Getting back to coding
Tom, I'm not sure what you mean by "worse" tools. The equivalence of "better" with "more features" is part of the problem, IMHO, if not the problem. It will be a good day when what makes tools better or worse is not the number of features, but the ease of use and quality of implementation.
So, to respond directly, I do not advocate in this article (or outside of it) that developers use worse tools. I do advocate that they choose the right tools for their specific situation, rather than choose tools that add complexity for features that won't be used.