Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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Just call me a jack of all Trades
by peragrin on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 22:45 UTC

I can build your addition, change the oil in my car, or build a PC. Bit by bit(pun intended) no one task is really hard the question is why?

if Built your addition it would probably take three times as long, and cost an extra 20% more than if you hired someone who does it daily. I can change the oil in my car, but that means getting the proper tools for the job, and learning the specs on my car to get the right parts. if I build a computer I need to know the parts and specs. Assembly it self isn't hard but care must still be taken in the form of shock protection.

It's not hard to do plumbing work, or heating work or work on your car. The problem is PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE. A book can tell you all you need to know, but if you don't have the experience to read it properly, then it does you NO good.

The Author as a person is probably a lot like me. Smart, and can manipulate objects in his mind. Whether those objects be physical, or virtual. Whether they be composed of Data, or screws You can twist and sort them by quickly.

The problem is not everyone can look at an object and determine what it does and how it works. making the whole do-it yourself a very difficult prospect.

So Services for people will be a growing industry.

As a side note, I don't change my own oil, or build my own computers anymore. Though i do do light construction work for my self. Why Because have you tried pricing out all those tools that you need to properly do some of those jobs?