Surveys

Friday, 1 July 2005

“Open Source Surveys”

Perhaps I’m too cynical, but whenever I get a mail asking me to take part in a “survey of open source users/developers/lovers” I just hit delete nowadays.

I’m reminded of this again, after seeing a survey request on debian-devel.

I’m sure some of them do learn interesting things, and are legitimate requests; but for each of the initial five or six I’ve taken part in I’ve never seen the promised results. (These are the surveys where people say “take part and I’ll show you my results when they’re ready”).

Sure I’m insanely busy right now, but these things always seem like wastes of time. Especially when they repeat the same old things over and over again.

Perhaps I should insist on the surveyors completing a ‘steve-survey’ beforehand. Especially the particularly clueful person who mailed me in March asking me to take part in an “Developing Open Source Software on MacOSX Survey” – clearly she didn’t even bother to read the description of the project to which my name was attached, as I’ve never used/developed/wanted an OSX machine in my life!

</rant>

Going to wander round computer stores, at the start of the G8 protests in Sunny Edinburgh looking for a router. The SCSI errors on the Netra are getting worse.

Network access is frustratingly intermittant.

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