Is a normal person better off today than they were 10, or even 20 years ago when it comes to computer technology?
Is the internet better in 2021 compared with the internet of 2010? Is Windows 10 better for most people than Windows XP?
Are organizations collaborating, and communicating better today compared with 2010, or even 2000?
Has the exponential increase in computing power lead to an exponential decrease in computing price?
Global tech giants have deliberately increased complexity to move from open technologies to proprietary walled gardens that increase cash burn, capture brains, and feed the oligarchy.
We have become the humans in Wall-E, dependent, feeble invalids who subscribe to "nobody ever got fired buying from The Oligarch." But The Oligarch can throw you out into the cold, for capricious, arbitrary, and political reasons.
The biggest computing problem of the past 20 years has been how to increase cash burn in the face of Moore's law. For the past 10 years, hardware has been good enough that it needs a ton of bloatware to consume it to the point of justifying new hardware.
Windows 10 is probably the best known bloatware, but it's much like the 10% of the iceberg above the water.
90% of bloatware in 2021 has moved to "the cloud," a phrase invented to describe networked systems too spaghettified to diagram out on a whiteboard. "The cloud" not only means "someone else's computer," it means "beyond human comprehension." What once took a team of 3 people, and a box with an internet connection now takes endless meetings, stakeholders, specialists, and your choice of walled garden from one of the Big Three.
A lawyer once said the problem with the law is that it's made by lawyers, and is therefore intentionally complex, and self-serving. The problem with technology is the same. Technology today is driven by business people, rather than engineering people.
Today's technology companies are not trying to solve problems for the normal person, or small business. Big Tech is trying to vampire squid as much time, money, and talent as possible, engorging itself to to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
A Marine Corps Major was once asked to pontificate on how technology would change the future of warfare. His response was "not much." In his words, teams will always need to be able to shoot, move, and communicate. Steve Jobs, in 1990, described how a shared email account could create flexible teams, reduce meetings, and effortlessly keep management in the loop. Today's project management software is heavy management overhead.
The main theme of the interview is how the computer can empower people, similar to a bicycle or an automobile. NeXT created a "new platform software" because "the height that these new applications can soar is limited by the platform software." Translation: Windows sucks.
In 1991 Linus Torvalds Jonas Salked the world a new platform software so powerful it would become the go-to platform for mission critical systems. It was completely free to use, reproduce, and modify.
Linux runs the internet, and has grown an ecosystem full of applications that are also free. The main problem with Linux can be summarized as paradox of choice. In simplest terms, Linux deals with the hardware, low level things like memory management, and input/output, the part of the iceberg deepest underwater. Applications are the above water part people deal with. In between is what can be called the application management layer. This is the layer most prone to bloat.
Brains are assimilating to a standard that only makes sense at global scale, and the ability to do anything else is being memory holed like a politically incorrect social media account.
The truth is almost any hardware since 201o is powerful enough to support thousands of people using it at the same time over the internet if you "right-size" the application management layer. Organizations create tons of e-waste that could replace giant, perpetual rental bills.
Why do organizations burn cash, time, and talent, while destroying the environment, and enriching a tech oligarchy set on controlling the human mind? Probably because they don't know any better.
Piescale is the mission to show a better way. Piescale is how to turn trash into treasure with the best software on the planet. Piescale is the way to run an entire organization on modern web applications without a rental bill, software license, or teams of endless consultants.
A computer, be it personal, or networked, is as simple as a really fast, really dumb file clerk.