Tales From the Bitface (Posts about slashdot)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:31 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssWhy Devilgate?https://devilgate.org/blog/2014/04/10/why-devilgate/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>I always expect people to ask me about my use of the handle <code>devilgate</code>, but they almost never do. But an old friend did recently, and I wrote him the answer, and I think it belongs here.</p> <p>So sit back and relax, and I’ll fill you in on the whole story.</p> <p>You’re familiar with the <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daredevil_(Marvel_Comics)”>origin story of the comics character Daredevil</a>, I assume? Well it’s almost exactly like that, except with less radioactive material/eye interaction, blindness and skintight costumes. But with added rock ‘n’ roll.</p> <p>So, back around the time I was in primary 4 or 5 (age 9-10), <a href=”http://www.suziquatro.com/”>Suzi Quatro</a>, as I’m sure you know, had a song called ‘Devilgate Drive’ (or so I thought for decades; I was telling a colleague at work this story a few years back and we looked for it on Spotify, and couldn’t find it; until we split it into two words: ‘<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvVr8oqkFqo&amp;feature=kp”>Devil Gate Drive</a>’; somehow much less satisfying). I didn’t actually know the song back then, but some of my classmates did, and started calling me ‘Devilgate’, precisely because I was decidedly non-devilish (or so I assume). I was seen as a bit of a goody-goody, because a) my Mum was a teacher, and b) I was a bit of a goody-goody.</p> <p>As nicknames go, it was a lot better than it could have been. I remember once another kid asking me what it meant, and I said, “Devilgate: the gate full of the devil.” Which is kind of embarrassing, but considering how goody-goody I actually was (altar boy, and all that), it’s surprising that I wasn’t more bothered by the diabolical nature. Perhaps further evidence that all children are naturally without belief, until and unless they’re indoctrinated into having some: I probably didn’t really believe in the devil.</p> <p>Anyway, spin forward a few years and I got online and was looking for a handle somewhere — <a href=”http://slashdot.org/”>Slashdot</a> might have been where I first used it, and I was just trying to find out whether you can find the creation date of your <a href=”http://slashdot.org/~Devilgate”>Slashdot user ID</a>, but it seems you can’t. I have a vague feeling, actually, that I used it somewhere else first, but I can’t imagine where that might be.</p> <p>Anyway, having established it, it became my go-to handle. Wherever there’s a web service, if there’s a devilgate (or Devilgate: I see that I capitalised it back in the Slashdot days), it’ll almost certainly be me. Except for eBay, where I’m devilgate_real, because some bampot had nicked my name by the time I got there.</p> <p>And so when I finally got round to registering my own domain, it was obvious what I’d choose.</p></div>comicsdaredevildevilgatefeaturedhandlesmemorymetanamesslashdothttps://devilgate.org/blog/2014/04/10/why-devilgate/Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:27:47 GMT