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Another way to think about geeks and repetitive tasks, by Jon Udell

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Software assisted automation of repetitive work isn't an event. It's a PROCESS.

The other day Tim Bray tweeted a Google+ item entitled Geeks and repetitive tasks along with the comment: “Geeks win, eventually.”

Here’s the chart posted on Google+ by Bruno Oliveira:


A couple of things bothered me about this. First, there’s the adversarial tone. The subtext is a favorite geek quotation:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

That gem is often attributed to Gandhi. Wikiquote disputes that and finds a close variant in Nicholas Klein’s 1918 speech to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Either way it’s the story of a persistent underdog overcoming an oppressor.

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