Innovation versus Preservation

Both can be enjoyable, but only one can leave a satisfying after-taste

Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash

My friend Stan, a computer programmer, likes to brag that he is a master of “the trailing edge of technology”. Through most of his career he has kept old computer software running for years after its expected lifetime.

Other people I know, myself included, find great satisfaction in keeping old things working —…



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Jim Mason

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