When rushing to adopt new proprietary technology in an emergency like now, be VERY cautious of future liabilities, post crisis.

The danger of treating acute pain with morphine is a long term, destructive, expensive addiction...

Many tech solutions are entirely analogous - by design. Their proprietors are delighted this crisis provides an opportunity to sneak past sensible procurement processes.

@lightweight Yes. But sometimes you *will* need to use morphine or some other proven painkiller - especially when the alternative is a crowd of people trying to "sell" you various strangely-looking ingredients and insist that you just get out of the comfort zone, overcome your laziness and roll your own painkiller just like everyone should do to ensure their independence... 😐

@z428 yup. The point is that each person has a duty to those affected by their decisions to be informed, and aware of their liabilities and other options. Most people don't bother raising the shroud of ignorance. And, remember: marketing (like a casino) never works in your best interest. See davelane.nz/marketing

@lightweight Agreed. Yet there are situations in which falling back to "household names" seems the only viable solution, and the *core* (only?) problem being that alternatives are far from being "household names" or even viable products that are available and reliable. Experiencing this with Microsoft Teams at the moment: Introduced responding to the crisis and the need to get close to 40 people to work from home all of a sudden. There were no real "easy-on" alternatives, there wasn't ...

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@z428 the "household names" don't have that status because of the quality of their software. They have it because they have hundreds of billions of $ extracted from exploited customers, some of which is spent on marketing at an unprecedented scale. Sadly, marketing works... because people are oblivious to how ruthlessly they're being exploited. It's a vicious circle... which I'm keen to break.

@lightweight Partially agree. Of course, you're right, marketing and marketing budget matters. But: A lot of wannabe-alternatives are in a rather bad shape, brought up by communities that not necessarily care about requirements such as "usability", "accessibility" or "integration" and spend much more time discussing technical issues, at worst re-implementing complex protocols just because they prefer a different programming language. Marketing *definitely* is a problem, but we're an easy target.

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