By Dan Moren
May 31, 2016 12:46 PM PT
The Back Page: Pop the clutch
Technology has a strange tension to it. On the one hand, I—and most people—really, really like it when it “just works.” When our webpages load promptly, when our Netflix doesn’t buffer, when our devices behave the way we want them to without making us feel like we want to bang our head against a brick wall.
At the same time, I—like so many of the other people in this community of ours—delight in experimenting with technology. Trying to learn and understand it, to push it further, to bend it to our will, all in the pursuit of that indefinable, fist-pumping moment when you’ve managed to accomplish something, well, if not new, then at least new to you.
Like any accomplishment, that road is fraught with obstacles and potential perils. Most of the time you have to break something in order to get it to work the way you want it to.…