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[REBOL] Re: Killer App in REBOL

From: dness:home at: 9-Aug-2001 21:07

Ryan Cole wrote:
> Pringles made the "killer" chip, and they sat out to do exactly that. I will agree > though, in that humans are not very creative as we like to believe, and that our > sheer intelligence applied to this situation, well, is not much when compared to the > masses of asses, at least on a relative weight scale. > > But, we are armed with a pretty darn interisting language, a few bold fellas, and > other things that have yet come to mind. >
Well, there is always danger in _any_ generalization, but it strikes me that attempting to produce a `killer chip' is a very much more well defined activity than some vague general wish to create a `killer app'. The domain is reasonably well defined. The criterion of what constitutes `good' is probably reasonably well known (from market research) in advance, and we are looking for `improvement' in something pre-existing, in itself a fairly well constrained process. And, while I am not likely to do either, I would be much more comfortable (assuming I _knew_ something about potato chips and their marketing) with a narrower and more targeted wish to `improve' some existing product than to set out on some vague trip into the unknown. IME, `killer apps' are, like `happiness' most often a serendipitous and tangential result of doing something else and being lucky on the way. That's also perhaps why those who are so successful in producing a killer app, are almost never successful repeating them in `Act Two'.