Everything in our subculture changes at a rapid pace. Not just the hardware and the software, but the popular viewpoints morph at breakneck speed. Sometimes, however, we’ll get stuck in a rut. Mainly on an individual bases, but sometimes the subculture on the whole will get stuck on a subject, and can’t progress. For me, I get locked into my messaging clients. I have used an X-Chat derivative to connect to IRC since 2003. I’ve tried dozens of competing clients, and I just cannot force myself to switch. I have no good reason for staying with X-Chat Aqua. In fact, it has ceased development until recently. I am in a rut, and I need a kick in the pants.

What I’m saying is that Mac folk and computer enthusiasts in general will get hung up on something from time to time. Be it cloud computing, blogs, AJAX, web browsers, or operating systems, we just can’t see beyond our own noses. If someone comes up behind you to give you a kick in the pants, I say that you should let them do it. You just might be in a rut, but not know it yet. Don’t stay with what you have just because it is comfortable. Progress?Inconceivable!

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