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Things look quiet here. But I've been doing a lot of blogging at dan.langille.org because I prefer WordPress now. Not all my posts there are FreeBSD related. I am in the midst of migrating The FreeBSD Diary over to WordPress (and you can read about that here). Once the migration is completed, I'll move the FreeBSD posts into the new FreeBSD Diary website.

Helping others 5 December 2000
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Do you remember my CD-ROM saga?  When I completed messed up my system?  You can read the original article here.  In that article, I changed the nick of the person to xyz, to protect the guilty.  In that article, which includes my logs of what went on in on IRC in #freebsd on EFnet IRC Network, you can see how I made some silly errors.  More importantly, you can see how people helped me fix the problem.  A short 15 minutes of help made all the difference.

Each of us can contribute in different ways.  I write websites (the Diary, FreshPorts, unix @ home, NZFUG, to name a few).  I help out via IRC on Undernet #FreeBSD.  Sometimes I answer questions on -questions.  I submit PRs when I know how to fix something (which isn't very often).

I've already written about the various methods by which people can show their support for FreeBSD.  There is always something which *anyone* can do.  You don't have to be a coder to contribute to the FreeBSD Project.

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When that article was first printed, I changed the nickname from jkh to xyz.  That was and still is my standard procedure.  Some time later, when jkh turned up on Undernet #FreeBSD one day, I recognized the nick from EFNET.  It wasn't until some time later that someone told me jkh was Jordan Hubbard.  I always thought it was Jordan who had given me that early help. But I didn't have any proof.

Until today.   I was talking in an unnamed Undernet channel, and I happened to mention that CD-ROM article.  Will Andrews pointed me off to the archives for the EFNET #FreeBSD channel.  He had found the original discussion.   Here is an extract from the that log: cdrom.txt (15 KB).   The original log is at this URL (530 KB).

Why do I bother to mention this?

I don't know.  I guess it's a combination of bragging that jkh helped me out in my early days and a sense of wanting to encourage people to help others.

I've said it before and I've said it again: The FreeBSD Diary would not exist if someone had not helped me out.  I would have gotten stuck and given up.  I would have said something like:

  • Neah, I tried FreeBSD, but it was too hard.
  • I couldn't figure it out.
  • It wouldn't install.
  • It wouldn't boot.

Remember how easy it is to help and then remember how hard it was when you were first starting out.


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