours, which is enough time to think why to rant next and if that even is worth expressing, which moderates me extensively. The dev uses the site himself but in a humble way and is humble himself (hear that Zuckerburg?!) and it is seemingly not a contributor to the crowd of people moving from LA to here, so I decided to write up this little article as my weekly post as my grand Linux article is forthcoming but I am writing a book (not tech related) and coding and have an art exhibit to prepare for (I didn't know I was an artist either), so patience is needed with me (I might rant on that subject in an hour or so, who knows).
"Being Salty Gets You Noth... Free Stickers?!"
Unlike many sites where we compete for no attainable goal or purpose, DevRant will give you stickers for your laptop for your salty posts once you exceed that 30 upvotes on a rant. You get some other stuff for an unachievable number of ++s for the likes of Tom, Duke of the Profane and Aggressive, look it up yourself Einstein. It works like Reddit except your down votes are not just abstract ways to say you don't agree without needing to take ownership of your opinion. They suggest there is a trouble with that post or those types of posts should be buried from your site even if others find them useful. Content regulation without censorship? So Facebook doesn't need to thought police? Holy hell, that sounds too much like freedom to me, they better make an .onion service instead to survive on the modern internet.
Maybe I am late to hop on this river showboat, I like finding things as I need them instead of spending days going over things I couldn't possibly need,sorry GitHub I stumbleupon for too many hours to explore things I don't need. Nonetheless, this site and DevRant share more than the first part of a name in that they are so far not enveloped by every clickbait artist and nitwit either side of the Mississippi, so some of you may not have heard about it yet so I bring you this option to scream away and be appreciated for it (so the opposite of facebook and twitter) to people who actually care as much about the placement of buttons on Mozilla's website as you do (FIX THE DOWNLOAD BUTTONS ON DEVELOPER'S EDITION ALREADY I'VE REPORTED IT 8 TIMES ITS A SIMPLE LINE OF CSS NOT BRAIN SURGERY). Because the sperg in all of us really just wants a little appreciation (and a god damn functional piece of tech made in Redmond)