Re: "killer"?

Subject: Re: "killer"?
From: "Arlen P. Walker" <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 12:52:00 -0500

On Thu, 1 Dec 1994, Brown, Mordechai wrote:

> We are a small company that is producing a large documentation set
> for our killer client/server product (currently under development).

What exactly does this mean? Is this really common jargon in the industry
now? This is the second or third time I've seen this term used on the
list and I hate it. In my experience, "killer" means "great" or "really
cool", which seems like a stupid label for software. So what does it mean
in this context?

Yes, Matt, it's standard. (BTW, do you *really* mean to say that no software can
possibly be "great" or "really cool?" Or even that it might be stupid to call
software that? If so, you might want to remember that one man's liquor is
another man's poison.) A "killer app" is an application which drives a market.
Lotus 1-2-3 was a "killer app" which drove the PC market into accounting shops.
Pagemaker was the "killer app" which drove the Mac into many publishing areas.
Perhaps Mordecai is saying his company hopes their client-server app will do the

Or perhaps he's just saying he thinks his company's software is "great" or
"really cool." If he is, what's stupid about that?

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.

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