It’s not entirely unfitting that my two least favorite web services, Klout and Disqus both persist in using some ancient Twitter data and showing my name as outofit. Outofit was a handle I adopted on my first MUD. It was simply a description of how I felt each time I typed telnet:quark.gmi.edu 5150 at a Unix prompt to participate in what was just a game, yet one that would quite change my life.
Change happens. I’ve said many times that change is the only constant in any online community. And it does seem to me that most of us learn and grow a bit more, most every day. My new tablet (a Cruz Velocity T301) arrived today. I have been both awed at some of the cool new tech on display, as well as as frustrated as I have been with technology since the afternoon I struggled with AmiPro 2.0 soon after receiving my very first computer back in 1990-something and thinking that cool as it is–I do love the way the display switches from landscape to portrait depending on how you hold it– the device seems more than a bit flaky to me.
And much as I have complained about Disqus especially continuing to call me be a very old handle that I updated everywhere that I update things many many moons ago, the new tabby leaves me feeling darned near as out of it as the Unix prompt and the method for inserting images into a document in a long forgotten also ran word processor once did. So it is fitting that I had never actually heard of the cartoon character until I did a search for flaky + images. While I have linked the character to a wiki page that tells a bit about him, I’m honestly not interested enough to find out more about Flaky or find and view his cartoons. So perhaps it’s not altogether unfitting that in some places I continue to be known as outofit. But I must say I am looking forward to taking my tablet on the road and seriously rejoining the mobile connected.