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sjenkin at pcug.org.au
Tue Nov 19 23:02:22 EST 2002
Do you trust anything this guy now says??
"Talking Innovation: Marc Andreessen"
Boston Globe (11/11/02) P. C1; Weisman, Robert
Marc Andreessen, Netscape pioneer and co-founder of automated
software firm Ospware, says technology is becoming cheaper and more
useful for companies as it moves toward commoditization. Linux, the
open-source software that can run any UNIX application, and Intel-based
servers are examples of what Andreessen predicts will be the future of
IT. He says that companies whose business models leverage
commoditization will do well, while other companies will have to adapt
by creating highly specialized and intelligent software or developing
technologies to handle growing IT infrastructure. Andreessen says the
Internet has exceeded his expectations in terms of its breadth and use.
He admits that not even those who were responsible for developing
pioneering Internet technologies anticipated correctly how the Internet
would take off, but nearly everyone wrongly expected interactive
television to be the next disruptive technology. Over the coming years,
Andreessen predicts that ideas for new technologies will continue to
come from skilled teenagers who have innovative ideas, such as the
file-trading network Napster--except that those teenagers will not be
based in the United States, but in China, Russia, Indonesia, and other
places where the Internet has given them the knowledge and tools
necessary to innovate. He forecasts that a decade from now, "there's
going to be a lot more software in the world than there is today."
Steve Jenkin, Unix Sys Admin
PO Box 48, Kippax, ACT 2615
0412 786 915
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