Wow. It wasn’t that long ago that I never thought I’d do this. On the 25th of July, 2008, my time at Ballistic Media will come to an end. On the 28th of July, I will begin working for Internode as a Systems Administrator. Wow. So many reasons - mostly that I need to explore new things, and try new stuff out. It’s been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made: giving up the family and security that I’ve had here at Ballistic, for the dream of something new and different.
A beautiful quote from Asimov’s “Prelude to Foundation” Why, he wondered, did so many people spend their lives not trying to find answers to questions - not even thinking of questions, to begin with? Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers? Hari Seldon, subchapter 54.
Please note that the following was written some time ago, when the described flaw was only freshly fixed. I found the document recently, and have cleaned up the text in minor places; other than that it is as written in early 2004 MSN Messenger inconsistent UTF-8 handling (Or, How I Learned To Start Worrying and Hate UTF-8) Introduction UTF-8 is a godsend. It allows encoding of foreign (including non-Latin) characters into a file that’s still compatible with US-ASCII for all English-only use.