Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:37 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Series 5 pocket computer from Psion was launched 10 years ago this week. It was a remarkable achievement: entirely new silicon, a new operating system, middleware stack and applications were developed from scratch in just over two years. This was the last time anyone undertook such a daunting task: it may be the last time anyone ever tries, either."
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RE: A wonderful little device
by ElCabri on Tue 26th Jun 2007 22:10 UTC in reply to "A wonderful little device"
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2006-11-28

I think that in digital technology, being a small company and "beating the giants on quality" is not very hard in general, because of the nature of technology work, where most of the difficulty comes from the frictions of legacy and interoperability. The problem is that the odds of securing market share are very slim. Acorn, Be, Psion, Transmeta, etc, the ranks of "also-ran" are a thick as the ranks of the "ran-too-soon" (Netscape, Xerox workstations, Altavista, Digital, ...), that other story.

Capitalists know that, that's why there aren't so many new Psion getting funded even the relatively modest entry ticket to an "incrementally better" technology.

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