We tend to undervalue the ordinary tools we use every day while we notice — and write about — what is changing, what is new. That’s why it’s called news. This article is spot on: Adactio: Journal—Dev perception.
Photographers who write about cameras get better at selling camera equipment. Those who get to know their subjects produce valuable documents that enrich the lives of many.
In the same way, developers who focus too heavily on their tools will not be thinking about the problems their users are trying to solve. We could use a lot more boring technology in the world that just works for people. I know many people who would find a web site that just works the way they expect to be something very exciting indeed.