Nothing is the ultimate anything

Channable – Nix is the ultimate DevOps toolkit
— Read on tech.channable.com/posts/2021-04-09-nix-is-the-ultimate-devops-toolkit.html

It’s not. I didn’t read the article, but I don’t have to. Why?

Invariably, articles like this start egalitarian. A problem is stated and this tool solved it. Beer and or profits ensue.

Lo and behold, it worked in other situations … in the same environment.

Wasn’t this great? Won’t this be as great for you?

Cut to — no, it won’t. Why? My org is maybe like yours but not close enough. Or not at all close to yours. My edge cases are different. My almost edge cases are different. My org has this thing, and this other thing, and …

Stop pretending your “solution” is more than a local one from which others can learn elements that might address something in their environment. THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET, EVER, ANYWHERE, ALWAYS. There is no piece of software or shiny new device, diet, service, workout, process, or whatever that will solve your problems.

A magic bullet presupposes a lack of agency, that if your workflow doesn’t fit in this specific vortex of productivity you’re doing it wrong.

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By Paul

I’m a Detroit expat recently returned from Tokyo living in Chattanooga. I’m a consulting security professional and father of two. I promise that my views and politics are mine; not yours or my employer’s or anyone’s. I follow no party or affiliation or anything. My things are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license unless otherwise stated.

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