Re: Article: Document or else

Subject: Re: Article: Document or else
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>, "Katie Kearns" <katie -dot- kearns -at- gmail -dot- com>, "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 12:08:41 -0700

I can. In fact, when I was a kid that's exactly the way it was with mobile/car
phones. You connected to a "mobile operator," gave the operator the number
and it was dialed for you. As a result of the inconvenience and higher cost,
mobile/car phones were as scarce as hen's teeth because few thought it worth
the cost or inconvenience that came with owning one. We've seen the same
thing with cars; just look that the market penetration of diesel passenger cars
compared to gas powered ones, and the extreme rarity on the roads of
cars powered by propane and biodiesel (used cooking oil), despite the fact
that any common gas-powered vehicle can be converted to run on these
alternative fuels. However, we don't see MS and other sofware companies
experiencing similar barriers to acceptance by paying customers.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "Katie Kearns" <katie -dot- kearns -at- gmail -dot- com>; "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: Article: Document or else

One of the rubs comes when you have to buy a particular product because someone else is locked into a proprietary format and you want to do work for them.

Can you imagine if cellular companies each had a different protocol and you had to carry a Verizon cell phone to talk to your friends with Verizon phones and a different "Sprint phone" to talk to your friends subscribing to Sprint? Or worse, since you brought cars into the debate, what if your automobile required a certain brand of gasoline? I'm sure you wouldn't mind hunting down a Shell gas station every time you need gas.


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