"One of the two articles of faith that Eric Kriss and Peter
Quinn embraced in drafting their evolving ETRM was this: products
built to 'open standards' are more desirable than those that
aren't. Superficially, the concept made perfect sense--only buy
products that you can mix and match. That way, you can take
advantage of both price competition as well as a wide selection of
alternative products from multiple vendors, each with its own
value-adding features. And if things don't work out, well, you're
not locked in, and can swap out the loser and shop for a
"But did that make as much sense with routers and software as it
did with light bulbs and lamps? And in any event, if this was such
a great idea, why hadn't their predecessors been demanding open
standards-based products for years? Finally, what exactly was that
word 'open' supposed to mean...?"
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