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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.
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.