"Good Tools are a Force Multiplier"

"Good Tools are a Force Multiplier"

This is a story about my blog and how I work, or rather not work on it recently. It is also a reflection on my venture into the deep(er) end of Linux as a main driver for work. Most of my colleagues at work use various flavors of Linux to drive their research in computer science. For them it seems that Linux is the way to go, but unfortunately for me it turned out to be more of a hindrance than a booster. After getting to know i3wm (a tiling window manager), a distribution with a rolling release and other beautiful things I can say that it Linux is mostly in my way when I want to be productive. There are many things about it that I can appreciate, but in the end, for the research and work I am doing, it is simply the wrong tool.

tools as obstactles

This brings me to the software powering my blog–Wordpress. With the new block editor (Gutenberg I think) I spend more time on the mouse to change block types, inserting links, formatting, etc. This is obviously a distraction from what it should all be about–writing! With my background in usability I seriously question whether the people behind the new editor really thought about it deeply. I am currently writing this on a test installation of Ghost on my server. The editor is minimal and supports input through markdown which I use also in my day-to-day life for note taking and programming projects. Therefore, the Ghost editor is just a natural extension of my writing workflow, it supports me in my adventure to write prose. I am sure that you can configure Wordpress to do exactly the same, but I do not care, I do not want to waste time adjusting something that was originally intended to produce text. It is the same with, lets say, Linux and MacOS. You can change and adapt Linux to your hearts content, but in the end it is time wasted, spent on creating an environment that should enable you to work. I will continue to use Linux on my servers and maybe having a distribution ready on an external SSD to boot from in case I need an obscure tool for research, but for real work I will return to the Apple fold. However, I can not say the same about Wordpress at the moment. Maybe there will come a time where I need to tweak every nut and bolt of a CMS to fulfill a special use case, but for now I am done with Wordpress. I am done with it being an obstacle instead of a facilitator of creation. "Good tools are a force multiplier."–I heard this in a Video of Eric Reinholdt who is the creative talent behind an architecture studio called "30x40 Design Workshop". I wholeheartedly agree with him, good tools are a force multiplier, so choose your tools wisely and avoid the trap of confusing setting up a tool with being productive.

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