I am so happy for having a dictionary packaged with my operating system so I can look these obscure words up when needed.
We talked about the ever increasing bloat of modern software systems recently, right? Part of that stems from the fact that they seem to be stuck in whatever they laid down. Not only the systems themselves, but their users have gotten so very accustomed to the rules inherent to the system they’re used to. You can’t really fault them for struggling to learn new things– or even see them as viable.
This goes for all levels on which you can view software, and probably can be applied to other kinds of systems as well. Once you accept something as the way it is, you integrate it into your way of thinking. That’s sensical, because it lowers the effort you spend thinking about the system. But once it turns into an automatic assumption, that’ll hinder your understanding of new systems.
I’ve been stuck in centralized systems for so long, trying to climb out of its hole is making me sweat. The fact that I’ve already integrated flaws of a current application implementation into my understanding of it super tightly isn’t helping either.
Interesting, how easily the mind adapts to new information, but has so much trouble letting go of it again. Is it a safeguard against forgetting the important things?