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Do the little things matter?

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In a widely shared video, US Admiral McRaven addressing University of Texas at Austin’s Class of 2014 chooses to deliver a simple message: make your bed every day. A highlight of this talk is the quote The little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. In the world of free software engineering, we have lofty goals: the FSF’s High Priority Project list identifies goals like private real-time communication, security and diversity in our communities. Those deploying free software in industry have equally high ambitions, ranging from self-driving cars to beating the stock market. Yet over and over again, we can see people taking little shortcuts and compromises. If Admiral McRaven is right, our failure to take care of little decisions, like how we choose an…
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