There is a difference between being "first to invent" and "first to successfully produce and/or market." The world is full of brilliant ideas that never go (and never went) anywhere. Xerox is PARC, not Park. What they developed was the concept of GUI, based on user interaction with a computer. The opposing view, that apps should be dumbed-down to the LCD, won out. A pity.
http://www.tekwrytrs.com/Specializing in the Design, Development, and Production of:Technical Documentation - Online Content - Enterprise Websites CC: gflato at nanometrics.com; framers at lists.frameusers.comFrom: ronsmiller at comcast.netSubject: Re: radical revamping of techpubsDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 14:31:36 -0400To: tekwrytr at hotmail.comBill 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 Ron Miller Freelance Technology Writing Since 1988 Contributing Editor, EContent Magazine email: ronsmiller at ronsmiller.com blog: http://byronmiller.typepad.com web: http://www.ronsmiller.com 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 nanometrics.com> To: tekwrytr at hotmail.com; framers at lists.frameusers.com> > ...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> > _________________________________________________________________ Boo! Scare away worms, viruses and so much more! Try Windows Live OneCare! http://onecare.live.com/standard/en-us/purchase/trial.aspx?s_cid=wl_hotmailnews_______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as ronsmiller at comcast.net. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/ronsmiller%40comcast.net Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. _________________________________________________________________ Climb to the top of the charts!? Play Star Shuffle:? the word scramble challenge with star power. http://club.live.com/star_shuffle.aspx?icid=starshuffle_wlmailtextlink_oct