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  •  I don't know what happens (9+ / 0-)
    It never amazes me what bad management can do to great companies.
    IBM and Xerox basically voluntarily handed the personal computer era and everything it ushered in, to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, because they were too bureaucratic and backward-looking to recognize the profound implications of the innovations they developed.  

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:59:50 PM PDT

    •  In the last nineties I wrote a college essay about (3+ / 0-)

      how Kodak was taking an entire decade to develop new model film cameras, and I compared it the eight years to took to bring the B2 into use.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:44:21 PM PDT

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    •  I read somewhere (1+ / 0-)
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      Sorry, can't remember where and can't find it so I'll have to try to verify it later--but that the team at Xerox Parc that developed the GUI was headed by a woman and the writer's take was that that's why the Important Men Of Business discounted it's value. After reading recently about just how Kodak managed to miss the important innovations being made within the company, I suspect it might just be a function of unimaginative people in charge.

      Also read that when IBM wanted an OS for microcomputers, they balked at meeting with Dorothy McEwen of Digital Research rather than with Gary Kildall. Now that I type this I'm sure the article I read had an I-See-Male-Chauvinism-Everywhere tilt to it so maybe lack of vision is more of an issue than sexism in these early tech wrong turns.

      Here's a link to an article that talks about IBM's early meetings with the Evil From Redmond. Not the article with the Sexism Everywhere take that I was trying to find though.

      Divide And Conquer only works if we allow ourselves to be divided--let's not

      by EverGrateful on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 05:38:44 AM PDT

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      •  I saw the latest (1+ / 0-)
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        Windows 8 commercial the other day and it dawned on me that Microsoft was trying to make Windows... OS/2...

        Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

        by awesumtenor on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 07:21:05 AM PDT

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