Re: [unrev-II] Executive initiative (Was: Survey 7,under the shower and over drinks)

From: Jeff Miller (
Date: Wed Mar 15 2000 - 21:16:46 PST

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    On Wed, Mar 15, 2000 at 11:16:27PM -0600, Jon Winters wrote:
    > Something like Napster on the other hand has gone from nothing to
    > millions users swapping hundreds of millions of files in a matter of
    > months. Napster is even being banned at some colleges because it is
    > being used to the point of clogging the network infrastructure.

    Things like napster have wide appeal. However, as you pointed out in
    another post solving real problems don't. People like to label it "Someone
    Else's Problem" and then complain bitterly that no-one is doing anything
    about it, eg, fuel prices and alternatives.
    > I'm in total agreement with you there. I have read some stuff written
    > by Eric S. Raymond and his concepts about "gift culture" and how it
    > relates to the Open Source software movement. It has really stuck with
    > me. Not a day goes by that I don't think about it. Its easy to
    > volunteer a little time every day on a project that I feel is
    > important.

    That is part of making this a success, if people can donate a fraction of
    an hour a day by adding information or fixing bugs then it's more likely
    to succeed than if they have to devote entire days to it in one go.


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