Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You've come a long way baby

….. or have we

In many ways, the 30-year-old software package laid the foundations for the type of productivity app that's so ubiquitous in the modern computing experience and yet so important it has been thrown into the cloud by Google with Docs, Apple with iWorks and Microsoft with Office 365.

Any thoughts on our stagnation, is it really that Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston were they that much smarter than everyone else/were they visited by aliens who gifted humanity the trellis spreadsheet concepts/ or is this just the ebb and tide of evolution since the Babylonians discovered zero and the next “big development” isnt due for 50 years from now…...

1 comment:

  1. I have been thinking about this as well lately! In relation to software and 'the space race'. One reason I think is that there is an attitude of near enough is good enough.

    Mass user adoption also slows down innovation, as many companies are too scared to try radical New versions of their software in case they upset the users. Facebook seems to be one of the large companies that seem to be willing to take that Risk.