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We need more *slow, incremental* change in the tech industry.

When somebody claims they are "revolutionalising" or "reinventing" something, be afraid. Be very afraid.

@Mac_CZ very often, yes. But as a wise person said:

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

(and "peaceful revolution" in the socio-political context *is* gradual, incremental change)

@rysiek yeah… no argument, but the problem I have with reinvention and disruption in tech is that they stop, instead of transitioning to reinventing themselves. I honestly still don't know: how can old software stay new? How often do companies really try? Do they ever succeed? Old sucks because of bloat and conflict of interest. New sucks because it's short sighted.

@travisfw @rysiek I recently re-watched the Mother of All Demos, and it's really amazing how little has changed in the user interfaces since then. Sure, it was all new and a bit goofy, but it was all in there back in 1968. And, even more amazing, everything that was there we use today. There were no failed ideas in there. We haven't done anything to improve anything ever since then.

@deshipu @travisfw @rysiek that was exactly how I felt when I watched it recently. The same demo could have been for like some web app or OS today and I’d be like “ahh, nice, quite good features, thoughtful”… lol

@rysiek "Report deeply and fix things. Because we tried moving fast and breaking things, and it turns out that broke some important things."

-- The Markup's funding plea

@rysiek Some time ago when recruiters wanted to impress candidates, they put 'disrupt' in job descriptions. I think it didn't work at all because this trend is gone. Perhaps 'reinventing' will go away too? :blobfoxthink:

I wonder if everyone would be so happy to learn that the airplane they were boarding was 'reinvented' by AI or something like that. ;)

@rysiek I have a lot of respect for software that's thoroughly boring

@rysiek @remotenemesis yeah, but to fix it we need to fix a larger problem of the twin obsessions with "new shiny" and "up and to the right"

People complain that incremental improvements in tech aren't good enough (see comments on every iPhone revision) and want big leaps

Investors want constant growth

Many people don't want to pay for quality, long-lasting tech; many want either quality without cost or the infinite upgrade treadmill

@rysiek @remotenemesis I was thinking a different r word but maybe it's because I haven't eaten

@calcifer @remotenemesis also "most people want X" is a straw man.

First of all, everything is a niche. Nobody sells to "most people", and when they do you that's only because they got to be a monopolist.

Secondly, I want to pay for quality, long-lasting tech! It takes me 6mo, on average, to decide on a laptop to get. I've had 4+ years of active use from every single laptop I owned.

It takes 6mo because "the market" optimizes for something else. It optimizes for pushing people to buy every year or two.

@calcifer @remotenemesis it's not that most people don't want to pay for quality, long-lasting tech, it's that figuring out which of the hundreds of models on the market *is in fact* quality, long-lasting tech *takes a damn half-year* for a damn *IT expert*.

So even if they would be willing to pay for it (many, many would!), it's just impossible for most people to figure that one out!

And that's because plenty of bright people are paid good money by marketing departments for making this a nightmare.

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