Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Change platforms. Whenever you can. Ever since I got into computing, I've lived according to a very simple adage: change platforms all the time. For reasons I won't go into, the importance of this adage was reaffirmed today, and I figured I'd share it with you all - and hopefully, get a few of you to follow this adage as well.
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Defeat?
by WereCatf on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:32 UTC
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

[quote]Change platforms. Whenever you can. The moment you stop switching platforms is the moment you admit defeat. I encounter defeated people every day.[/quote]

I'm sorry, but I am not admitting defeat, it's just you trying to convey your view of things on me. I have spent money on products for the platforms that I use and throwing those products out the door while they're still perfectly functional and desirable just for the sake of using another platform is what I'd call a defeat.

On a similar vein, I'm not seeing any new platform that'd be truly innovative and a break from the norm as they all basically do the same stuff the same way. Some do manage to polish up the conventions of operating the UI, like e.g. Jolla's Sailfish OS and its pull-down menu, but aside from such it's still all the very same stuff as it's on every other god damn OS. As such I feel absolutely no inclination for hopping between platforms.

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RE: Defeat?
by galvanash on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:58 in reply to "Defeat?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

I totally get what you are saying. Thom is looking at the world from a rather narrow viewpoint...

I would translate his statement to the following:

If you are an editor on a website that writes about operating systems, or want to be one, sound like one, or just broaden your mind, then change platforms often.


I actually think it is a valuable thing to play around with other platforms if for no other reason than to just educate yourself on whats out there and figure out what you like, but I would also concede that most people have better things to do with their time, at some point you know what you need to know and want to settle down and just get sh*t done..

Ironically I think if you look at life from the point of view of being successful and productive (and you aren't an editor at osnews.com), then changing platforms for the hell of it all the time without settling on one is probably admitting defeat.

Unfortunately I am in my forties and am totally defeated ;)

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