Nat Friedman will be taking over as GitHub’s CEO once Microsoft’s acquisition goes through. He says he wants to earn developers’ trust. I’ve heard that one before, from a dude with better hair.

You could argue that I’m being unfairly cynical in my refusal to trust Nat Friedman and his stated intentions. However, Mr. Friedman has one problem: he’s Microsoft’s puppet CEO, and I remember Microsoft under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. They stood trial on antitrust charges for a reason. As such, he is to GitHub what Vayne Solidor was to Dalmasca in Final Fantasy XII—and I know exactly how nerdy I’m being for making this comparison.

Regardless, I think it’s apt, and I will be looking for options that will allow me to migrate away from silos like GitHub this year. Self-hosting would be a lot easier if residential broadband wasn’t so restrictive about running servers, but maybe DreamHost will let me rent a VPS that will allow me to run my own git daemon and other goodies…