Who Are You?
My name is Ido Perlmuter (עידו פרלמוטר in Hebrew). I was born in 1984 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and grew up in Rishon LeZion. I am a Software Engineer by trade; a Mechanical Engineer by education; an amateur writer, brewer and woodworker; and an enthusiastic traveler. But don't let this description fool you, I mostly sit around watching Seinfeld reruns and doing nothing.
What Do You Do?
I have been working as a software engineer professionally since the early '00s, first independently for various companies, then as a salaried employee for various companies, and finally independently again. In 2019 I opened my own business, in which I provide consulting, training and development services to various companies, mostly start-ups.
What's With the "ido50" Name?
You may have noticed that this website is called "ido50.net", and that "ido50" is the moniker I use around the Interwebs. A few billion years ago I opened a Yahoo! Email account. The username "ido" was already taken, but Yahoo! were kind enough to offer me "ido50" as an alternative. Giving it exactly 320 milliseconds of thought, I clicked "Next", and the rest is embarrassing history.
What Is This Website?
This has been my personal website since late 2009. Until 2022, I really only used it for myself as a way to record my hobby activities and upload travel pictures. It is now mostly a journal of sorts, providing me with a way to share my disturbing thoughts and ideas with unlike-minded people who will never read them.
Do You Have a Social Media Presence?
Not really. I don't have any Google, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, FlipFlop, ShplipShplop or whatever else walled gardens we're being kept in. Not even LinkedIn. I do have a Reddit account, because it's the only thing close to an old-style forum or BBS, but it's been going to hell too recently.
It's not that I have anything against the idea of social media platforms (I used to manage a soccer-related forum for many years in the early years of web popularity which greatly contributed to my social life), it's just that these platforms are not only the worst websites on the internet, content-wise, but also that they are purveyors of tyranny, destroyers of privacy, and actually more anti-social than pro-social.
Do You Have Free Software/Open Source Projects?
Yes, many. All my free software/open source projects are hosted on GitHub.
How Can I Contact You?
Through the magic of Email. My address is ten.05odi@etis. Send me your most embarrassing photos, I promise not to sell them to Mark Snookerberg.
How Is the Website Built?
This website is built using a Content Management System I wrote called "SheepWool." I have used this name for my self-written CMSs since at least the year 2001 (back then a CGI/Perl application), but it has been written and rewritten many times over the years. It is currently written in Python, using SQLite as a database. It is somewhat close to static site generators in that all content comes from regular files on the file system, but the website is actually served from the database over HTTP, using either ASGI or FastCGI. This allows me to add dynamic content where appropriate.
SheepWool is currently under major work and is not free software/open-source just yet, I plan to release it publicly before June 2022.
Why Is Your Website So Ugly?
Because I don't care, and I was never very good at visual design. But I'm working on it.
There are no third parties with which data is shared. I do not care who you are, where you came from, what you're doing and where you're going. Why would I? Live and let live I say. Also leave and let leave (leave Facebook by the way) and don't be evil (leave Google too). Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew.
Damn, the Internet has really gone to shit, hasn't it?
Yes: don't be evil.
Why Are You Calling It "Rants" and Not "Blog"?
Why would I? You got a problem with that? What kind of a word is "blog" anyway? Might as well call it "blahrg."
Why Don't Your Rants Feature Reader Comments?