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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I was reading an article [technologyreview.com][*] yesterday that talked about how successful technologies become successful (Palm Pilot, Cellphones), and how unsuccessful technologies fail (pairing FM Radio with cellphones, tablet PCs).

    The long and short of it is that it's quite rare that a technology succeeds simply on it's merits. It is much much more common to produce a product that actually solves an existing problem in a user friendly manner.

    Nothing new here, but it's surprising how often this lesson needs to be learn

    • by gtod (2306) on 2002.03.28 10:52 (#6452)
      Amen. So, so much of technical literature (books, magazines, online articles) start off with "Today we'll be learning about super dooper new technology X. I'll show you how it can be used to convert widgets of type A into type B...".

      Of course I have no idea why anybody would want to do that. Maybe there is no good reason in which case I'd like to be able to skip the whole article. But if there is a good reason knowing it makes it so much easier to learn the technical details.