You are reading Register Spill - my weekly newsletter in which I share thoughts I can’t keep in my head. In 1975, Andy Warhol wrote: You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
Geocities baby! My favorite part of that era was Under Construction gifs. Because I didn't have a reason to have a website, but boy it was fun to build them. Thanks for this. I love nostalgia.
I like how you share the things you think about.
I also started a newsletter inspired by people like you.
Sometimes I also use the style of yours.
As a software engineer, my first instinct was of total denial: money should be able to "buy" better software. As it turns out, reflecting about it, we can think that what money "buys" in terms of quality might be not even visible to the user, so I can see your point now. The recent developments in AI and LLMs made this even more correct.
My only suggestion here is not to forget what a privilege it is to have access to computers and be well versed in technology. Many people are still excluded from it.