[OT] Computer news from Kassel

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 12:18:33 EDT 2010


On 06/24/2010 03:31 PM, David C. wrote:
>> Because you are not going to succeed as a company by
>> introducing them at the expense of overall quality, anyway.
>>      
> Maybe someone forgot to explain that to a little outfit called Microsoft...
> They seem to have succeeded "pretty well" over the years, publishing
> products with thousands upon thousands of known bugs, not to mention
> the all too often sub-standard quality.
>
> A company that would forfeit the introduction of new ideas and
> innovation in a highly competitive arena, just so they can "perfect"
> an already successful product, seems like a sure fire path to failure
> to me.
>    

These types of discussions can go on and on forever; but they are really 
caused by
the fact that RunRev have given many users the impression that they are 
"not JUST
a commercial company" (and to a certain extent that is true); this has 
led many
people (myself included) to expect that because RunRev does takes its 
existing
customers' opinions into consideration, it won't behave like a 
commercial company.

Now the hard, couldn't give a ##### for your feelings company,

and more customer-friendly ones (such as RunRev) run by businessmen with
consciences, are different beasts; notwithstanding that, they are both
businesses that, at the end of the day, have to worry about how to pay for
the bread and cheese, the next patch of R-and-D, and keep their shareholders
happy.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions; and normally those 
intentions
are of the altruistic kind.

The "new" Apple OS and its WIMP GUI is 'still' a horrible mess and is 
only reasonably
intuitive because we have grown up with the thing. Apple made a lot of 
ballyhoo about
Snow Leopard; but not to sort out the GUI; but to slim down their code 
so that the
system made systems look faster than they did when running the previous OS.

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Frankly I'm glad I'm not working for RunRev (come to think of it, they're
probably extremely gald I'm not working for them . . . . kisses, Richmond);
because they must have all sorts of pressures impinging on them from all
directions.

I may be at least 10 years older than Kevin Miller; but I am sure he is more
likely to develop stress-related stomach ulcers than I am.

I fool around with my programs for funny Indian writing systems (and I find
that extremely mentally stimulating) and so far I have earned the princely
sum of 8 Euros because I am not dependent of the computer world for my
bread and cheese, and because in terms of programming I am answerable
to myself alone. Kevin Miller is right, slap-bang in the middle of a socking
great spider's web; a place I would not like to be; and perhaps, knowing
that we should be a little less hard on him and his company.

> Seems to be less than a smart business strategy, IMO.
>
> Best regards,
> David C.
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