In the past –

I have blogged using the VI editor and HTML pages (what a hack). 2001 to 2002.

TypePad 2002 to 2004. Blogger.com for a brief period of time in 2005.

I could try to keep the older blogs afloat – for sentimental reasons.

Blogging about your work

News recently broke that a Google employee – Mark Jen, was fired for his blogs about life in Google. Mark was only a month old employee at Google. Anyhow, most tech Bloggers who got wind of the story are posting facts on the case. The story also made its way to Slashdot where the community took jabs at Mark. It is obvious that if your like the other bloggers out there who comment publicly about their work/workplace, you had better be careful.

Whats wierd is that Mark blogs on as if he is still at Google.

To quote Scobleizer:
Really, the policy is: don’t piss off your boss. We put a positive spin on it and call it “be smart.”

Reading Mark’s blog I can see a variety of mistakes he made. When you start at a new company you need to build a relationship network before you start discussing the company in public. You need to understand what the various forces that have power (and, at every company there are probably people who have more power than you do — even the CEO has to listen to the board of directors and to other people inside the company) and you have to work carefully and deliberately.

Links
Microsoft geek blogger Scoble
Jeremy Zawodny about blogging at work
Google bloggers
Blogscoped: Mark Jen fired
Google Blogger has left the building

Slashdot time

How can one talk about technology and ignore Slashdot. I found a rash of links today through the meta-blog. The links center around some seasoned technologists who have been working in Microsoft and in other places too. Interesting that we should arrive at this juncture.

Technology Speak
Articulate Babel
Adam Bosworth
Joe Beda’s 80%
Is Google building a browser (Of course they are, they want to do everything)