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OSWeekly: Operating Systems or a Popularity Contest

Oct 13, 2006, 01:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brandon Watts)

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"Computer users aren't always easy to predict, and if you had some sort of innate ability to accurately foretell what they'll like and what they won't like, then companies would be paying you so many consulting dollars that you wouldn't know what to do with yourself besides build a portfolio of countries that you have bought. Too many companies have been launched on assumptions, and while your target market may have previously responded to something similar to your efforts, it surely doesn't mean that they'll react to what you've created in the way that you were expecting. You can do all of the research that you want, but the only way to really know if something will be a hit or a miss is to launch it and hope for the best. We've all seen plenty of mediocre things rise to success while great ideas have fallen by the wayside..."

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