There are days when I want to bring everyone in tech into one big room and knock all their skulls together until they wake the hell up.
It’s clear that tech is overwhelmingly ruled by children who have no sense of history and no sense of duty to anyone’s welfare other than their own. (See Exhibit A for this week: Apple.)
Really, how many damn web browsers are there in the world? And yet website developers have to go through all sorts of contortions to deliver what should be a simple experience that’s identical for everyone.
Tech children out there will say this is the “market” at work. Having never had an education in economics, free enterprise, ethics, and political economy outside of a sociopathic Ayn Rand novel, they think the chaos and frustration they inflict on the general population is the way things should be.
Here is a bit of a history lesson to start all of you off and to begin your sorting out:
[President Herbert] Hoover had also created a Division of Simplified Practices, whose job it was to standardize and harmonize the distressingly fractious and unresponsive manufacturing and construction sectors. In those days roads were often still paved in brick, and brick was a typical example: sixty-six different sizes were being produced by manufacturers when Hoover ordered research on the topic. This was sheer waste, as far as the utilitarian Hoover was concerned. He therefore pulled the nation’s paving-brick firms into a room and settled the matter; the range of sizes dropped from sixty-six to eleven. Emboldened, Hoover also looked into brick for homes; here he claimed victory outright, for the number of sizes went “from forty-four to one,” the praiseful Irvin reported. Then there were beds. Seventy-four different sizes were available; as a result of encouragement from Hoover, the figure went down to four.
— The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Pick up a history book instead.
Get some damned education into your head and start working for the good of the general population instead of only your own.