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Slate: The Love Bloat

Thanks to Paul
Miller
for this link.

“Hurrah for enormous software programs, filled with useless
features, that don’t run very fast.”

“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t read in the press … or some
Microsoft customer sidles up to me … or even my girlfriend says,
“Hey, Shuman, why is Microsoft software so bloated, so full of
junk, sucking up megs of space on my hard drive, hogging memory,
and taking forever to load!”

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to let you in on a little
secret. The problem with software today is not that it is bloated.
The problem is that it’s not bloated enough!”

“If you’re truly anti-bloat, there’s a whole subgenre of dainty,
low-bloat computers out there for you: The PalmPilot and Windows CE
handheld devices. They pack a lot a power into little boxes, but
let’s not kid anybody: Sometimes you… need a… Bloatmobile.”

Complete
story
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