[nycbug-talk] Fw: Extreme mobile BSD

Miles Nordin carton at Ivy.NET
Fri Dec 21 21:02:08 EST 2007

>>>>> "n" == nikolai  <nikolai at fetissov.org> writes:

     n> Even started using sms :)

oh, yeah great, SMS.

AFAICT most of this new wave of tools is geek-proof, in that it's so
locked down you won't get more out of the device than any teenage girl
or retired model train hobbyist.  These two classes of people also
talk about the virtues and failings of their electronic tools on their
little mailing lists and AOL chat rooms, too.  What's so sad for me is
seeing us talk about the tools in exactly the same way they do.  

We've been successfully mainstreamed.  We're part of the herd.  When I
was in college, I taught my girlfriend to use ytalk, and she loved it.
Now, I'm being asked by the guy that used to run a BBS with me, please
use (unencrypted, logged) AIM because jabber and irc don't work
conveniently from his Sidekick.  Our study/talent/specialty counts for
nothing.  and it never will---go ahead, make something new, and you'll
be frozen out.  Apple and T-Mobile already own everyone's fingers.  If
you want to actually use the snazzy new app or protocol you designed,
go back to school and get an MBA, because you're not going to get it
onto anyone's thumbs without some serious business negotiation.

And we trade it away so motherfucking cheaply.  That's what disgusts
me the most---these sniveling apologies.
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