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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RE[2]: Why?
by maxz on Thu 21st Mar 2013 23:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Of course! The switching isn't the goal - its consequences are: experience. Broadened horizons. Etc.

Well, there you have it then. It is not the switching you are really looking for, but the consequences. Even if switching gets you there, switching might also get you other less desirable places.

Switching takes a lot of investment, more specifically money and time. If your job is to try out new tech, it is what you should do. In my line of work, tech is merely a means to an end. I would like to play around more to get more experience. But reality keeps me in line and limits what I can do. Switching for the sake of it is not an option, switching when beneficial for the cause is.

Also, switching around much without having enough knowledge can be counter-productive. I have friends who never took time to fully learn one platform or piece of thech, instead they grew impatient and jumped onto the next bandwagon that came along. Later on they asked me how I did it and was surprised that I could squeeze more juice out of their old things than they ever could. Why where they surprised, they neither had the knowledge nor gave it the time to discover and learn what they had.

This is why I think the advice to switch as often a possible is a bit too simplified. Get experience with as much as possible, but make sure you get experience, not just a lot of new shiny toys or names to write down in a resume. Otherwise I have no objections.

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