[nycbug-talk] time you spend in your tasks
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Thu Apr 13 20:20:51 EDT 2006
On Apr 13, 2006, at 7:31 PM, michael wrote:
> I'm a little dazed.. that was a bizarre thing to say on a BSD user
> mailing list.. no reply necessary, maybe I just need a beer.
yeah, it is a completely bizarre thing to say at first glance...
but look at it this way -
you can spend 10 hours setting up a time tracking system, creating a
distributed backup system, and setting up a bunch of cron jobs to
keep things in sync
you can pay someone $40 to do that, and spend 9hours writing FOSS
code ( maybe something that automagically does distributed backups
and replaces the need to pay someone $40 )
the FOSS solutions are great when it comes to code and features - but
there's something to be said about paying someone to deal with the
headaches like backup/failsafe and maintenance.
do you want something to go wrong in your office, and have people
jumping all over you non stop 'when will this be fixed?' , 'this is
broken again!', 'hey, i'm having problems with the..." etc.
i've been there. it sucks.
warning, some of you might hate this paragraph:
also, a lot of the web2.0 pay apps are funding open source
development too. i'm not a fan of Rails, but if people weren't paying
for BaseCamp, it probably wouldn't exist. so many perl , ruby, and
increasingly python, modules and frameworks are code that was in some
pay-app, and abstracted for general use.
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