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Technology: Boring is often Better than Shiny New

By Dick Weisinger

Being an ‘early adopter’ has a sense of coolness about it that can be irresistable for a lot of people. But new technology generally comes with a unique set of glitches, bugs and incompatibilities, that in more cases than not, makes early adoption a costly endeavor.

In the area of software, Dan McKinley made a compelling case for whenever possible to stick with selecting technology tools that are stable and that have a solid track record.

McKinley wrote that “the nice thing about boringness is that the capabilities of these things are well understood. But more importantly, their failure modes are well understood.”

Later Brian Leroux picked up on the boring theme descibed by McKinley and created a checklist for how to choose technologies that are boring but which will likely help you avoid the mind-numbing headaches that occur when working through the issues related to the adoption of new technology.

Here is Leroux’s checklist for selecting boring technology:

Familiarity



Stability






Reliability



Well understood limits, and trade-offs




Checklist from: begin.com (Brian Leroux): The Boring Technology Checklist

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