I am very much a creature of habit: I didn’t overthrow WordPerfect 5.1 until the last days of Ami Pro for Windows, which I persisted in using even after Lotus bought it, changed its name to WordPro and added almost Microsoftian layers of bloat to it. I am still trying to get the hang of OpenOffice.org, and at first I thought that my objections to it were rooted in its name: products, I aver, should not be named for their URLs.
I’m as guilty of software imprinting as anyone. I was provided an evaluation copy of Visual SlickEdit, but I couldn’t bring myself to try it out because I have already “imprinted” on the Visual Studio editor. I’m still learning ways to be more effective in my preferred editor; is it really worth my time to divide my effort and attempt to learn a new, unfamiliar editor that I may not even ultimately use? That’s the software imprinting dilemma.
This is probably not the time to admit to ten years’ experience with Outlook Express.
(Via Wheels within Wheels.)