Whatever Works For You

Marco Arment on recommending technology to non-technophiles:

I choose to fit myself into most of Apple’s intended-use constraints because their products tend to work better that way, which makes my life easier. But that requires trade-offs that many people can’t or won’t make.

Previous-me tried to persuade everyone to switch to my setup, but I now know that it’s not worth the effort. I’ll never know someone else’s requirements, environment, or priorities as well as they do. I don’t know shit about Windows or Outlook or architecture.

You should use whatever works for you. And I no longer have the patience or hubris to convince you what that should be. All I can offer is one data point: what I use, and how it works for me.

A great summary that describes my own experiences. In the past, I was largely an asshole in recommending technology solutions - driven by an acutely myopic evangelism. I was passionate in describing what worked for me and openly disdainful toward anything else. In my view, when someone would disagree they were either too stupid to understand or willfully ignorant. In reality, it wasn’t others that failed to consider my suggestions, rather it was I that refused to consider their motivations. While I still struggle with an extremely black-and-white mentality, my hope is to limit my thoughts to what I use and why it works for me.