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>if a "boring solution" doesn't work for you, the problem is you, not the solution

Were the people who hated their pagers and wanted cell phones idiots? All the people who were writing GUIs in C and debugging memory leaks...was the problem that they were shitty programmers, or is there something to be gained by spending more time on the business logic and less time on memory management?

It's healthy to see the shortcomings of current solutions, and to wonder if there is a better way. It's not healthy to chase shiny objects simply because they are shiny, or to massively complicate your tech stack because it helps marginally with a short-term problem.




> Were the people who hated their pagers and wanted cell phones idiots?

Tangential comment here. No they are not idiots, but I can tell you from experience (my team and I build and manage a wide area paging network supporting over 40000+ emergency services first responders over an area of 230,000 kmĀ²+) that there are still advantages to paging protocols over 3G/4G in certain circumstances.

Coverage is one of them. Sometimes the best tool for a particular job is the older one.


"Idiots?" "Shitty programmers?"

Have you tried some of the modern decaffeinated brands? Some of them taste almost as good as regular coffee.




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