Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 21:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's a long read - but totally and utterly worth it. After interviewing ten former and current Nokia employees, and combining their insider information with publicly available information, Sampsa Kurri has written a long and detailed article about the history of Maemo and MeeGo within Nokia, and everything that went wrong - which is a lot. It's sad tale, one that reads almost like a manual on how to not run a large company. Still, between the bad decisions and frustrations, there's a red thread of hope that leads to Jolla.
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RE: Remember...
by earksiinni on Thu 11th Oct 2012 23:34 UTC in reply to "Remember..."
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"... only to be frustrated by incompetent management and bad decisions.

I love that "only". As if competent management and good decisions are minor factors in the success of a business.

No..."only" here is being used modally to mean "inevitably" with the connotation of "unfortunately". You are reading it the sense of "merely", as in "to be frustrated only by incompetent management and bad decisions."

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RE[2]: Remember...
by jared_wilkes on Thu 11th Oct 2012 23:44 in reply to "RE: Remember..."
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I understand Thom's intent and don't mean to distort it. I'm just playing off it because, even with his intended and the received meaning, those words still convey undertones of Nokia being great, ahead of their time, innovative, truly building something, truly innovating, and truly succeeding at creating a revolutionary new device/system -- not just through the subconscious undertones of "only" that I am playing off of but through the entire content of his post.

And in his final praise of Nokia, he then brushes away their massive failure as if it's a quirk of history rather than truly massive, systemic incompetence, lack of vision, and lack of software tools that could build a sustaining platform.

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RE[3]: Remember...
by shmerl on Thu 11th Oct 2012 23:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Remember..."
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It wasn't the lack of resources or tools. It was a severe mismanagement of the former that led to the failure.

Edited 2012-10-11 23:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Remember...
by earksiinni on Thu 11th Oct 2012 23:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Remember..."
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+1. Your edit made that more clear; I had started writing before the edit posted =)

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