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  • Dave Winer
    Apr 27, 2003
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      The only part of that sentence that I would ask you to take a look at is "our software."

      That's the problem with manufactured trends. Some stuff is inside the circle, and some is outside.

      And whether you're in or out does depend, as Andrew Orlowski posited and Clay dismissed with a joke, whether Clay likes you or not.

      Clay is a smart guy and he sure is easy to get along with, but he's not *that* smart, and easy-to-get-along-with is over-rated. Most goodsoftware is made by people who are not very easy to get along with because they are perfectionists, you have to be to get any quality to come out the other end. How much energy was wasted in the late 80s trying to get AI into your software. I saw that from the outside (I refused to jump on board) and then from the inside after merging with Symantec (an AI company, heh).

      Hey Symantec actually did do some AI software, and it wasn't bad. The funny thing is that the pundits had lost interest by the time they shipped, and the users never placed that high a value on software that understood what they meant. ;->

      Dave

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Marc Canter
      To: blogrollers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2003 5:11 AM
      Subject: RE: [blogrollers] Re: New social software blog


      You're absolutely right.

      But I don't think we'll be reinventing the wheel as much as making sure our
      software is usable by humans.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Dave Winer [mailto:dave@...]
      Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2003 2:03 AM
      To: blogrollers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [blogrollers] Re: New social software blog


      If I may present an alternate point of view -- what's different now is
      that Clay is hyping it, and it's exclusive.

      http://www.picpix.com/brad/gallery/0008kcbx?page=1

      In that way it's very much like the hype balloons of the past.

      To me it looks like a way for you to raise VC money and for Clay to get
      consulting contracts.

      Too bad for the users of current products, I guess -- they have to wait
      for Clay and his friends to reinvent all the wheels, right?

      Remember the CD ROM business, Marc?

      Tell us about how stupid that was.

      Dave

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