• Order of the Butterfly
    Order of the Butterfly
    Posts: 328 from 2003/5/19
    I agree "mindless drivel" may not be a very constructive thing to call
    it. But I think it's in order to be a bit harsh here. I'll be a bit
    long winded.

    Lots of people one time or another in their life get the idea that
    they have a great talent for programming. Then they get a compiler and
    start out on their new masterpiece, and fail miserably because it's
    quite obvious when a program works and when it does not. Most people
    then give up, but others keep trying and eventually may become
    competent programmers after a lot of training and experience.

    Lots of people one time or another in their life get the idea that
    they have a great talent for business. Sometimes they start a company
    and fail miserably, but usually they are content to tell other people
    about their great marketing plans. Consequently they don't really have
    any contact with reality. This is exploited and encouraged by tons of
    books and courses (even at universities) that teach a lot of bullshit
    that have no real use for running a real business. But it enables
    people to repeat catch phrases and buzzwords and makes them feel
    comfortable in the delusion that they are great entrepreneurs.

    In reality it's quite hard to make business, probably even harder than
    being a programmer. It takes experience that is really hard to come
    by. And let's face it, it usually also takes lots of money. People
    tend to forget that Bill Gates didn't start out with two empty hands,
    he started with two empty hands and a million dollars or so that his
    mum gave him. There are a few people who really succeeded in building
    something "from scratch" and most of them never read any of this
    "entrepreneurship" bullshit or went to any "business school".

    Now I don't know anything about tmhgm's background and I don't care.
    But I do wonder, what are his credentials for claiming that his
    business plan would be anything worth taking into consideration? Just
    because faulty business plans don't immediately explode like faulty
    code does, doesn't mean anyone's opinion on the matter is valuable
    just because s/he spent a few hours thinking about it (how many
    people here have a clue about how much time Ralph Schmidt, to take an
    example, spent in the last day, week, month or year improving MOS?).

    The MOS team have (collectively) a lot of expertise when it comes to
    the market for operating systems. They know the competition, they know
    quite a bit what is requested (because many of them work
    professionally in this field). Several are or have been operating
    their own companies.

    So you think you know better? Ok, fine. But maybe it's in place to be
    a bit humble about it. You know, there are people around here who
    spent years not just *thinking* about this problem but actually
    gaining hard, first-hand *experience*. And if they follow your plan,
    chances are that *they*, not you, would fail miserably. And in my
    experience most people prefer failing miserably with a plan they
    devised themselves, than with something handed to them from someone
    who doesn't hold a stake in it.

    [ Edited by merko on 2006/4/2 0:14 ]
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