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Just Tinkering

March 12, 2008

Just Tinkering[1]


The analogy Lessig makes to “tinkering with your car”.  That rang a bell for me personally.  I recall as a 16 year old in Texas just fresh from the DPS license office with learner permit in hand.  That 1962 rambler was a lot of fun.  I’ll stop rambling! (no pun).


Strangely enough I do see myself now tinkering with the Net, experimenting and trying new things.  Often trying to modify the present to see if it can be better or why not.  Consistent with Lessig law can regulate a process to such a degree that change slows and experimentation is quieted.  In some instances regulation may cause a brilliant mind to become happy with their progress and more or less stop experimenting with a new design or way of doing things.  Another person might could take the process and with renewed vigor and desire to make their name known to the world bring new ways and discover new uses for the process.  Law can chill the innovative process.  It could be stated as “use it or lose it”.  Perhaps this could encourage greater ways.

 Whereas I have not experimented much with the open freeware it is an interesting concept.  Seems that this is much the way science works.  For instance, as time passes every once in a while a major contributor comes along that introduces a theory and process.  But, by and large most scientific discoveries come in bits and pieces (maybe “bytes”).  All in all the bits and pieces add up to considerable value for society.

[1] Lessig, L. (2004). Free Culture. (Creative Commons Edition). New York: Random House.

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