Jim Blandy is a Free Software hacker living in Portland, Oregon. He works for The Mozilla Corporation on SpiderMonkey, the JavaScript engine used in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser.

As the blog title suggests, Jim suffers from

the malady that many hackers contract known as Babbage’s disease — after Charles Babbage, the 19th-century Englishman who designed but never finished the first computer — victims of which, Ms. Jennings writes, “get too caught up in a project’s intricacies to finish it, spending endless hours tinkering with details.”

The title also applies to the blog itself.


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