Lately, I have been confronted with a lot of “haters” as Greta Thunberg likes to call them.
Whether it be disgruntled employees of companies I might or might not have worked for, on Mastodon on the Fediverse, or in person in real life, even from members my own family, some people are quick to accuse and apportion blame just for voicing your opinion. This is perhaps built into the modern internet, grievance, complaint, and accusation.
Well, I don’t much care about that.
I have been messed with simply for not accepting subpar jobs or website projects, from refusing to vouch for companies seeking VC money, and other such shenanigans.
We all have the right, at least as citizens of democracies like the US and Canada, to our own opinions, to accept or not accept work, to refuse to vouch for people or companies who we deem are unethical, and make other decisions which are our own, and not be harassed because of these decisions and stances.
This brings me to the subject of my criticism of big tech companies. Well, yes, maybe I have been a little harsh, but these are often companies that are attempting to control our data and the internet along with it.
I am a vocal advocate of open source, WordPress and some aspects of the Fediverse, though one can find plenty of “haters” there too, especially on Gab, but really, potentially on any federated server.
Recently, I was accused of not having a critical journalistic eye because I advocated for ProtonMail and the neutrality of Switzerland. Okay, so it’s true no country is really “neutral”, all must have their own interests at heart which is only natural, but the data laws in Switzerland are the best in the world, and while one could have some qualms for whatever reason with ProtonMail, who is not to say they themselves are not shills for the very forces trying to shut ProtonMail down? And there are plenty of those.
Moreover, why the title of this blog post? Well, while I do like open source and have been critical of the commercial proprietary operating systems, being Alphabet’s Android, Microsoft Windows, Apple and their variant OSs, I do recognize each has an important role to play in our current technical transition and have some friends and colleagues at most of these companies.
I read a book a long time ago called Softwar about the often brutal reality of the software business through a portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle. May I suggest, that to truly progress in this fourth industrial revolution, it is about time we move past these “haters”, whether in business, on social networks, and in everyday life in general, and move towards more harmonization, both technically, and in interpersonal relationships.
I refuse to give in to the “haters”.
Call me naive, I don’t care much.
Long live creative software development and technical writing is all I got to say today.