I spent today re-doing my blog template. I haven't changed it in many years, so it was time for a fresh new look! Okay, I actually changed it so that it would be "responsive" and automagically adapt itself to the device that it's being read on. Yay! No more having to embiggen the site to read a post. What do you think? It's not as artsy, but way more usable.
I'm also in the middle of redesigning our group's wiki site to make it, oh, I don't know, useful. Not only to the team, but to everyone else in the company. It's pretty interesting, in a daunting kind of way. I think that if I can pull it off, the folks that have been complaining about the lack of documentation will shut the hell up. There's actually a ton of documentation, it's just that no one can find it. And what people do find is either out of date or irrelevant.
While I figuring out how to add columns and background colors and other cool macros and widgets to the wiki, I thought about how amazing this all is. Think about it -- 20 years ago none of this was possible. The web was just being spun -- it was a great big unknown, text-based place in the ether.
And earlier than that -- 30 years ago or so, I got my first work computer. It was an IBM PC with two -- count 'em, TWO -- floppy disk drives! The software company where I worked had a whole room full of disk drives, each of which stored a whopping 20 megabytes of data, two huge printers, and two big mainframe computers. My iMac is far more powerful than that Amdahl 470 and IBM 370 put together!
So yeah, I guess I'm a geezer with my olden day memories. But you won't catch me longing for those days. I'm too busy shopping from my den, seeing what all of my friends are up to by looking at my phone, and thinking about how to design that wiki.