Old kernel programmers can too learn new tricks

One of the strangest things about designing the Ada Initiative Seed 100 individual donation campaign is that I find myself working with GRAPHICS! *shudder* I’m a stereotypical kernel programmer in many ways, including my vast preference for text, starting with CLI instead of GUI, all the way up to books instead of TV and movies.

It’s almost impossible to get me to watch a video online unless it’s less than a minute long or involves a cat. Bit rate… too… low… Brain… starving for input… Aw, fuck it, I’m going to go read some kernel code.

So it has been strange to spend a month working on graphic design for the Ada Initiative, getting professional artists to create two original works of graphic art for the fund-raising campaign, finding photos for the fund-raising web site, designing the web page layout, etc. But I’m remaining true to my kernel programmer background in one way: Both prints are black and white (except for the Ada Initiative logo in the corner). :)

Overall, the prints have clearly been a major incentive for people to donate. I guess pictures are good for something!

In general, the last 6 months have involved learning a huge number of things I never had to worry about as a kernel programmer, even as a consultant. Marketing and fund-raising, people management, arcane details of tax code. (Check out my Twitter feed for stories.) It makes me miss the days of working on union mounts.

What do you find as an operating systems programmer working with visual “stuff”? Is it just me or do you also view windowing systems as not quite necessary?

NB: The Sydney Padua-signed “Lovelace and Babbage” print is down to only 12 prints left – we “sold” 13 in less than two days. Get yours now!

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