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Dave Nicolette

"...the report of my death was an exaggeration."
Mark Twain

If you're reading this, then you might have been looking for,, or The information that had been hosted at those URLs has been deleted.

In October, 2010, a hacker hijacked my Lycos/Tripod account and blew away my files. Five years of postings on two blogs, Effective Software Development and Tao and Software Development, were lost, along with many other files.

I was asking for trouble by using a soft password and failing to take regular backups, and eventually the day came for me to pay for my laziness. Lessons learned.

I'm taking the opportunity to start fresh. A new site will be published at, and ultimately the .net domain will be moved, as well. No promises about exactly when that will happen.

In the meantime, here are some other online contact points for me:

As for the person who hijacked my account here: Forgiven. People can only do what they can do, based on the personal values, level of maturity, and information they possess at a given time. It would be pointless to expect anything different. The good news is that values, maturity, and information can improve through experience. Each individual must choose for him/herself when, whether, and how to grow.