“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
― Abraham Lincoln
The motherboard is finished. Screws hold it down within the shiny new case. Memory is inserted. Peripherals secured. Cables run from source to destination. Firmware image flashed. Enclosure sealed. Power applied.
It’s a box. A very complicated box, yes. Yet still a box. There isn’t much there yet. The firmware is just sitting there on a flash chip and a CPU anxious to execute that firmware. Then the spark of life as power is applied and line after line of preprogrammed instructions carry the system forward until…until what?
The box doesn’t know. It is a tabula rasa—a clean slate—waiting to be given a ...