Monday, August 04, 2003

Joel on Software - Rick Chapman is In Search of Stupidity

Joel on Software - Rick Chapman is In Search of Stupidity "The personal computer software market is Microsoft. Microsoft’s revenues, it turns out, make up 69% of the total revenues of all the top 100 companies combined.
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Is this just superior marketing, as our imaginary geek claims? Or the result of an illegal monopoly? (Which begs the question: how did Microsoft get that monopoly? You can’t have it both ways.)
According to Rick Chapman, the answer is simpler: Microsoft was the only company on the list that never made a fatal, stupid mistake.
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If you ask me, and I’m biased, no software company can succeed unless there is a programmer at the helm. So far the evidence backs me up. But many of these boneheaded mistakes come from the programmers themselves."

I skimmed In Search of Stupidity at my local Softpro; it got a bit depressing when I noticed the number of Lotus references in the index, and I put it back on the shelf when I glanced at a sentence that included "... Lotus Notes R4 preposterously..."
Thanks to Bob Balaban for the pointer.
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