Do financial returns hurt a product?
Richard Caetano: "Does it hurt a product when its developer is primarily concerned with financial returns?" - I'd say no. In fact I'd say it helps. There's nothing inherently evil about being paid to do a job. I wish we lived in the perfect 'Star Trek' society where everything was provided but that's just not he case. In Microsoft's case the problem lies in the expectations of investors. Microsoft has been a rolling behemoth for so long folks expect big returns on their investments quarter after quarter after quarter. To make the numbers Microsoft must upgrade product, or sell it, at a certain clip from now until the end of time. At some point the company will no longer be able to support rising expectations and they will have to scale back development groups, and marketing groups, and sales group, and the list goes on. Yes, they'll have to lay people off. How many copies of Office can you sell? Our company still uses a release that's two versions old and we won't upgrade until it costs us money to support it. Yesterday's news about layoffs in Ohio doesn't surprise me. Give it a few years and you'll see more heads roll. But I digress...
To answer your question, I say being paid to create software doesn't hurt the product or the market. Going into protect mode hurts a product, and the market. At some point it seems like all large companies go through this type of crisis, what they do to get out of it will make or break them.
Today's the day...
'By the pricking of my thumb something wicked this way comes.' - Ray Bradbury
I'm not sure when we'll be going to see HP
but see it we will.
Movie line of the week answer
It's nice to get back into the MLOTW groove.
Yesterday's line received four answers, two locals, two international. Nice mix! I have two winners to announce.
Congratulations Aaron, you're our overall winner!
Newcomer Michael Josephson, of Manchester, England, is our international winner!
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Movie line of the week
Good morning movie liners! There are some interesting things afoot in the world of MLOTW, but more on that later.
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Clara was one in a million. One in a billion. One in a googolplex!
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RC has made the move to WordPress, Steve Pilgrim(A.K.A. Mr. Rodent Regatta) is looking into WordPress, and so am I. The big question I need answered is this, can I publish static HTML pages using it? Yes, it's very important to me. I like the idea of being able to move to a different system without having to import or reformat what I already have, since it's static HTML that's easy, it's already there. I also like the idea of having a rich client, PowerBlog, that can communicate with WordPress via the MetaWeblog API.
If I can get that one question answered there's a chance I will switch.