September 03, 2011
In an effort to simplify, I changed my requirements for buying something new. One of my friends says: buy what you need when you need it. I added to it that it has to do what I want out of the box. No future updates, no alterations, no 3rd party additions. What is the point in spending money on something that needs extra effort just to make it work. Plus, future updates may never arrive, alterations may not work now or in the future, same goes for 3rd party stuff. Future-proofing, as it goes, is some what of a good idea, but all too often, things move so fast that any upgrade room is quickly obsoleted by rapid progress. While these general rules don't always work, in hindsight, following them wouldn't really ever lead you wrong. But sometimes you might want to ignore them if there is a value argument and you are willing to sacrifice to meet it.
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