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   Re: [xml-dev] Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"

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On Mon, 2002-03-18 at 09:36, Mike Champion wrote:
> 3/18/2002 9:17:36 AM, "Thomas B. Passin" <tpassin@comcast.net> wrote:
> >Windows?  Sure it had competition - Mac, OS2, Amiga, all of which were
> >technically better than early Windows and also better for a user to interact
> >with.
> At the risk of getting off on another tangent, I think of "competition"
> as being able to choose which product to buy, not the ability to 
> buy an additional product to replace the one you paid for with your hardware.
> PC's had competition, sure ... but I've never heard a compelling case that
> Macs or Amigas hit the 80/20 point ...

Microsoft had deep pockets and time to spend writing tools and
applications, not to mention a lot of patience through the early days of
Windows.  They also put a lot of work into hiding the complexity of
Windows APIs using tools - which conveniently enough, they sold.  They
spent an enormous amount of effort on building a community and support
networks.  If you're willing to do that, you can tip the 80/20 point
significantly even if the underside is deeply complex.

I think Macromedia may be attempting to do the same with Flash:

> >Hypercard would probably be a counter-example, do you think?
> I've never been a Mac user, but wasn't Hypercard sortof the VB of the
> Mac?  Easy things were dirt simple, hard things were easier in real code ...
> What killed off/replaced Hypercard? ... that could be a counterexample.

A lack of regular updates from an increasingly chaotic Apple, the Web,
and to a lesser extent AppleScript.  I did just order HyperCard 2.4 -
I've got some old stacks to play with and a new Mac on the way - but
it's the end of the line.
Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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