Right before I was laid off, I was awarded a “new” computer. My old computer, over three years ancient, had been slowly degrading in performance to the point it was hindering productivity. My “new” computer, actually my boss’s castoff, was much faster.
The hitch here was that the same software was installed on both, and they were identical hardware. So even after I had tweaked the maximum performance out of the old one, the new one still outperformed.
The lesson here: sometimes a degradation of performance is going to be simply a sign of impending hardware failure. Three days after I took over the new box, the old one hung on startup.
Expanding this into the realm of general productivity: sometimes we simply can’t be more productive with the tools we have, regardless of the hacks and tweaks applied. And sometimes degraded productivity is simply the sign of a coming crash.
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