Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Blowin' in the Wind

Well, it's hardly the ides of March, but the only thing I can think is "Et tu, Brute?"

Change is coming, and it is unwelcome by many. First, there was Blogger Beta. They tempted us with "Would you like to switch" links. The benefits of the new version of Blogger were touted. And many took the bait. They switched, only to find out that some beta versions aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Many stood on the sidelines and heeded the warnings cast by those caught in the net thrown by Blogger. The frustrations were easy to see. But the field continues to grow. Those on the sidelines have found themselves caught up in more of the challenges associated with the interaction of the old version and the new version.

Then Blogger made a grandiose announcement. Despite all the known issues, many of which are in the realm of complete mess, the beta testing was being closed down, and the beta was launched as the official Blogger version. And this can mean only one thing. The days of Blogger as we know it are numbered. Soon, those resisting the change, those understandably edgy about converting to a consistently flawed version will have few options. The day is coming when assimilation will begin. To quote the Borg, "Resistance is futile."

The only hope is that Blogger manages to address all of these known issues prior to forcing the change. However, their decision to end beta testing before resolving the known bugs does little to raise those hopes. In fact, much like Microsoft, it appears we will make the switch and attempt to fix things after the fact.

Only time will tell. Change is in the wind, that much we know.

1 comment:

SkiRough said...

I was lucky because when I started my training journal, I just started with the beta.

This post makes your video especially relevant, Pol. :) When are you going to change that, btw? A video of the day can only last so many days!