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whats your hot take on overrated vs. underrated

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Junior Software Engineer at Taro Community25 days ago

I want to hear the Taro community's thoughts on what's overrated/underrated.

It can be anything (IDE, language, food, headphones, chairs, keyboards, you get the idea), not just career/team stuff (Taro already has a vid on this)

I'll start:

Dark mode is overrated its too hard to read the text 😅

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    Junior Software Engineer [OP]
    Taro Community
    25 days ago

    Standing desk -- underrated

    Good cheap webcam for 100 bucks -- massively underrated esp in this digital age

    Really expensive chairs (500+ bucks) -- overrated. I dont see the vision, it feels the same as any old office chair to me

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    Sr. Software Engineer at LinkedIn
    24 days ago

    I would post my thoughts in terms of AI:

    • Overrated: Adding AI everywhere in the product for the sake of it and showing we are AI-first.
    • Underrated: Finding the right area of the product to integrate AI by data analysis, experimentation and user-survey.
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      Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
      24 days ago

      Ah dang, AI is a good one. I'll do something different for mine now 😆

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    24 days ago

    Overrated: Boba

    Underrated: Being oncall

    Yes, I understand I'm starting a war here 🙌

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    Eng @ Taro
    24 days ago

    Overrated: mechanical keyboards

    I like using the built-in MacBook keyboard or the external Apple magic keyboard more than most mechanical keyboards because you don't have to press the key as far to register the key. There's enough haptic feedback when pressing a key without the key press being obnoxiously loud (I was even using pretty quiet keys).

    Underrated: office chairs

    If you are going to be sitting down 8 hours/day, 5 days/week, how you sit can have a huge impact on your back health and posture.

    But, I could also see this being overrated because the gold standard for ergonomics would probably be standing.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    24 days ago

    Underrated: drinking warm water

    Overrated: being a manager

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    Senior SWE @ Stealth
    21 days ago

    Underrated:

    (1) spatial computing, web3/blockchain/crypto and AI - for the last like 10 years only now are people starting to get it.

    1. Company swag, conference swag, even the Drake jacket with the Apple logo from WWDC in the 90s is worth hundreds to thousands of dollars now. I love the 90s vintage inspired swag from Apple’s WWDC conference this year.

    Overrated:

    1. people who tell me their startup vertical is more valuable and important than yours because of just $ from the most shallow and vain metric

    People who tell me that working towards advancing healthtech, meter, and biotech impacting millions of people with disease is useless too small of a market and that selling CRM software is more successful and practical and meaningful (ya someone told me who sold his company to Salesforce and told me old people with neurodegenerative brain disease and cancer didn’t matter because the market was too small and generally all of HealthTech was too small…and ya a relative worked as an early Salesforce employee and also founded and sold a cloud company, whose relative also had this disease). It’s interesting that people only find value in sheer numbers and don’t care for humanity…arguably that happened right before COVID-19 so this stayed with me a lot with a great distaste.

    1. Designers that say they won’t take free swag because they’re too eco-friendly and chic to take a new t-shirt to their wardrobe for a tech company they work for or help out with as a volunteer open source contribute (this has happened to me multiple times on email specifically from designers who declined free swag and they cite the same reason), I’m all for sustainability but I wonder if they just don’t like the design because they didn’t the design the logo of that company instead lol.