Sometime ago I crossed my machine synchronization threshold. I routinely work on four operating systems, three laptops, a few servers, a bunch of phones and so on. I synchronized the directories I cared about while forming deep and rewarding relationships with file sharing services like Dropbox. Dropbox is great but its success has attracted the attention of paranoid IT micromanagers and it’s now frequently blocked on internal corporate networks. The beSOXed imbeciles that set IT policies will not rest until it’s impossible to do useful work on corporate assets and people wonder why there is so little return on IT investment.
Living without Dropbox and its many peers is annoying but tolerable provided humble USB ports are still useful but restricting plug-in drives is now standard not-operating procedure in most companies. So if you cannot share files or use USB what’s left? Would you believe GitHub?
GitHub is close to total global dominance in the geeky code sharing world. I would not have expected a version control system to attract a fiercely loyal and dedicated cult following but it has. Linus Torvalds, the Linux demigod, started Git when he correctly observed that all pre-Git version control system were fundamentally flawed because they enshrine the overlord peon hierarchy. The overload, usually some IT nitwit, manages the entire code submission, review and backup process and the peons, that would be us, bend over take it. Until Git appeared the majority of programmers despised and detested version control. It was just more IT management bullshit. We put up with it because version control is a necessary evil and paychecks are even more necessary evil. We only wished things could be less evil and then Git appeared.
Git dumped the overlord peon hierarchy and adopted the radical notion that all repositories are created equal. When you synchronize Git repositories everything is synchronized. Your local copy contains everything the source does. This makes Git a superb peer-to-peer file distribution tool. Not only are you distributing files you’re also distributing their complete histories. This, almost biological replication model, has resulted in an explosion of Git repositories and the rise of hub sites like GitHub. Git’s dominance would not be possible if it was centrally managed. It’s succeeded because it’s harnessed market chaos.
I’ve used Git for over a year and I have often thought about pushing JOD source to public repositories. This weekend I bit the bullet and set up public repositories. Now it’s easy to Git me a Hub’bery!