Today's gem is from Raymond Chen's The Old New Thing. Raymond is an old Microsoftie, and among other things he was an SRE back before there were such things. Of course then we called them Sustainability Engineers, and their job was to make sure everything stayed working and existing functionality didn't break with releases and updates. This was especially important back in the day because releases happened every few years and quarterly updates were considered quick. Many of Raymond's postings explain why Windows is the way it is and how things that look like poor decisions now were actually the best decision possible at the time and for a long time after. Others talk about Tech in general, the human condition, and how the two interrelate. This one is about tech and engineering and sustainability in the face of time constraints.