I think I can, I think I can…

“When people hear ‘version 2.0’, they think it’s the last call for the only feature train in a good long while. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait for the big three-oh to board. Nobody likes waiting, so they rush and they push to make this one. Now the big version that started out with a clear vision, one or a few great ideas, suddenly gets bogged down by feature freeloaders. When the 2.0 train is already hauling those heavy weights, surely no one will notice this little thing or that little thing. And what could have arrived in weeks turns into months. In no time short, your feature train is so overloaded that it seems like its not moving at all. Or going backwards. Certainly there is no one who can tell you when it’ll pull in. So stop it. Don’t alias your next big feature idea ‘version 2.0’. Call your big idea by its name and it’ll be much easier to spot the freeloaders. Once they have to pay full scheduling fare, you’ll probably realize that they weren’t that important anyway.” Signal vs. Noise

The mythical man-month

“Assigning more programmers to a project running behind schedule will make it even later, due to the time required for the new programmers to learn about the project, and the increased communications overhead.” The Mythical Man-Month, Wikipedia


“‘Like many young technicians, he is apt to say things like, ‘Microsoft has worse products but better marketing.’ When uttered by a software developer, the term ‘marketing’ simply stands in for all that business stuff: everything they don’t actually understand about creating software and selling it. This, actually, is not really what ‘marketing’ means. Actually Microsoft has pretty terrible marketing. Can you imagine those dinosaur ads actually making someone want to buy Microsoft Office?” Joel Spolsky

Microsoft Office

Intellectual property

“Any copy protection system, in my opinion, should be focused on trying to increase sales—not stop piracy. The two aren’t the same. Most people who pirate a software product would never have purchased it. It’s pointless to waste time on those people. The people to focus on are the ones who might have bought your product or service but chose not to because it was easier to pirate it.” Brad Wardell, President and CEO of Stardock

Like Pokemon in reverse

“This really sums up Microsoft’s problem in a gorgeous nutshell, doesn’t it? There are several ways to do EVERYTHING, and usually one will kind of not work and another will be kind of a kludge and if you try a lot you might find one you kind of like, but lord god Microsoft couldn’t just pick the good way and go with it, they HAD to include them all, like Pokémon in reverse.” Wil Shipley

Accept the invite

“Accept the invite! Click yes. You have to click yes. No in the other window! No, there!” Russell Beattie, on starting video conversations in MSN or Yahoo! Messenger

Comic Sans

“I started with the font drawing software Macromedia Fontographer, trying to make the capitals in a similar form as the lettering used in DC, Marvel and all other company’s comic books. The ‘Dark Knight Returns’, a Batman book, was one of the books I referenced often.” Vincent Connare, on the secret origin of the Comic Sans font

Think inside the box

“But, for example, when the Excel product manager got up on stage at MacWorld several years ago and said, ‘We’ve found that 85% of our customers use Excel just to make lists and outlines,’ we said, ‘Shoot, that’ll be our next product. We can do a GOOD job of making lists and outlines, and sell it for a lot less.’” Wil Shipley, Programmer/CEO