[Linkpost] Contra four-wheeled suitcases, sort of

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Are simple, rugged, reliable systems better or are fancy, sophisticated, complex ones better?

The article goes in with a preconception, analyzes suitcases, cars, hiking gear, food, cups, space pens, people, startups, soccer, headphones, weight, rockets, rockets, ships, and banks, and comes to the conclusion:

I hoped that this exercise would show that simple, rugged, reliable systems are systematically better than fancy fragile ones. But it didn’t. Sometimes rugged wins and sometimes it doesn’t.

It says more about trends and patterns he found. Go read the short article to find out more.

I liked that it notices confusion and babbles lots of interesting categories.