Jef Claes

On software and life

20 Feb 2012

There's no place for monogamy in technology

In this post I would like to share some of my thoughts on a recent post by James Hague titled ‘Don’t Fall in Love With Your Technology’. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do, it’s so short that me summarizing it here would be silly.

I think there is nothing wrong with falling in love with your technology per se. If you want to have a fair relationship with your technology, you have to invest in her. Don’t have a superficial relationship, take her home with you, spend some cosy Sunday afternoons together. Get to know her inside out. Know when it’s fun to be with her, but also more importantly when it’s not.

The problem with falling in love with your technology is that a lot of us fall blindly in love. Please don’t. Be unfaithful, do - at least - look at other technologies. Take them out on a crazy Friday night date. In the meanwhile you might discover that that new technology does a few things better than the current one and that she’s a lot more fun.

I guarantee that what now seems like the love of your life, will one day be nothing more than a long forgotten memory which might bring a smirk on your face on remembering her, but there will be no regret in leaving her.