Welcome, reader, to my tech blog.
The title of my blog is taken from a scene in Babylon 5, a great little bit of television.
Let me set the stage, the protagonists of the show are caught in a temporal crisis, and the equipment they need to escape is busted.
Zathras, the engineer, who is supposed to fix the broken equipment is frantic. Ivanova, another character and in this scene feels like management, pesters him to hurry up because they are running out of time. Zathras is irritated and tells her:
- Can not run out of time, there is infinite time. You are finite, Zathras is finite. This is wrong tool.
At some level, this is the essence of the challenge of engineering. There is enough time to do anything, the problem is that engineers don’t have enough time to do everything. And we are always confronted with trying to do something with the wrong tool. Trapped in a finite body we are confronted with the reality of lacking the tools to make our visions real.
This blog will be devoted to writing about technology topics in a way that is somewhat philosophical and meandering and attempts to see patterns or understand events that have happened. There will be a historical bent to this blog. I like to think about the past and understand the past and see how it can explain the present. I will combine things from random parts of the industry because I like to think about the whole industry.
If you’re looking for musings on the state of platforms and technology and trends, this may be an interesting place for you to stick around. There will be some focus on the nexus of business and technology, but I am not a businessman, and won’t spend too much time there.
If you are looking for deep detailed analysis of some specific piece of technology this will be a disappointment.
At the end of the day, my focus will be on trying to understand why we are using the wrong tool and the consequences of using the wrong tool.
Sometimes, I might even talk about the right tool…
In that wistful way engineers talk about the right tool, like a unicorn just past the end of the rainbow.