Linus Edwards on coming to grips with “good enough”:
The same can be said with technology, as a person might realize the $1,000 MacBook Air is the superior product, but simply don’t care enough about computers to spend that money and are fine with the $300 Dell that lets them check their email and Facebook.
An interesting point, and he goes on to compare fashion (which some people care a great deal about while others do not) to technology:
How many geeks out there will insist on the top of the line Mac Pro, yet go outside wearing an old t-shirt and cheap pair of sneakers?
Edwards is right on both counts. Geeks often do place a high value on their areas of interest; it’s part if what makes us geeks. But the difference that I see between the fashion example and technology is that the Mac Pro geek who spends $20 on the cheapest clothes he can find, will rarely complain about how terrible his clothes are. The fashionista who end up with a $300 Dell inevitably whines about how it’s slow or “broken” or “getting full of too much stuff.” If not, they simply ask about the Mac when they run into their techie friend who already owns one.
And then we have to answer, all the while keeping in mind that they don’t care the same way we do, yet often want the same experience (and at a fraction of the cost).