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[liberationtech] Stop promoting Skype

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Fri Jun 7 14:20:19 PDT 2013


On 2013-06-07, at 5:18 PM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 at 10:18:25AM -0400, Griffin Boyce wrote:
>>  I'm also going to go against the grain and say that most services
>> don't *need* to be integrated with each other.
> 
> I'll join you in that.  I'll go one step further and say that in many
> cases, integration is a very bad idea.  Interoperability?  Sure.
> But not integration.
> 
> I suppose this is because I very much buy into the "Software Tools"
> philosophy of Kernighan and Plauger: a tool should do one thing and
> do it well; tools should play nice with each other.  That's why, for
> example, sort(1), cut(1), grep(1), tr(1), and wc(1) are all different
> tools, even though they could be combined into one -- and why they work
> beautifully when used together.

I agree there. I've yet to see tools that deviate from that philosophy succeed half as easily.

NK

> And that's why, as a counterexample,
> Exchange is a bag of crap.  (To be precise: a *big* bag of crap.)
> 
> ---rsk
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