Marco Arment responding to Benjamin Stein’s post:
And as many major technologies and platforms become dominant, we stop tinkering at those levels. We’re all happily using Ethernet and TCP/IP instead of trying to invent new protocols at those layers. Nobody’s writing a PC OS from scratch in this decade. Nobody’s even writing their own web search engine anymore. It wouldn’t surprise me if we’ve seen the last new social-network giant for the next decade.
I remember the days of reinstalling my OS ever month, or constantly iterating with hardware component purchases. Frankensteining together louder stereo systems – making my computer work with things they were not made to work with at the time.
Now though I agree with Marco:
That was an interesting time, but it’s time to move up the stack and mess around at higher levels.