There are many things that I’ve noticed in the Corporate arena and Government. The constant need to chase shiny. Instead of them looking at the resources they currently have and finding out all the capabilities that their existing system have. They assume that because its old that it has no value any more. The thing is that most of the life is still not even tapped out of their older systems. They just don’t understand how to use it and have not asked their programmers how to get more out of it. In some cases they refuse to pay those that actually do know how to use it.
They’ve slipped into this mold of lazy by trying to pay the least and assuming that because its new it can do more. This is not necessarily the truth. These tools are actually designed for small business and the home user. Just because your comfortable with a tool doesn’t mean it’s the best tool for the job. Lets say, you like a hammer. You love your hammer, it allows you to hang up pictures and put a nail through a 2 x 4 piece of wood. Unfortunately a hammer can’t be used well as a screw driver.
Another word, I’d like to bitch slap some people for is using the word Intuitive. A fucking computer is not intuitive. The damn thing is programmed, without programming it doesn’t work. The thing is either user-friendly or not. If it’s geek friendly, it’s not necessarily user-friendly or even tested properly to make sure it actually works. When people get done with being lazy and cheap or greedy; we might actually start to make progress.
Most of these systems aren’t made for large types of storage; or made to withstand certain conditions. Solar storms that might erase your data because of magnetic pulse. Paperless environments, that’s its own form of hell. Why? Because, if you should lose that data where else is it stored? Oh yah! It’s on the Cloud! Sounds all futurie! Cool! What happens if that gets hacked or it crashes. Power outage, Power surges. What happens if we get a magnetic storm and it affects your so-called cloud. There went your data or it got hit by tornado or flood.
Those are just lovely natural disasters that can make your life hell. In order to make informed decisions and be able to grow; you need to understand existing systems and build on that. You might be surprised that the people who designed them weren’t cave people and they designed them to evolve with the company. A lot of people have no clue that a lot of the systems were designed for the military.
When we throw away technology, we are going backwards. Why backwards? The next generation instead of building on that knowledge now has no idea how it works or how to fix it. Then they make up dumb ass shit of who created it and what it was used for. Sound familiar, think about the pyramids. No one in their right mind hauled all that stone to build that shit.
The biggest problem with shiny is that it’s costing us a small fortune in chasing this and that. It creates this mind-set that nothing is ever enough including ourselves. In the end we all lose out as a society.
Raven Hawke, Llc (MN, USA)