Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Why do almost all contracts and job postings specify exactly the software that they want you to use (or to have used)?

When they want to incorporate you tightly into a large project that has already gotten underway with some specific software, OK. But I think such over-specifying is also the custom in cases where that is not at all true. It's very annoying to somebody like me, who bizzarely imagines she might be able to select the best tools for her own work.

When I take my car to the mechanic, I don't say, "You must do all the work using a Sears Craftsman #3 box wrench." But maybe, if I were a writer of contracts, I would.

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