Wednesday, August 21, 2013
On "Late Abandoners"
I was reminded of "Kedit" again. I never used it and never will use it. But I have written about McPhee's "workflow" with Kedit. Here is a somewhat interesting article by John Derbyshire about his experience with Kedit, in which he coins the phrase "late abandoners." Some programs, like Lotus Agenda, Ecco, and Grandview, seem to have had a special "attraction" for "late abandoners" (and I don't know why it is outliner programs that come to mind—perhaps people who outline are one of the species of of the genus of "late abandoners," and I do not deny belonging to this species). Part of the phenomenon constituted by "late abandoners" has, of course, to do with the fact that the programs they refuse to abandon, did one or the other thing very well, but it does not explain the phenomenon in its entirety. Loyalty, habituation, and fear of the unknown—a combination sometimes called "love"—must also have to do with it. But there must be other reasons. I'd be grateful for more information.