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October 14, 2017

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Hm, I think the Gods of Commerce stopped listening to their better angels a
long time ago.

My career was software. But the malaise you speak of is very familiar. It's called
proprietarization. It's the vendor's dark art of making their product partially or
totally incompatible with competitors. You tweak the design every few years for
good measure. Keeps the dogs nipping at your heels a few steps behind.

Want to buy a cheaper, better, different... can't. You're stuck. You take what
Microsoft or Big Blue or Honeywell has bolted on under the hood and keeps under
lock and key. When "standards" and the "open source" movement started gaining
ground in the software world, an IBM tout once remarked infamously on its rise:
"Better be careful. You could get locked into that open source stuff."

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