Buggy software

Should I love or hate buggy software?

I mean, the hate part is somewhat obvious, in that it interrupts work and takes one out of flow and dammit I paid $apple and I should get orange performance, etc.

But the love part comes from the following facts:

  • in cases where I’m paid by the hour, I make the same amount of money for struggling for a hour with OPB as for doing, ya know, some real work.
  • I learn things from struggling with bugs. Not only “this crap doesn’t work in this situation” (which is commercially valuable knowledge), but also things about the technologies involved, theoretically things that transfer to other contexts. Wasn’t it Heidegger that had a whole theory about how tools are invisible until they fail to work?
  • (third entry because a list of two things is weird.)

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