Bill Gates, first to market? Gates has proven anything by innovative.  
He's the quintessential, 'let the other guys put it on the market and  
we'll steal it and market it better.'

DOS? He bought the company?
Windows? Stole the idea from Apple (who stole it from Xerox Park)
Internet Explorer? Netscape was their first.
The Zune? Don't make me laugh.

Gates has been watching and copying for as long as I remember.


Ron Miller
Freelance Technology Writing Since 1988
Contributing Editor, EContent Magazine

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Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Apex Award for Publication Excellence/ 
Feature Writing

On Oct 19, 2007, at 12:37 PM, Technical Writer wrote:

> And I know of a CEO who used to either get there first, or let the  
> wannabes struggle over the crumbs. Name of Bill Gates.
> Quality is primarily a subjective opinion; witness the 90+% of the  
> population of the planet using Windows, despite the occasional Blue  
> Screen of Death, or necessary re-booting orre-installing required.  
> Similarly, whether a product is crap or not is again an opinion,  
> not an objective evaluation that can applied in all cases. The  
> Debian flavor of Linux is considered "the best" by some, and "the  
> worst" by some. The opinions are subjective.
> Everyone TW wants to believe that he or she is producing quality  
> documentation that creates a warm fuzzy in the user, and makes  
> customers-for-life of the company that produces whatever is being  
> documented. I simply suggest a reality check may be more useful.
> If the TW is documenting software, perhaps he or she should change  
> fields to one with a slower pace of life (and writing). The option  
> is to accept the realities of the marketplace, and how those  
> influence and constrain the production of technical documentation.  
> In a world in which dynamic onlne help files are rapidly replacing  
> hard copy documents, it seems more useful to focus on developing a  
> skill set that enables high-volume production of acceptable quality  
> content, rather than obsessing over trivial (to most users) details  
> of grammar, construction, or voice.
> In that direction may lie the future of TW--get it written, get it  
> online, and concentrate on the Pareto principle of satisfying the  
> needs of the majority of users rather than obsessing over the  
> subjective opinions of the minority.
> < From: gflato at> To: tekwrytr at;  
> framers at> > ...or similar biggies realize that  
> time-to-market is everything, > > Time-to-market is not everything  
> if you sacrifice quality. If you're first on the market but your  
> product is crap, the fact that you were first on the market is  
> irrelevant. > > I know a CEO who got fired because all he cared  
> about is being first on the market but his products were crap and  
> failed often. Other company's that were slower to market but turned  
> out quality products, stole marketshare from that company. The  
> company almost went under until the board of Directors wisely fired  
> him and put a new CEO at the helm.> > > -Gillian> >
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