I began drafting my final Pastry Box piece, about companies locking in developers and consumers by restricting their choice in a process known euphemistically as “being part of their ecosystem”. This isn’t new; for centuries, royal families and backwoods communities only mated with close blood relatives, because restricting the gene pool is a proven way to promote strength and robustness.But as I was faffing around drafting, Terence Eden wrote about it, expressing it much better than I did, so I leave him to express my final thought of the year:I just want us all to get along. I want my disparate equipment to talk to each other. I don’t want to live in a house where ever component has to be made by the same company otherwise nothing works correctly. I don’t want to be stuck using a crappy product because they’re the only ones offering service X.I don’t want toys that only run on your flavour of batteries.I don’t want to be part of your fucking ecosystem.
04 Dec 2012