Constant app updates: The futility of modern philosophy in practice…

You have encountered the problem: your mobile phone applications are constantly updated and this results in their size constantly growing.

Dozens of megabytes of updates swarm in your mobile phone every day to make your applications better, safer, more usable, more fun.

And no one has ever questioned the obvious: Couldn’t this be done via making the applications SMALLER?

We are so accustomed to the philosophy ‘Bigger the better’ that we cannot even think of such a possibility. For us it is obvious that any improvement results in a bigger application.

And yet, there are ways to improve an application while making it smaller. Removing obsolete parts and making source code more efficient are things which were in the mind of programmers some years ago.

But not anymore.

Why? The reason is simple!

Phones are getting more and more memory anyway, so why burden yourself with such worries? Just add things to the code without caring about performance or optimization of the code. The bigger phones will handle it anyway! And the users will be do happy to have applications with sizes in the hundreds of megabytes! Because they can?!

Once upon a time there were developers who cared about making efficient code. And these developers managed to write chess applications to run in just… 1 KB of memory!

Now we have notepad apps in the dozens of MB. And they are still getting bigger and bigger by the day.

Because stupid users generate the need for stupid developers.

Somehow we should not worry about anything of the above. Because we just get what we deserve.

One day though we will see that 1 KB chess program (search for MicroChess for this, also look for HUO CHESS, which I am constantly developing as the smaller open source code chess program and making it SMALLER in every version while increasing it’s capabilities). And we will be astonished. And…

Well, nothing.

We will just keep on playing with our mobile phone…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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