Monday, November 1, 2004

Be careful what you title your blog entries..

Apparently metaphors and similes don't translate too well to the web.  When I titled an entry “Shotgun Fix for...” I got the following comment from Jay Cotter:

YOU SHOULD RENAME YOUR SITE BECAUSE WHEN US REDNECKS WANA KNOW HOW TO FIX OUR SHOTGUNS YOUR SITE DONT COME UP AS Shotgun fix for .NET 1.1 SP1 OK TAKE THAT UP INTO CONSIDERATION THANKS FOR YOUR TIME FOLKS

Now, I don't know if this person is actually being serious or not, but nonetheless it is still hilarious.  So, for all you folks looking to fix your shotguns, this ain't the place.  Sorry for the confusion since I was using the term “Shotgun” to refer to a very inexact method of fixing a software issue.  I used this term a lot when I was designing and programming security access control hardware.  When a repair would come in and we couldn't quite narrow the problem down to a specific component, we'd just start replacing all the usual suspects until the problem went away.  This was a “shotgun fix.”  Inaccurate and indiscriminate...  Just like a shotgun with bird-shot at, say, 25-50 yards..