Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

It's just a matter of preference

Why would you want to use bash when you should be perfectlyhappy with an ancient version of ksh? It's just a matter ofpreference. -- Paraphrased from Mitch McLeod, filtered through 2 years storage in my memory

Why indeed?

Why would you want to drive a 2003 accord when you already have a1970s rustbucket? It's just a matter of preference.

Why would you want to have an axe to cut some lumber when youalready have a good pocketknife? It's just a matter of preference.

Beware that phrase -- things that are 'just preference' often arn't.Generally the phrase is used by people who suspect that the reason they'rebeing pushed to do something is for a desire for them to have a happierexistence with a proposed change, and the phrase in that case means thatthey'd be happier with the way things are, and that the other person is notsufficiently understanding of the information about them and what they liketo judge what they'd be happiest in the end using/doing. That's a finecomplaint. However, people come to use it by habit whenever they're dealtwith that kind of situation, regardless of if it's appropriate or not.There are often other factors in play.

Just like when people think it's fine to be rude to people, because the"customer is always right", I feel that people who abuse this phraseneed to be stomped on. Argh, I can't stand it when people do that"customer is always right thing", and when I see people doing it, I amhappy to ignore the normal social barriers, enter the conversation, andcall said customer an idiot, somethin the salesperson would dearlylove to do, but cannot because of the stupid 'roll over and take it'attitude most businesses enforce.

Anyhow, no real reason for this rant -- my brain was being stirred byIRC. The conference is going well -- the convention floor has hopened,and I got some good swag. Maybe I'll get more tomorrow. :)I also have been talking to hardware vendors about amd64 systems for work.

Ahh, yes, in the news:Canada is selling medical marijuana (yay)BushJr was forced to swallow his claim about Iraq trying to get nuclear materials (heh)Abbas is on a bumpy road (Interesting)My email/webpage is transitioning faster than I would've thought.. Gah!

Later, taters!

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