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Root of all Evil

Back when I first bought this domain, I picked it because it was absolutely the most arrogant sounding dot-comish name I could think of at the time. I even had some vague fantasies of making a little bit of money off the site but I decided very early on, I just wasn’t that interested. I had a job that I loved (and I still do), so anything I ever did with this was going to be strictly on the side. I have run advertsing now and then and plan to do so again someday, but I assure you it has yet to come close to covering the amount I have paid for hosting the site. I was struck by that tonight reading the interplay between “Rogers Cadenhead(Letter from Dave Winer’s Attorney)”: and “Dave Winer(Unfortunately, there’s another)”: Unlike someone like “Todd Cochrane(Why does Sam Ruby have his nose in the RSS 2.0 Specification?)”:, I have never made any money off RSS. Personally, I think that has been an advantage in following the “various(Protocols and Implementations)”: “syndication(Why Standards Matter)”: “controversies(Mr. Safe and Atom)”: Honestly, I have never thought that IBM has any plans to profit, either. At least thus far no one has many any accusations against “Jenny Levine(Making RSS Easier)”: The most unfortunate thing about the whole Atom split was that while I think it was ultimately a good thing because we ended up with a much more useful standard, it probably wouldn’t have happened at all if Dave had been able to work with the people who wanted to work with him. And I wonder how much we have all lost because of that. I have to admit that tonight I am definitely in agreement with “Shelley Powers(Past Time to Retire)”:

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.