This is brilliant, but for programmers only (or at least those familiar with programming languages), I’m afraid.
And Lileks is a solid personal weblog/article site. I should note that the author is pretty solidly politically Conservative, but his opinions are
“The US party calls in mortar fire on the enemy positions. The UN party stands up, climbs over the lip of the trench, and recites Robert’s Rules of Order as it approaches the
machine-gunpositions. Yea, though I walk through the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for evil is specifically prohibited under Article 4, subclause B.” — J. Lileks, The Screed about Paul Wellstone
And here’s something John C. Dvorak says about the “Betrayals of Technology,” that technology really hasn’t made our lives better, just different. I can’t disagree.
Technology makes some things better, but it makes other things worse. It’s a
Or how about cel phones? Just think of the amount of time you spend turning your cel phone on and off, making sure you’re taking it with you, and learning new features. For a lot of us, it’s worthwhile, but there are significant costs to the experience.
What really concerns me about this is society’s perennial fascination with new technology. As soon as a new product is announced, if it sounds even vaguely useful, people start to praise it and lust after it. From Linux to PDAs to the Segway, the trend is the same. Do we really expect that the next innovation will come at no cost?