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Painters, Poets and Hackers
Thu 22 May 2003, 01:36 PMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Rich recently posted about Paul Graham's article Hackers and Painters. What a great article. I particularly like the quote:
|"So if you can figure out a way to get in a design war with a company big enough that its software is designed by product managers, they'll never be able to keep up with you."|
which basically defines my business model. From @YourCommand to Midas to COEX! Links, I have been in a design war with Lotus and IBM. Honestly, they haven't even come close to winning, because I am more of a poet, and they manage by whim and commitee. I don't say this to be self-satisfied, as much as to acknowledge that this essay helped me understand why this model has worked. Give it a read!
Copyright © 2003 Genii Software Ltd.
What has been said:
11.1. Richard Schwartz (05/22/2003 10:02 PM)
I can personally swear,
That your poetic flair,
Does almsot compare,
With your skill at software.
But I'm here on the brink,
'Cause you botched the link,
To my blog so I think,
That you owe me a drink.
11.2. Ben Langhinrichs (05/22/2003 10:34 PM)
Oh my heavens, what you must think
There's no excuse for that which was
I fixed it up, it's now a good link
Can you forgive my gross faux pas?
11.3. Richard Schwartz (05/23/2003 06:45 AM)
Thanks for the fix,
Now the link won't deep six,
When upon it someone clicks,
To my site it flicks,
It's back to the old tricks,
I owe you gin and tonics.