Nothing That You Do Not Need: Where Practice Meets Philosophy

A skilled craftsperson keeps nothing that she does not need. This is where practice meets philosophy. Even if the tools are so-so, the skilled craftsperson can make wonders. To her, creating waste is an offense. Having unused tools laying around is a waste. Not only that but unused tools create a security hazard, and a cluttered work space. Don’t buy, install or cling to unused tools. The craftswoman’s tools are extensions of her self, and she is “unpretentious like wood that has not been fashioned into anything”(1).

That’s why we at Rex like OpenBSD; it’s a very minimalist footprint at base installs. Where we use Linux, we also always go for the minimalist install.

(1) Tao Te Ching, Chapter 15, J. Legge Translation

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From an early age, Chris Paul moved frequently because his dad was in the US Air Force. Born in Germany, then moved to Alabama, then Maryland, then Naples, Italy, then California since high school, with many Christmas seasons spent in Pittsburgh, PA, the home of his grandparents.

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