Tool Angst

Whenever I’m faced with a (technological) problem that needs to be solved, I tend to think in terms of tools. This is probably a weakness on my part. Instead of imaginging how the tools I have at my disposal could solve the problem I have, I tend to imagine/pine for the “perfect” tool that would afford me the “perfect” solution. But, whatever. We all have our weaknesses.

Lately, I feel like I’m constantly frustrated by not having that perfect tool available. Several projects have come up lately that demand a tool that I can’t seem to find. I feel like I spend far to much time searching for the right tool among the ones that I have available. Then, when I settle on one, I spend far to much time installing/configuring/tweaking it. Then, once I’ve gotten the tool installed/configured/tweaked I ultimately decide that it didn’t really fit the problem I was trying to solve after all. So, I’m back to the drawing board. Does this sound like a huge time waster? It feels like one.