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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RE: Defeat?
by hoak on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 03:05 in reply to "Defeat?"
hoak Member since:
2007-12-17

WereCat nails it -- while I always enjoy and appreciate Thoms's industry in sustaining this site, and think controversy is good, (it entices discussion, and Thom is VERY good at crafting and leading in this manner) I feel Thom is starting to suffer from a malady common to many prolific writers: 'the sound of his own voice'...

This might be greatly helped if OSnews articles were functionally and aesthetically segregated into something like: News, Reviews, and Editorials... As things are there's a level of digression into 'Thom's World' that may (or may not) interest some readers, or be topical and germane to the standard of Journalism that used to be part and parcel of sites like OSnews, ArsTechnica, and others.

Just say'n...

Edited 2013-03-22 03:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Defeat?
by avgalen on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 13:28 in reply to "RE: Defeat?"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

I agree as well. I love OSNews but Thom is making bolder and bolder statements that are being presented as facts, not opinions. "Change platforms. Whenever you can" is a really silly statement. It basically comes down to "change for changes sake". Replace platforms with girlfriend and you can clearly see that.

Now on the other hand, if Thom would have said "Change platforms. Whenever you can find something better/newer/more interesting" than I can agree with him (even replacing platforms with girlfriend seems to work here).

But I like my current platform (and current girlfriend as well) so changing it sounds like a bad idea. I do like reading and talking about other platforms though

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