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About Rands

  • Blog: Rands in Repose

Rands is the pen name and alter ego of Michael Lopp (born 1970 in California), a webcomic author, software engineering manager, and blogger. Lopp originally used the name "Rands" as his chat room handle; it became the name of his "grey"-styled alien character in his webcomic Jerkcity, and it is his persona when writing about software management. In 2010, he began working at Palantir after more than eight years at Apple. Starting in 1996, Lopp wrote The BitSifter Digest, a website that published "the more interesting collections of bits which arrive at our desks" once a week, which increased in frequency and became daily by 2001. According to Steve Baldwin of disobey.com's Ghost Sites, it received recognition for its "pioneering use of borderless frames" and "topical, eclectic editorial content", and "was an important forerunner of the 'Blog.'" The BitSifter Digest stopped updating in 2001 and no longer exists at the domain name bitsifter.com. Lopp created the Jerkcity web comic in 1998. In the strip, Rands is the "boring" one among a cast of absurd characters. In April 2002, Lopp started a blog titled Rands in Repose. It explains aspects of technological or corporate culture, with

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