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Meatcloud Manifesto Redux

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

–Dale Carnegie

When I penned the immortal words ‘Give me an API or give me death…’ and gifted the meatcloud manifesto to the world while admonishing applications that don’t provide APIs, I was perhaps too focused on GUI installers. That was an artificial limitation which I hope to now rectify.

The automation of repetitive tasks presents an insurmountable opportunity.

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.

–Theodore Roosevelt

DRY should be a familiar principle familiar to anyone writing code and not living in a cave — Don’t Repeat Yourself. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a lot easier to see the replication in files with code than it is in other aspects of our work, but search your shell history and look for the obvious. The real opportunity is to pop up a level and observe the workflows.

How much of what your organization does with emails and phone calls could be accomplished with a chain of automation?

That’s not so say we don’t want humans to make decisions, but do we really need to have someone push that button or fill out that form? As it turns out, machines are really really good at doing exactly the same thing over and over.

How much of what your organization does is replicated across an industry? industries?

Sometimes the benefits are not in what we can add, but what we can take away…

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

–Thomas Alva Edison

As I said… insurmountable opportunity…

viva la meatcloud!

meatcloud manifesto

GUI installers are evil…


You might need to have a little wizard to walk through setting stuff up the first time for the uninitiated, but if you think you are doing the poor hack who has to install your stuff on hundreds of machines any favors, you got another thing coming.

If you don’t provide some way to install your software fully unattended, please do not sell it to schools, businesses, non-profits or religious organizations with more than one person.

You might as well be killing kittens.

Actually, that goes for the interface to running applications as well.

I think we need the Open Meatcloud Manifesto… (because the world needs more manifestos and this is the perfect date to start a movement)

Let me see what I can work up…

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I’ll keep it short and simple:

We hold these truths to be self-evident

We hold these truths to be self-evident

Show your support for this movement by making your own copy of the manifesto and posting the pictures.

(Special privileges will be bestowed on those willing to tattoo the manifesto… on their forehead.)

No meatclouds were harmed in the making of this manifesto.

Viva La RevoluciĆ³n

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