This is the anti-Derek Sivers approach.
If a product already exists, don’t build it yourself from scratch.
I got excited by Rasberry Pi and Arduino boards a couple of years ago.
I bought them all and built:
- “Smart” switchboard which I can control from my phone.
- A retro raspberry pi gaming setup with an old ps3 controller.
Building them was a little bit of work. I had to watch a lot of videos and google a lot of things.
I connected Alexa so now I could control lights and fans with just my voice.
Sometimes the problem was just wired and I had the replace them.
It took a month for each but after building it I thought it was done. Complete finally.
Then a few weeks passed. Switch stopped working. The gaming console thing was decent but it stopped working too.
Both took a week each to fix. Finally, now it is complete.
A week later it broke again. Then again after a week.
This was especially inconvenient because my family was using the switch too.
Now raspberry is just lying in storage and one smart switch which family used was removed.
I still had the switch in my room. I just had to fix it. It’s been 2 years. 😂 It is still there. And now I don’t want to fix it. So I am going to finally remove it from my wall.
Why spent time building it yourself when you just purchase it. Especially hardware shit.
Don’t try to build a gaming computer from scratch when you can just buy a console and be done with it.
Don’t try to “use Linux” where you’ll have to spend a lot of time setting everything perfectly.
Of course, some people do it. But I would argue to only do it if it is your full-time job. Or it is something you have to and want to learn.
Don’t waste your time on problems that have already been solved.