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Only mid to late adopters benefit from a standard. Initially,
VHS did what the customer actually wanted: recorded longer
than one hour. That was the dependency. The rest was just
normal market forces at work. Over time, Beta had the capacity
but by then, the normal market forces prevailed and then
overcame both offerings with the DVD.
Ownership is an issue over time, but not initially unless it
enables the owner to offer early adopter advantages. Beta was
out for a year or so before VHS was introduced. Sony shared
technology; it didn't matter. Length of the format mattered.
VHS did something people actually wanted to do.
SOAP offers procedural interface design capabilities supported by
toolkits. REST offers specs for designing from a standard set
of interfaces. Ownership of the architecture makes no difference.
Warranty and risk do. Sustainability does. First to market does
not always win; last to market almost never does.
The future of civilization depends on a right understanding
of the interdependent relationships of duty, wealth, and pleasure.
From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:email@example.com]
Conclusion: the main difference between the VHS vs. Beta story and the
OS/2-Mac vs. Windows story is that the VHS software (for these people
content is software) "de facto" standard wasn't owned by a third party, and
this is contrasting with the situation we are facing in our world/market