As a wise fictional character once said, "May have [picked] the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one." Not sure that applies to the Zune, though, although it was brown...
The problem with the Zune wasn't solely that it was brown. It was brown and it squirted!
Nobody writing new C++ code writes it like it was written decades ago.
Nobody? We vintage programmers can not only make our C++ look like it was written decades ago, we can even make it look like FORTRAN!
You kids goto off my lawn!
How exactly is version control useful for writing documents?
Are you kidding? Version control is invaluable if you collaborate with co-authors. Most science these days is done collaboratively.
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi Wan Kenobi
Wow, that statement reeks of absolutism!
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a student about a dozen years ago. GPS was all shiny and new in the civilian world, and he was an ex Army Ranger. I thought he'd be really gung-ho about GPS, but he said he preferred a paper map. When I asked him his reasons, he said "A GPS unit with a bullet hole through it is a door stop. A map with a bullet hole through it is still a map."
Ever since then I've operated in the belief that robust technologies trump cool technologies.
Nobody said computers were going to be polite.