Posts Tagged ‘Old School’

I’ve gone around in circles over the expanding complexity we find ourselves in. While I understand the benefits we enjoy, it comes at the price of elevating product beyond the understanding and serviceability of a growing number of end users. At least that’s what I once thought. In deeper reflection, the reality is most end users don’t understand how things work at the less complex level, so any elevation from that has little real impact. For example, the internal combustion engine has been around for a century. The percentage of the population that drives cars, who understand the fundamental principles of this technology is probably on the order of 25%. Of those, what percentage understand the basics of fuel injection? Of those, how many can explain why the engine in a modern day Corvette can generate 50% more power of the 1972 426 Chrysler Hemi, using 70% less fuel, generating 97% less emissions, and last 3 times as long? While there is a romantic notion that previous eras were simpler, that products were hand made and tougher than they are today, these are unsupported fantasies. Old products are almost always heavier, lower performing, and requiring of more regular service. (more…)