An “archive” of mine of which I can’t control

Recently, I ran into links leading me into the Delphi corner of the web which eventually ended up stumbling into what remains of my Borland blog from 2004. I’ll refrain from actually linking to it as I don’t want to make it somehow appear relevant even though Borland no longer exists. Prior to leaving Borland (CodeGear), and again after I left, I’d requested of those in control of the blogs to kindly remove the remaining posts which even at the time were 3 years old but clearly I had no such luck.

The real problem is the lack of control over Embarcadero’s, a company I never worked for, use of my name with “archive” attached as the title of this now defunct blog that I wrote years prior to its acquisition of Delphi. Now, it’s not like this bothers me on a frequent basis but occasionally when search my name like I did when Bing came on the scene I inevitably get that little reminder that it’s still there. Interestingly enough Bing doesn’t link there though on Google it’s the 7th link and on Yahoo it’s 3rd! That alone is reason enough for me to switch to Bing!  🙂

Admittedly, I never thought this many years ahead when I first started blogging but there are days, every now and then, I wish I had.

Updated April 11, 2010 Interesting to read that Sun has/had a policy where blogger’s have rights to their own works. I wish Borland had the same.

3 thoughts on “An “archive” of mine of which I can’t control

  1. You can’t control it because it isn’t actually yours. Presumably you did it on Borland’s time and so it is theirs.

  2. Hi David,
    Yeah, clearly it’s not mine to control but I feel, for all practical purposes, the content has outlived it’s usefulness and thus my question is why keep it around particularly archived in a manner inextricably tying it to my name in a way that’s practically indistinguishable from their "live" blogs? To be honest, I see it more a courtesy having worked at BORL for 15 years but with all the machinations that have occurred there over the past few years I’m not surprised at all with the way this has worked out just disappointed.

  3. I can see both sides of the issue, but i think they should have done the right thing and honored your request. At very least they should list you as a "Borland Alumni" or something to that affect.

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