Linked by Dmitrij D. Czarkoff on Fri 31st Aug 2007 08:54 UTC
Editorial This article is an answer to "Competition Is Not Good" by Kroc and reading it wouldn't be comfortable without switching to and from the original article. I wrote it just because I do strongly disagree with Kroc and I believe I can prove that he is not as close to truth as it may seem from the first glance.
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RE[6]: I agree
by oelewapperke on Sat 1st Sep 2007 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I agree"
oelewapperke
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2006-10-16

Obviously someone is going to come in first. It's just a truth of the world. A law of God if you will. It's just logical.

If someone invents something really new, it's just gonna take a few years till everybody "gets" it (and realizes there's money in it, nobody, not even ibm, saw good money in computers ("I think there's a world market for maybe 5 computers" comment from IBM's CEO comes to mind), until several years after the intel chips hit the market.

And yes computers only became somewhat useful right after microsoft got involved. Whatever else microsoft is, they were at the birth of the personal computer, and they competed, and won, and got a lot out of it. They made all the innovations. MS-DOS : a simple version of unix to run on "normal" hardware. Visual basic : ever notice how just about all experiments in electronics STILL use either visual basic or matlab ? There must be some good in it (and yes, a lot of bad, but please let God strike down anyone trying to regulat programming languages). Graphical windows, working, with a useful application (word processor and DTP, which was a pain in the ass before windows came along, either expensive as hell, or scissors and paper, take your pick)).

They courted the small developer, as an innovative practice, and it worked (they created, or at least enabled shareware). It worked VERY well. Everybody's trying to repeat this brilliant tactic ever since.

I'm not saying they're perfect. They're not. At all. But they deserve some success for a few very good ideas.

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