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I have to know if the software has any name and what spirits it uses. I don’t work with things I don’t know about…
But I haven’t discussed names. Why?
Before I answer that, let me share a story.
When I worked in India a few years ago, I got lots of safety advice. Wear mosquito repellent (they carry terrible diseases). Only drink bottled water, and check if the bottle has been re-sealed by melting it. Haggle for everything (it’s fun!)
One tip I didn’t get? “Only trust street vendors with friendly-sounding names like Deepak.”
Because a person’s name doesn’t tell you if they’re safe, right? Same with the names of spirits and ethereal software.
Names are for marketing. They’re the brand. They’re how we appeal to a particular audience. I could call the software Holy Light, made by the Holy Order. Or I could call it The Corruption Vault, made by Skarnax, Devourer of Worlds. Or The Universe, made by The Ancients.
Names don’t get you safety. Names are just words.
So if not names, what should we do? The same as you’d do in business or sales or relationships: Talk with the person (me, in this case, by reading my blog), see what you think of them, and decide if you think they know what they’re doing and if it’s important to them to keep you safe. (I do, and it is, but you shouldn’t take my word for it, you should read me over time and make up your own mind.)
And long term, follow those links and learn to protect yourself. If you know you can keep yourself safe even if the spirit is hostile, you can explore so much more.
That said, I should probably name my software and spirits for branding purposes. Thoughts? Leave a comment. Thanks!If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.